Blueberry Buckle Doughnuts, Doughnut Cookies or, Doughkies

This article on blueberry buckle doughnuts (or doughnuts meet cookies, i.e., doughkies) is the third post in a series of make-ahead mornings, batch breakfasts designed to save you time. Also in this series: breakfast panna cotta and a closer look at smoothie packs.

blueberry buckle doughkies

Built like a doughnut, baked like a muffin and crunchy enough that their bite can be heard across the room, these doughnut hybrids are like doughnut meets cookie: doughkies?Read More

6 Brandless Benefits Or, Why Order from the $3 Online Grocery

UPDATE December 2019: Brandless no longer sells food! I still recommend their diapers ($11), to-go beverage cups ($3) and kitchenware.

This post on Brandless benefits is the first in a series of posts examining grocery sources (see also later posts on Thrive Market and Kroger). When you want to find good food without breaking the budget, is Brandless the answer? Here’s a look.

brandless benefits review

Just launched this past July, Brandless is a new online grocery store with one unique shtick: everything is $3. Read More

Smoothie Packs: Empty Hype or Savvy Hack?

This article on smoothie packs is the second post in a series of make-ahead morning recipes, batch breakfasts designed to save you time. Also in this series: breakfast panna cotta.

green smoothie packs


They’re tasty, healthy and an easy way to get your greens–but, let’s face it, even smoothies are a chore when you’re tired, stressed or in a rush. Who can’t relate to blogger and cookbook author Kathryne Taylor, who said in Women’s Health Magazine, “I need my breakfasts to be easy enough to fumble together in the morning, because I don’t have the energy to pull out a variety of smoothie ingredients before I’ve had coffee”?Read More

fast homemade pizza and sauce

There’s no denying the magic of make-ahead meals, but, still, who doesn’t love a last-minute recipe? This fast homemade pizza only takes about a half hour to make–and the sauce, another half hour before or as you prep. Best of all, you may have all the ingredients on hand for this addictive, delicious dinner.

fast pizza and sauce

With reviews like “I have been making pizza for twelve years and…am considering replacing all of them with this one” and “this was the easiest pizza dough I’ve ever made,” the Super Quick Pizza Dough Recipe from Serious Eats is an easy sell. A few features: There’s no making the dough in the morning to prepare for dinner. You don’t have to knead the dough, let it rise and knead the dough again. The recipe calls for a total four ingredients, and you might already have them in your pantry. On top of that, of its 77 posted reviews, this is a pizza crust that gets an average of 4.5 stars–despite minimal instructions that don’t tell you how long or at what temperature it should be baked. In other words, it could be the definition of foolproof.Read More

breakfast panna cotta

It was Good Health Magazine that first wrote, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but for anyone with a job, kids or a warm bed in winter, it’s also the most likely meal to skip. While there’s no shame in grabbing a banana while you jet out the door, there’s also no denying the beauty of batched breakfasts, prepped and planned for the week. Interested? Behold, breakfast panna cotta.

breakfast panna cotta

Let’s say you’re already familiar with traditional panna cotta, that velvet custard dubbed “perfect dessert” by The Kitchn and considered fancy enough “to wow your guests,” according to at least one West Virginia news channel. If you’re relegating panna cotta to the dessert category, however, you’re missing a morning marvel. Panna cotta, literally cooked cream, is a smooth and silky custard originating in Northern Italy that ranks high on the list of desserts dressed to impress, right next to soufflés, tiramisu and flan. But swap the heavy cream with Greek yogurt and add some granola, and you’ve got a new reason not to hit the snooze button.Read More

A Dozen Day Dates in Nashville, TN

From business meetings to girlfriend gatherings, there’s a lot to be said for the day date. Here’s a look at a dozen great places to try in Nashville soon!

dozen day dates in nashville tn

Consider this: if you plan your day dates in Nashville, TN between the hours of, say, ten and two, you enjoy lower meal prices, cheaper babysitters, less stress and a break in routine that can lift your spirits ‘til dinnertime. What’s more, time your meal right (i.e., ahead of or just after the lunch rush) and you’ll enjoy easier parking, smaller crowds and your choice of seating options, too. Sound good? Read More