Happy Friday! With Valentine’s Day coming up fast I figured something chocolate was in order. And so, here we are: doughnuts!

Espresso Glazed Chocolate Doughnuts

Whether you’re with a lover, a friend, or a cat this Sunday I highly recommend beginning your morning with a glazed doughnut.

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Recipe originally posted on December 12, 2010.

One of the major reasons that this blog exists is because I needed a way to record old family recipes that were scattered about my tiny 2010 apartment at the time. Growing up, my Nanny showed me how to bake and cook and during this time, I would (in an extremely unorganized fashion) scribble the recipes we were making together on cue cards and shove them into my recipe box.

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Marshmallow Squares

I still have some of those old recipes, but others have been lost. And this one is one of them.

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It’s love month, and besides chocolate, there are actually quite a few things you can find in season in February. I’m talking bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, citrus fruits, kale, onions, pears, potatoes, spinach and winter squash!


All are waiting for you to buy them and make some serious magic in your kitchen.

Below I’ve highlighted the in season produce for February plus links to five recipes for each fruit or vegetable. Enjoy! And stay warm this month friends :)

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This past weekend was weird. It was above zero degrees Celsius (that’s around 39 degrees F, if you’re wondering) and it didn’t snow, which meant I got to do my long run outside on regular, non-icy pavement on Sunday. I took off my gloves and ran as if it were late fall. Pretty amazing, really.

Caramelized Onion, Kale and Feta Frittata

When I’m not stuck on a treadmill and taking the bus to and from the gym, this gives me time to get up early and go for my run before P gets up. We rarely get the chance to eat breakfast together while I’m training in the winter, and spend many mornings waving a quick “hello” and “goodbye” while shoving muffins into our mouths and running out the door. On these rare mornings that we do get to spend time together, I like making either eggs or some sort of maple syrup covered treat. Something that doesn’t take too long to make and something that we can sit down and enjoy together.

This past weekend I went with eggs. And I am so pleased that I did.

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And just like that we’re done with January, shimmying into the groove of things. For winter’s sake, I’d love to say we’re “skating into the groove of things” but it’s unseasonably warm right now and the rinks are slushy. It’s still soup weather though!


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These past few days have been incredible. Guys, Paul got his PhD on Friday! It’s all done, we celebrated all weekend, and I couldn’t be happier.

Almond Crusted French Toast

Our lives up to this point have been all about school. After deciding we liked each other enough to stay together, P and I have been taking things one step at a time with the big question “where are we going to move to next?” always close by.

Naturally, this question has popped up again. Once you finish your PhD, school is over forever, and so, we’re wondering where the next place will be. A city? A small town? Are we going to buy a house for the first time ever and buy a car? And if so, then we OBVIOUSLY need to get a dog. Right? Well, duh.

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Recipe originally posted on May 29, 2012.

With winter finally here and the sidewalk plows taking their sweet time to clear the snow in the morning, I’ve been finding myself running on the treadmill before work again.

Peanut Butter and Banana Breakfast Cookies

It’s going ok so far. On the weekends I still manage to get outside do my weekly long run, but during the week it’s inside for me! I’ve been snacking on a few things after these morning runs, alternating between granola bars and muffins, but this week I made a HUGE batch of these peanut butter and banana breakfast cookies and decided that while I was at, I should update the photos!

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My obsession with hot buttered soft pretzels continues.

Everything Soft Pretzels

And with good reason, I assure you. I mean, fresh pretzels made at home in an hour and a half brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with everything bagel topping? I don’t need much else…besides a walk.

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Hand in hand with hummus and cheesy spinach dip, this my friends, is my favorite dip.


It’s called muhammara, and if you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a Middle Eastern red pepper and walnut dip/spread made with a dollop of pomegranate molasses. It tastes great on its own with a soft pita (my fav) or you could even try spreading it on a veggie sandwich…although I have never had any leftovers after making this.

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After deciding to bake and cook with seasonal produce this year, I was surprised to see carrots on the list for January. They are certainly not growing outside right now BUT they definitely keep for a while in the fridge, are relatively inexpensive, are at essentially every stand at my local market and can be easily baked with or cooked with!

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

I love carrots, and after attempting to make carrot cake flavoured everything…from cupcakes to pancakes to oatmeal to smoothies to quick bread…I thought “why not carrot cake cinnamon rolls“?!

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