Crusted Pork Chops with Cranberry Apple Sauce

Many, many moons ago (January 2014) I uploaded a pork chop recipe.  It's still here on the blog, but I'm not going to link it.  Because, well... it's hideous.

HA- in all seriousness, though... that recipe was at the very start of my blog when it was all about the recipe & nothing about the photography.  And to be honest with you guys- it's still that way (in my heart).  But in what has become a very competitive world of food blogs here on the internet, pictures SO matter now.

Beef, Sweet Potato, & Apple Breakfast Hash

Meal prep is not exactly the name of my game.  The weekdays fly by for us, but the weekends fly even faster.  So the thought of sacrificing a huge amount of time on even one of those days of freedom & downtime is just not something I'm typically interested in.  And THAT is why I love dishes like this.

If you listen to me ramble on Instagram stories, then you've probably heard me say this a time or two already:  make your weekend brunch count!

Whole30 Marinated Chicken Thighs

This tried & true recipe has been updated from October 2014 now three years later.  And while I still go back to this post as a guide for perfectly roasted chicken thighs, the magic is all in the marinade.  Try it on any protein for a slightly sweet yet mostly savory glaze.  Perfect for chicken, shrimp, and pork chops!

Life is so busy, you guys!  From family plans to long work days to errands & holidays & chores...  So much fun, and always something to look forward to-  but so busy!

Anyways, as much as I love cooking~ I don't always have time to get fancy with dinner.  That's when I call on one of my simple, effortless, go-to dinners: like my simple roasted chicken thighs.  An easy main dish that pairs with any sides.

The marinade is what makes this protein delicious, yet still simple with ingredients we always seem to have on hand.

The perfect dinner (to me) means minimal effort, even less cleanup, and leftovers for the following day.  Baked chicken thighs fulfill each of those requirements, and also manage to taste delicious!

Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole | PALEO, Whole30

You all know by now that comfort food is the name of my game.  I have always been a "good eater" and have gotten so much joy out of food.  

But when my metabolism basically hit the breaks in high school, I realized that as much as I loved to indulge, I had to get control of my over-eating.  At first, for me, this meant denying myself of all things delicious and cutting my calories to an extreme deficit (plus over-exercising, and just overall obsessing about anything I put in my mouth).  

Baked Apple Cinnamon N'Oatmeal

All through my childhood I seemed to go through a series of phases, and I guess I still do in some ways.  Then it was mainly with my food- and especially when it came to breakfast.

There was a frozen waffle phase (maybe a few of those phases, actually- with different flavors), a crispy potatoes with cheese phase, a toasted English muffin with PB&J phase (then awhile of just plain butter).  I guess you could say I liked my carbs!