Cranberry Orange Chia Jam

Cranberry Orange Chia Jam comes together in minutes and is a healthy, wholesome and low-sugar alternative to store-bought jams and jellies! |

Cranberry Orange Chia Jam comes together in minutes and is full of fresh, tangy cranberries and refreshing citrus flavor. Spread on toast, dollop on pancakes, or mix into plain yogurt or oatmeal for a low-sugar alternative to store-bought jams and jellies.


Does the word “cranberry” evoke memories of Thanksgiving (specifically, those infamous jellied cranberry molds that resemble the shape of a metal can)?

If so, you’re not alone. Cranberries are a staple on many Thanksgiving tables – mine included. But, for some reason, these flavorful tart berries tend to get the cold shoulder the other 364 days of the year.

What do you say we change that, shall we? (more…)

Bailey’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spread some cheer this holiday season with Bailey’s Chocolate Chip Cookies! These soft maple almond chocolate chip cookies are infused with Bailey’s Irish Cream and coffee before being finished with a decadent Chocolate Bailey’s drizzle. Made with with no gluten-containing ingredients and sweetened entirely with maple syrup, they’re the perfect cookie for all of your holiday gatherings!


We’re baaaack.

After a successful virtual Friendsgiving last month, a few of the BGB gals and I are back at it with another festive round-up.. and this time we come bearing cookies. Because after all, what are the holidays without cookies?

*Side note: did you know that TODAY (December 4th) just so happens to be National Cookie Day?! If that’s not a reason to celebrate – and eat cookies – then I don’t know what is. (more…)

Roasted Autumn Harvest Salad

This Roasted Autumn Harvest Salad is hearty enough to stand on its own, but also makes for a colorful side salad. Loaded with roasted delicata squash, beets and apples, it’s the perfect way to showcase flavorful fall produce!


What do you consider the “start” of winter?

I mean, I know technicallllly the calendar says that winter doesn’t start until December 21st, but let’s be real, does anyone actually go by that? 

If not, where do we draw the line? Does “winter” start the first day of December? The day after Thanksgiving? The first snowfall? (That last one may be problematic for you Southern folk.. or those living in the unpredictable climate of Upstate New York) Winter in October? Yeah, no thanks. (more…)

Rosemary Roasted Squash, Beets and Apples

Rosemary Roasted Winter Squash, Beets and Apples | A healthy and colorful side dish to help you detox from the holidays!

Brighten up any meal with Rosemary Roasted Winter Squash, Beets and Apples! This sweet and savory side dish is the perfect way to get back on track after the holidays.


Happy Cyber Monday, cyber friends! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend that left your hearts and your bellies full.

There was certainly no shortage of delicious food to be had around here (and no shortage of delicious leftovers, either!) If you happen to follow me on Instagram, then you probably know that I’ve been enjoying leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And it’s. been. glorious. (more…)

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Just popping in quickly to wish you all a wonderful holiday. I hope your day is filled with family, friends, and all sorts of delicious eats. And most importantly, I hope you take some time today in between bites of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes to reflect on what it is you’re thankful for.


I will be the first to admit, I don’t always take the time to appreciate the little things in life nearly as much as I should. But lately I have been making a conscious effort to take a step back and really reflect on just how fortunate I am. Is my life perfect? Absolutely not. But instead of focusing on the negative or things that I wish were different, I’m making a commitment to change my perspective. Because, as one of my friends recently reminded me, “Sometimes stepping back and forcing yourself to see something in a different light, or getting someone else’s perspective on something you have a preconceived notion on can do wonders”.


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This year, more than ever, there is just SO much to be thankful for.

As always, I’m thankful for my health; for a family who supports me no matter what; and for my friends – both old and new, near and far.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to pursue my dreams, to continue to further my education, and to merge my passions with my profession.

I’m thankful for you – my readers. The support and encouragement that I have received since launching this blog a few months ago is more than I could have ever imagined. I continue to be astounded by the sense of community that exists within the blogosphere. Whether you have read one post or all of my posts, THANK YOU. You truly are what keeps this new hobby of mine going. 




And last but not least, I’m thankful for my loving and supportive taste tester fiancΓ© (yes, fiancΓ©!!) who continues to put up with me encourage me.


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Happy Thanksgiving!