Butternut Squash and Apple Muffins with Pumpkin Seed Streusel

Butternut Squash and Apple Muffins with Pumpkin Seed Streusel
I have received one butternut squash and one dozen eggs every Tuesday for the last three weeks from my CSA.  Up until yesterday, I had exactly three butternut squashes on my counter and three dozen eggs in my refrigerator.  I always like to kid myself and say things like “When fall gets here...

Crispy Brown Rice Skillet Cookies

Crispy Brown Rice Skillet Cookies
We went to a minor league baseball game the other night and it was apparently “Christmas in July” night.  The ushers were dressed as elves, Santa was there, and they had the big, inflatable snow globes running.  My kids were a bit confused when I told them that Christmas in July is just...

Gluten-Free Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sunbutter Mousse Frosting

Gluten-Free Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sunbutter Mousse Frosting
I am having a hard time listening to my own voice lately.  The words are all the same … “Eat over your plate, please. Do not get in the pool until your sunscreen is on.  Why did you just get in the pool without sunscreen? It’s not too hot. It’s summer.  Don’t come back...

Aunt Cherry’s Rhubarb Cake

Aunt Cherry’s Rhubarb Cake
This has been a week for appliances and household items to take a shit.  Our air conditioning broke during a heat wave (of course). Now we find out we need a new furnace and heat pump.  Our new washing machine began to leak and created a nice little flood in our laundry room (on the upside, the floor...

Creamy Chicken Casserole with Leeks and Mushrooms

Creamy Chicken Casserole with Leeks and Mushrooms
I remember researching my baby girl’s first car seat.  I had no clue what I was looking for.  I was focused on patterns that didn’t include teddy bears, perhaps longing for something that might actually match the car instead.  I didn’t know a five point harness from a three point...

Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice
Here we are with meal number 4 from the Cuizoo Arsenal, where I attempt to give you 7 meals that are quick, cheap, easy, and nutritious.  This is one of those basic meals that has sustained entire civilizations for hundreds or thousands of years.  Just don’t ask my daughter to eat it.  She continues...

Whole Grain White Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Garlicky Spinach

Whole Grain White Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Garlicky Spinach
For meal number 3 in the Cuizoo Arsenal, we are going to do a pizza. I feel sort of silly talking about pizza, because, come on, it’s pizza.  Crust, toppings, cheese.  Pretty straightforward stuff.  But yet, we still order it and pay $15 for something that (with a little forethought) can be...

Trail Mix Banana Bread

Trail Mix Banana Bread
I wish I had anything interesting to say.  But I don’t.  Feel free to scan straight to the recipe because what follows will be riveting. We’ve been doing some Christmas decorating.  And a lot of our lights don’t work.  And we bought them new just last year!  At Wal-Mart!  Because...

Aunt Cherry’s Oatmeal Cake

Aunt Cherry’s Oatmeal Cake
The other day, I was bored and looking for something to bake.  So I did a Twitter call for ideas, and a friend sent me this recipe.  It was called “Aunt Cherry’s Oatmeal Cake” and is apparently one of those old recipes with a fictitious name attached — their family baked it...

Spiced Whole Grain Pumpkin Seed Biscotti with Cranberries and White Chocolate

Spiced Whole Grain Pumpkin Seed Biscotti with Cranberries and White Chocolate
As I sit here watching the footage of the Chilean miners being rescued, I am struck by my own limitations (BTW, I generally like to focus on myself during situations like these).  I joked with several people today that I couldn’t even stand to be in that rescue pod for 15 minutes *above ground.* ...

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