Monte Cristo Pancakes

Ever had a monte cristo sandwich? You’ve never had one like this – these Monte Cristo Pancakes have pancakes instead of bread, with a filling of ham, cheese, and raspberry jam.

Ever had a monte cristo sandwich? You've never had one like this - these Monte Cristo Pancakes have pancakes instead of bread, with a filling of ham, cheese, and raspberry jam.

I’ve had quite a few phenomenal monte cristos in my day. There’s something about the salty/savory combined with the sweet that draws me to the dish, and I’ve ordered it at many brunches – the sandwich at Milk in Barcelona is amazing, and Dirty Oscar’s Annex in Tacoma, Washington also makes a great one.

Traditionally, a monte cristo is a sandwich of ham, a good melting cheese (typically gruyere), and jam. The whole sandwich is then dipped in a french toast-like egg wash, and grilled to melt the cheese and griddle the bread. Sometimes, it gets a good sprinkle of powdered sugar as well. [Read more…]

Blueberry Crumb Cake

This Blueberry Crumb Cake has a thick layer of pecan crumble atop a flavorful cake that is bursting with fresh blueberries! This cake is perfect dusted with powdered sugar or served with a bit of whipped cream.

This Blueberry Crumb Cake has a thick layer of pecan crumble atop a flavorful cake that is bursting with fresh blueberries! This cake is perfect dusted with powdered sugar or served with a bit of whipped cream.This blueberry crumb cake was inspired by a candle. An amazingly delicious smelling, super cheap candle from Walmart. It’s one of the candles from their basic line, and I think the three wick was something like $4. The scent is called Blueberry Pancakes, but it always reminds me a freshly baked blueberry muffin.

If you’ve made blueberry muffins at home, you know the scent. The one that hits your nose right when you open the oven door to pull them out, or when you tear into one when it’s still warm. It’s the scent of bursted blueberries and a sweet, sugary crumb. The candle smells pretty spot on, if not a little bit artificial. [Read more…]

Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal (GF + Vegan)

This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It’s gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It's gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

Let’s talk about breakfast. Specifically, let’s talk about that fact that the chocolatey bowl of deliciousness you’re seeing above this sentence? Yeah, you can eat that FOR BREAKFAST. Who’s in?

I made this for breakfast for the first time on Monday, again on Tuesday, photographed it (and subsequently devoured) on Wednesday, make it again on Thursday, and then was exceedingly sad on Friday when I was all out of bananas and strawberries. You can say I’m a little obsessed. [Read more…]

Chocolate Banana Granola (GF + Vegan)

This Chocolate Banana Granola is super chocolatey with mashed banana and banana chips! This gluten-free and vegan granola makes a super addictive snack or breakfast.

This Chocolate Banana Granola is super chocolatey with mashed banana and banana chips! This gluten-free and vegan granola makes a super addictive snack or breakfast.Happy New Year 🎉 welcome to 2016! I know I’m a little late, but I thought we could all use a few days off from the real world to let 2016 settle in, am I right? My year started a little differently than expected, with a quiet night at home in San Diego instead of in the mountains like I had planned – but, hanging out with my dog and gazing outside to see the ocean, I can’t really complain.

I can confidently say I haven’t had a bad moment this year and I’m going to hold on to that for as long as I can. I have a good feeling about 2016 :) and how can I not, when the first thing I baked of the year was this chocolate banana granola? [Read more…]

Cranberry Orange Muffins (Vegan)

These Cranberry Orange Muffins are bursting with tart cranberries + orange zest and topped with a sweet crumble – you’d never guess that they’re vegan! This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

These Cranberry Orange Muffins are bursting with tart cranberries + orange zest and topped with a sweet crumble - you'd never guess that they're vegan!I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling the cranberry love this season. Since they’ve been in stock in the grocery store this season, I’ve had a bag in my fridge. I’ve been wanting to put them in everything going through my kitchen that’s needed a burst of tartness. Too often, cranberries are relegated to the Thanksgiving table in the form of cranberry sauce and maybe a few Thanksgiving leftover meals, and then they’re forgotten about until next Thanksgiving.

I’m not cool with it. And for that reason, I try to be generous in my use of cranberries as long as they sit on the grocery store shelves – that’s especially evident in these cranberry-packed brownies (they have fresh, dried, & chocolate covered cranberries!). [Read more…]

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Rolls

These Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Rolls are super easy to make – only one bowl and no yeast required! They’re ready in 45 minutes and perfect as a quick breakfast or snack.

These Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Rolls are super easy to make - only one bowl and no yeast required! They're ready in 45 minutes and perfect as a quick breakfast or snack.Yesterday, my roommate and I woke up decently early, feeling refreshed, and decided to head to the farmer’s market. It was quintessential perfect fall outside, with the leaves changing into rainbows on their branches, a crisp blue sky and a chilly bite in the air.

At the farmer’s market, pumpkins were everywhere with piles of apples on all of the tables in every variety you can imagine. There were apple ciders, pear ciders, and flavored versions of them both. It was buzzing with the warmth and comfort of fall – my favorite thing about the season.

These Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Rolls are super easy to make - only one bowl and no yeast required! They're ready in 45 minutes and perfect as a quick breakfast or snack. [Read more…]

Caramel Apple Toaster Strudel

These Caramel Apple Toaster Strudel are a homemade twist on your childhood favorite! With a sticky sweet caramel apple filling and a cream cheese glaze, these are an upgrade on the classic. This recipe is published on Delish.com as part of my partnership with them.

These Caramel Apple Toaster Strudel are a homemade twist on your childhood favorite! With a sticky sweet caramel apple filling and a cream cheese glaze, these are an upgrade on the classic.​Okay, raise your hand if you loved having Toaster Strudel for breakfast as a kid or teen. Hand raised? This recipe is for you. Think of your childhood favorite, with its super flaky crust, sticky fruit filling, and sweet creamy icing—now imagine it deliciously upgraded for grown-up consumption.

These Caramel Apple Toaster Strudels are a fall-themed homemade take on the regular old Apple Toaster Strudel. They have a gooey apple filling that’s thick, sweet, and full of creamy caramel. Half the apples are diced into small chunks to add texture, while the other half of the apples are grated to help thicken the apple mixture.

These Caramel Apple Toaster Strudel are a homemade twist on your childhood favorite! With a sticky sweet caramel apple filling and a cream cheese glaze, these are an upgrade on the classic. [Read more…]

Pumpkin Apple Muffins (GF + Vegan)

These Pumpkin Apple Muffins are a healthy breakfast treat that’s full of fall flavor. This easy recipe is gluten free, refined sugar free, and vegan. This post is sponsored by Truvia® through Socialstars #TruFanCommunity.

These Pumpkin Apple Muffins are a healthy breakfast treat that's full of fall flavor. This easy recipe is gluten free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

As soon as September hit in Seattle, the weather seemed to take notice. The temperature dropped, wind picked up, and the gentle breeze in the air turned into the crisp Seattle chill that makes everyone reach for their coffee. The leaves have been turning all shades of fiery red, burnt orange, and warm gold, leaving rainbows on the sidewalks as they dance towards the ground when the wind hits just the right way.

I left Seattle on Thursday for a trip home to visit family in San Diego, and in ever-sunny San Diego, cold weather is not the case. I landed at 9:15 am and headed to wait on the curb in my jeans and big fluffy sweater. The sweater was ripped off within a minute of heading into the 84 degree heat and humidity. Hello, San Diego – did you realize it was October??
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