Vegan Zucchini Brownies

I used to be as skeptical as the next girl about veggies in my baked goods.

Vegan Zucchini Brownies - This is the recipe I've been looking for! Rich, fudgy brownies from The Live-In Kitchen.

The church picnic is serving carrot cake? That’s not cake. The neighbor brought over freshly baked zucchini bread? I see those green flecks in there, don’t be trying to trick me into eating your salad.

But guys. I’m converted. Not only can veggies be hidden inside baked goods, but they can also be really GOOD. Like, OMG these brownies I can’t stop eating them and I don’t know what’s happening in my life right now. What if I’ve been wrong about other things? What if I’m actually really good at singing and The Bachelor is the best show ever?? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.


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Slice of Life 7/16/2014

Slice of Life

Lola started swimming lessons last week. I taught swimming lessons for something like ten years and have seen every type of student and swimmer under the sun. I somehow managed to give birth to every terrible child I ever had in swimming lessons when I gave birth to Lola. The first day I was in… 

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Vegetable Frittata with Balsamic Burst Tomatoes - A healthy, flavorful addition to any brunch!

Vegetable Frittata with Balsamic Burst Tomatoes

I know, I know, I know. I’m balsamic-ing all the things. Chickpeas? Check. Couscous? Check. Add tomatoes to the list because yum. Balsamic vinegar is where it’s at! Especially for summer. It adds this earthy depth to what you’re cooking that is somehow both savory and rich. You just have to trust me. Today we’re… 

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Cherry Crisp Ice Cream - Everything you want in one sweet and creamy ice cream! Recipe at

Cherry Crisp Ice Cream

Last weekend we celebrated Lola’s 5th birthday. We had a few family and friends over. I made hot dogs, mac and cheese, and her requested pink and purple cake with white butterflies. Her favorite movie right now is Tangled (the story of Rapunzel), so we had a loose theme going that included floating lanterns that… 

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Lemon Pound Cake - Simple, sweet, and completely versatile! // The Live-In Kitchen

Lemon Pound Cake

Every now and then I look back on the beginning of this blog and wonder why anyone bothered to visit at all (actually, no one did). When it comes to true family favorites, I like to go back and update the photos. These recipes are so important to me and get made time and time… 

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Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers - Only 250 calories for two pepper halves! // The Live-In Kitchen

Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Last week I joined some of my friends in a group on Facebook to motivate each other in our health and fitness goals. Everyone is setting their own goals because we’re all in different places, and it’s great to have the accountability of friends when you don’t feel like working out or eating well. The… 

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Slice of Life 7/2/2014

Slice of Life

It has practically been monsoon season here in Wisconsin. We’re talking high winds, crazy lightening, and pounding rain. As long as I get a few hours of sunshine each day I’m all about it. I don’t know why I love storms so much. Maybe it’s all the years I spent as a lifeguard and thunder… 

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Pesto Linguini with Crispy Balsamic Chickpeas // The Live-In Kitchen

Pesto Linguini with Crispy Balsamic Chickpeas

I’ve discovered my kids will eat just about anything covered in balsamic vinegar. They think it’s chocolate. It’s not like I told them it was chocolate, I just didn’t tell them it wasn’t chocolate. Balsamic drizzle is their favorite (they call it “sweet sauce”) and I’ve got a killer recipe comin’ atcha next week that… 

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