Pizza Spaghetti Squash Boats

Baked spaghetti squash are filled with pizza seasonings, sauce, cheeses, and your favorite pizza toppings.  

Ever tried to write a blog post about spaghetti squash when you’re daydreaming about mountains and hiking?  It doesn’t work very well.  I am itching to go hiking, and the biggest hill down here in Florida is almost big enough to trip over IF I’m not paying any attention and walking with my eyes shut.  Therefore, I am thinking about bluffs and trails today.

*insert visual of Katherine hiking along a beautiful mountain ridge, with a breeze on her face, and breathtaking scenery all around*

Okay, enough daydreaming.  It’s time to talk about the food.

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Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Simple and healthy, these Strawberry Mango Smoothies contain strawberries, mango, and almond milk, and are naturally sweetened with honey.

I don’t know about the rest of you that celebrate the 4th of July, but I am tired today!  No, I didn’t party or stay up  until midnight.  My 4th of July consisted of mowing and weedwhacking my huge lawn, testing a new muffin recipe, and staying up until about 10:30 watching my neighbors’ display of fireworks.  For dinner I made a casserole, and around 8:00 I taste tested one of my muffins and ate some green olives for a celebratory snack.  Yep, I’m a real party person over here, and am feeling it today.  *insert clip of Katherine laughing at herself*

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Easy Black Bean & Tomato Quesadillas

These five-ingredient, quick quesadillas are an easy and delicious meal for lunch or dinner!

This morning it occurred to me that I posted a picture of these quesadillas on Instagram about a week ago, announced, “Coming soon!”, and then proceeded to sort of forget about them.  Oops.  I do that sometimes.

I’m not really sure how I could forget these Easy Black Bean & Tomato Quesadillas considering how delicious they are, but it happens.  Hopefully they’re not offended.

For those of you who celebrate the 4th of July, what are your plans?  To be honest, my plans tomorrow include tackling the mowing and weed whacking that desperately needs to be done in my yard.  Due to the ongoing rain and the fact that we don’t own a mower (we borrow one), our grass has morphed from simple grass into a dense tangle of vegetation that resembles something from a tropical jungle.   Continue to the recipe >>

Double Decker Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake (with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filling)

This indulgent dessert has two layers of thick, fudgy chocolate chip cookie cake, with eggless cookie dough filling sandwiched in between.  A fluffy buttercream frosting tops it off, to make a truly “epic” and delicious treat!  

In case you haven’t read any of my recent blog posts, I’ll say it for the 16th time in the past week (slight exaggeration):  I love July 4th!!  It’s one of my favorite holidays and definitely my favorite day out of the whole summer.  Who doesn’t enjoy a cookout, some fun with friends and family, fireworks, and going swimming in a cold pool during this blazing heat?  I don’t have a pool though, so that’s a little bit sad.  There is a creek behind my house, but it’s only about ankle deep and full of mud and snakes, so I don’t think I’ll be hanging out down there.  I do live in Florida however, so it’s not like there’s a shortage of other places to swim around here.

Quick side note disclaimer:  when it comes to swimming in Florida lakes, I personally do not recommend it.  I refuse to touch any lake around here with my pinky toe.  My reason?  Alligators.  A rather large alligator fellow was sighted (by multiple persons) in the lake nearest my house only a few months ago.  NOT COOL.  I’ll stay on the shore behind a brick wall, thanks.  Some of the springs and beaches are fun, but I will not be going anywhere near a beach or spring on the 4th because the crowds will be horrendous.  This introvert will go to the beach another day.  So, I guess I’ll forego the swimming idea this year.

My train of thought has completely derailed.  Let’s get to this cake!

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Spinach Basil Pesto White Pizza

This delicious white sauce pizza is topped with basil pesto, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, spinach, and olives, and has a whole wheat crust!

There’s nothing that says, “It’s the weekend!” like a good homemade pizza.  I threw this recipe together on a whim yesterday evening, and it turned out to be one of the best pizzas I’ve ever made.  (Seriously? How does that happen?)  I couldn’t wait to share it!

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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Oatmeal Pancakes

The title says it all – half healthy/half indulgent whole wheat pancakes, made with oats, buttermilk, and Greek yogurt, with chocolate chips and a hint of cinnamon.

These Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Oatmeal Pancakes were the result of a bad day.

Last Saturday, I was working on some recipe ideas and filming a how-to video for one of my new muffin recipes.  After several hours of work, I discovered that my camera had malfunctioned during filming (my fault, actually, I did something incorrectly by mistake), and the video was unusable.  I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry, so after some reassurance from my husband that it was ok and the world hadn’t ended (yet), I went ahead and cleaned up the huge mess I had made in the kitchen and proceeded to fix some pancakes for dinner.

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Broiled Potato Wedges

Seasoned with paprika, dry mustard, and a hint of garlic powder, these crispy potato wedges are the perfect side dish for a summer cookout!

July 4th is next week, and I am so excited!  It’s one of my favorite holidays, for a couple of reasons:  1.  Fireworks!  2.  Perfect weather for cookouts and swimming!  (Although, next week the weather forecast is predicting rain, rain, and more rain, so we’ll see.)  3. Family time!

So, today I am bringing you a delicious vegetable side dish for a July 4th (or any day) cookout.

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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Made with almond butter, almonds, and dark chocolate chips, these granola bars are delicious as a treat or snack! 

It seems that I’ve been on a granola bar kick recently.  Last week it was Cranberry Cinnamon, and this week it’s Almond Butter Chocolate Chip.

I was actually going to wait until next week before posting the recipe for these Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, but I like them so much that I decided to share them now!

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Mozzarella BBQ Turkey Burgers

These delicious turkey (or beef) burgers are made extra flavorful with mozzarella cheese, barbecue sauce, and a hint of Worcestershire sauce!

There’s nothing that says summer like a burger, potato salad, and some fresh fruit (well, for me anyway).

Most of the animal products that Casey and I consume consist of poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy.  Beef and pork aren’t eaten very often around our house, and I personally don’t care for either.  For this reason, you probably won’t see a whole lot of recipes that use those meats on my blog.  Occasionally, perhaps, but not often.

However, one thing I do enjoy every now and then is a good beef burger, and there was a time when I was skeptical about turkey burgers.  I thought that a turkey burger simply couldn’t be as good as one containing beef.

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Molasses Cookie Muffins

These healthy-ish whole wheat muffins are designed with classic molasses cookies in mind, and are sweetened with whole cane sugar and honey!

If I had to make a list of my favorite cookies, molasses would definitely be near the top of the list.  Chocolate chip would be first, but I’m fairly certain that molasses cookies and snickerdoodles would tie for a close second.

Don’t tell me you’ve never had a molasses cookie.  If you haven’t, stop reading right now and go make these.  They are AMAZING.

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