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Browned Butter Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Gah!! Those are a lot of my favorite things in the same headline.

Brown Butter and PBJ Skillet Cookie : The Not So Desperate Housewife

Sometimes the rigors of moving to a new town, starting a new job, and adjusting to a new life as the devoted and supportive wife of a business student requires a little sweetness. And, I mean, the coming of Fall and all of the accompanying baked goods will only make it better. But let’s talk about my giant cookie.

Brown Butter and PBJ Skillet Cookie :: Not So Desperate Housewife

Did it really need to be one big-ass cookie? Was a skillet entirely necessary? Eh. Take it or leave it, but something about a piping hot chocolate chip cookie, dripping with PB and J, hot from the oven in rustic cookware brought an appropriate level of decadence to my holiday weekend.

*Inspired by this recipe (although I used local grass fed butter…natch)

**Here’s how I brown my butter

Browned Butter Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 8
  • ½ c butter
  • 2 c almond meal
  • 1 c walnuts
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ c maple syrup
  • 2 c chocolate chips
  • ¼ c palm sugar
  • ¼ c jelly
  • ¼ c sunflower seed butter (or any nut butter)
  1. First, brown your butter. See link in the post for how to do this.
  2. Grid the walnuts into a fine meal using a food processor.
  3. Combine all ingredients except for jelly and sunflower seed butter.
  4. Press the cookie dough into a greased cast-iron pan.
  5. In separate microwave-safe dishes, nuke the jelly and sunflower seed butter for about 15-20 seconds each (you want em runny). Pour over the cookie.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!




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This Week in Food, Fashion, and Fun

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I like putting together these little Friday posts to keep you all entertained somehow, even if I’m a total flake. Or maybe I just like having a place to throw up my favorite things whilst cruising the interwebs.

PS…the muffins above are these but with peaches instead of apples. I’m just….dead.

Ya I know it’s been 2 weeks. Ya I know the blog is allllll over the place. Deal with it.


These dark chocolate cake zucchini waffles must count as veggies for breakfast, so it’s basically the healthiest thing ever, right?? Right????

You know how much I love cheez whiz that doesn’t make me breakout/fart like an old person.

These brown butter cornmeal scones with lavender peach curd…now now NOW.


I only bought these shoes last week because they look like Kate Middleton’s Sledge pumps. I’m not sorry.

Altuzarra for Target. I must be dreaming…

NY Fashion Week is almost heeeerreeee! And these designers are putting US servicewomen on the runway. Yes, we like dressing up and feeling beautiful, too!


Loving this DIY dry shampoo..this one doesn’t make me smell like spray paint.

And I wonder why my photos are consistently sucky. I need some cues from this guy.

Natural remedies for more beauty sleep. Luxurious!



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Saturday Morning Banana Pancakes

When you work Saturdays, you need to make sure your morning has a little extra oomph to get you going.

Saturday Morning Banana Pancakes : The Not So Desperate Housewife


These are kind of the lovechild of my favorite big-ass pancake recipe and my old favorite banana pancakes…super quick to throw together and really, really flavorful and moist. Since the main complaint following a lot of Paleo pancake recipes is the dryness, I’d say this is a huge win.

Saturday Moring Banana Pancakes :: The Not So Desperate Housewife

As I mentioned in my original pancake post…there’s an art to making a good pancake when you’re not using grain-based flours. Make sure to use plenty of butter or coconut oil to fry them in since sticking is the number one destroyer of a good breakfast. Also, and I cannot stress this enough…be patient! They need at least 2-3 minutes over medium heat before they’re flip-able. Wait to see bubbles, and then keep an eye out for the edges to cook a bit. But trust me when I tell you it’s worth the wait!

The Not So Desperate Housewife : Saturday Morning Banana Pancakes

Saturday Morning Banana Pancakes
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Serves: 1-2
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 T coconut flour
  • 2 T non-dairy milk
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ½ t apple cider vinegar
  • splash of vanilla extract
  1. Beat the eggs with the banana, milk, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the coconut flour and whisk until the batter thickens.
  3. Add the vinegar, mixing well, and let batter stand for a minute while the griddle heats up.
  4. Fry in butter or coconut oil (my personal fave) over medium heat for about 2-3 minute per side. *Be Patient!!*
  5. Serve!


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How to Love Good Old Fashioned Liver and Onions

OK, I get it. Liver is one of those things you either love or hate–it’s got its characteristic texture and smell that understandably weirds some people out. BUT. I would at least like to make the case that many liver haters are only so thanks to a handful of bad experiences at the hands of someone who didn’t prepare it properly.

Good Old Fashioned Liver and Onions ::The Not So Desperate Housewife

Liver is not just another piece of meat. You can and will ruin it very easily if you don’t know what you’re doing, which is a damned shame because it’s SO good for you.

So, one, you have to get some quality liver. I’m lucky enough to have a weekly farmer’s market where I get my liver from our beef guy (as well as some other great cuts), so I know it’s less than a week old and grass fed all the way. The life of the cow and the age of the cuts really do make a huge difference.

Then, obviously, you need to cook it properly. The liver you may have had that was nothing short of gawdawful was probably overdone and rubbery. It’s really important to give the liver a good sear on each side and get it out of the pan as soon as it starts to bleed. Don’t overseason, either, since that characteristic flavor I mentioned before does not play nice with a lot of crazy seasonings. Sounds gross, I know, but it works. Let it rest for a minute or two on a serving platter and enjoy!

Good Old Fashioned Liver and Onions
  • 1 lb grass fed calves liver
  • ¼ c butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the garlic.
  3. When the garlic is lightly browned, add the onions and saute until translucent.
  4. Season the liver with salt and pepper.
  5. Make room for the liver amidst the sea of onions and sear for about a minute or two on each side, until it bleeds.
  6. Remove the liver onto a serving platter and top with the onions and drippings, allowing to rest for 1-2 minutes before slicing.



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This Week: Food, Fashion, Fun

Sun Cups


I want to swim in brown butter. Especially at breakfast.

I love frosted cookies…remember the manager’s special at Mrs. Fields?? So, yeah. check out these frosting **filled** ones. Eek!

Three of my favorite things smashed into a sandwich and grilled. Rawr.


I’m obsessed with this site. If you can get over the series of posts featuring the over-the-top “safari” weekend, the clothes and accessories are simply fabulous.

This caftan. C&C turned me onto it and now I’m obsessed. So breezy, so comfy, yet somehow what is essentially a mumu becomes totally classy.

Did I tell you? I got a job! In fashion! (Sorta). I work the floor at a gorgeous little boutique right here in CVille. And I’ve basically been stalking this dress ever since I got here. Such unrequited love!!


So yeah, remember when I made this? Welllll all the magnets either fell off or were becoming a pain in the arse when the makeup containers got so heavy that they kept sliding to the bottom. Not fun. So, maybe this will work? I do have an extra towel rack for some reason in the bathroom…

We somehow lost my favorite welcome mat ever…it was the one that looked like an iPhone and I’d honestly sweep my feet across it every single day. Ugh. So I think this can make a suitable replacement.


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Mocha Cappuccino Chia Pudding

Yeah, I know. I’m going crazzzzy with all this chia pudding.

Mocha Cappuccino Chia Pudding ::The Not So Desperate Housewife

But seriously, what was wrong with me? This is the perfect breakfast. Just mix it all up, toss in the fridge. Boom. Nice cool breakfast option for hella hot days all nice and ready after I stumble out of bed.

Mocha Cappuccino Chia Pudding :::The Not So Desperate Housewife

So this recipe also has sort of a secret ingredient. I use it in pretty much everything. Probably the greatest grocery discovery I ever made.

Mocha Cappuccino Chia Pudding : The Not So Desperate Housewife

Apple pie spice is sorta like pumpkin pie spice but much, much lighter. Maybe because apple pie is a much more summery dessert? I’m freaking out over Fresh Market’s blend, though…it’s got a few extra ingredients that others generally don’t, like lemon peel and fenugreek. Baller.

Mocha Cappuccino Chia Pudding
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Total time: 
Serves: 1-2
  • ⅔ c almond milk
  • ½ c brewed coffee
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 T cacao powder
  • 1 t apple pie spice
  • pinch salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • ¼ c chia seeds
  • sweetener of choice (I don't use any)
  • cacao nibs, for topping
  1. Here's the trick to getting this stuff to gel without clumping--mix the coffee and almond milk together and pop int he microwave for just a minute or so, to warm it up.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well.
  3. Transfer to whatever bowls or containers you'd like.
  4. Refrigerate over night.
  5. Top with cacao nibs and enjoy!


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This Week in Food, Fashion, and Fun

Coffee at Founding Farmers :: The Not So Desperate Housewife


It’s HOT. Meaning that it’s time for ice cream sandwiches and booze. Preferably mashed together.

These brownies. Because they’re healthy and all.

Despite the heat index, this tea is absolutely amazing.

Cracklin’ Chicken from Nom Nom Paleo. So easy (took me like 15 minutes start to finish), and soooooooo good. Because fried chicken skin.

I’ve been on a juice kick lately if my Instagram obsession with it hasn’t tipped you off already. I really do prefer to make my own at home but…you know…time and stuff. I finally found a green juice I can palate–meaning it’s green and has veggies but isn’t actually 90% fruit (i.e. sugar bomb).


Just. Dying. Over all of these crop top/skirt sets this summer…this is my favorite anywhere. And this is the one I actually got because I am poor.

I totally JUST found out that corduroy pants are coming back. So psyched. And, I love everything Patagonia, so…

Also in love with these silky Capilene pants. Ah-mazing on their own in hot weather and will save me from freezing to death skiing this season!

This dress, this dress, this DRESS! Like…the truest chameleon of dresses. I bought it on a whim (shocker) and can’t stop wearing it. Best job interview/out for drinks/grocery shopping piece *ever*.


I have wasted easily 3 hours going through this guy’s Instagram devoted to dressing himself like celebrities. I’m actually 12 years old.

This list of Fashion Moments Every Kid of the 90′s Will Remember Rocking Their World. I laughed so hard and was simultaneously horrified…especially at 9, 11, and 16. But I’m still all about boy short undies.

A healthy (and sophisticated) diet on $4 a day. With cheddar scones involved? I’m down.

Which celebrity chef are you? I was soooooo not shocked that I was Gordon Ramsay. I’m so mean in the kitchen.

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Cheeseburger Chili (without cheese)

Seriously, y’all. It’s like I put a cheeseburger in a blender. I had this fantastic concoction cooking all day yesterday as we were moving in and our tiny kitchen was thick with the smell of backyard barbecue.

Cheeseburger Chili : The Not So Desperate Housewife

This was our second meal actually prepared in the new house. If you recall, half our house was without power and the AC was out for the whole weekend because things like that just…seem…to happen to me all of the time. I think we’re finally in the clear, but just know for the rest of the year I’ll be afraid to turn on the dryer…20A to start when the whole house is only 60A is terrifying. My only good ideas are to either a) just do laundry out, or b) to designate a laundry day and make sure *everything* is shut off before even thinking about washing clothes. At least our water bill might be lower?

Anyway, this chili. I went ahead and roasted half a butternut squash in foil and just scooped out the inside and dumped it into the crock pot, but in the future I’ll probably just used the canned stuff since a) it takes way less time, and b) I won’t have to turn the oven on. I’m making a lot of lists today. If I’d have been thinking ahead, I’d have thought to get some ketchup and mustard to dump over my bowl and make this even more like a cheeseburger smoothie. Trust me on this one.

Cheeseburger Chili (without cheese)
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 c mashed butternut squash
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 c sliced mushrooms
  • 1 c nutritional yeast
  • ¼ c apple cider vinegar
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 T dry mustard
  • 1 t garlic powder
  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium high.
  2. Place beef in a crock pot with all other ingredients.
  3. Give it all a quick stir and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  4. Serve with your favorite burger toppings.



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Overnight Bulletproof Chia Pudding

I have been long averse to jumping on the chia pudding bandwagon. Maybe I had a bad experience? I feel like I probably did, since I couldn’t even hear the word “chia” without thinking of gritty, gelatinous goop.

Bulletproof Chia Pudding :: The Not So Desperate Housewife

Well, you guys, when you’re moving and your AC goes out (along with power in half the building) because the ampage in your new house simply cannot handle running the washer and dryer at the same time, you start looking for breakfast options that are, you know, cold. Never mind how the heck I ended up with a baggie of chia seeds in the fridge, but there they were, and gosh darn it if this mess didn’t come out spectacularly. I even ate it out of a little mason jar, since apparently that’s what cultured grown-ups do. Does it count if it was my complementary margarita glass from Joe’s Crab Shack?

Overnight Bulletproof Chia Pudding
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1-2
  • 1 c hot coffee
  • ½ c almond milk
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 T grass fed butter or ghee (can also be another T of coconut oil)
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ½ mashed banana (optional)
  • ¼ c chia seeds
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients except the chia seeds.
  2. Add the chia seeds to a mason jar or bowl.
  3. Pour the bulletproof coffee mixture over the chia seeds.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.

Bulletproof Chia Pudding : The Not So Desperate Housewife

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This Week: Food, Fashion, and Fun



There is no part of this sandwich I am not creepily in love with.

I am totally THAT guy who eats all the topping off fruit crisps and this recipe was made for me.

I’m not a huge fan of tequila unless it’s buried in a margarita. But I’d still try all of these.

Ross has not stopped talking about these since the first time we had them. And I’ve had the recipe pinned ever since…and that was a year ago. THIS time, I mean it!


This beaded top is a. freaking. dorable. Just enough embellishment to be “fun” without looking like you got trampled by a New Year’s party and easy to dress up (with a skirt or dark shorts like Shanna’s) or down (with jeans and sandals).

Saw this necklace posted on PaleOMG’s Instagram earlier this week and, naturally, had to find it. Simplicity is the way to go. Even if you aren’t a bridesmaid.

One: I have huge ankles so oxfords intimidate me. Two: metallics straight up scare me. But I’m in LOVE with these shoes. Someone help me.

This ensemble. WHY is it not Fall yet???


I’m a closet craft girl, and moving into a new house is like, crafty sensory overload. First up: this wreath. So effing cute.

And while we’re talking about home decor, you should know I’m also making about a dozen of these. What am I? Like, 5?

So maybe it isn’t fun, but this homemade goo gone!!! I finally decided I’d reached that point where all those “funny and ironic” bumper stickers I thought were so cool in college? Yeah, not really all that cool anymore.

I need this blown up on my wall. I feel like I should be ashamed but I also feel really relieved because I hate milk.


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