Summer heirloom tomatoes served simply with crumbled goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, fresh herbs and olive oil makes a wonderful light meal or side dish.

Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts |

One of my favorite things about summer is how easy menu planning and meal prep is. The farmers markets and grocery stores are overflowing with fresh seasonal produce and on most nights, so is my kitchen counter. Choosing what to have for dinner is as easy as selecting a few ripe fruits and vegetables and throwing them together, with delicious results.

Heirloom tomatoes are arguably the best that summer has to offer and tomato salads like this one are making weekly (or more) appearances on our dinner table. Continue Reading…


Layers of yellow cake filled with a creamy raspberry icing and all covered with white chocolate meringue buttercream is a summertime cake worthy of any occasion.

Raspberry White Chocolate Cake |

In about one month, more or less, I’m going to be a mother of two. I’m excited and nervous, and pretty much feeling everything you’d expect. We are so not ready for baby brother’s arrival (baby clothes are still in storage and too many necessities still haven’t been purchased) but I can’t help but wish he’d come early. Tomorrow, even. I am just so done.

But as anxious as I am to have this baby out, I’m trying to relish these last days before our lives get turned upside down again by a newborn. I’m taking naps, cuddling with my three year-old on the couch while he watches cartoons, and I’m baking up all my cravings.

Yellow cake with a fruity filling and fluffy icing? Done and done. Continue Reading…


A summery granola mix filled with sliced almonds, chopped hazelnuts and pecan pieces and flavored with fresh lemons— snack food at its best.

Nutty Lemon Granola |

Now that we live in Moab, the snacks stocked in our pantry have undergone a complete transformation. Instead of random crackers and chips we now have heartier snacks to fuel us while we explore Utah’s desert wonderland. Nearly every weekend we’re out hiking and adventuring and since most of it is pretty spur-of-the-moment, I just throw a little bit of whatever is in the cupboard into our backpacks. Continue Reading…