Simple Saturday: Magic Shell

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I’m starting a new thing on the think fruitful blog and it’s called actually cooking from the recipe books that I own.

I’m going to set a goal of making (and sharing) at least one recipe from one of my recipe books per month.

This month, I dove into The Joy the Baker Cookbook, which was a Christmas present from my husband.

I basically want to make everything from this cookbook, sweets and savories.

But Joy’s Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroon Ice Cream caught my eye.

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Confetti Dinner

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When looking at a restaurant menu, I’ll usually choose the dish that has the most components.

If it’s between a chicken breast and say a roasted vegetable salad, I’m going with the salad.

The more color, texture and components that I can get in a dish, the better!

I think this is one of the  reasons that I’m not a huge steak person. It’s just a piece of meat that seems boring to me.


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Simple Saturday: Huevo Ranchero


I’m always looking for ways to use fresh ingredients to make a quick and flavorful lunch.

And I’m always looking for food that transports me somewhere.

I am a huge fan of huevos rancheros and have been since I first went to Mexico and tasted the magic, comforting mix of beans, tortillas, spicy sauce and egg yolk. The textures and spices are right on and will not leave you hungry.

For lunch, I decided to make my own take on a Huevo Ranchero (hence the single egg) with the ingredients I had on hand, which didn’t include beans.

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For Rachel

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Today’s granola bar post is being interrupted for a few words about a friend.

Yesterday, I lost another friend (second in the past 12 months) to sickness.

It’s hard and you can’t not think about the things in life that a barely over 30-year-old misses when their life is cut short.

But when I think of my friend Rachel, who had a several-year battle with a brain tumor, I think of how much she lived in her time on earth.

I remember first meeting her and wanting to be her friend because she was so confident in herself and fun.

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Simple Saturday: Pita Pizza

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It sure has been a fun week.

I hope Unique Pizza Week has been fun for you, too! And I hope you’ve been inspired to make a creative pizza sometime in the future.

Today’s pizza is probably one of the simplest Simple Saturdays that we’ve had on record.

It’s so simple that it takes about 5 minutes to make but is still super delicious.

Thanks to Trader Joe’s for selling packets of baby pita pockets that inspired me to make this, and thanks to Roots Food for making some of the best hummus I’ve ever had and Whole Foods for selling it.

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Unique Pizza Week: Part 2

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This week, we’re exploring new ways to do this crust-sauce-cheese-toppings thing we call pizza.

Classic pizzas are delicious, of course, but sometimes you want a little more of a health/veggie punch in your pizza.

Am I right?!

That’s exactly where this Brussels Sprout Pizza enters the party.


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