Reducing Food Waste

food waste

Just like that, February is almost over. Eight weeks into the new year, how are your new years resolutions coming along? Some of my family and friends are still going strong, others have abandoned their lofty resolutions for more reasonable goals. In my 25 years, I’ve never made a new years resolution until this year. This year, I made my very first resolution- reduce food waste.

Did you know 40% of the food produced in the United States is wasted? 40% percent.

Imagine going shopping at the grocery store and not bothering to carry in a quarter of the new groceries. Or buying a beautiful carton of strawberries and dumping a handful straight into the trash. According to National Geographic Society, the average American family of four throws away 25% of the food they purchase (source).

Let that sink in. Better yet, calculate how much you are wasting every year. How much do you spend at grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops each month? Now multiply that number by 12 to determine your approximate annual budget, and divide by 4. Surprised by the number? I know I was. The average family of four wastes $1,350-$2,275 worth of food each year- that’s a lot of money!

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Best of 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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Sweet Potato Gnocchi | Guest Post

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Today I am guest posting for Kami at Faithfully Me. Kami is a fellow Minnesotan and Twin Cities’ blogger, and I’m so excited to work with her. Head over to Faithfully Me for my Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sauce recipe and check out her blog!


I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while, and I’m so excited to share it with you. If you like sweet potato, you’ll love these light and pillow-like gnocchi. So delicious, and totally do-able on a busy weeknight!


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Overnight Pumpkin Pie Rolls

Pumpkin Pie RollsNovember is here, which means Thanksgiving planning season has officially begun in my family. The emails start to pour in just as the last trick-or-treaters head home. October ends with Halloween and November begins every year with an enthusiastic email from my aunt titled “THANKSGIVING!!!!!” What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Where should we have for Thanksgiving dinner? Who is bringing the pie? Your cousin might be in town, can someone forward this email to him? What are your in-laws’ plans? Is this your first Thanksgiving as a married couple??? (Nope, it’s our third.) Does anyone even like sweet potatoes? YES WE LIKE THE SWEET POTATOES. And so on and so forth.

I’ve had Thanksgiving on my mind all week, and with all the talk of turkey and my cousin’s favorite sweet potatoes, I’ve been craving my favorite Thanksgiving treat- Pumpkin Pie. If you’ve been following the blog for  a while, you know I have a pretty serious pumpkin addiction. I bake pumpkin spice bagels year round, and I started drinking iced pumpkin spice lattes in July with no shame. Flipping through my recipe book, I found my overnight cinnamon rolls recipe. Scrumptious, hearty whole wheat cinnamon rolls just waiting to be pumpkin-fied. And just like that, pumpkin pie rolls were born.

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Fall 2016 Reader Survey

Fall 2016 Reader Survey

Happy Monday, Everyone! Can you believe October is almost over? We’ve had a beautiful and busy autumn, and the past few months have flown by. I sat down this weekend to plan blog posts for the coming months, and I am so excited to be able to share it with you. When I started this blog a year ago, I didn’t know what to expect. I hoped to share a few recipes, but I never expected to connect with people around the country- and even around the world! From Ingrid, With Love is more than a food blog, it is a community, a place to connect, to share and to grow. That’s why I’m launching a reader survey today- your thoughts and opinions are invaluable. I’ve never done a survey, and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions for the blog.

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