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The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch. I’ll admit it—my workday lunches can get pretty boring.

The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch

I always think I’m going to finally make use of all those delicious recipes I’ve been pinning away, but then nighttime rolls around and I’m too busy watching really important things like The Bachelorette and Vampire Diaries. And then morning comes, and I’m running around like a headless chicken and I’m lucky if I remember my keys and bus pass on the way out the door, let alone find time to throw a tasty lunch together. But with a teensy amount of planning, delicious lunches can be just a few easy steps away. All it takes is a trip to the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon, a couple pantry staples, some mason jars, and an hour of your time.

How to make Edible Spoons! (plus a giveaway) A few years ago I did a post on how to make edible spoons and bowls from dough.

How to make Edible Spoons! (plus a giveaway)

I thought it was a great idea, but just not with my method and recipe. I searched online to see if anyone else had done something similar and stumbled across a small handful of ideas, but then found this little gem… Roy, the inventor of the Edible Spoon Making Kit has indeed thought of a really simple and clever way to make edible spoons. Roy kindly sent me a kit to try (and will be giving one lucky reader a free kit!).

Since receiving the kit, I’ve made well over 100 spoons (maybe 200 by now) and have enjoyed sitting around a spread of dips and toppings munching away on the spoons. French Fries: The No-Guilt Version. There’s nothing like a french fried potato.

French Fries: The No-Guilt Version

The taste, the texture, the dip-ability; it’s probably one of my favorite go-to comfort foods. However, I don’t need the fat of an actual deep fried potato, and I certainly do not favor processed french fries that come from the frozen food section of the grocery store. Enter: Healthy French Fries* Step 1: Peel your ‘taters. This isn’t necessary, though, but if you decide you want the skin on make sure you scrub-wash them first. Step 2: Cut them into strips. Step 3: Place potatoes in colander and rinse the starch off of them. Step 4: Pat down the potatoes. Step 5: Drizzle Olive Oil over potatoes. Step 6: Salt those babies up. The Pastry Affair - Home - Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart&Bread. I once made the driest pancake in the world.

The Pastry Affair - Home - Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart&Bread

I can see you sitting at home, staring at your computer screen, and scoffing at my bold statement. Driest pancake in the world? Yeah, right. How would you even know? But this is the truth, my friends. Let me share my story with you. A few years back, I made chocolate chip pancakes. Quickly flash to the next morning. Still cold. Sweet & Savory - by Virginia Drader. This is a classic recipe for potato latkes.

Sweet & Savory - by Virginia Drader

I was going to make them thick but David prefers them thin; I am not sure which way is right but they turned out delicious. I served them with homemade applesauce and sour cream. Latke is the Yiddish word for pancake. Jewish people living in the Pale of Settlement in the 17th century had a diet that consisted mainly of potatoes and bread. They created latkes as a special dish because they are cooked in oil, which symbolizes the miracle of Hanukkah. Recipe from the Jewish Holiday Cookbook Ingredients 10 medium russet potatoes 2 medium onions 2 large eggs 1/4 cup matzah meal salt and pepper grapeseed oil Peel the potatoes if the skin is coarse; otherwise, just clean them well. Starting with the onions, alternately grate some of the onions on the large holes of the grater and some of the potatoes on the smallest holes. Blend the potato mixture with the eggs, matzah meal, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat 1 inch of oil in a frying pan. Pepperoni Pizza Puffs Recipe.

TGIF, friends.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs Recipe

Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. I’m looking forward to some friend’s-birthday-celebrating, farmers-marketing, coffee-(friends)-dating, cake-baking, church-enjoying, and sleeping-inning here in my little corner of the world this weekend. OH, and the thing I’m perhaps most excited about — choir-directing. Did I mention on here that I’m leading an Easter choir at my church?! I’m kind of over the moon about it. Anyway, warm wishes coming your way for a good weekend ahead. Read more. GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND BAKE!: PRETZEL BITES - Parmesan or Cinnamon and Sugar with glaze. Do you need a perfect snack for the big game?

GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND BAKE!: PRETZEL BITES - Parmesan or Cinnamon and Sugar with glaze.

These Pretzel bites will hit the spot for sure. You can make a combination of Parmesan bites with a Cheese dip or Cinnamon and Sugar bites with a Vanilla glaze for dipping. Cheese Pinwheel Rolls. Sooner or later, all my conversations inevitably turn to food.

Cheese Pinwheel Rolls

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes. Skinny Mashed Potatoes. Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite things to eat on Thanksgiving, but this year since I am pregnant and on a really strict low carb diet (for my diabetes) real mashed potatoes are out (bummer).

Skinny Mashed Potatoes

How To... Cook Healthy Mozzarella Sticks. Photo credit Who says our favorite cheesy foods have to be off limits?

How To... Cook Healthy Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks are awesome for every occasion, and make for a delightful snack that most of us have been accustomed to since childhood. Now that we’re mature college girls who are more health conscious, we can still have the cheesy snack we all love, guilt-free! What you need 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese, go for the low sodium kind if you want to be extra healthy1 egg2 tbsp of flour5 tbsp of bread crumbs2 tbsp of parmesan cheeseA dollop of olive oil, or cooking spray Preparation Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozenBeat the egg in a small bowl.