Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

chocolate peanut butter cupcakesChocolate and peanut butter is a favorite flavor combination in our house. Peanut butter cups are our not-so-secret guilty pleasure, and we usually have a stash somewhere in the house. After seeing chocolate peanut butter cupcakes in the display cases at a local bakery, we knew we had to try creating our own.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

peanut butter and banana smoothieSmoothies are my favorite breakfast during the summer. They are quick and easy to make, and portable for mornings on the go. I also love their versatility- I make a smoothie almost every morning for breakfast and never get bored.

My go-to has always been peanut butter and banana smoothie with a little chocolate (because everything is better with chocolate). Such a delicious combination, and the perfect fuel for a busy morning or post-workout snack. However, when I started paying more attention to what I was eating, I realized my favorite “healthy” smoothie wasn’t as nutritious as I had though. With a big dollop of peanut butter, sugary yogurt and the occasional chocolate chips, it was more like ice cream than a healthful smoothie.

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Roasted Cauliflower

roasted cauliflower
Confession: I love snacks. As a kid, I asked for my “afternoon snack” as soon as I walked in the door. My favorite snacks were crackers, popcorn and chips & cheese (tortilla chips topped with melted shredded cheese). As an adult, I still love my afternoon snacks, but I try to be more mindful of what I’m eating and opt for healthier snacks. Riding the light rail train home from work last week, I found myself craving roasted cauliflower. ROASTED CAULIFLOWER. My 8-year-old self would be horrified.

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Best of 2016

2016

It’s hard to believe it is already the last day of 2016! What an exciting, full and crazy year it has been for us. I took an un-planned blogging break for the past several weeks to focus on family, work and other responsibilities. The holidays are always a busy time,  and this year I definitely underestimated and stretched myself a little thin! Now we are all well-rested, well-fed, the house is finally clean and back to normal.

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming year. Our 2016 flew by and as the dates run together, it is easy to forget all the things, big and small, that happened this year and get lost in the chaos of the past few weeks. Luke and I took the time this past week to go through all of the photos we took this past year and reminisce about the past year.  To highlight our favorite moments, we put together a list of our best adventures and recipes from 2016.

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