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Foods for the Soul
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

Nov 22, 2014
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

These taste like your favorite drink! Rich chocolate cookies flavored with peppermint & studded with mini marshmallows. So sweet & irresistible!     For many of our Thanksgiving breaks during my childhood, we loaded up our suitcases into the minivan, packed the backseat full of books, and drove 8 hours to my grandparents’ house...

Foods for the Soul
Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

Nov 20, 2014
Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

An easy recipe for creamy baked sweet potatoes topped with maple yogurt drizzle. This healthy side dish practically tastes like pumpkin pie!     Every Thanksgiving since I can remember, we’ve cooked and served the same dishes: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, Great-Grandma’s cranberry salad, Dad’s homemade whole wheat rolls, green bean casserole, and sweet...

Foods for the Soul
Almond Joy Oatmeal Cookies

Nov 17, 2014
Almond Joy Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy almond-flavored oatmeal cookies filled with coconut & dark chocolate. They’re the best oatmeal cookies you’ll ever make, and they don’t taste healthy at all!     This past weekend, my guy flew out of town to travel for work, so it was just the girls—me and our little pup—at home. We spent lots...

Foods for the Soul
Pumpkin Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies

Nov 13, 2014
Pumpkin Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies

This post was sponsored by the Soyfoods Council and the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network as part of their “#SoyInspired for Thanksgiving” campaign. As always, all opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own.   Chewy pumpkin cookies with a sweet cheesecake filling. Decadent & absolutely irresistible—they always disappear in seconds!     Food allergies...

Foods for the Soul
Healthy Banana Split Banana Bread

Nov 10, 2014
Healthy Banana Split Banana Bread

Tender banana bread filled with chocolate & strawberries, finished with a sweet vanilla drizzle. This flavor combo can’t be beat—especially when it’s so easy to make!     Thank you. To each and every one of you reading this post, thank you. I have been absolutely blown away by the support and encouragement you...

Foods for the Soul
Chai Latte Muffins with Vanilla Drizzle

Chai Latte Muffins with Vanilla Drizzle

Tender chai- & cinnamon-spiced muffins topped with sweet glaze. They taste like the beverage, so you can have your drink and eat it too!     Last month, I spent some time at my parents’ house after all of the craziness of moving. That first weekend, it felt blissful to sleep in and not...

Foods for the Soul
Tomato Basil Scones

Tomato Basil Scones

Say good-bye to dry crumbly scones forever! These savory ones are supremely soft & tender. They’re so easy to make & healthy too!     Two summers ago, my mom gave me a basil plant kit for my birthday. It was one of the smaller pots, only about 1½ inches high, with 5-8 seeds...

Foods for the Soul
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Easy pumpkin cinnamon rolls made completely from scratch. Soft, tender & lightened up. The perfect cozy breakfast treat!     I played flute in the marching band throughout all of high school. Every Saturday in October, plus another two in November, we arrived to campus before 5 am, groggily climbed onto the five charter...

The Blue Muse
Practically health food: Banana oat Nutella muffins

Practically health food: Banana oat Nutella muffins

Confession: I only medium like Nutella and I maintain a critical stance towards the all-things-Nutella bandwagon I see on Pinterest. It's good, but it's not chocolate, people.However, there is apparently something magical that happens when you put Nute...

Foods for the Soul
Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy double chocolate chip cookies coupled with the cozy flavor of coffee. Fudgy, extremely rich & downright irresistible!     This past weekend, my parents headed out of town to visit my grandparents, so they asked if I could puppy-sit their 4-month-old golden retriever. “Sure, not a problem!” I thought, seeing as I used...

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