key lime doughnuts

Well, it happened.

I officially have a new favorite doughnut.

I didn’t think this was possible, you see. For years, my heart and my taste buds were torn between the chocolate glazed cake doughnut and the strawberry-frosted yeast doughnut (with sprinkles, of course). Sometimes, even the Boston cream doughnut would wedge itself in there, as well. And then there was the time I made doughnuts with peaches and coconut and white chocolate and I thought, for surely, there can be no tastier doughnut.

And then I made these key lime doughnuts. Life = changed forever.

Of course, this isn’t bad news by any means: especially because these doughnuts take less than a half-hour to make. And if you head over to the lovely Meagan’s blog, A Zesty Bite, where I’m guest posting about these doughnuts, you’ll be able to see for yourself just why, exactly, you need to have them in your life ASAP. Just be prepared to oust whatever doughnut currently wins your heart. Sorry I’m not sorry, strawberry doughnut.


made from earth giveaway

(This giveaway is closed.) Ladies and gentlefolk, let’s talk skin care, shall we? I know we usually talk about yummy breads and baked goods around these parts, but for today, I’d like to talk about my face. Bear with me.

You see, my skin is not the best skin in all the land. It has taken a good beating over the years thanks to my lack of care/knowledge on how to properly treat it. Only in the last few years have I really started to pay close attention to how the sun and air and other elements affect my face, and I especially paid attention when I had a facial a few months ago and the esthetician showed me under some strange blue light how much all the things have been affecting my skin. Oof.

So when Made from Earth, an organic and holistic skin care line, contacted me about reviewing their products (and more importantly, offering a couple of them to all y’all for FREE… but we’ll get to that in a second), I was all over it. Yes. Please help me with my face.

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beer-battered stuffed poblanos

After many a school bus ride, late-night sleepover and family huddle around the campfire, it’s safe to say that if you and I ever play the “What is the one food you could eat every day for the rest of your life?” game, my answer always will be Mexican food. I cannot and will not ever get enough of it. We always have the goods for quesadillas in our refrigerator; enchiladas are on a heavy dinner rotation; tacos = yes. Always; and you already know how I feel about nine-layer tostadas.

That said, a girl can get a little tired of the same old beans + meat + cheese in a tortilla situation, so when it was time for my weekly (read: daily) fix of Mexican food, I decided to mix things up a bit. Enter beer-battered bean and cheese stuffed poblano chiles. Enter magical deliciousness into my mouth. Enter my newly abridged answer to the “What is the one food you could eat every day for the rest of your life?” game: Beer-battered Mexican food. That is, if I could also wear elastic sweatpants every day (which, in some ways, I already do).

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whole wheat pitas

Let me walk you through a typical day lately: It’s 4:30 p.m. I haven’t showered yet or put on makeup — I’m lucky if I’ve even changed out of my pajamas into real people clothes (sometimes taking off my flannel pants and putting on my yoga pants counts as getting dressed. Real life). Mount Dishes of Doom has piled high in the sink, an amorphous mass of half-licked chocolate-covered spoons, empty oatmeal bowls, a skillet used to make tonight’s dinner and some of the doodads and thingamabobs that go with my food processor. The sun is shining, which is pretty great, except that it’s showing every square inch of my apartment where the cat hair hasn’t been cleaned up in a few days. The bed isn’t made, I still never called the bank to get that thing fixed and I need to make a hair appointment, like, yesterday. The stuff atop my head just isn’t socially acceptable anymore.

In short, it’s been chaotic. Sometimes I feel like my head is just above water — other times, I just need a corner to cry in and an ice cream sandwich. I wonder what it will be like when I have kids — I surmise that will be the moment I go full-on crazy cat lady. At least it will make for a good memoir.

Thankfully, it’s not all bad busy these days — and in the quieter moments, when I can finally take a shower or actually do yoga in my yoga pants or make this whole wheat pita bread, I am able to look past the cat hair and enjoy the sunshine.

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Easter Brunch with Bisquick -- Easter Rainbow Pancakes

It’s the final countdown, ladies and gentlefolk — have you figured out your food-related Easter plans? In case brunch is still a work in progress, mayhaps you’ll consider making these pancakes of the rainbow and Easter-shaped variety. Bunnies and flowers and all the colors of the rainbow = win win WIN.

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Easter Brunch with Bisquick -- Easter Egg Pancakes

The Easter pancake fun continues! When life gives you pancake batter, you make Easter egg pancakes. Or at least that’s how it goes in my book. Especially because it’s a really good excuse to put frosting and sprinkles on your breakfast.

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