As a new mom, I’m often told to “be kind to yourself.” And now that Owen is in the throes of a sleep regression while teething, I get it! Honestly, I’ve never had so much fun, while feeling so face-plantingly sleep deprived. Case in point: My living room is a hot mess and yesterday, I […]

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Banana Oat Bundt Cake w/Sea Salt Caramel Glaze 1/2 c canola oil 3/4 c dark brown sugar 3/4 c cane sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 very ripe bananas, mashed 2 eggs 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 c oatmeal, ground into flour 1 1/2 c AP flour 1 c buttermilk   […]

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Can somebody please, p l e a s e slow time down for me? I can’t believe how quickly the final few months of the year go by. Once Halloween strikes, it’s like time goes into warp speed and we zoom past Thanksgiving and my birthday (November 27th) and right into Christmas–and holiday parties, and […]

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Recipe: Mini Baked Alaskas

Before Brock and I got married in Alaska last year, my friends threw me a sweet Alaskan-themed send-off. The highlight of the menu was the baked Alaska we had for dessert. It was stunning and so very delicious. Moist cake, creamy ice cream AND toasty meringue all in one bite makes for an awesome dessert. […]

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  True story: Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday; it’s all about food, friends and family. It’s a time to celebrate the people you’re thankful for and reflect on the things that bring joy to our lives. This year, I’m feeling extra grateful for my family—especially with Baby Owen in our lives now—and friends, […]

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  Just as I’m mourning the end of peach season, the scent of passion fruit perfumes the air. Ahh, yes. A delicious hug from nature. Here I go waxing poetic about fruit again. Sorry! At a Poketo cocktail making workshop a few summers back, I learned that cocktails need both sweet and sour elements to balance […]

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Owen’s Birth Story

Introducing Owen Astra Lee Batten. 6 pounds 8 ounces and 20.5 inches of pure love. Brock and I can’t believe he’s real. And he’s ours! And we get to keep him!! It’s been 6 8 12 16 weeks since I gave birth to Owen and I wanted to share his birth story while it’s still fresh(ish) in my […]

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Our Alaskan Elopement

I can’t believe it was just six months ago that Brock and I exchanged vows. After 12 years of calling him my boyfriend, best friend, soul mate, and #1 recipe tester, I’m happy to finally add husband to that extensive list. Most recently, we added baby daddy to that list too! (More on that coming […]

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Top 8 Kitchen Essentials

Like most cooking enthusiasts, I’ve accumulated quite the collection of kitchen gadgets. I have 2+ junk drawers of “stuff” that I don’t really use often, but can’t bear to part with quite yet. (Hey, I might make spaetzle next week or need to grind some sausage, but that’s for another post!) Since I’ve been nesting so hard, […]

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  Back in 2010, when I invested in spendy masticating juicer, I really wondered if it was a worthy investment. Would it pay for itself? Would I even use it or would it be relegated to the garage (aka the land where things go to be forgotten about FOREVER)? Well, I’m happy to report that […]

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