Apple Cinnamon Oat Bread (Nut-free)

Today, my baby sister leaves home for her first big girl job in San Diego. Although “home” is far from me now, too, I can’t help but get emotional because she’s So. Grown. Up. She’s thoughtful, giving, driven, and so much fun to be with. I love being one of her big sisters. She has…

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp (GF, Nut-Free & Dairy-Free)

This week is a big one. Matt and I celebrate our two year anniversary today, he graduates with his MBA on Friday, and we move to Minnesota on Saturday. As I anxiously await this impending craziness, I am also filled with gratitude for all the good things in our life. We closed on our home…

Perfect Brownies (Paleo & Nut-Free)

Happy Hump Day! Chicago has been soaked with a steady, relentless drizzle for a few days now, and I feel like I’m in a perpetual state of needing a nap. Maybe you didn’t know this, but brownies fix everything. I shared my recipe for Pumpkin Brownies back in October and they are a hit with my…

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (GF, Nut-Free & Dairy-Free)

I have always loved zucchini bread because of its moist, wonderful texture, but it’s never really been a go-to bread recipe when I’m baking. However, this past summer, my coworker Bob brought me a 7 pound zucchini, and the first thing I thought to make was zucchini bread! Although 7 pounds seems huge, when I…

Spiced Apple Muffins (GF & Nut-Free)

Matt and I ventured to the Illinois/Wisconsin border last Sunday to pick some apples, and came home with half a bushel of McIntosh. Half a bushel doesn’t sound like an intimidating amount, but let me tell you it’s WAY more than our tiny kitchen can store. So I’ve been spending the last week finding ways…

Pumpkin Brownies (GF & Nut-free)

It’s been a couple days, but I’m back and I am putting another squash to use! I decided to bake my prettiest pumpkin first; the Musquee de Provence. I cut the pumpkin into eighths, removing the seeds and saving them for later, and brushed each slice with olive oil and a little salt. I baked…