Author: Natalie S.

Homemade Perogies

Homemade perogiesMy mother’s side of the family is 100% Ukrainian. That means, perogies, kielbasa, and sauerkraut are staples for holidays. Not exactly the healthiest… but absolutely DELICIOUS. Neither my mother or my grandmother make homemade perogies, but my great-grandmother did. Unfortunately, no one got her recipe before she passed away. We usually get our from some ancient lady at the church that makes the most bomb perogies ever and I wait patiently for Easter every year for our Ukrainian feast. In the Easter spirit, I decided to attempt to make them. I am not going to lie, they seem absolutely intimidating… So, I scoured the internet for a “Grandma’s Best” perogie recipe and happened to find Grandma’s Polish Perogies on With fantastic reviews, I decided to give them a try. (more…)

Lemon Chia Seed Protein Cookies

Lemon Chia Seed Protein Cookies!

Lemon Chia Seed Protein Cookies!

I have recently turned to Instagram for fitness motivation, workout ideas, and new healthy recipes. Low and behold, I came across this recipe, and since I had a few lemons in my fridge and a huge bag of chia seeds, I decided to give it a try. I ALWAYS keep chia seeds around. They are fantastic added to applesauce, in granola, and made into pudding! Like this Pumpkin Chia Pudding, and this Coconut Banana Chia Pudding. These cookies turned out AMAZING! (more…)

Baking Soda Boss: Unconventional Uses

Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate) is possibly the most underrated, cheap, multi-purpose compound. There are literally hundreds of household and beauty uses. I might actually get a “NaHCO3 for Life”  tattoo sometime in the future… Seriously, it is that amazing. I will likely be making additions to this post in the future as I think of more, “Oh yeah! That too” uses. And if I missed any or if you have any secret tips, please leave them in the comments! (more…)

Honey Goat Cheese Spaghetti Squash

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Finished product!

So, bitches. Holiday season is coming up. You know what that means? FOOD. Hearty, rich meals followed by endless desserts and sweets. That also means that holiday weight gain. That is why I want to share this recipe; forget spaghetti, try this spaghetti squash! You slow roast it in the oven, scrape the insides out with a fork, mix with your favorite sauce or toppings and viola! Delicious, low carb dinner.


Leftover Crock Pot Pulled Pork?

pigI am not sure if I could imagine a world where I would have leftover crock pot pulled pork… However, if you live in an alternate universe and happen to have some, I have found the list for you!  Have I ever mentioned I love lists? I may or may not have OCD. I also love BuzzFeed. Consequently, BuzzFeed lists are one of my favorite things. My madre found this amazing list of 18 recipes to make with crock pot pulled pork. So, if you haven’t already gorged yourself to the point of discomfort I would highly suggest any and all of these recipes. I am salivating more than Pavlov’s dogs just looking at them. YUM!

Check out the entire list, here!


Sweet Baby Ray’s Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Sweet, Sweet Baby Ray's!

Sweet, Sweet Baby Ray’s!

There used to be a fantastic BBQ and homemade frozen custard place just down the street from my house. They had killer beef brisket, delicious pulled pork, and delectable chocolate and peanut butter frozen custard swirled together to perfection. About 6 months ago the joint closed after being open for 25 years or something, and I am pretty sure I had to take off work because I couldn’t stop crying. So, the point of my story is that I was craving some of that BBQ pulled pork.  (more…)

Breaking Bad Fans??

Breaking Bad Cutting Board

Umm, I need this. Right now.

I have already professed my love for the show Breaking Bad in a previous post called, Jesse, Let’s Cook!. So, for all my other Breaking Bad fans out there I just wanted to share this beautiful piece of kitchenware that I am about to order. I think it will really round out the classy/chic theme I have going on with my kitchen decor. “Yeah, bitch! Magnets!” – Jesse Pinkman

Bacon Mac and Cheese (I cheated, shhhh, don’t tell)

bacon macaroni and cheese


So, for this recipe I am going to admit right off the bat that I cheated. AND didn’t really measure anything. But, I don’t feel bad because measuring bacon and cheese is stupid anyway. Right? The more the merrier. Here’s my cheat, I started with a box of Annie’s Shells with White Cheddar mac and cheese. I was looking to make a quick savory dinner and bacon and cheese sounded pretty savory. (more…)

Confetti Cake Batter Cookies



I have a confession, that isn’t really that juicy, but I LOVE HALLOWEEN. Like, A LOT. I also love Halloween parties, and baking for my friends. There is really nothing better than your friends raving about your treats. It’s a wonderful feeling. In the spirit of the occasion, I prepared some AMAZING confetti cake batter cookies for my friend’s Halloween party. I found the recipe on Baked by Rachel. They are a bit crunchy on the outside, and soft and sweet on the inside. Perfection. Bake on, bitches! (more…)

Cinnamon Coconut Granola

Cinnamon Coconut Granola

Cinnamon Coconut Granola

A while ago mini-me (my sister) sent me a recipe for Crunchy Quinoa Granola which looks amazing. So, I wanted to try it this morning BUT there was one serious problem. I didn’t feel like rinsing my quinoa… because it is so much work, I know. I am just lazy on Sunday mornings, okay? Give me a break! So I decided to make the recipe without the quinoa, and without raisins, and without flax seeds because I had none… but with the addition of shredded coconut and extra cinnamon, it turned out AMAZING. Bake on, BITCHES! (more…)