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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Jan 15, 2018 9:37 PM (UTC)

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To be honest, I haven't missed a lot of desserts while doing Sugar Free January. I'm just not one for overly sugary treats. But something I HAVE missed is lemon desserts! I usually make at least one in January to help combat the winter blues!
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I really want to make these Lemon Crepes with Whipped Ricotta in February. There's only 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar in the recipe, plus any you choose to dust on top. ✌🏻️
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#crepes #lemonlove #brunch #buzzfeast #food52 #yahoofood #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood #thekitchn #f52grams #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #instafood #instayum #foodstagram #foodgawker #foodstyling #beautifulcuisines #heresmyfood #theartofslowliving #rslove #realsimple #eeeeeats #onmytable #tastemade #realfood #gloobyfood #inmykitchen #foodblogfeed #tastingtable #foodbloggerpro
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Jan 10, 2018 9:27 PM (UTC)

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NEW POST: Updated Grass-Fed Butter Review! I've got 3 MORE brands that I'm comparing, including one that's actually a darker yellow than Kerrygold! 😱 Find out what it is on the blog (link in bio).
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And if you have a favorite grass-fed butter that I absolutely must try, leave me a comment! 👇🏻
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Jan 9, 2018 1:50 AM (UTC)

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Double tap if you love one-pot meals!
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This One-Pot Shrimp and Coconut Rice is loaded with fresh ingredients: peppers, shiitake, ginger, cilantro, lime, jalapeño, and more! It was inspired by one of my sister's signature dishes and the flavors of Thailand.
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Go grab the recipe on @thepioneerwoman's blog (@pwfoodfriends section). Link in bio! #pwfoodfriends
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Jan 2, 2018 8:55 PM (UTC)

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So. Sugar Free January. I'm doing it! It was a bit scary to commit, but I'm glad I took on the challenge.
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My rules are: ONLY sugar that naturally occurs in fruits, vegetables, and dairy. NO refined sugar, maple syrup, honey, stevia, dried fruit, etc. It's going to be tough...
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Are you doing any sort of cleanse/healthy reset for January? Let me know! 👇🏻
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 30, 2017 11:57 PM (UTC)

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I just posted my top 10 recipes that I shared in 2017 on Buttered Side Up! Well, it was actually top 11...close enough! You can go grab all the recipes on the blog (link in profile).
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I have a question for you: What would you like to see on Buttered Side Up in 2018? I tried to focus on main dish recipes in 2017 since that's what you guys said you'd like. How about this year? More main dish recipes? Healthy snacks? Breakfasts? Lower sugar desserts? Leave me a comment and let me know! 👇🏻
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 24, 2017 8:56 PM (UTC)

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Here's my #2017bestnine - the posts that had the most engagement in 2017. You guys like hot drinks, my mug shot, chocolate pudding, raspberry clafoutis, sandwich flatlays, grocery hauls, and roasted Brussels sprouts. 😊
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2017 was a great year for stretching me on the business side of blogging. I finally took the plunge and paid to have my blog moved to Wordpress. I spent more money on my blog than I ever have before, and it was so worth it.
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One of my goals for Instagram in 2017 is to grow my following. A number that jumps out to me is 1500. It seems big to me, but last year I thought I could never get over 1000. Thank you all for your support - every like, comment, and share helps me to reach my goals, and more than that, they mean so much to me. 😘
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Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 20, 2017 8:47 PM (UTC)

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NEW POST: Bacon Jalapeño Poppers! These taste AMAZING. In fact, you're gonna have a hard time refraining from eating them all in one sitting. 😋 .
Bonus: no frying required!
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If you bring them to a Christmas or New Years Eve party, make sure to make a double batch!
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You can go grab the recipe on the blog.
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 18, 2017 7:56 PM (UTC)

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Need a last-minute gift idea? Why not make these Candied Pecans for that person on your list that's a pecan fanatic? They're super easy and you can make them over the stove. Recipe is below!
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🍁Maple Candied Pecans🍁
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Ingredients:
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2 cups pecan halves (can use pieces as well)
1 tablespoon salted butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
salt to taste
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Directions:
Preheat a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat (if you don’t have a 12-inch skillet, you can make half a batch and cook in a smaller skillet). Add the pecans and cook until they begin to get toasty, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure even toasting.
Add the butter and allow to melt. Stir to coat the pecans. Add the maple syrup, stir, and turn the heat down to medium-low. Cook until caramelized, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt. .
Remove pecans to a plate to cool. They will crisp up as they cool. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
Store in an air-tight container for a few days, or longer in the refrigerator or freezer.
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 15, 2017 3:15 AM (UTC)

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QUESTION: Which do you prefer: real or fake Christmas trees? I've always loved the real ones way too much to invest in a fake tree. I just love the smell! Yes, it's annoying to have to water it and sweep up the dropped needles, but it's so worth it!
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BTW, if you want to see more photos of our "Life Lately" go check out my latest blog post (linked you-know-where).
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 13, 2017 8:12 PM (UTC)

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If you know me, you know that I'm not big on sweets. I prefer my desserts to be *lightly* sweetened. BUT there are those recipes that are worth the extra sugar. Like these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with a Salty Pretzel Crust. 😱 I think the saltiness of the pretzel crust is what balances out the sweetness in these bars. Not something I would eat every day, but great for bringing to a holiday get-together as a special treat. 😊
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Do you like your desserts high or low on sweetness?
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 11, 2017 9:17 PM (UTC)

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Mmmm...there's nothing quite like a bowl of creamy potato and bacon soup on a frigid evening. It's super easy and so delicious. You could dress it up with some shredded cheese and green onions. Yum!
Recipe below.👇🏻Printable version on the blog!
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CREAMY POTATO BACON SOUP
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Ingredients:
– 2 tablespoons organic/grass-fed butter
– 2 stalks organic celery, finely sliced
– 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
– real salt and organic pepper, to taste
– 3 tablespoons all-purpose einkorn flour (you can also use regular all-purpose flour)
– 2 1/2 cups organic/local/grass-fed milk
– 2 1/2 cups organic/local/grass-fed cream
– 4 medium organic potatoes, peeled and chopped
– 2 cups cooked and crumbled bacon
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Instructions:
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Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the celery and onion. Cook, stirring often, until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and cream. Add the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
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Serve with bacon, duh!
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 8, 2017 6:53 PM (UTC)

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Want all the cozy flavors of eggnog, but don't feel like going through all of the work to make it? Give my Eggnog Frothed Milk a try! It's kid-friendly since there's no alcohol or raw eggs! Recipe below. 👇🏻
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🎄EGGNOG FROTHED MILK 🎄
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Ingredients:
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– 1/2 cup organic/grass-fed/local whole milk
– 1/2 cup organic/grass-fed/local cream
– 1/4 teaspoon organic ground nutmeg
– 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
– 1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
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Instructions:
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Place the milk, cream, and nutmeg in a small saucepan and heat between 140 and 155 degrees F (60-68 C). Pour into a milk frother and froth. Allow to sit for 1 minutes.
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Meanwhile, place the maple syrup and vanilla in a 12-oz mug. Pour in a little of the frothed milk and give it a swirl. Top off with the remaining frothed milk. Sprinkle a bit of nutmeg on top. Enjoy!
#eggnog #christmastreats #ButteredSideUp
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 7, 2017 6:51 PM (UTC)

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Still have a few people on your Christmas shopping list and you CANNOT think of what on earth to get them? I've got a gift guide up on the blog that will give you some inspiration! I have 35+ ideas for you!
Link to post in bio. 😘
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#giftideas #christmasgiftsideas #giftguide #tistheseason🎄 #christmasshopping #copper #kitchendecor #foodgifts #chocolatelove #weck #enjoythelitlethings #thegiftofgiving
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 4, 2017 8:04 PM (UTC)

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What do you guys like to do to get into the Christmas spirit? I like to make themed snacks and drinks, like these Gingerbread Lattes! Perfect for a chilly, snowy December day.
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As I type this, giant snowflakes are softly falling to the ground outside my office window (see my stories). FINALLY - we've had an atypically brown Minnesota December so far! I hope the snow is here to stay!
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Make yourself a mug of this Gingerbread Latte (recipe on @pwfoodfriends - link in bio) and snuggle up with Christmas music and a good book.
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Dec 1, 2017 8:55 PM (UTC)

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Happy December 1st, friends! What are your plans for the weekend? I'm gonna make this Gingerbread Dutch Baby (link in archives of Buttered Side Up) for breakfast, then we have to bring our car in to get the airbags fixed (supposedly they could hurl metal into your face if discharged 😳), then I have a photo shoot planned! Let me know what's on your agenda! 👇🏻
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 29, 2017 8:57 PM (UTC)

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NEW POST: Savory Waffles!
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I used to be the queen of sweets at breakfast. A savory breakfast just didn’t sound appealing to me. Eggs were a bit repulsive, especially when I was pregnant.
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It took a round of Whole30 and a fast from sugar to finally break me from my sweet breakfast habit. These days, starting the day off with something super sugary just doesn’t make me feel good. I’ve heard that starting your day with a savory breakfast keeps you from binging on sweets the rest of the day, and I think that is true!
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Give these savory waffles a go - they may help you break a sugary breakfast habit! Link to recipe in bio.
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 27, 2017 6:59 PM (UTC)

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Still have loads of leftover turkey? I've got just the recipe for you: One-Pot Chicken (or Turkey) Pesto Pasta! It's a nice break from the holiday meals making their rounds. And you only have to wash ONE pot afterwards!
Grab the recipe on @pwfoodfriends (link in bio).
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 24, 2017 6:52 PM (UTC)

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I don't know about you, but I'm ready to go back to regular eating after yesterday! It's fun to feast, but I also like to eat sensibly. 😊
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I've got some inspiration for what to cook this week up on the blog! I shared the groceries we bought for last week, plus all of the suppers that we cooked from them and the total price we paid. Go check it out!
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#groceryshopping #groceryhaul #organicfoods #healthychoices #kerrygold #eatyourveggies #buzzfeast #food52 #yahoofood #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood #thekitchn #f52grams #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #instafood #instayum #foodstagram #foodgawker #foodstyling #beautifulcuisines #heresmyfood #theartofslowliving #rslove #realsimple #eeeeeats #jerf #tastemade #realfood #foodblogfeed #foodbloggerpro
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 23, 2017 1:52 AM (UTC)

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Are you stressed about getting the gravy right for Thanksgiving? I've got the post for you! I shared 3 Sauces Every Cook Should Know, including this gravy, over on @thepioneerwoman's blog. If you learn those sauces, you can make many dishes without a recipe!
Go check it out! Link in bio. 😘
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#thanksgivingdinner #gravy #howtobasic #tutorial #saveur #foods4thought #goopmake #thekitchn #abmfoodie #foodblogeats #onmyplate @foodblogfeed #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #foodbloggerpro #yahoofood #f52grams #shareyourtable #foodie #foodshare #bhgfood #marthafood #todayfood #inmykitchen