2017 - Buttered Side Up

A Tea Party with Helen

Tea Party with Helen
The other day, I decided to have a tea party with Helen. She was feeling under the weather, and I thought it would be a good way to get her to drink some healing tea. Besides, she had spotted my fine china teacups in the cupboard and was begging me to let her use them.


Tea Party with Helen
I decided that my collection of bone china teacups (relics of my tea party obsession) had been sitting in the cupboard collecting dust long enough. I swung open the door and asked Helen which cup she wanted. Of course she chose my favorite cup of all time, which I've had since I was a teen.


In Season NOW: Vidalia Onions

Thanks to the Vidalia Onion Committee for sponsoring this post! All opinions are completely my own, of course!

All About Vidalia Onions
You guys, I'm so thrilled to be working with Vidalia Onions! I've been a fan for years, and I'm excited to tell you all about this fabulous sweet onion:

Psssst...stay until the end for a giveaway!

What are Vidalia Onions?

The Vidalia was the original sweet onion. It has been grown for over 80 years: Back in Depression-Era Georgia, farmers discovered that the onions that they grew in the sandy Georgia soil weren't hot!
These days, to be labeled a true Vidalia, they must be grown in one of 20 counties in Georgia. The soil and conditions in Georgia are perfect for growing Vidalia onions: mild winters and low sulfur soil produce a sweet flavor. Basically, Vidalias are sweet onions, but not all sweet onions are Vidalias. I had no idea until recently that there was a difference! :)

6 Delicious Spring Recipes Perfect For The Season

Hey guys! I'd like to welcome Isadora Guidoni, who is a writer for homeyou. There she shares yummy-looking recipe roundups, and she has a lovely spring-themed one for us today. Take it away, Isadora!


With spring here and the warmer weather getting closer and closer, it’s time to try healthier recipes that will nourish you and your family while bringing an impressive party of flavors. These selected recipes celebrate spring with some delicious seasonal produce that makes every dish special and tasty. Check them out!

1. Spring Asparagus Quinoa Salad

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To start this list, nothing says fresh produce like a tasty-looking salad! This colorful option from Garlic And Zest mixes quinoa, asparagus, radishes, peas, cucumber and olives for a flavorful salad dressed in a lemon shallot dressing. Doesn’t it sound delicious? Get the recipe!

Savory Dutch Baby Puff Pancake

Savory Dutch Baby Pancake
During the week, I basically make 2 breakfasts: some variation on eggs (scrambled, fried, omelette), or smoothies. The kids are usually starving when they get up and I have no time to dilly dally and make a fancy breakfast.



Savory Dutch Baby Pancake
(That's Jim's chubby little hand)

The weekend is another matter. I love spending a little extra time on breakfast and making something that I wouldn't have time for on a weekday. I'm willing to make the kiddos wait a bit for something special.

My favorite thing to make is Dutch babies (AKA German pancakes, oven pancakes, or puff pancakes). They make my heart sing because of the flavors, but they're a cinch to make. Win-win. 

Simply throw all of the batter ingredients into a blender and whizz it up, pour into a buttered pan, sprinkle on some toppings, pop it into the oven, sprinkle on some cheese, and wait patiently for it to be finished baking.


30+ Real-Food Mother's Day Brunch Ideas!



Mother's Day is right around the corner. If you're planning a brunch for the special day, I've got over 30 ideas for you!

Now, I definitely believe in indulging for special occasions: if someone is serving something completely unhealthy at a family gathering, I go ahead and enjoy it. You've gotta live a little. But I also enjoy real-food versions of unhealthy treats (e.g. pancakes from scratch vs boxed pancake mix). They generally taste better in my experience, and don't make you feel gross afterwards.

So without further ado, here are the recipes!

Einkorn Pizza Dough Recipe

Einkorn pizza dough is pretty easy to make, but it takes a few tricks to get it right.

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Einkorn Pizza Dough Recipe
Before I tell you all about this lovely einkorn pizza dough, I have GOT to talk to you guys about my poison ivy...

A little background:

All along the border of the woods where we live the poison ivy is prolific. It has been a thorn in my side ever since my kids were old enough to run around outside and play. This year, Reuben decided to attempt to kill it off so we could have a larger yard. He tore up the ground and I helped him level it off in preparation for planting grass. I bragged about how I had done a LOT of yard work growing up (it was my dad's "thing" to have a nice lawn).

The next day, a couple of itchy bumps appeared on my wrist. Ah well, I thought. A few little patches won't be much of a bother. But then, oh THEN: it spread. On my arms, legs, neck, and even in my EAR! Reuben had it pretty bad as well. He even got it on his face.

We were pretty miserable for several days. SO. MUCH. ITCHING.

If you know of any natural (AKA no Roundup) way of getting rid of poison ivy, LET ME KNOW!


Einkorn Pizza Dough Recipe
Anyway. About this einkorn pizza dough:

Einkorn can be a little tricky to work with. It absorbs liquids more slowly than regular wheat flour. It likes a nice, looooong resting time. And it doesn't necessarily like to be kneaded a lot.

If you have the time, you can let the dough rise twice before using it. If you're like me and rarely have the time, just letting the dough rise until doubled is sufficient.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

The ultimate Mother's Day gift guide for the food-loving mom in your life. 

Note: Some links are affiliate. All opinions are my own. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission. This has zero impact on the price you pay, and it helps to keep Buttered Side Up running. Thanks for your support!

Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Guide

Finding the perfect gift for your mom (or any mom in your life) can be time consuming and frustrating. Sometimes it's hard to even know where to begin to look! 

I've gotcha covered.

Whether your mom is a foodie, cooking enthusiast, baker, tea/coffee lover, or hostess, you're sure so find something on these lists she'll enjoy.

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce with Tomato Paste

This homemade pizza sauce is super easy and very tasty. It's made with tomato paste to really cut back on the cooking time.

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce with Tomato Paste | Buttered Side Up
Growing up, I actually didn't really like homemade pizza. My mom would make it with green peppers, which I despised at the time. I remember stealthily slipping a slimy green pepper onto the carpeted dining room floor, hoping that no one would notice. I can't recall if I was caught in my heinous crime.



Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce with Tomato Paste | Buttered Side Up
As a teen, I became obsessed with recreating my family's favorite junk food with more healthy ingredients. Frozen pizza was something I decided to tackle.

So of course I came up with my own pizza sauce. I wasn't aware that you could purchase healthy-ish pizza sauce. And besides, my mom wouldn't have stood for buying it.

How to Make Chicken Bone Broth (And Where to Buy It)

Learn how to get chicken broth 3 ways: Slow, Fast, or Instant!
Kettle & Fire sent me their chicken broth to try out for you guys. All opinions are my own, of course! If you click on an affiliate link, I will earn a small commission. Thank you for supporting Buttered Side Up!

One of my favorite things to make (and eat) in my kitchen is chicken broth. It just makes me feel good knowing I'm getting all the wonderful benefits of bone broth! 

Today I'll be showing you how to make chicken bone broth 2 ways, plus where to buy it!

Let's get started:

Where We Ate in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

What We Ate in the Twin Cities
Last weekend we took a shopping trip to the cities (that's what we Minnesotans call Minneapolis and St. Paul). It was our consolation vacation for not being able to go to Florida this fall (womp womp).

We went with my two sisters and their little families. Because it was a fairly large group, there were some *ahem* differences of opinion as to where we should eat. So we decided that the boys would choose some meals, and we girls would choose others.


Pinterest Tested: Easy Peel Eggs


I'm back with another installment of Pinterest Tested for y'all!

I thought this one would be perfect with Easter coming up this weekend. Let's get into the testing!

How to Cook a Roast Beef Dinner

Hey, friends! Today I'm working in collaboration with ButcherBox to share this Roast Beef Dinner with y'all. Hope you enjoy! If you click on a link and subscribe to ButcherBox, I will earn a commission. All opinions are, of course, my own!  Thank you for supporting Buttered Side Up.
How to Cook a Roast Beef Dinner
A roast beef dinner brings me back to my childhood. My grandma is a master of this comforting meal. With a deft hand she seasons and stirs and fidgets with ingredients to make them give the best of their flavor. My mom can also pull off an amazing roast beef dinner. It was one of my favorite meals growing up.


How to Cook a Roast Beef Dinner
I have always wanted to be able to recreate that nostalgic meal. But cooking large pieces of meat has always intimidated me. People that have done it a million times (I'm looking at you, Grandma!) insist that it's the easiest thing ever. I'm always skeptical of such claims.

But believe me when I say, this roast beef dinner is very easy to pull off. If I can do it, you most certainly can.

Which Grass-Fed Butter is the Best? - A Review of 5 Grass-Fed Butters




It's no secret to those that know me well that I'm a butter fanatic. And I'm a grass-fed butter fanatic in particular.  

I have been accused of having 5 different kinds of butter in my refrigerator at once. I took it as a compliment. And I bring my own butter when my family has me over for dinner - I don't like to be judged on the (massive) amount of butter I put on my potatoes...

Since I enjoy butter so much, I thought I'd share and compare some of my favorite brands with y'all and let you know which one I personally think is the best. 

We'll be looking at taste, color, ingredients, price, and more!

Let's dive in.

Korean Inspired Shrimp Rice Bowls

Hey friends! Today I'm joining forces with Sizzlefish to bring you this recipe! I'm working with them because they offer wild seafood, which is really important to me. They sent me this shrimp to share with y'all. Hope you enjoy!

Spicy Korean Shrimp Rice Bowl Recipe
Over the past few years, I have fallen madly in love with Korean cuisine.

The flavors are bold and spicy and exciting. There is a great variety and diversity of dishes, so you're bound to find something you enjoy, no matter your tastes.

After making some of the classic recipes such as bibimbap and japchae, I have started to experiment with adding Korean flavors to my everyday cooking. I like to add gochujang and other Korean ingredients to my scrambled eggs, soups, etc.

Homemade London Fog (Earl Grey) Latte

Homemade London Fog (Lavender Earl Grey) Latte
I feel like there's something kind of posh about Earl Grey tea. It's most likely because of the name. It's just fun to say.



Homemade London Fog (Lavender Earl Grey) Latte
Early grey tea is a black tea that is flavored with bergamot orange oil. It has a distinct flavor which is better experienced than described.

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake - a ridiculously easy dessert that is super flavorful.
Is it spring yet? Hmmm?

Northern Minnesota weather has been such a tease this year. It was sunny and in the 50s on Sunday, but the forecast this week is in the teens and twenties. Right now it's snowing and blowing outside.

I think my mind and body are just so done with the cold. I'm trying to stay grateful for it all, but I long for warm, bright spring days filled with woodsy walks and flowers.



Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake - a ridiculously easy dessert that is super flavorful.
Citrus fruits have become one of the highlights of winter food for me. Their tart-sweet flavor and bright colors make the dreary days more cheerful.

I have long heard of citrus and olive oil pairing well together, and I'll sometimes enjoy orange slices with extra virgin olive oil and fresh-cracked black pepper. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. I have also seen olive oil cakes for years, and wondered if they were any good.

This winter Pomora sent me some of their olive oils to test out. It was the perfect excuse to pair winter citrus with olive oil in a cake!

How to Make a Matcha Latte + My Favorite Brands


When I first heard about matcha (and saw the price tag), I thought, “Well, shucks. I can make that myself by opening a bag of green tea and grinding it in the coffee grinder!”

I was severely disappointed. And for good reason.

Matcha powder is so much more than ground-up green tea leaves. It is delicately grown, harvested, and processed. The result is a beautiful, deep, rich flavor. Yes, it does have grassy undertones, but a good matcha isn’t overly bitter.

If you’d like to get into drinking green tea, I highly recommend starting with matcha. And a matcha latte is the ultimate treat.

If you'd like to learn how to make the most amazing-tasting matcha latte, head on over to the Pioneer Woman's blog to get my step-by-step directions.

Now, the thing about Matcha is you NEED to purchase the right kind if you'd like to avoid lead and pesticides. 

How to Take Better Photos with ANY Camera

Food Photography 101: How to Take Better Photos with ANY Camera!



You may think that if you don’t own a fancy, expensive camera, there’s no reason to even try to take better photos. Wrong, wrong, wrong! By making a few simple changes, you can improve your food photography, no matter what kind of camera you own: DSLR, point-and-shoot, or even a phone camera!

Back when my only smart device was my dinky iPod touch 4th gen, I actually preferred some of the photos I took with it to the ones I took with my Nikon D7000. Sure, the quality was pretty poor, but sometimes the overall feel of the photo I captured with my iPod just happened to be more in line with my vision.

One of the biggest factors that will determine the quality of your photo is the quality of your light. Of course cheap cameras can't handle low light very well, but if your lighting is horrible, your photos will reflect it, even if you use a DSLR.

To learn more about good lighting and get my 5 other tips for improving your food photography, head over to The Pioneer Woman: Food and Friends


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Homemade Honey-Sweetened Dark Chocolate Cocoa with Pink Whipped Cream

Homemade Hot Cocoa + Pink Whipped Cream
If I'm honest, we're not much of Valentine's Day people in this house. Which is a bit funny because our first date was on Valentine's Day...

Let's rewind to the winter of 2011.

Reuben had just asked my dad if he could court me (homeschooler lingo for dating). Of course I said yes (I had been crushing on him since I was about 12 or 13), and Reuben asked me out on our very first date for Valentine's Day.

Grain-Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes + Jim's First Birthday!

Grain-Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes For Babies or Toddlers!

You guys.

My little boy turned one year old this Monday.

Ack! How can it have been 12 months since I birthed him already?! Yes, I am one of those pitiful moms that wishes their child would remain a baby perpetually. Well, not really. But it makes me sad to think that before I know it, James will be a teenager and think I'm so uncool.

Pinterest Tested: Softening Butter Quickly


Hey, friends!

So, I decided to start a new series on my blog: Pinterest Tested! I'm going to be testing out some popular Pinterest cooking hacks to see if they actually work! I'm always curious about whether these viral pins are actually legit, and I thought you would be as well.

First off, we're going to be testing a pin by Pamela Suzanne Lashbrook. As far as I can tell, the photo was originally posted on Facebook by Kimberly Reaves Bernards (if you know of a previous poster, let me know!). 

The post states:

One of the coolest baking tips ever... Tried and true... If you need to soften butter quickly but don't want to melt it.... Put boiling hot water in a glass to heat the glass. Dump the water out and flip it over your stick of butter. In a few minutes it will be softy soft to use! You're welcome!


Let's give it a go:

Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake

Flourless Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake
I first baked this flourless chocolate marbled cheesecake back in 2010. I posted about it on my first ever food blog, Cooking for Seven. Sadly, I failed to give details about WHY I decided to make it, so I have no idea what the occasion was. Probably just on a whim, but something rankles in the back of my mind...perhaps it was for a family gathering?

This time, I'm going to make sure to write out why I made this cake:

Reuben's sisters and I had been enjoying a K-Drama about a mermaid that falls in love with a human. I know, I know, it sounds fantastical. And it is. But it's funny and intriguing and suspenseful all at once. And it has Jun Ji Hyun and Lee Min Ho, so...

Anyhow, we decided to watch the finale together (we had previously attempted to watch a couple of episodes together, but I foolishly neglected to check before I got all caught up...oops. #addicted). Reuben's family invited us over for a supper of rice bowls (one of our all-time favorite meals), and I offered to provide the dessert:

Why I Eat White Rice Instead of Brown Rice


This may come as a surprise to you, but I never cook brown rice. Like, ever. Instead, I cook and eat WHITE rice on a regular basis.

Now, you may wonder why I would eat something nearly every week that many of  the health-conscious crowd would consider Satan in food form. 

Well, I have FIVE reasons why I eat white rice instead of brown rice:

How to Make Butter + It's My Birthday!


IT'S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY!

And I thought, what better post to share on my birthday than one about butter? Because: it's no surprise that I LOVE butter. I mean, I even named my blog after it. :D

Sometimes, I find myself with extra cream hanging around in my fridge. Rather than let it go bad, I make it into butter and freeze it for later use. It does take a little effort, but if you use my method, it really is a doable project. 


Head on over to The Pioneer Woman's blog to get the full tutorial.


Winter Salad Inspiration: Grapefruit and Arugula Salad

Grapefruit and Arugula Salad
I don't know about you, but after all the holiday indulgences, I'm quite ready to get back on the eating-healthy bandwagon.

So here's a bit of salad inspiration for y'all!


Top 10 Posts of 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016


When I look back at 2016, it's been a very rewarding year for me. 

I birthed my second child and watched him grow and develop. I also watched as my little girl transformed from a toddler to a little girl (all the feels!). I wrote my first ever e-book. I pushed myself to try out new things (like taking a dance class!), and to grow my business (I took a course on email marketing!).

And I'm proud of the posts that I shared with you guys this year.

Here are my top 10 favorite posts of 2016:





Top 10 Recipes of 2016 | Buttered Side Up

1) Lemon Crepes with Whipped Ricotta Filling





Top 10 Recipes of 2016 | Buttered Side Up

2) How to Make Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs





Top 10 Recipes of 2016 | Buttered Side Up

3) Russian Cream (Sour Cream Panna Cotta)





Top 10 Recipes of 2016 | Buttered Side Up

4) Sausage Breakfast Hash





Top 10 Recipes of 2016 | Buttered Side Up

5) How to Meal Plan Like a Boss





Top 10 Recipes of 2016 | Buttered Side Up

6) Pumpkin Spice Lattes





Top 10 Recipes of 2016 | Buttered Side Up

7) Easier Spanish Omelette





Top 10 Recipes of 2016 | Buttered Side Up

8) Cranberry Clafoutis 





Top 10 Recipes of 2016 | Buttered Side Up

9) Stuffed Pepper Casserole




10) Teabag Shortbread Cookies




Let me know it the comments what you'd like to see on Buttered Side Up in 2017!
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