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Urban Tuscan Bread


Recipe: Urban Tuscan Bread (2 lb. loaf)

Summary: This delicious bread maker recipe includes some of my favorite ingredients from the Crave Urban Product line!



  1. Warm water in the microwave to approx. 107 degrees
  2. Add all wet ingredients (water, oil, honey)
  3. Add flour on top of wet ingredients
  4. Make 2 reservoirs in the flour
  5. In the first reservoir add the packet of yeast
  6. In the second reservoir add herbs and salt
  7. Set the machine to 2 lb. loaf, medium, sweet

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 3 hour(s) 30 minute(s)

From Farm to Table – Pecan Pie


I thought making pie from the pecans Rylie and her bestie “harvested” (with the help of a few dads shaking tree limbs) would be a great lesson in where food comes from, but all her 2-year-old mind heard was “pie.”

NutCracking2Finding a nut cracker in Phoenix is no easy task, which is odd considering the number of pecan trees you can find in the area. I finally got lucky at Summer’s Fruit Barn, a cute little farm stand I pass often but have only been to one other time. I spent 2 (messy) days of inappropriate jokes, filthy black dust and shells from one end of the room to the next, cracking nuts.

IngredientsBrown sugar, white sugar, butter, eggs, flour, milk, vanilla extract, toasted pecans, chocolate chips, dark corn syrup (complete recipe to follow…)


DSC_0864This was the first pecan pie I’ve ever even eaten, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It was so gooey and deliciously sweet. I think I died for a minute and went to heaven… but then I came back and realized I had a lot of dishes to do.

Topped with a little (or a lot) of whipped cream, this pie was well worth all the work put into it… well, except Rylie, she passed on the pie and just ate the whipped cream.

1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup white sugar
1/2 Cup butter
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. milk
1 Tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 Cups chopped toasted pecans
1/4 Cup chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. dark corn syrup
Pie shell

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Beat eggs in a large bowl until foamy, then stir in butter and corn syrup
Add brown sugar, white sugar and flour and mix well
Lastly, add vanilla, milk, nuts and chocolate chips
Pour the mixture into a pre-baked pie shell and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees
Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake another 30-40 minutes
Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon sugar, or Penzy’s Vanilla Sugar on top for added flavor

Caribbean Chicken Salad Recipe and Giveaway

Grilled Caribbean Chicken Salad

I never turn down free food, so when Organic Girl asked me to try out their Five Happiness Salad Blend, I was all over it!

This delicious blend is a combination of baby bok choy leaves, baby red chard, tango, mizuna, baby arugula, baby spinach, baby green chard, baby green romaine and baby green oakleaf lettuce and comes in a 100% recycled clamshell. Organic Girl even washes them 3 times before packaging them so you don’t have to!

I’m not much of a salad maker so I was at a loss for what to do with all of this. I didn’t want to make the typical asian salad usually associated with Bok Choy, so I took a different approach and came up with the most amazing Caribbean Chicken Salad recipe. This perfect combination of fruits and veggies has a sweet, earthy taste to it and the perfect amount of crunch. I always have to include crunch to a salad, otherwise I feel like I’ll be hungry again in an hour.

I could seriously eat it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Be sure to enter in the giveaway below to try it for yourself!

1 Clamshell of Organic Girl Five Happiness Blend
1.5 Cups frozen corn cooked in garlic and olive oil
1 Container of grape tomatoes, cut in quarters
Mandarin oranges (drained)
Cut pineapple (drained)
Plain tortilla strips
Chopped cilantro (optional)
Diced jalepenos (optional)

DRESSING to taste
Olive Oil
Lime Juice
Dijon Mustard
Apple Cider Vinegar

GRILLED CHICKEN marinate for an hour or more for best flavor
2 chicken breasts
1/4 cup orange juice
2 cloves garlic
Gourmet Garden Chili Pepper Paste
Gourmet Garden Ginger
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lime juice

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