Mint Chocolate Chip & Macadamia Nut Cookies

Happy St. Patrick's Day, friends!!!

I love St. Patrick's Day! I'm not really sure why--it's not like my family or friends ever did anything out of the ordinary to celebrate the day. I'm not Irish, and neither are any of my ancestors (that I know of, at least). Green isn't my favorite color, and I don't particularly like corned beef and cabbage. All I ever really did was wear green to avoid being pinched, and make leprechaun traps in elementary school....

Bruise Berry Pie

I have something very exciting to share with you all: IT'S PI DAY!!! 3.14, 03/14, March 13th, the day of the mathematical number (and Greek letter) of pi: π. 

My excitement for this day is not rooted in a profound love for the numerical, nor a secret desire to drop-kick writing and become a professional mathematician. Truth is, I care little for anything more than simple math. Math was never a friend to me growing up, and we've remained respectfully distant in recent times....

Creamy Strawberry Pineapple Peanut Butter Smoothie

We're slowly inching our way towards strawberry season, and personally, I can't wait! I love strawberries. They remind me of late spring and early summer and warmth and sunshine. They also remind me of things like angel food cake and whipped cream and waffles--all good things, in my opinion.

The best strawberries I have ever had are from a little farm outside of Savanna, Illinois....

Three "P" Pesto Pasta

BREAKING: The sun just peeked through the clouds, causing me to ask of Spokane, "Spring, are you coming?"

Nope, I just checked the weather and apparently the weekly forecast is: partly sunny, snow, snow, rain, rain, cloudy, snow--which is not springy at all. Which is a real shame-bummer, since I've been feeling super springy lately. This is on account of a few things....

Almond & Pine Nut Basil Pesto

This week has been the pits. 

I'm not really sure where that phrase came from or what it means. What pits are they referring to? Armpits, 'pits? Giant chasms of dirt, pits? The family of Brad and Angelina Jolie, Pitts?

Either way, this week has been the 'pits pits Pitts. That gnarly cold I had barely caught last Friday? It blew up. I still have it, and it got much worse. I feel like a pug....

Cheesy Hot Italian Sausage Baked Pasta

Happy Friday, all!

Unfortunately, I did not completely avoid the end-of-winter colds that are sweeping around campus right now. Much to my dismay, I woke up yesterday feeling a little scratchy in the throat. So far that's all it's been, so I'm crossing my fingers that it'll blow over quickly and....

Naked Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Buttercream and Coconut Flakes

Peeps. It's Valentine's Day! 

Okay, I know people have differing opinions on Valentine's Day. In general, we tend to either really love it or really hate it, with little to no middle ground.

I think it's semi-ridiculous NOT to love Valentine's Day. What's not to love? It's seriously a holiday celebrating two of the greatest things in the world: love, and chocolate. Unfortunately, people get all mentally constipated over....

Spaghetti Squash in Veggie Sauce

Spokane did a nasty thing and tricked me yesterday.

I woke up early Sunday morning to head to work. The sky was cloudy and I ignored its moodiness as I ate my breakfast of Special K chocolatey delight cereal (I took too long getting out of bed to make oatmeal, which is always a sad day, but that's what I get for lounging). When I stepped out of my apartment, I was immediately hit with a nostalgic smell....

Cheeseburger Bites

EXCITING NEWS! This post has not one, but TWO recipes. I bet you’re Super pumped about that (get it? Because they’re Super Bowl recipes? Don’t hurt yourself laughing now, it’s just a truly crappy pun!). 

It is now less than two days away from the Super Bowl. And those football truffles I made the other day? Well, it's a good thing I was planning on making another Super Bowl recipe, because those sure did not make it to Super Bowl weekend....

Cookie Dough Football Truffles

Well, it's that time of year again....it's the Puppy Bowl! 

I kid, I kid--it's Super Bowl time! And if you are not like me, you're psyched to watch football, stress yourself out making sure that you fulfill odd superstitious behaviors, and trash talk your best friends. If you are like me, however, you're pumped to observe said odd superstitious behaviors/trash talk, watch the commercials that American companies pay gazillions of dollars to run during that coveted game, and EAT FOOD....

Nano's Devil Dogs

Guys guys guys!

I am so, so beyond excited. You know why? Because today I am sharing one of my all time favorite recipes with you, the one that has everything going for it: family, tradition, memories, chocolate, cool whip, cake, cookies--everything.

Devil Dogs (or Devil Dog cookies) are an old family recipe....

Spiced Beef & Vegetable Stew with Toast

Crockpots are probably one of my favorite inventions. Ever.

The idea that I can make a whole lot of something extra scrumptious with minimal effort is like a dream come true. 6+ hours after I begin, I have 5 days worth of food and only like 3 dishes, which is seriously appealing. And I don't even have to be in the same building as the pot (although let's be honest, I have zero patience....

Vegetable & Herb Grilled Cheese

In case you haven't noticed, the Pacific Northwest is kind of a mess of snow and ice and winter right now. Which I have zero tolerance for, because after the Christmas season ends, I would really just prefer that snow start it's hibernation and spring go ahead and get rolling.

Don't get me wrong, I love sitting inside while snow falls peacefully outside, sipping on a steaming mug of hot cocoa....

Welcome to The Sagas

Hellooo to my mom, my dad, my aunt, a sprinkling of my friends, and probably like three other people who are going to be reading this initial post before anything is published and while I have zero traffic.

In spite of that, I welcome you. Welcome to The Basil & Cinnamon Sagas, where there are three things you can count on: