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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites

January 23, 2015 duchessoffork 2

I try to live my life as balanced as possible. I love cooking and eating healthy dishes, and I truly enjoy pushing myself to be physically fit. But I also love baking (and eating) gooey chocolate chip cookies. And I love Mexican food- nachos and cheese dip, to be exact. My bi …

Weekly Meal Plan {1/19-1/25}

January 19, 2015 duchessoffork 2

The sun has been shining all weekend and it makes me so very happy! We took Mac Man to play at the beach for a while Sunday morning and it was glorious. I cannot wait for longer days come Spring! I’m excited to try some new recipes this week. Julia’s going to gymn …

Weekly Meal Plan {1/12-1/18}

January 12, 2015 duchessoffork 4

Monday again? How is it that the week drags on forever and the weekend flies by? I really need a day between Saturday and Sunday! The silver lining is that this Friday is Teacher Work Day and next Monday is MLK Day so it’s almost like a four-day weekend. I didn’t …

How to Freeze Bananas

January 8, 2015 duchessoffork 0

My freezer is always stocked with 5-10 sliced bananas. Jason and I have been on a smoothie kick for the past year or so and we use frozen bananas instead of ice for a much creamier smoothie. The first time I attempted to freeze a banana I stuck the whole thing, peel and all, …

Weekly Meal Plan {1/5-1/11}

January 5, 2015 duchessoffork 4

I’m a meal planner. I set aside a bit of time every Thursday or Friday to take inventory of our pantry and freezer, then come up with a game plan for the following week. It might sound silly, but being organized makes me feel calm and in control. If I didn’t plan …

A Merry Little Christmas Break

December 30, 2014 duchessoffork 2

It has been so lovely to have the last two weeks off. I’ve been able to sleep in a few days a week, leisurely enjoy my morning coffee, and soak up lots of time with my kiddos. I’m dreading going back to work, but that’s an entirely different post for another …

Soaking Up the Season

December 18, 2014 duchessoffork 1

The Christmas season is certainly a magical and joyous time, but it can also feel busier than ever. Our past few weeks have been filled with parties, pageants, parades, and presents, oh my! Even though our days are jam-packed, it’s such a blessing to watch the wonder of …

Martinis & Mistletoe Party Inspiration

December 12, 2014 duchessoffork 3

If there’s one thing my husband and I love, it’s entertaining. There’s something so rewarding about having a house full of friends and family, sharing stories and laughs over food and drinks. Our house is set up perfectly for hosting parties. It’s very …

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

December 8, 2014 duchessoffork 2

I bake a lot of cookies. TONS of cookies, people. When I met Jason I’d lost a substantial amount of weight and really didn’t have a sweet tooth. Well that strapping husband of mine could eat sweets all day long, and he’s ever so kindly passed his love of sug …

Thanksgiving Prep 2014

November 24, 2014 duchessoffork 2

We hosted Thanksgiving last year for the first time and had a blast. It is certainly a lot of work, but nothing is better than opening your home up to family, especially on Thanksgiving. Now that we’ve moved into the new house and are mostly settled, we’re looking …