shawarma roasted chickpeas 

When I have the time and motivation, roasted chickpeas are a snack staple in our house. If you didn’t think you could eat two whole cans of chickpeas by yourself, this snack may prove you wrong.  Lucky for me, I have a toddler who loves them just as much as I do so they’re the perfect thing to share.

The flavor combo is adapted from NYT’s chicken shawarma recipe (which, by the way, is SO good) and I wanted to try it out on these little guys.  And guess what?  It works!

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roasted sweet pepper + summer squash pizza

So we’ll keep this short and sweet.  Certainly pizza is one of the most customizable dishes you can create but I am loving this combo and have made this exact pizza probably three  or four times in the past few weeks.  And the fact that I only have one picture to accompany this post means that we promptly devoured this pizza pretty much as soon as it came out of the oven!

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double coffee chocolate chip blondies

These blondies. I can’t get over them.  They’re currently sitting on my counter and it’s taking all my willpower not to grab one every time I walk by them.  Which is a lot.  As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I *had* to make it…but with a few additions of my own, of course.

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thin ‘n chewy gingersnaps

The holidays definitely snuck up on me this year.  As they do every year, but still.  I perpetually procrastinate decorating the house, buying presents and really getting into the Christmas spirit until about halfway though the month and then scramble at the last minute to get everything done.  Every year I keep telling myself to start earlier, make more lists and manage my time better but old habits die hard.

We are flying back to Illinois for Christmas so we decided to forgo some of our usual traditions, which has eased the holiday stress just a bit.  Instead of chopping down our own tree in the wilderness of Tahoe, we put up a light-up twig tree from Target.  There are no stockings, no ornaments, and no lights on the house which, at times, I feel slight pangs of guilt about.  However, it’s actually a win-win because I’m not playing hide-and-seek with ornaments that my 2 year old would definitely hide and he still LOVES the lights on his twig tree.  So as long as he’s happy, he won’t know the difference.  This year.

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