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Fourth of July Cherry-Blueberry-Almond Cake (#almostvegan)

July 4, 2014


Blueberry Cherry Almond Cake Original recipe is vegan, mine is “#almostvegan” (see notes below) Makes one 9″ round cake It’s a rainy 4th of July afternoon here in NYC, so Emma and I tucked the almost-birthday girl down for a nap, and quickly started our “me and you time” as she calls it, with focused […]

Crazy Delicious Raw Cacoa Protein Balls–and catching up!

March 14, 2014


Dear loyal fan base– It has been a long time since I posted. I owe you an explanation. I took a break from the blog while continuing on my own healthy eating/living after baby #2 this summer, and summer adventures with food. There are many backlogged posts to be shared, for sure, but what was […]

Almond Butter Coconut Bark: To Die For

July 3, 2013


Folks– This recipe has been a while in coming to you, and therefore, take note. It’s a keeper. I first discovered it on the Unrefined kitchen with some interesting variations. I knew it was something I needed to try, especially for periods of time when I’m eating “sugar free” (cleanses, or just cutting back) and […]

Flourless Chocolate Cake

May 22, 2013


Disclaimer–this post has some real photo goofiness only to be expected around the Mags Ryland… This recipe is a wonderful blast from the past…I still remember the first time I had it…a good friend’s bday party at our old apt, my cousin visiting; a sunny afternoon of laughter and friends exploring Brooklyn…coming to rest–with an […]

Baklava. And a story.

April 3, 2013


Folks, At this point, you are very aware that the name of my blog is not just a clever tagline, but gets to the heart of what happens around here. In sharing this incredible baklava recipe with you today—what I would consider a success of plucking and choosing what I liked best about two recipes, […]

Valentines-part 2

February 23, 2013


Emma loves pink icecream. It’s actually a flavor in her world. “What kind of icecream do you want, honey?” “Pink.” Ok, well there are a few pinks–there is strawberry cheesecake, raspberry. So which one.” “That pink one”–pointing to a far above shelf that I then have to scramble to reach… Yesterday, we made our own […]


February 15, 2013


On this, the day when love is celebrated the world ’round…I wanted to share with you some fun recipes that we did to mark this as special in our household (and shared with schools, office, friends:)). First, I want to note that if FOOD could be considered the 6th love language, it would be mine. […]

Toddler Cookie Decorating Party

December 23, 2012


Yes, we bravely took on this challenge and it went well! My creative mom friends made it so fun, and even when the kids lost interest and started coloring and tearing up the apt, in turns, we sat around the table and enjoyed each other and our decorating pursuits for a few minutes longer. Recipes: […]

Guest Post! Katie’s Healthy Cookies

December 18, 2012


*Editors note: Katie is a dear friend with a talent for baking. As in, the person who makes the family thanksgiving pumpkin cheesecake that everyone dies for. This year, she took her annual holiday decorating party, and put a healthy spin on it. Everybody wins. Even the guys who ate more cookies than they decorated…you […]

The Green Fair

July 10, 2012


Washington, CT, July 7, 2012 What a blast we had. This is Emma enjoying herself at the Fair. With company… But before that, we had a fun evening involving trimming shortbread cookies that decided to take on shapes not in keeping with their creator’s intent. We got through that. We also made muffins. Millions of […]