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

Maple Brown Sugar Cookies

Maple Brown Sugar Cookies//Food & Recipes//List Maker Picture TakerI’m a Vermonter. My husband likes to make fun of me and say that I grew up on a farm and have maple syrup running through my veins. Neither of these things is true. Nonetheless, maple syrup, specifically Vermont Maple Syrup, is delicious and should be a pantry staple in every home.  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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Flourless Peanut Butter Blossoms

Flourless Peanut Butter Bloosoms //Recipes // List Maker Picture Taker
With just a few ingredients, these peanut butter cookies are so fast, easy to make, and delicious! Technically they are gluten free, as they contain no flour, but, to be clear, that doesn’t make them healthy by any means – a cookie is a cookie.

You can use this recipe to make Peanut Butter Blossoms – a holiday favorite and the clear winner of the Great Cookie Poll of 2015, or just plain old Peanut Butter Cookies (sans Hershey Kiss and flattened with the back of a fork to create the crosshatch pattern). Either will be delicious! 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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