Banana Muffins (GF + Naturally Sweetened)

I recently heard that it was very Australian to eat a muffin with your morning coffee or latte… as if I needed another excuse to 1. love muffins or 2. love the land down under.

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Honestly I’m sure it’s hard to find a human who doesn’t love a muffin but since they can so often be the size of your head, full of sugar and carbs most of us steer clear.

 This muffin recipe might be able to solve the issue of world peace or in the least it helps you feel better about eating a muffin or two or three.

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It has just a few tablespoons of natural sweetner and gluten free flours. I used a gluten free mix that I had on hand + some almond meal but you could also swap the flour mix for oat flour and they’d come out just the same.

 My favorite thing about these muffins, (besides day dreaming that i’m on an Aussie porch watching the koala bears eat eucalyptus) well they are moist, slightly sweet and totally satisfying. In the morning when I’m on the go I like to top mine with a little bit of almond butter and I’m good till lunch!

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Here’s what you need

  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 small eggs
  • 3 Tbsp almond milk
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup almond meal (almond meal, not almond flour)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp gluten free flour (from King Arthur Flour or Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 4 drops Stevia
  • Optional toppings: walnuts

Here’s what you do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with 10 paper liners, spray liners lightly with cooking spray (I use the coconut spray from Trader Joe’s)
  2. In a large bowl mash 3 bananas, add eggs and stir to combine. Add honey, baking powder, almond milk and vanilla.
  3. Add almond meal and oat flour and stir once more. Add several drops of Stevia to sweeten.
  4. If using walnuts add to the tops of muffins before putting them in the oven.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, should be lightly golden on top and when a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before moving to cooling rack.


***This recipe can easily be made vegan by using agave or maple syrup and using 2 flax egg substitutes in place of chicken eggs.

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In my kitchen with 1905 Magazine.

Since the beginning of the year I’ve had a monthly drink/food feature in a brand new online magazine called 1905 Magazine. I thought I’d share the a peek into the featured recipes.


1st up in the January issue (page 57) // Home-made Ginger Beer

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This Ginger Beer recipe is non alcoholic but would make for a killer Moscow Mule by adding a few shots of vodka and some lime.

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2nd up in the February issue (page 93)// Bloody Maria

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Tequila makes everything better in my opinion. Meet the Bloody Maria she’s like a Bloody Mary but with tequila instead of vodka.

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3rd up in the March issue (page 85)// Kale Salad

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I recommend pairing with a Vino Verde, tossing on your Kale sweatshirt, Birkenstocks and glossier mask! Peace, Love and Kale.

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And… coming to online viewing soon 4th up (a very special treat; stay tuned!)

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I love spending time in my kitchen and even more I love spending the extra time to make things taste and look that much better. These recipes inspired me with both their taste and color and I hope they inspire you to give them a try or to spend a few more minutes in your own kitchen coming up with your own foodie inspiration.






Spring time thoughts.

Today is the first day of spring for 2015 and I feel old. I remember being told as an 8 year old that once you grow up time ‘flys’ by. I didn’t believe it at the time but they weren’t lying. In some ways I honestly don’t know how it’s not still 2010. I have distinct memories of writing my name, class period and the year as 1997 on school papers. I have distinct memories of sitting in front of a window in 1st grade and feeling the hot New Mexico air blow against me and feeling like the most bored child alive. I have distinct memories of counting ceiling tiles to pass the time sitting outside and literally staring at the clouds for an afternoon. I have distinct memories of not needing to be anywhere and also not being ‘reachable’ by anyone. No e-mails or text messages or facebooks….

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I have distinct memories where it felt like time stood still and now I crave those moments in my mind and wish I found more of them in my daily life.

I’ve been thinking about spring and what spring means in a literal way and in a spiritual way. Lately I’ve just felt the need to grow, to keep learning and keep trying to evolve into a better version of myself. Spring seems like the perfect time to act on that, it’s a transitional season meant to bring awareness and new life. Doesn’t the shedding of ‘old’ things sound so nice? It does to me, if anything I’m most really most passionate about knowing myself and growing as a person and right now more than anything I want to be taking steps towards that.

I feel an enormous need to settle my mind and make more time for myself, for my long drawn out thought process to really percolate and come to some conclusions and actions. For a long time I’ve resented my introvertedness and my need to sit with a question for a long period of time before formulating my well thought out answer… but lately (and by lately I mean in the last week) I’ve realized what a great gift that is and how I should work harder to honor that quality in myself – to just allow myself more time. I’ve never really grapsed what honoring yourself meant until the last few weeks. I guess we all learn things at our own pace.

I’m the type of person who never had to really learn what ‘boundaries’ were. I just had them.

I’m the type of person who never had to really learn what ‘inside voices’ were. I was just quite.

I’m the type of person who never had to be instructed in ‘social politeness’. I was just overly polite.

I’m the type of person who was told every day to 1. Smile 2. Raise my hand and 3. Ask questions. I’ve always been entirely too reserved for American culture.

Too stuck in my head and not bubbly enough, it’s made me hate those parts of myself sometimes and not understand why I felt so unlike other people. It’s the coolest feeling to just know that deep down it’s just who you are and it’s okay… it’s okay to take the time… it’s okay to retreat and make some more space for yourself and your thoughts. I’ve realized that when I allow myself these things I’m just a better human being; I’m more confident and more patient with others.

It’s a truly unique and inspiring thing to figure yourself out little by little and then honor those pieces of you and along the way find people who honor it too. So, while I feel old and a little panicked about making sure my life is a ‘success’ I’m so comforted by the start of spring this year. I’m reminded that things take time and that after the dormant season of death renewal comes. Finding yourself, creating yourself and your life it’s difficult, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I’m reminded now more than ever that hard work pays off.





Irish Soda Bread Muffins (gluten free)

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and for me it’s a clear sign that Spring is on the way. I’ve celebrated St. Patrick’s Day my entire life always wearing green and always eating something inspired by my Irish lineage.

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in Ireland since the 17th century but it was really just a minor religious holiday that Catholic Priests would honor has a feast day and families would have a big meal. In the 1970’s American Irish transformed it into what we now celebrate. I think it’s at least a great excuse to eat some good food, drink some good drinks and celebrate Spring. – What’s not to love?

Soda Bread is pretty typical in Ireland and you can expect to find it served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a crumbly quick bread that is slightly sweet and traditionally has currents or raisons in it. This year I opted for a modern take on it and made Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Muffins. To help transform the traditional buttermilk loaf recipe into gluten free muffins I referenced this recipe from King Arthur Flour.

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Here’s what you need:

  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup  raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter (or 1/3 cup vegetable oil)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt (full fat)

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, line muffin tin with liners, be sure to use a cooking spray and spray the liners once in tin.

  1. In a mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients, gluten-free flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and caraway seeds. Once combined stir in raisins until coated with flour and well incorporated.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the melted butter, eggs and yogurt.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry and combine just until everything is well incorporated and there are no dry spots. Do not over mix.
  4. Using a tablespoon or a cookie/muffin scoop fill muffin liners. Muffins will not rise very much so be sure to fill liner completely.
  5. Top with large crystalized sugar
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, should be golden brown on top and when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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Hope you wear the tiniest bit of green tomorrow and in the least enjoy an Irish whiskey or Guinness!




Sweetheart- Day Date

I’m so excited to start a new series I’d like to call ‘Sweetheart’ posts. After almost year without University on the forefront of our minds Seth and I have actually entered real life. I’d like to note that real life is tough, full of commitments and responsibilities. If I’m being honest those were still there when Seth was in school but I had an unrealistic idea of what life after school would be like. You know, sunset walks on the beach and endless amounts of time with each other. Needless to say life has NOT gone that way and we’ve had to make even more of an effort to carve out time to spend together.

This lead me to create/start my ‘Sweetheart’ posts. As we try to come up with new and fun things to get us out of the house or get us off of Netflix… I’ll be sharing them here.

For the 1st post I’d like to share a day date we took last week to Santa Fe Culinary Academy. They have been doing pop up lunches and we were lucky enough to make it to one of the last ones. This Thursday, Friday (March 12th 13th) will be the last pop up lunch but they will be starting pop up dinners soon – and I can’t wait to try one of those.

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Last weeks lunch was Asian tapas inspired and this week they are doing Italian!

Here are some pictures I snapped while we dined and totally enjoyed the sunny, open layout….

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The food was truly GREAT, we enjoyed everything we tried. My favorite was the hot and sour soup with pot stickers and Seth’s was the steamed pork bun and we both devoured the lemongrass ice cream with green tea fortune cookies!

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Like no joke though I haven’t stopped thinking about that soup (I like food) and it’s left me wanting to try and make my own. Like this one or this one, theirs had a hint of lemongrass (I think) that made it taste so darn fresh!

Thanks for taking a peek into our Sweetheart day date out in Santa Fe. I’m saying this more to myself than to you but it’s important to take any moment of opportunity and spend it doing something that makes you happy even if that means a 45 minute lunch instead of a road trip to California or baking cookies together or …. dinner and a movie. Look at the time you have and make it worth while, take a look at your community and see what’s going on. You may find out, like I did that your local cooking school has pop up menus with killer food on the cheap. Next on my list is to find some awesome St. Patricks Day events. I LOVE ST. PATRICK’S DAY it makes me think of cute things like this and of course I will be in green for the 27th consecutive year!

For me it’s easy to get down because my life isn’t as glam as some of the people I follow on Instagram, I’m not constantly on vacation and can’t buy myself a coffee every damn day… oh and my nails are either not painted or chipped. THIS IS LIFE. So bear with me while I try to get rid of some of my over the top expectations and start living more presently with what’ve got right here in Santa Fe/New Mexico.

I read this today and L-O-V-E-D it… “Thriving is never a destination, but it’s the way you manage the journey.”




COCONUT muffins!!!

Hi, do you like coconut? I do and so does more than 1/2 the world. To be honest coconut oil is pretty great, it tastes good, it’s good for you and you can use it for skin and hair care. One of my personal secret uses for coconut oil (I’m sure it’s not actually a secret) is to use it as an eye make-up remover. I keep a little jar in the bathroom just for this. Just rub a little together in your hands and rub off your eye make-up, works like a charm!

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The purpose of the blog today is to share more than that little beauty bit. I wanted to share a grain free recipe for coconut muffins.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp of coconut extract, optional you can also use 1 tsp vanilla or almond
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • *extra coconut oil to grease the muffin tin

Here’s what you do:

1. Preheat you oven to 350 degrees. Grease your muffin tin.

2. In a large bowl combine the coconut flour, shredded coconut, beaten eggs, honey, extract and salt. Once oil is melted temper a small portion into the flour mixture, stir then add the rest of the oil.

3. Combine all the ingredients until there are no clumps. Mixture will be like a smooth paste.

4. Spoon into muffin tin and back 30-40 minutes. When a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean they are done. They will be lightly golden brown on top.

*Note: if using muffin liners you need to be sure to spray them with cooking spray as the batter will stick a bit to the paper.

Makes 6 large muffins and 12 small muffins. To make 12 small muffins just fill the muffin tin half way, for 6 large fill muffin tin almost all the way. These batter will not rise very much!

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There you go, grain free coconut muffins! Now, just so we are clear these won’t taste a thing like Sbux muffins… but they’re good, okay! I promise, the coconut just seals the deal.


real talk: decluttering

Hi, I don’t know about you but lately I’ve been in the mood to just GET RID OF STUFF.


Somewhere between moving out of my parents house at 17 and living in 6 different places in 4 states I’ve accumulated some stuff. Some of it came with me from high school and I mean this in the most real way possible. Ain’t nobody got time for that. High school me and 27 year old me are different and thank god! I’ve decided to get rid of that persons junk and embrace simple living.

Apart from me wanting to rid myself of my high school and early 20’s I just really want less stuff. Fewer quantity and higher quality. Bye-bye forever 21 everything and hello nothingness until I can afford it! Bye-bye Texas Country concert t-shirts, nail polish that might be 10 years old and large mix match collection of about 5 boxes of colored pencils. It was great while it lasted but we are over.

Here are the top 5 decluttering principals I’m trying to live by from here on out.

1. Stop bringing stuff in. De-cluttering and simplifying your life will be the biggest waste if you just keep replacing the old with new. I’ve determined to get rid of the excess and buy less.

2. Go through one thing a day. Making decluttering a gradual process will help make it not feel like a totally overwhelming thing. I’ve determined to go through one area of my house till I’ve accomplished the whole thing. I may save bigger areas like my closet for a weekend while I can easily sort out the medicine cabinet on a Tuesday.

3. Do not keep things because you feel guilty. As a reminder your home or your space should only contain the things you love or use. Don’t keep things out of obligation or guilt. If you do not love it and you do not use it find another home for it. Do not be afraid to let things go. The urge to hold on to items we think we might need or wear again is real. But, do clothes from when I was 18 really serve me as a 27 year old. No, no they don’t. Either does the build up of crafts and make-up from back then.

4. Have a disposal plan. Before you start the decluttering process research and decide if recycling, donating, selling is right for you. It won’t serve you if you make give away piles that sit in your basement for 3-6 months. Go through things and then get rid of them.

5. Don’t let ‘stuff’ be a time suck on your life. Everything you own takes some time from your life. The time you spent shopping for it, cleaning it, maintaining it, staring at it wondering why you have it… I’ve determined to sacrifice less of my life on the pursuit of material things.




It snowed in Santa Fe last night and this morning like, really snowed. It’s the 1st time this season we’ve had a really good snow in town. While it has caused some delays and slippery conditions I can’t get over how simply beautiful things look when covered in tons of this white stuff.

This morning I bundled my sick self up in 3-4 layers of clothes and gave myself 30 minutes outside. I keep telling myself the ‘fresh’ air did me good. Is there anything better than being the first to walk through the snow in the morning, I think not. It’s one of my most favorite things about winter.

Here’s what my neighborhood looked like this morning.

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“Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.”
― Sylvia Plath

And now I’ll be laying under piles of blanks watching netflix, drinking tea and taking every vitamin possible.




Friday Funnies

Happy Friday!

Here’s my Friday Funnies for this week!

1. We can’t get away from this song and I don’t think it’s a bad thing, every time I hear it I just have to turn it up and I love this version with Mark Ronson and The Dancing Grannies. It’s noted that all senior citizens in the video did their own stunts! I love it. 🙂


2. THIS – it’s just adorable. Beluga whales are known to be pretty friendly and often pose for pictures. I think I even have my own photo with a posing Beluga at Sea World somewhere (circa 1993). I love the way this Beluga seems to be dancing with the music and Mariachi band…. it’s so cute I might burst!


Cheers to another week down and another weekend to enjoy!

sick day ‘WTF’ soup


I’ve been sick 2 times in a month that only has 28 days. There are approximately 373 tissues in all of my pockets and purse. I look like a worse version of Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer. There is a large orchid plant in my bathtub (because I don’t know what to do with it). There is a stack of mail I haven’t looked through from last week. My sink is clogged. Every dish in my house is waiting to be put away. Seth worked 101 hours this past pay period. My basement is the dustiest place on earth. My bird-feeder has been empty for like 2 months and I’m just sure all the neighborhood birds either hate me or died because I didn’t put food out for them. I’m wearing the same 4 sweaters over and over again because WINTER. My lips are so chapped that they cracked open. My nails and toe nails haven’t been painted in like… 3 months. I’ve been told that (my 27 year old self) is a ‘baby’ 3 times in less than 3 weeks which I mean I guess sounds right since my skin is breaking out like I’m 16 years old.

There you have it. My life as of right now. I can’t even. I can’t even but I can… I can because I have too and my problems could be worse. They could be worse but they also feel monumental right now. I know I need to feel grateful but it’s hard to accept.

All I want is not not be sick, have Seth not working all night and all weekend and have a home that looks picture perfect ALWAYS.



I think the internet made me think this is possible and maybe for some people it is but it’s not my life right now and I’m throwing the biggest pity party you could think of- Wanna come? You have to wear black and be okay listening to the saddest mix of Europop and Folk music I pick out. Please bring cupcakes and nail polish.

Anyway, sometimes it’s a struggle to just have time to go through the mail and go on a date with your spouse. AND THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN A BOOK SOMEWHERE. Screw you Disney Princesses and Tuck Everlasting.

And to get to the point of this post, well here it is:

‘Sick Day WTF Soup’ proudly and most humbly made with the most random things I found in my kitchen. I considered is great blessing because it actually turned out not just to be edible but good. So, I encourage you the next time you have a WTF day to bang around your kitchen and make something, it takes the edge off. Kind of.

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Sick Day WTF Soup 

You need:

half a bunch of kale (Curly Kale)

1 can of black eyed peas

2 carrots, chopped

6 cloves of garlic, minced (have a cold, use 6. don’t have cold use 2-3)

2 Tbs of olive oil

1/2 cup frozen corn

1 can green chile (Hatch and hot)

1 zucchini, peeled and diced

2 dashes of Tabasco

1 dash of worcestershire sauce

4 cups veggie stock

2 handfuls of any pasta you have


Here’s what you do: loudly and with must gusto

1. put olive oil and garlic in pot, once oil is hot add carrots and zucchini and leave for 5 minutes.

2. add drained black eyed peas, green chile and corn leave for 5 minutes

3. add chopped kale and cook till wilted (5 minutes)

4. add veggie stalk and Tabasco and worcestershire sauce

5. add pasta, cover and simmer for 15-25 minutes (however long you can wait to eat, the pasta just needs to be done)

6. put in bowl, top with fancy parm that you bought on sale at whole foods and enjoy.

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Okay, bye! I’ll be crying in the hallway or partaking in shopping therapy or reading sad stories and listening to sappy music!