Madison’s Kale Citrus Smoothie

  It’s 2pm. I’m halfway through my work day. My microwave has been beeping for the past hour, telling me the coffee that I’ve heated up nearly seven times today is still there waiting for me (.. now cold). It’s almost time to start thinking about what I’ll cook for dinner, and I haven’t even …

Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons

I want to share a recipe with you that has quickly become my mom’s & my new favorite treat: Coconut Macaroons. These are perfect for parties, girls nights, you name it! You can whip them up quickly, without sacrificing pretty presentation. Another great plus, you can make a batch to freeze and plop a few onto a plate any time …

Holiday Potpourri

Holidays bring out the cozy in everyone. We decorate Christmas trees, hang stockings, light the fireplace… anything to make our house feel more like “home”. This is a simple potpourri recipe that will make your house smell wonderful all season. And hey, it’s much cheaper and authentic than scented candles!     Mix all the ingredients …

Baby Dahl’s Nursery – Spencer William

It’s been three months since our Baby Dahl, Spencer William, was born. (I started this post when he was 4 weeks old…and have had to backspace his age five times)! It has been the most blissful three months of our lives.     On the night of May 11th, my mom & I decided it would be fun …

Baby Dahl’s Nursery – Painting Stripes

We are now over the halfway mark until Baby Dahl arrives into the world, and are in full swing on the nursery! Everything for Baby Dahl’s nursery is picked out, and now it’s execution time. (When this is posted, I’m actually in my 3rd trimester)!       Since we are waiting to be surprised on gender, we’ve thought hard on …

A Pretty Paper Passion

I’ve always had a passion for pretty things.   When I was five it was ballerina tutus (although I usually wore them on my head, running around roaring like a lion in dance class). When I was in my teen years, it was makeup and curling irons. I still remember my mom taking me to get my first …

Wedding: Custom Designed Printed Material

I designed and printed everything for my July wedding that you see here.   The Invitations & Envelopes (Wedding, Showers, etc.), Program, Menu, Table Numbers, Name Cards, Favor Boxes, Monogram, etc.   I have an affinity for detail – (an obsession really). For those of you who “want things how you want them” … I …

Roasted Vegetable Tart

  A delicious & healthy summer side-dish that will steal all the attention at the next backyard barbecue!   Convincing the men in my life to eat vegetables is almost as difficult as convincing myself to stay away from chocolate. My mom makes a wonderful tomato pie that the boys love (recipe to come)! We wanted to give the pie …

Basil Pine Nut Pesto Sauce

  A great pesto sauce pairs deliciously with so many different foods! Pour it over pasta (or zoodles), use as a base sauce for homemade pizza, add flavor to roasted vegetables, pour over grilled chicken, pork chops or pork tenderloin, use in The Midwest Skinny Pesto Chicken Tacos. The list is endless!     The …

Almond Joy Cookies

Calling all Chocolate Chip Cookie lovers!! Put a unique twist on your traditional chocolate chip cookies, with this Almond Joy Cookie Recipe. Laced with Coconut Flakes and Sliced Almonds, stuffed with Bittersweet and Semi-Sweet Chocolate- this cookie will melt in your mouth! This cookie is gooey on the inside,  yet the toasted coconut flakes bring perfectly …

Rosemary Focaccia Bread & Boursin Cheese

  This delicious Rosemary Focaccia Bread is a household favorite in my family! Lather a piece of it with the Boursin Cheese and soon the entire pan will be gone.   It goes wonderfully with pasta dishes,  particularly Spaghetti with The Midwest Skinny’s Marinara Sauce.   The tricky thing about this bread is that the amount of …

Hosting My First Dinner Party

  Last weekend was my first time ever hosting (& cooking) a dinner party in my own home, all on my own. My mom and I always cook together – and hosting is one of our favorite things!- but she’s always there to put out any fires I cause and save the day! Taking what …

One-Pan Paprika Roasted Chicken

  As the snowy cold air makes its way to Indiana, a spicy dinner dish sounded like the perfect warm-me-up! This one-pan paprika roasted chicken with roasted carrots, mushrooms and red potatoes is super healthy yet full of flavor! It’s even good enough (& fail-proof enough) for company! So go ahead, throw a dinner party. …

Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce

  Tomato and Basil are soul-mates. Winter, Summer… no matter the season, they’re the perfect couple- and my favorite flavor combination.   Okay fine, twist my arm. I’ll also add to that combination some toasted bread and a plate of olive oil & balsamic topped with salt and pepper. And if you insist… a generous pour of …

Sweet Green Smoothie

I weirdly LOVE my veggies. While I still have the “normal” cravings of chocolate and the anything-dipped-in-peanut-butter snack…. I also experience “weird” cravings of raw purple cabbage and cauliflower dipped in mustard.   One thing I do not crave, is drinking veggies that taste like… veggies. Smoothies are the hottest new recipe on pinterest. There are over 3 …

Chicken Bow Tie Salad

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for my dear friend Allie. She is having a little girl, expected January 2015, named Caroline Faye. (Lots of shower pics to come in my next post!)   This recipe-Chicken Bow Tie Pasta Salad- was the main dish we served at the shower. I …

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Fall is my favorite time of the year! (Well, I say that about every season… but right now Fall is definitely top of the list!) My heart gets so happy when the leaves begin to change colors. I keep finding myself wondering “How lucky are we that God created our world to be so extravagantly detailed and beautiful?”  This time …

Chicken Brunswick Stew

Cold and snowy winter days in my house are meant for wearing my Christmas jammies, sipping endless cups of french-press coffee and dancing to the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack while I try out new recipes.   After being snowed in for days, living on coffee and homemade cookies, something warm and healthy started sounding delicious.   This soup was the …

Meet My Bridesmaids

A few weeks ago, I had the honor and delight of asking nine of my closest friends if they would stand with me on the most important day of my life -as my Bridesmaids. Marrying my best friend is the greatest gift God has given me- and knowing I’ll be sharing it with my dearest friends …

Cinnamon Roasted Pecans

      The perfect treat to have out while hosting Thanksgiving! My lovely Aunt Charletta taught me to make these- and they have become a fall tradition in our home ever since. It will take every part of you not to eat the entire batch at once! These pair perfectly with a hot cup …

I Said Yes!

I will never forget the night Griffen Dahlstrom asked me on our first date. (I practically had to beg him!) It was the beginning of my first summer home from college. I had my eye on Griffen all semester. My whole family knew his name and football number, saw the video of him killing a …

A look back on summer

  The most delicious dish of the season… As summer has packed its bags and fall has officially moved in, I thought I would take a look back at the most delicious dishes my mom & I whipped up this summer, take a family vote for favorites- and share the winner with you.     …

Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market

One of my favorite things about Bloomington summertime is waking up early on Saturday mornings to go to the Farmer’s Market with my best friend (my Mom!). The local Farmer’s Market is a Bloomington MUST! It is filled with everything from organic fruit and veggies to farm-raised meats and eggs- live music and bouquets of …

Grannie Hudson Pie Crust (Peach Cobbler)

My great grandmother, Grannie Hudson, taught my Papaw how to make this crust when he was a boy, who then taught my mom. Every Thursday night while my Grandma was getting her hair done at the beauty shop, my mom and her dad would bake a pie using Grannie Hudson’s crust.     Through every holiday …

Carrot Cinnamon Oat Cookies

Carrot Cinnamon Oat Cookies with Golden Raisons + Toasted Walnuts   Ingredients  1 Cup Rolled Oats  2 Ripe Bananas, mashed  1/2 C. Unsweetened Natural Applesauce  2 C. Carrots (shredded in food processor)  2.5 tsp. Cinnamon  1 tsp. Baking Powder  1/2 tsp. Baking Soda  1/2 C. Golden Raisons (add more if you’d like!)  1/2 C. Toasted Walnuts …

Meet Madison

Thanks for stopping by The Midwest Skinny! I’m Madison and this is my blog where you’ll find the skinny on healthy living & loving in the Heartland.   I was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana by the most selfless and hard-working parents. My mother is my best friend, and has taught me everything I know in the …

Lavender Shortbread

Lavender Shortbread with Milk Chocolate Ganache

  Fresh lavender from our Indiana garden   Print Lavender Shortbread with Milk Chocolate Ganache Ingredients 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter (Room Temperature)  1/2 Cup Sugar (plus 3 Tablespoons for dusting)  2 Cups  All-Purpose Flour  1/2 Cup plus 2 tsp.  Cornstarch 1/4 heaping teaspoon Salt  1 1/4 Tablespoon Fresh Lavender leaves  (if using dried, use 1 …