Blueberry Buckle

It’s blueberry seassssooonn!!!!

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I feel like I can’t say blueberry without thinking of this youtube video.

Blueberries, blueberries, blueberrriessss. Classic.

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Anyways about a week ago, my mom, sister, and I went up to South Haven, Michigan for a Girl’s Weekend and picked up TEN POUNDS of blueberries. Yep, 10 whole pounds. At first it seemed a little much, but we are basically already almost done with them.

This recipe was a HUGE hit at our house. And my mom’s office.. She brought a big slice in to work one day and the woman that works inhaled it. She proceeded to bring in more the next day and more people tried it and inhaled it also.

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LOVE, love, looove that kind of feedback. Plus it’s nice when she brings all the baked goods in to work because it is seriously just incredibly dangerous to have that kind of stuff laying around the kitchen.

Blueberry Buckle


3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

pinch of salt

6 Tablespoons butter, softened


2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk (I used skim)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups fresh blueberries (if using frozen, do not thaw them. May substitute with other berries)

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F and spray a 8-inch or 9-inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine streusel ingredients using your hands to make sure everything is combined and the mixture forms into crumb consistency.  Once crumb mixture is formed, set bowl aside.
  3. FOR THE CAKE: In a medium, separate bowl, whisk together flours, salt, and baking powder; set aside.  Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and white sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time into the mixer bowl. Mix in the vanilla extract. Add in the whisked dry ingredients. Mix in the milk until fully combined. Fold in the blueberries using a spatula. Pour batter into prepared 8-inch or 9-inch square glass baking dish. Sprinkle prepared streusel mixture evenly over top. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack for 30 minutes, then slice, serve and enjoy! Cover leftovers with plastic wrap or store in air-tight container.

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Random Fact of the Day: Austria was the first country to use postcards.

Southwestern Vegetarian Pasta

It’s been a while since I posted some “real food”…I figured you guys probably couldn’t live very well off of solely cupcakes, cookies, and brownies.

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This here is one of my favorite dishes I have ever put together. It’s one of those vegetarian meals that you don’t even realize there is no meat in there. Pasta is always a great meal choice for vegetarians because it is filling and you can throw in all kinds of veggies to get your vitamins and nutrients in.

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This dish is one of my favorites because it is a great break from the traditional pasta dishes. Sure vodka sauce is delicious, red sauce is easy, Alfredo is rich and decadent, but this one just spices it up and brings a new meal and new tastes to the table. All the veggies mixes with the black beans and spices fill you up while giving you that Southwestern vibe with the flavors.

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Southwestern Vegetarian Pasta

(Serves 6-8)

1 package (1 lb.) pasta, I used farfalle and it was perfect!

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 Tablespoons chili powder

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 onion, diced

29 oz. petite diced tomatoes

15 oz. black beans

about 1 cup corn

  1. Heat 1-2 Tablespoons of oil in a large, deep skillet. Saute onion, green pepper, garlic, chili powder and cumin. Add in tomatoes, black beans, and corn. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for about 11 minutes (or according to package directions for al dente); drain.
  3. Combine pasta and sauce. Enjoy!!

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Black Bean Salsa- SRC Post!

Happy SRC Reveal day! Ah, I just love the Secret Recipe Club!! So much fun to explore new blogs, while someone else gets to try one of your recipes and post all about it.

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This month, I got Renee’s blog, Eat. Live. Blog. Renee went from the busy business world to world of education. She keeps in touch with her creative side by keeping up with her blog. I think that it is awesome that she has truly found that perfect balance in her life!

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Originally, I was going to make her black beans over rice dish, which sounds so yummy to me. A couple months ago, I made the switch over to becoming a vegetarian, so it is always exciting to find tasty, filling entrees.

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However, I did not get around to making the beans and rice dish, so I whipped up her black bean salsa in a jiffy. Whew-eee! I’m glad I did! It was so quick and simple and I go through jars of salsa like crazy, so it was nice to have such a big homemade batch around. You guys have got to try this salsa, and check out some more of her yummy concoctions!

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Black Bean Salsa

(From Eat Live Blog)

1 can black bean (drained but not rinsed)

1 jalapeno (seeded and roughly chopped – keep a few seeds for more heat)

1 small tomato (roughly diced)

1/2 small onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic

2 handfuls fresh washed cilantro

1 lime

    1. Place beans in a bowl and lightly smash with a fork, I left about half of the beans whole, unmashed.
    2. Squeeze lime juice over the beans
    3. Place cilantro, garlic and onion in a food processor or blender and pulse until diced but not liquified
    4. Mix diced veggies into beans
    5. Add diced tomatoes and mix
    6. Salt and pepper to taste
    7. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, stir and serve!

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Random Fact of the Day: Henry Ford produced the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sometimes I have those days where I just want to bury myself in a bag of popcorn.

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Or chips.

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Or Girl Scout Cookies. (curse you girl scouts!!!)

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These are the days that I hope to the good Lord that I remember that gross feeling in my stomach after I bury my head in chips, and then I make an equally delicious snack that is a bajillion (<– exact measurement) times better for you.


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Sweet potato fries happen to be a sweet love of mine and I finally got around to making them at home. This recipe is the perfect yield for one person for one nice snack (a little bit over 100 calories!). You only have to wait about 25 precious minutes for that them to be done.

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Twenty-five minutes may seem long, but in that time you could do so many things! Fold laundry, watch Modern Family, dance like a maniac, watch youtube hair tutorials, pin workouts to look like a Victoria’s Secret model on pinterest, you name it..

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Next time instead of grabbing that deadly box of Girl Scout Tagalong cookies, grab a sweet potato and bake it turn into this delicious recipe! Happy Friday :)

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

(serves 1)

1 medium sweet potato

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

pinch of salt and pepper

cooking spray

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Either spray lined baking sheet with cooking spray, or line with silpat.
  2. Wash sweet potato, cut sweet potato into thin strips for fries. Place strips in bowl and either coat with cooking spray (or about 1 Tablespoon oil).
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Once combined, coat the sweet potato slices with this mixture until every piece is coated.
  4. Place sweet potato fries on prepared baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until turning crisp. Enjoy!

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Random Fact of the Day: Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Britain, provides insurance plans for protection from falling coconuts.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut butter and banana may not seem like the most traditional combination to some people, but I just can not get enough of it. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are like my life. (Yes, I lead a thrilling life)


If you haven’t tried a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Do it NOW. Then make this bread…


Back to the bread, it *does* have the peanut butter and banana combo going on but the banana is truly the shining star in this recipe. The peanut butter almost just gives it a little sweetness with a tiny hint of a different nutty flavor. If you want more of a peanut taste in here, chopped up peanuts (or any other nuts) would be awesome!


Peanut Butter Banana Bread

(Makes one loaf)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 bananas

2 eggs

1 little less than 1/3 cup skim milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar (or 1/3 cup buttermilk)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together smashed bananas, peanut butter, oil, milk-vinegar mixture (or buttermilk), eggs, sugars,and vanilla extract. Once combined mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until completely combined with no streaks of flour.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 60-75 minutes or until comes out witha few crumbs on it. If the bread is browning quicker than the middle is cooking, you can cover the top with foil partway through.


Random Fact of the Day: In Uruguay intoxication is a legal excuse for having an accident while driving. “Please believe me officer, I really was drunk.”