Marmalade ‘N’ Cream Pops + Strawberry Cheesecake Pops

Marmalade 'N' Cream Pops + Strawberry Cheesecake Pops (recipe via thepigandquill.com) #popsicleweek #popsicles #icepops #summerdessert

I know. I’ve been hitting the snooze button on blogging pretty hard lately. But if there’s anything that can raise me from my chemo-induced slumber, it’s Billy’s annual #popsicleweek, which is like the ultimate summer pool party in popsicle form, minus the part where you slink into the water as slowly as possible because holy freezing tatas, plus a hundred or so inflatable swans. Or flamingos. Or whatever hip floatie is this year’s jam. (It’s a cactus, isn’t it? Fuck.) This year, I decided to honor Chris and my fave frozen treats from childhood with grown-up, lazy-girl versions that are as simple as they are nostalgic: a sweet and pleasantly bitter Marmalade ‘n’ Cream Pop for Chris (a less-sweet riff on the two-tone flavor we both adore); and, for me, a tart and tangy Strawberry Cheesecake Pop that’s just a teensy bit more sophis than my beloved Strawberry Shortcake bar (admittedly without the squishy crumb coating, which I kinda really dig). Both treats benefit from lots of concentrated fruit flavor and one-step sweetening thanks to good ol’ jam. Jam!!! And both come together with a few whirls of the blender, easy peasy. Make one or both and feel like a kid again. … Read More

citrus matcha lattés two ways

Hi hi hi hi hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii guyssssssssss! I’m so very excited to catch you up on all that’s happened over the past few weeks. In the Cliffs Notes version, we road-tripped to Pacific Grove and Mendocino; finally finished settling into our new digs (hey new dining room table, you shaxy fing, you…); planted a garden that I’ve been more or less banned from tending given my track record with living things (Lana is really lucky she’s made it this far); celebrated 11 years of good ol’ fashioned monogamy; and slept in. Yeah, SLEPT IN. Like, Chris woke up with the babe, I put her on my boob for a hot minute — and then I went back to sleep. It was bliss, you guys. I felt like one of those people in those really pretty bedding ads, just luxuriating in my fluffy duvet and artfully rumpled sheets with my gently tousled bedhead and my dewy Jergens-y skin. I mean, IRL I am one hundred percent certain it looked nothing like that, but it felt super glam. Even with my pasty white arms. Like, really, when did my arms get so pasty? And, like, shapeless? I thought for sure lugging a 20lb kiddo … Read More

Easy, Steel-Cut Overnight Oats — and the Sambazon 3-Day Purifying Cleanse

WARNING: This is kind of a long, schizo post. I’d love for you to follow the storyline from soup to nuts, but if you just want the low-down on the review, skip to the middle. If you’re jonesing for oats, skip to the end. I don’t know why it took me so damn long to hop on the overnight oats train {t00t t00t}. It’s no more work than fixing a bowl of cereal or assembling my beloved Greek yogs breakie. You just do it the night before — so in a sense, it’s actually easier. Wake up. Eat. Dance party. There’s no cook or prep or even that persnickety pour getting in the way of you and your first meal of the day. It’s gorgeously simple. And now I’m, like, fully onboard, sporting the conductor stripe overalls and brimmed cap and the whole nine. Hell, I AM the conductor. NEXT STOP, HAPPY-CHEWY-OATSVILLE! Chugga chugga. And to think, it all started with a cleanse. A few months ago, Sambazon asked me if I’d like to try a few of their superfood products, and I was totally intrigued. It’s always a bit of a challenge determining if certain brands are a good fit … Read More

Easy Baked Panettone French Toast (with Greek Yogurt & Marmalade Custard)

As I’m sitting here writing this, Chris is in the back room cleaning out the file cabinet. It’s a very New Yeary thing to do, and the kind of task that makes a wife’s heart flutter. Maybe because he’s the kind of man to sort through years upon years of receipts, healthcare statements and paystubs (didn’t most companies go paperless with those in like, 2002?). Maybe because it means I don’t have to. Either way, it’s kinda hot — a man who cleans. Oh snap, and now he’s vacuuming. ‘Scuse me for a moment… Meanwhile, I’m cramming my face with the last serving of this bananas French toast that, ironically, doesn’t have any bananas at all. Dammit. Fail. Well, you know what I mean. It’s got a whole bunch of other crap, and it’s just good, you guys. Good enough that, instead of helping Chris purge my makeshift closet/office/crap-catchall of all my overcoats/paperwork/crap, I’m parked in front of the tube with a bottle of syrup in one hand and a fork in the other shoveling away. Happy New Year, indeed! They key to the not-at-all bananas flavor in this totally bananas French toast is that it starts with a whole … Read More

Iced Pumpkin Spice Lattes (vegan & gluten-free)

Ohhhhh look, we’re back to Pumpkin Hoarding 101. Today’s lesson: put a straw in it! I’m not even going to pretend that there’s anything original about this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Uuuurbody knows that, come October, Starbeezy’s put’s the ol’ “It’s baaaaack!” sandwich board out on the sidewalk and the ‘Bucksnuts start raging. It’s become a downright frenzy. There are websites that count down the days to holiday beverage season. And let’s just be frank about it, people. The marketer in me is pumpkin with envy. But instead of dissecting the marketing genius that is the Pumpkin Spice Latte (I mean seriously, can you imagine the mils some fool is raking in offa that shi?), let’s just cut right to the chase and dissect the latte, itself, okie dokes? So much easier. Way less nerdy. And since this rendition is so freekin’ simple, we can deliver the punchline (that’s the part where you get to sippin’), like, yesterday. Let’s take this bad boy apart! 1) You got your unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Dairy-free makes lactards smile. Yay! Make your own and be an even bigger rockstar. 2) Cinnamon. (Spice. Duh.) 3) Maple syrup. Just a bit, because it’s so earthy, … Read More

Power Pie Smoothie (aka Jetpack in a Glass, kah-blammo!)

Earlier this summer I turned 30. I think we talked about it. In fact, I’m pretty sure I promised you at least a post or two recapping all the celebrating (read: championship face-stuffing) we did in New York. This. IsNotOneOfThosePosts. No, sadly for you, this post is a little whinier. Don’t act surprised. Or maybe do act surprised. (Whining, who me?) The bottom line is this: I am now the glorious age of 30, and for my thirtieth birthday — and with my own crazy-lady blessing — I have been gifted with… …a half-marathon. W-T-F you G-U-Ys. How did I let this happen? How did I let this bajillion week training schedule wiggle into my Google Drive and sneak attack me with daily weigh-ins and running logs? (OK, maybe I asked for that one. Pretty sure I did.) How did I suddenly decide that running more than “to the bathroom” was anywhere near a good idea? This can’t be my doing. My conscience has definitely fallen prey to aliens. (Have you read The Host? Great, same page…) In case you forgot, a half-marathon is a little over 13 miles. Run 18,000 of them and you’re at the MOON. THE FREAKING MOON. … Read More

Pineapple & Spinach Green Smoothie

Good Tuesday, pretties! Hope everyone’s been having a lovurly week. Seven days post-vacay, I think we’ve finally recuperated from our extra-long weekend of glitz and gluttony in NYC — thanks in no small part to a few detox meals based almost solely around things that grow from the earth. (Apparently, the detox ended last night when I decided that a platter of meltingly tender carnitas-style pork belly with Spanish rice and refried beans makes for a balanced meal, but we’ll leave that for next Tuesday’s post. I will say now: no regrets whatsoever.) So what does one eat while trying to purge nearly a week’s worth of #shackburgers and #saltypimps from their system? (What? WordPress doesn’t do hashtags? #WTF.) A lot of salads, to start — big, beefy salads heaped full of, like, three lettuces and four kinds of fruit and a handful of nuts (ha) topped with plenty of those little crunchy fried onions and maybe some blue cheese and, oh, did you guys know that Trader Joe’s has this awesome frozen charred corn that you can toss into salad straight from the freezer and it makes it all roasty-toasty flavorful with literally next to nil effort? Buy it. … Read More