I am never buying applesauce again! I’ve always liked it but never had homemade until Joseph decided to make it on a whim a few weeks ago–I can’t believe we waited so long. Making your own is so easy and delicious. Plus, you know the ingredients are fresh and chemical-free!

Today marks one year since we packed up all of our belongings, stacked them in our front yard, and put them in a gigantic crate. Actually, we only watched as military-paid movers did the hard work (and thank god for that–I hate moving).

Still, today is a bit of an emotional day for me. Joseph for some reason is absolutely unaffected, but I’m having a hard time grappling the fact that we left our first home together a year ago.

It’s best to hide my feelings by surrounding myself with butter.

I woke up a few weeks ago absolutely craving chocolate. My first thought was, “I need chocolate muffins with chocolate chips.” After some 8am internet-scouring, I went the zucchini route rather than put myself into a chocolate coma. Boy am I glad I did! If you haven’t tried zucchini bread yet, you must! I did not expect such deliciousness and am really kicking myself for putting it off for so long.

This banana bread is simple, deep, and rich. Maybe I’m biased because this is one of the very first things I ever cooked all by myself, but I love it.

I’m pretty sure this recipe originates from my brother’s middle school home-ec class. Yes, really. This is the horrible thing I get to read every time I make it:

Let me preface this by saying I don’t like cooking on the stove. Besides sauces, pasta, and eggs, I leave the stove-top cooking to Joseph. I always have a hard time getting things to cook evenly. And yet I made crepes.

Trust me–if I can make crepes, you can too. I’ve been putting off attempting crepes for years. It turned out to be surprisingly easy! I had no problems knowing when to flip, and flipping them didn’t take any special skills. If you can fry an egg, you can make crepes. If you can flip an omelet, you’re overqualified.