Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad

I have found that one of the best ways to stick to eating real, whole foods is a crazy delicious sauce. Some people use ketchup, others are impossibly addicted to hot sauce. Whatever your preference, if dousing your broccoli in butter is going make you more likely to eat your veggies, then I say go for…

Carrot, Apple, and Bacon Slaw

I feel like hot weather should warrant its own category of recipes. You know what I’m talking about. The kind of oppressive heat and humidity that makes oven or stove top cooking masochistic at best and completely impossible at worst. That was this week for me. I think I made salad for lunch and dinner multiple days…

Fig Brownie Bites

This probably goes without saying, but it’s incredibly difficult to do anything with a newborn in the house. I was also incredibly naive to think that I could get anything done while he is sleeping. Why? Because I can only do things that don’t make NOISE. Cooking… makes noise. Baking… makes noise. Sweeping up the back yard……

Pregnancy Week 39: Nursery is Ready

There’s been a huge lag in my pregnancy posts because… SURPRISE! I’m not pregnant anymore! Atlas Jacob Ledford was born at 5:56 am on his mommy’s birthday July 17. I’ll definitely share the details in an upcoming “birth story” post, but for now I really want to play “show and tell” with Atlas’ Nursery! My…

Jalapeño Chimichurri Sauce

If you add one recipe to your culinary arsenal this summer, it should be this sauce. I’m not even kidding. The light and fresh herbs plus a mildly spicy jalapeño kick and a wallop of salty garlic… it’s literally the perfect companion for EVERYTHING! Fish. Yes. Shredded Pork. Yes. Grilled Steak. Yes. Eggs and Bacon. Yes….

Pregnancy Week 38: Hospital Bag!

As I get closer and closer to my “guess date”, I’ve become increasingly aware of the location of my hospital bag. This bag was dutifully packed many weeks ago thanks to the prodding of my mom who felt strongly that I should be prepared in case baby boy decided to show up (5 weeks) early. (Love…

Strawberry Balsamic Burger Salad

Who’s stoked on summer?!?! OH MEE! ME ME ME! I’m over here working on my summer bod… and by that I mean I’m 3 weeks away from my due date. (teehee) It’s pretty incredible to be coming into a summer season NOT CONCERNED AT ALL about my “bikini body”. In fact, I like my bikini…

Berry Chocolate Pudding Tart

My Memorial Day weekend was filled with bags of clothing and furniture and box cutters. Everyone’s favorite kind of weekend activity : Moving! We didn’t move far but that doesn’t change the fact that we had to move ALL THE THINGS.  My poor 8 1/2 month pregnant body was definitely feeling the burn.  Fortunately, some…

Pregnancy Week 26: Nursery Ideas

I’m definitely getting into the whole “nesting” part of this baby process. Planning a baby shower, registering for gifts, and envisioning the nursery has been so fun! Pinterest and Instagram have been a huge help in finding some inspiration. Here are some of my favorites!  (Click on the pictures to link to the source) I…

StoneHaus’ Prosciutto, Fig, and Goat Cheese Sandwich

I was travelling back from Santa Barbara to San Diego and the traffic report made it necessary for us to stop and eat in order to wait out some terrible bumper to bumper action (#thanksLA). We ended up at a fun little spot in Westlake Village called StoneHaus. It’s a miniature winery with a tasting…