Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Delicious classic pineapple upside down cake recipe | jessicagavin.com

There’s a wave of innovative and ultra modern desserts out there nowadays, but I found myself in the mood for some  nostalgic baked treats that make people reminisce of the good ol’ days. That’s why this recipe calls for a delicious classic pineapple upside-down cake, yum! This is one of the timeless dessert creations that make me think of the days of Julia Child, white lace aprons, and dad carving the turkey.

I make this recipe because my hubby LOVES it. Jason grew up very lucky as his mom and grandma would create elegant homemade feasts. This particular dessert is a special treat that his grandma Rose whips together and he always is so happy when he gets a warm slice. I remember the first  time I ever tried her version fresh from the oven, I was shocked how amazing it was. I had been missing out all of this time!… 

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Browned butter chocolate chip pecan cookies | jessicagavin.com

Me like COOKIES! I sure do, always have, and always will. My fondest memories as a kiddo were making some Nestle Toll House cookies. You know the ones where you slice them from the tube and pop them in the oven? They were gone in an instant. I’ve been searching for a really long time for a go-to classic chocolate chip recipe, however, I seem to keep coming up short in the flavor and texture department.

My sister-in-law, Svetlana makes the most incredible cookies so I knew she would have the answer to my cookie conundrum and boy was it fun testing each batch! I’ll tell you right now, these browned butter chocolate chip pecan cookies have the most incredible flavor I’ve ever tasted from a homemade cookie, read more to find out why…. 

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White Chocolate Cherry Pecan Cookies

Stack of White Chocolate Cherry Pecan Cookies | jessicagavin.com

Don’t you really have a hard time turning away a cookie, or two, especially when they are freshly baked? Tell me its not just me! One of my sweet friends just had an adorable baby girl a month ago, so I definitely wanted to drop off some treats for the happy and hungry parents. The new mommy requested some white chocolate chip cookies, so I decided to give it a little summer twist. Enter this irresistible white chocolate cherry pecan cookie recipe. Yep, it’s a mouth full to say, but a delicious nibble of happiness in cookie form…. 

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Grilled Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Grilled Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw | jessicagavin.com #bbq

I swear I just blinked and spring was pretty much over! It’s just a few more days until memorial day, which means it’s time to fire up the grill for the summer. I love grilling, there are less dishes to clean and I get to cook outdoors! We are big fans of pulled chicken sandwiches and I figured it was about time to make them at home.

I don’t own a crock pot, and don’t want to wait for hours for the chicken to slow cook in the oven. A great compromise is adding a generous amount of spices to tender chicken thighs, grill them over a hot flame, and your meat is ready to be smothered in BBQ sauce in way less time. I’m ready, how about you? Ready, set, grill!… 

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Lactation Cookies

Whole grain oatmeal chocolate chip coconut lactation cookies | jessicagavin.com

Hey all of you incredible breastfeeding momma’s out there, this post is especially for you! Since it’s almost Mother’s Day, I thought this would be an awesome time to share with you a recipe for lactation cookies, what?!? Yep! Cookies especially made for mom’s who are still breastfeeding their little ones.

Last year was undeniably all about babies with many of our close friends growing their families, super fun! I’ve been so blessed to have the most amazing women in my life. My dear friend Tekoah had her gorgeous daughter Siaana just a few weeks before James. We definitely shared experiences and tips throughout our mommy journey together. Tekoah is a culinary and fitness guru (check out her website) and has given me great advice on homeopathic ways to increase milk production.

She recommended trying fenugreek supplements (which totally worked for me) and also baking some lactation cookies which had helped other moms. Each month I’ve been noticing my milk production decreasing since I started working full time again. Now that James is eating more solids, its honestly been really hard for me to see my supply drop with each passing month. When I found out there was a chocolate cookie with added milk-producing benefits, I was determined to do what I could to keep things flowing!

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Blackened Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce

Blackened Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce | jessicsgavin.com #tacotuesday

This recipe for blackened Mahi Mahi fish tacos brings back some pretty epic memories for me. My husband Jason has always made a point of getting me out of my shell to try new things and sneaking a bit of adventure into our relationship. Jason led me just south of the border in Baja California, Mexico. I discovered plentiful little seaside villages with amazing food. These trips across the border created some awesome memories for us. The food is something to write home about, but even better yet, recreate when you get back!… 

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Vegan Whole Grain Raspberry Breakfast Bars

Vegan Whole Grain Raspberry Breakfast Bars | jessicagavin.com #veganrecipes

During the week my day starts before the sun gets a chance to rise and while most people are still dreaming in their cozy warm beds. I don’t always have time to make breakfast before leaving the nest, so having something quick and ready to go for this zombie mommy is a must. I make these whole grain raspberry breakfast bars on Sunday so they are ready and waiting for me bright an early Monday morning, and guess what, they are vegan friendly! Keep reading to find out just how easy these are to make, and even better to eat!… 

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Irresistible Coconut Caramel Chocolate Bars

Coconut caramel chocolate bars | jessicagavin.com #dessertrecipe

They say that we eat with our eyes first, if that’s true then I just demolished this irresistible gooey stack of coconut caramel chocolate bars, drool. I’m going to warn you now, the recipe I’m going to tempt you with is for the true chocolate and caramel lovers. If you’re also a fan of coconut then you are really in for a treat!

Have you noticed it’s already the season where those sweet and savvy girl scouts are working outside the grocery stores selling those yummy green boxes of goodies. I finally caved and bought a box or two, haha who’s counting anyway. I was inspired by one cookie flavor in particular and wanted to experiment with it as a cookie bar version. These oatmeal cookie bars are like those awesome Girl Scout toasted coconut and chocolate drizzled Samoa cookies that have jumped in a pool of rich golden caramel, oh yes I did go there…. 

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Whole Wheat Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread with Oat Crumble

Whole Wheat Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread | jessicagavin.com #healthyrecipe #veganrecipe

This year I wanted to try baking with some vegan friendly ingredients, and I had no idea that you could get so many uses from one lovely tropical plant, coconuts! Of course my favorite form is a cold fresh cracked coconut with a pink umbrella and straw in it (someone please take me back to Bora Bora!), but coconuts are really a bakers best friend too. I wanted to make a healthier version of banana bread, so I thought this whole wheat vegan blueberry banana bread would be the most delicious way to go. And guess what…I’ve added a yummy oat crumble, the icing on the cake, err I mean, bread!… 

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Hearty Chicken Ale Stew with Vegetables

Hearty Chicken Ale Stew with Vegetables | jessicagavin.com

Brrrr, oh it’s definitely time to make some stew to take the chill out of your bones! I may be experiencing “Cali winter”, aka I still occasionally wear shorts and flip flops on the weekend, but I still crave warm winter foods. To get started we are going to need some chicken (check!), vegetables (double check!), and some beer (check! Wait, whut?!?!).

Oh yes, some BEER. If you haven’t tried adding a little bit of bubbly fermented goodness to your soups and stews yet, then you have been missing out. Not to fret, I have a hot and delicious, bowl scraping, ask for seconds recipe for a hearty chicken ale soup with vegetables coming your way! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be born before 1993 to enjoy this savory dish (gosh I feel old!)…. 

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