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Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

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For some reason this seems to be the first year I’ve completely embraced citrus fruits.  I think the biggest factor is that I can finally find the “good stuff”.  For me that means blood oranges, cara cara oranges and meyer lemons.

In the past they’ve all be hard to come by.  So now the boys and I might be a little addicted, especially to blood oranges.

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Spelt Waffles

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Waffles are one of those things that are so easy to make I can’t help but wonder why anyone would ever buy store bought.  The time you put in is so minimal and yet the flavor difference between homemade and store bought is extreme.

Josh and I have had our waffle iron since we got married.  It was one of the items on our registry and let me say it gets used!  We certainly use it more now that we have three boys who are always hungry, but even when it was just us waffle breakfasts were not uncommon.

I think the thing I like most about waffles is how versatile they are.  Sure, you can go the traditional route and cover them in maple syrup.  Are you one of those people that has to have syrup in every single hole??!

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Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

Last week I posted a photo of three pie pumpkins in an In My Kitchen post.  I ended up roasting them and baking cranberry pumpkin cream cheese muffins.  I still had some pumpkin puree left and planned on making this pumpkin soup.

Then Hurricane Matthew happened.  The boys were home for three days of school, plus the weekend.  I was busy keeping them busy and out of trouble.  Josh was out of town.  I had a fridge full of leftovers.  The soup fell to the bottom of my to do list.

My parents came for the weekend, planned long before the hurricane was in the picture.  Josh and I were supposed to go to the Nascar race in Charlotte Saturday night for a work function but the race ended up being delayed a day.  It all worked out, we still got a date night out of it since my parents were already here to watch the boys!

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No Bake Oat Bars

No Bake Oat Bars

Despite the lack of posts lately our kitchen has been extremely busy.  It’s the end of the school year and things are just crazy busy.  Swim practice four days a week has started.  The kids are playing outside.  The garden needs tending…the work never ends.

That is why these bars have become a staple in our house.  They are similar to these granola balls, just in bar form.  I make them often, they disappear quickly with three boys!

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Banana Chocolate Chunk Scones

Banana Chocolate Chunk Scones

My favorite bakery up in Brevard, North Carolina has the best goodies anywhere I’ve been in the southeastern United States.  For some reason bakeries around here are just lacking or specialize in the traditional American super sweet treats like heavily frosted cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

Well Bracken Mountain Bakery has excellent scones.  I’m not talking about a Starbuck’s scone that is sweet with sweet icing on top.  I’m talking a traditional scone that has a hint of sweetness.  I can’t pick a favorite flavor there since they are all so delicious, but since I had bananas in the freezer I decided it was time to attempt recreating the banana chocolate chunk scone.

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Tahini Salad Dressing

Tahini Salad Dressing

I always intend to make my own salad dressings. Then when I need it I never seem to find the time so that means either a super simple vinaigrette or something store bought. Why is that? It’s time to shake things up and get out of my rut.

In an effort to break away from classic vinaigrette and cream dressings I decided to go the tahini route. This is a dressing I like when I have it in restaurants but for some reason never bother to make. It’s incredibly simple so I really have no excuse. Continue reading

Almond Pear Muffins with Dark Chocolate

Almond Pear Muffins with Dark Chocolate

Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake. They are quick, easy and good to eat any time of day. Plus they are already individual servings. Kid friendly. Portable. I could go on forever, but I think you get the idea.

Inspired by my coconut chocolate chip pear tea cake recipe and using various ingredients I found when stocking the new pantry I came up with this recipe.  Everyone in the family loves pears and they are still pretty good from the store.  My problem is they don’t last in the house so I usually don’t get a chance to bake with them. Continue reading