Hazelnut Cacao Granola

Some days are notably better than others, while some are notably worse than others. Last week I had one those “worse than others” days. I am a newlywed with a full-time job that I absolutely adore running operations for a local specialty coffee roasting company (yes, I’m one of those coffee people) while simultaneously being a full-time student at university (UNT in Denton) working toward my business degree where I’m required to maintain a 3.7 or higher GPA throughout my entire educational career, no big deal, no stress. Not only am I super busy, which is something I actually enjoy most of the time, but my commuting is absolutely crazy between work, school and “home”. One of these days I may just let Jesus take the wheel.

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Smoky Chili Cobbler

Growning up in a Texas home we were raised on chili during the colder months of the year. There was nothing like coming home after school or any number of practices to see that there was a piping-hot homemade pot of chili sitting on the stove with some fresh cornbread muffins waiting to be devoured. We had the extras on the side so we could make our own bowls, especially since we had some picky eaters in the family (*cough* my sister *cough*).

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Skillet Toast with Whipped Yogurt + Fruit

Getting married is easy, it’s the wedding that’s difficult. After an uncommonly short engagement of just a couple of months – which was also the amount of time I had to plan a small wedding – we are back from our Oregoneon honeymoon (sadly). That being said all of my time and attention has been tied up with packing, moving, unpacking, wedding planning, wedding having, traveling, honeymooning and readjusting to life. Even then, a girl has got to eat and this girl will always start with her favorite meal of the day, breakfast!

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Turk-ish Granola

Does anyone else have a hard time getting going on workday mornings or is that just me? I work in the coffee industry and therefore usually don’t make coffee at home, but I need something before interacting with people in a more acceptable and civil manner. This granola helps as a “band-aid” until I get the real stuff.

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Smoky Tortilla Soup

Texas is known for having all four seasons in one day. This winter has been no exception with sunny weather in the day suddenly plummeting into nearly frozen temperatures at night and a rain storm or two during the day. And on cold, wet nights I crave soup. All kinds, I’m really not biased. This one night in particular I didn’t want to leave the house so I used ingredients that I had on hand, intended for another dish, and made a soup. It helps that I also keep a plethora of Latin ingredients in my pantry at all times.
This soup is so smoky and deep, in almost no time at all, which deceives you in to thinking it has been on the stove all day long.

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Super Easy Overnight Oats

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The new year brings lots of new projects and things to the surface that need to be implemented or managed. With that there’s a certain level of time needed to dedicate to each of those. That being said, I’ve been so hard pressed for time as of late that I have been heavily dependent upon quick meals and snacks. The most time that I’ve had for breakfast prep is overnight oats. If I can’t do that then I’m left with a banana on my way out the door for work.

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