Beating the New York Times: My Top 11 Crossword Puzzle Tips

December 1, 2017
nyt crossword

Alright, major nerd alert—I’m a total crossword puzzle geek! On a regular Saturday afternoon or during a break at work, you can probably find me working on a crossword puzzle. In pen. I like to hold it over Nate that I can finish one faster than he can 🙂 I wouldn’t say I’m a crossword master or anything (notice that my crossword puzzle book says “easy” puzzles haha), but I do get a lot of questions from people on how to…

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Walter Mitty Clementine Cake (Plus My Own Clementine Glaze Recipe!)

November 15, 2017
walter mitty clementine cake

I tried making this cake for the first time a few years ago when The Secret Life of Walter Mitty came out, and I’ve been meaning to share it here on the blog ever since! I fell in love with this cake when I first saw it in the movie, and when I looked up the recipe, I was impressed by how unique it is! First, no flour. The closest thing to flour in this cake is almond meal. Good news…

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Our Halloween Pineapple

November 1, 2017
carved halloween pineapple

Posting this a little late, but I couldn’t help but share this little Halloween pineapple 🙂 Nate and I couldn’t find a good pumpkin at the grocery store the day before Halloween, so we carved a pineapple instead! So if you’ve ever wondered whether carving a pineapple is actually possible…it is! Here’s a quick how-to in case you’re curious (sorry! didn’t document with step-by-step pictures!) Instead of cutting around the top of the pineapple and scooping out, start by cutting a…

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Chunky Cranberry Coconut Granola

October 1, 2017
chunky cranberry coconut granola

As you may have noticed, I’ve been experimenting with making homemade granola a lot lately. And today, I thought I’d share with you my first successful recipe! It’s loosely based on Minimalist Baker’s Super Chunky Coconut Granola recipe, but I think it’s different and evolved enough that I can post it as my own original recipe. Side note: I’m very pro giving credit where it is due, so you will never see me post a recipe here unless I feel it is…

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Tried & True // Minimalist Baker’s Super Chunky Coconut Granola

August 20, 2017
jar of homemade granola

I’m trying something new on my blog — a column called “Tried & True.” My goal is to try out new and exciting recipes, and as I find ones that I will totally go back to again and again, I’ll add those recipes to the “Tried & True” list. So here is the first installment 🙂 As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve been kind of on a homemade granola kick lately and have wanted to master making…

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Homemade Granola // Take 1

August 10, 2017
homemade granola

I just tried making semi-healthy homemade granola for the first time, and I thought I’d share my experience on this here blog 🙂 I was looking for something easy that used ingredients I already had on hand, so I tried out this recipe from Elizabeth Rider’s blog. This was definitely an easy recipe, which I loved! All you do is mix the ingredients together by hand, then bake for ten minutes or so. I opted for almonds and pecans for…

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