Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes with a Blueberry-Peach Syrup

Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

Light and fluffy Greek yogurt pancakes made with wholesome ingredients and a refined-sugar free blueberry-peach syrup. The syrup is a delicious addition to these pancakes made with 100% fruit and only 3 ingredients.

Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Blueberry Peach SyrupThese are the first ever pancakes on Chelsea’s Messy Apron. This is a momentous occasion, right?! I don’t really make pancakes all that often for a few reasons which are all changing thanks to this recipe.

First, I feel like they are just WAY too much sugar in the morning. (I know, coming from me who loves dessert for breakfast. But generally, my “dessert” breakfast recipes are fairly low on sugar and high on other wholesome ingredients. So there’s that.) It’s not the pancakes that have too much sugar for me, it’s the syrup…. 

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Coconut Oil White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Simple White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with Coconut Oil

A half-batch version of a soft and chewy white chocolate cookie with macadamia nuts. These cookies are made with coconut oil and have an optional chocolate drizzle for the white chocolate lover!

Simple White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with Coconut Oil

And I present…the husband’s all-time favorite cookie — that’s right – a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie! He absolutely loves these and I’ve finally “perfected” the recipe he says.

Since we’ve been together I’ve been making batches of these cookies for him and slowly perfecting the recipe over time. And the final batch I made for him for Valentine’s Day won the award of the “best white chocolate-macadamia cookie ever.”  His award of course, but I had to agree…. 

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Basil-Lime Orzo Pasta

Basil Lime Orzo Pasta packed with Veggies

A simple and vegetable-packed orzo pasta dish with a basil-lime flavor. A meatless meal or easy side-dish.

Basil Lime Orzo Pasta

So I’ve heard the States have had some pretty crazy weather – or at least some of the states? I still have my old home (the city) on my weather app on my phone and I check it all the time.

I’m not sure why, but I have an obsession with knowing what the weather is each day before I get dressed or really do anything for the day. First I check the weather where I’m at and then I’ll quickly check Ohio because it’s just one swipe on the weather app to see. And although we are LOVING Australia, I’m still missing Ohio like crazy (some days more than others). So truthfully, it kind of makes me feel better that there is negative degrees and no sun there. Almost like that will make me miss it less, right?

Unfortunately, it’s the people there and our old place that I miss not the weather, so convincing myself I don’t miss it as much because of cold weather ends up being less effective than hoped…. 

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Avocado Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Easy Tuna Wraps

Thanks to StarKist® Albacore Tuna for sponsoring this post – all opinions, as always, are my ownSimple and flavorful avocado tuna salad that is light and healthy and makes the perfect snack, appetizer, or lunch.

Easy Avocado Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

So you may have noticed I don’t do a lot of fish here on CMA. The main reason is that I really only like a few types of fish… and be prepared to laugh at me here on a couple of them.

First, I love fish sticks. I’m totally a kid at heart and we had them all the time as kids growing up. Smothered in lemon juice I could eat those all day long.


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Pine Nut Broccoli Quinoa

Pine Nut Broccoli Quinoa

A delicious and easy one-dish broccoli quinoa with toasted pine nuts. This makes a perfect side dish or a great main course with some added protein.

ONE POT Healthy Pine Nut Broccoli Quinoa

How was your weekend? Did you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day? I love when holidays end up on the weekend because it tends to turn the whole weekend into a holiday – or at least that’s how we like to do things. :)

We had a pretty low-key Valentine’s day which is my favorite way to do it. In the morning, we went to the beach and did lots of swimming. Or, actually, we probably spent more time on the actual beach because the little guy had a sudden and intense desire to collect all the sea shells. Like all of them. And he refused to have help holding them which meant every time he tried to grab another one, all of the other shells were dropped. Haha – cute little guy…. 

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Fresh Lemon Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

A very easy and fresh lemon cucumber salad with tomatoes and a sweet bell pepper. This light salad makes a perfect side dish to just about any dinner!

Fresh, easy, and healthy lemon cucumber salad with tomato

Growing up, my mom would make a cucumber and tomato salad pretty much every single Sunday night. She would slice the cucumbers, chop up tomatoes, add in some lemon juice, salt + pepper, and that was it!

My family loves the salad so much that it’s still a Sunday night tradition.

I wanted to keep this salad as close to my mom’s recipe because it’s delicious. Sometimes (I’m finding a lot of times actually) less is more. Less ingredients and simplicity sometimes make for the best and freshest tasting food…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Porcupine Meatballs over Rice

Crockpot Porcupine Meatballs

Delicious and easy porcupine meatballs that take minutes to make and cook in your crockpot. Little prep and impressive results!

The best porcupine meatballs made in the crockpot!
So far every single Valentine’s Day the husband has cooked dinner for him and I. This is a really big deal for him, because he really doesn’t cook besides the occasional freezer meal (he says those count), spaghetti + spaghetti sauce, and assembling a sandwich.

I’ve told the story here when we were dating once and he passed a gourmet meal off as his own. Later I found out that after a failed attempt, he frantically had gone over to his sister’s apartment and she made it for him. But for me, it’s totally the thought that counts…. 

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Frozen Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

Frozen Red Velvet Cheesecake

Simple and delicious frozen red velvet miniature cheesecakes. An option to make an 8-inch springform version of this dessert provided.

Miniature Frozen Red Velvet Cheesecakes
And there’s only 10 days left ’til Valentine’s Day! So bring on the red velvet right?! These red velvet cookies are some of my very favorite, and these red velvet molten lava cakes (for 2) are a must each year. And since there has already been red velvet miniature cheesecakes on the blog, I knew it was time for a frozen (no bake) version.

P.S. Did February totally creep up or is it just me?!… 

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Easy Chicken Curry and Rice {One Skillet}

one pot easy chicken curry

An incredibly simple chicken curry and rice dish with fresh vegetables. This dish is all made in one pot (even the rice) and can easily be customized to personal preference. One Pot Chicken Curry

I’ve had quite a few comments and e-mails asking for some Australian-inspired food! I can’t even begin to explain how inspired I’ve been with food and recipes since being here, but it’s hard to put a finger on what “Australian” food is.

We’ve eaten out A LOT. And I say that feeling like the caps are still an understatement. We want to really take advantage of being here and trying all the new places. So although I’ve been so inspired by all types of foods and tried many different things that I typically wouldn’t, I don’t know that I really have an “Australian dish” for you all. At least, not yet.

I can tell you what seems to be very popular here – meat pies (still can’t find that appetizing, but I’m not a huge “meat” person), lots of muesli, tons of pastries (different from America and YUM), vegemite on toast (definitely an acquired taste in my opinion – it tastes like straight iron), and biscuits which are basically unique types of cookies.  Oh yeah, and I even saw kangeroo meat at the local market!… 

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15+ Delicious Recipes with Chocolate

Chocolate Recipe Round-Up

Here are over fifteen delicious recipes that have chocolate in them. These desserts are perfect for Valentine’s Day and are sure to curb chocolate cravings! Click on each link under the photo for the recipe. Check out this collection on as well as lots of other fun recipe ideas!

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Chocolate Recipe Round-Up

Easiest ever (No mixer, One bowl, 8 ingredients) Half-Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easiest ever (No mixer, One bowl, 8 ingredients) Chocolate Chip Cookies… 

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Lemon Chia Seed Muffins {Healthy + Flourless}

Healthy + Flourless (GF) Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

Gluten-free and healthy lemon chia seed muffins. The chia seeds could also be replaced with poppyseeds for a delicious traditional lemon poppyseed muffin. These muffins are free of refined white flour, oil, and butter. Leave off the glaze for an even healthier muffin!

Healthy Lemon Chia Seed Muffins - NO flour, butter, or oil!

Return of the flourless and healthy muffins! Because you all figured there would be more right?! I mean I have told you about our obsession with muffins. And it is lemon season…

It’s kind of funny how often muffins are on the blog and how often I make them, because I never really ate ‘em growing up. And then in college occasionally I did, but not that often. However, since being a mom, I make a batch at least once a week. Oh, and that is how often I make them with only one kid. He barrels through muffins like it’s nobody’s business.

They make him so happy and he is always asking for more. And by asking, I mean pointing and grunting in the direction of where they are kept :) PLUS they are a lot healthier than store-bought muffins so it’s totally a win-win.


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{One Skillet} Lemon Chicken and Red Potatoes

ONE SKILLET Lemon chicken, red potatoes, and carrots #healthy

A healthy, fresh, and flavorful one skillet meal – lemon chicken, red potatoes, and carrots. This is a simple dish all made in one skillet over the stove-top.

ONE SKILLET Lemon chicken, red potatoes, and carrots #healthyHow was your weekend everyone?! Are you all sad it’s Monday already? Just the thing to combat with the Monday Blues is this dinner! It’s a super tasty and ridiculously easy one pot meal for you all. BONUS: it’s quite healthy – no cream sauces and still loads of flavor! Second bonus: definitely a family friendly meal!

We missed the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. day last weekend, but this Monday all of Australia is celebrating Australia Day so the husband has the day off and it feels like a long weekend for us. It’s also supposed to be super hot so we are thinking it will be a beach day! We finally made it down to the zoo over the weekend and that was so much fun. I’ve always said the Chicago Zoo is my favorite, but I have to give the Perth Zoo first place now. I mean, is it really fair though when the Perth Zoo has koalas? <3.

The little man loves animals and naturally was just going crazy over all the new types of animals, especially the pelicans. He threw a fit when we left the bird exhibit because he wanted to go back. He also kept trying to pet the birds or pick them up. There are a lot of free roaming birds throughout the zoo, so this became his goal for the entire trip. Luckily the birds were always a bit quicker than him, but this was much to his dismay…. 

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