Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Like so many others, the hubby, I made a resolution to be healthier in 2016. Before we’d set out on our Paris adventure, the hubby and I were doing great at cooking meals at home every night and sticking to a generally paleo lifestyle. While we were by no means perfect at it (who can resist chocolate all the time?), cutting out processed junk and sugar made us both feel better in so many ways. Better sleep, fewer headaches, and more so much more energy!  Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe for Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies // List Maker Picture Taker
I used to think that I hated Oatmeal cookies, but then one day I realized that it wasn’t the oatmeal I hated – it was the raisins. I mean really, is there anything more disappointing than biting into what you think is a chocolate chip cookie, only to get a chewy, gross raisin? That said, this recipe gets rid of all those less than stellar parts and replaces them with yummy, tart cranberries and bittersweet chocolate for the perfect oatmeal cookie.


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The Great Cookie Poll: What Are Your Favorite Christmas Cookies?

gingerbread cookies
In case it wasn’t clear by now, I love the holidays. The decorations, the music, the movies, all the fun festivities, and, of course, the food! One of my favorite Christmas past times is making cookies and other sweet treats for the people I care about. This gives me the excuse to indulge in two of my favorite things: Christmas and baking. I also love the gift giving part of the season and, it goes without saying, gifts you can eat are the best kind. Continue reading

Spicy Sweet Potato Chili

It’s been unseasonably warm here in Chicago, and with all the rain it’s been feeling more like spring than Christmas time. The temperature actually got up into the 60’s yesterday! That said, I needed a meal that would remind me that, yes, it is actually winter; so I pulled this Chili out of the recipe box. If you’re having a lazy day at home, you can make it on the stove, or you can throw it together in the crock pot so it’s ready to go when you walk in the door at the end of the day. Either way, I love this recipe not only because it’s quick, and super simple, but it’s also healthy without tasting like it.
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