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Salted Maple Vanilla Caramel Sauce & Snack Board

**This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of DairyPure. All opinions are 100% our own.**  Cozy. It’s a simple, four-letter word that evokes plenty of warm fuzzy feelings. It’s also at the heart of our blog. Coziness, for us, is less about having a particular sense of style and more about cultivating… Continue reading Salted Maple Vanilla Caramel Sauce & Snack Board

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Simple California Sushi Bowls

We LOVE sushi. What we don't love, however, are all the dangerous ingredients hidden in restaurant-made sushi. The artificial colors in the surimi, the alcohol  and high-fructose corn syrup in the unagi, the MSG in the soy sauce. Many think of sushi as a healthy option but when you break it down, it becomes clear… Continue reading Simple California Sushi Bowls

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Tomato Parsley Rice Soup

With colder weather finally on the horizon, I thought it would be a perfect time to share one of our favorite soup recipes. I wasn't much into soup as a kid because I didn't think it was a legit meal but this one always filled me up. I remember actually being happy coming home to… Continue reading Tomato Parsley Rice Soup

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Vegan Portobello Shawarmas

I can't believe how quickly the summer has ended! Although my husband and I both survived our first few weeks of the semester, we know that life is about to get  much busier and even more challenging. Blogging obviously isn't going to be a main priority (booo, I know) but it will be nice to… Continue reading Vegan Portobello Shawarmas

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Chickpea soup with tomato pickle salsa (Hummus M’Sabaha)

Ever since I purchased an Inkwell Press Meal Planner back in January and forced myself to commit to meal planning, we have been pretty consistent about practicing Meatless Mondays. Having a set genre for each day has really helped narrow down the selection for the menu, which is something I had a hard time doing prior… Continue reading Chickpea soup with tomato pickle salsa (Hummus M’Sabaha)

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Banana Honey Walnut Toasts

Although Ramadan ended over a month ago, we are still having a difficult time breaking some of our Ramadan schedule and habits. Not only do we still stay up pretty late (midnight is the norm for me), but we also eat like mice early in the morning because it feels strange to fill up right… Continue reading Banana Honey Walnut Toasts

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Lebanese Green Bean & Tomato Stew (Loubya Bi Zayt)

Gardening season is officially in full swing and you know what that means, right?  Fresh, delicious vine-ripened tomatoes hand-picked from your very own backyard. After putting all that hard work into growing your garden, you'll certainly want to savor the fruits of your labor.  Fresh tomatoes are perfect for salads, salsas, and sauces but why… Continue reading Lebanese Green Bean & Tomato Stew (Loubya Bi Zayt)

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Iraqi Eggs in Tomato Sauce (Makhlama)

We pride ourselves in our diversity as a family so this post will touch on that a little bit. Together, my wife and I, have roots from six different countries including where we were raised: Albania, Iraq, Lebanon, Poland, Sweden, and The United States. This specific recipe has been a breakfast staple in my household… Continue reading Iraqi Eggs in Tomato Sauce (Makhlama)

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Lebanese Lentil and Rice Pilaf (Mdardara)

We know we haven't posted in a while but we have been a bit busy working on some fun DIY projects around the house as well as an exciting project that we will be announcing next week. Although our lives are busy, we wholeheartedly believe in eating healthy homemade meals. It might seem difficult to… Continue reading Lebanese Lentil and Rice Pilaf (Mdardara)

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Healthy Homemade Butterfingers

My brother recently brought over a PB&J  Chobani Flip for me because he's experimenting with "healthier" snacking and wanted me to try it out. Ignoring the fact that it had 18 grams of sugar, the crunchy peanut topping was quite good and reminded me instantly of the popular candy bar Butterfinger; something I haven't had… Continue reading Healthy Homemade Butterfingers