There is a lot of snacking that goes on in this house during the day. I said that in a passive way but really I mean that I, myself, me – I snack all day. I try to save dinner leftovers for next-day lunches but sometimes we just eat a lot. Food tastes good, yo. I could make my own lunch because I’m home most weekdays, but for all I love cooking, making breakfast, dinner, and blog-whatever is enough for me. Also, I double as the dishwasher so I try to be green and save energy (;
I am always too busy to make lunch; this is a great healthy option that you can throw together for a sweet snack or meal. Winter-themed, it is based around a sweet butternut squash purée, so creamy and filling it’s almost like yogurt. Nuts are essential for both protein and crunch. Apples — my favorite winter fruit — are crisp and juicy, perfect with the squash. Dates bring some chewy sweetness – add in a couple extra if you love them like I do. A drizzle of blackstrap molasses rounds out the flavor with a nutrition-packed sweetness that keeps up those iron stores that allow you to feel energized and awake – plus, it’s got a low glycemic index so it won’t give you a sugar buzz and then let you crash.
Feel free to sub in your favorite nuts, dried fruit or spices and make this recipe your own.
I always think I love frosting sugar cookies, and then I start the whole process and my perfectionism gets the better of me. This is mostly because I love to look at Sweetopia’s cookie-decorating blog – she makes flawless, gorgeous cookies – fortunately she also has some great easy designs (well, easier) and that’s where I got the idea for these loopy trees. They are so much fun to make, and the “mistakes” just make them look kookier.
I also made a bunny, cuz, ya know. Happy holidays from Chel Rabbit :)
My mom makes the best pies. Her specialties are apple and raspberry. Our family has always loved apples, and as soon as Pavlus Orchard down the road was open for business in the fall, we would stop for pecks of all sorts of apples along with apple cider and rock candy. Sometimes apples didn’t get eaten quick enough and my brother and sister and I were recruited to peel and chop the ones that were getting soft. We would gather the apples, cool from being kept in the backroom, and set to work in front of a big pile of newspaper to catch the peels and cores. Our work would be rewarded with Mom’s cinnamony, glorious apple pie.