Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.


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Spicy Beef Crockpot Chili

I cooked up this chili to celebrate that I can eat tomatoes again!! After realizing last winter that my breast milk made my son spit up and have burps when I ate tomatoes, I stopped eating tomatoes for 11 months. (I sure missed chili, pizza, and spaghetti). Now that Joel is one, he seems to handle tomato-y milk better. He even had a couple of bites of the chili, but isn’t a fan yet.

Yay for tomatoes!!!

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Rosemary Pork Loin Crockpot Style

As autumn turns to winter, crockpot meals are becoming more often at my house. This flavorful pork is a personalized version from one of CrockPot’s cookbooks:

Crock-Pot Recipe Collection

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

These fries are great for toddlers! I gave them to my son for the first time last night, and he loved them! He just got his front teeth recently, and he was using his teeth to mash them and eat them. He even liked the crispy parts. It looks like we have a fry lover on our hands. Continue reading


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Chicken Artichoke White Pizza

My son still can’t handle me eating tomatoes (they come through my breast milk and cause him to spit up or at least burp and be sad), so I’ve had to learn to make white pizza! My husband had the recipe (which was just an ingredient list) for this pizza, and it is amazing! Here’s how I put it together:

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Cinnamon Apple Cobbler

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When you have an apple tree, but no pie pans, you make cobbler! For Labor Day, we were in northern Wisconsin, and I forgot to bring supplies to make pies with the apples from the tree up there, so we did this instead: Continue reading


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White Chocolate Chip Applesauce Muffins

My husband is usually right. I fight admitting it sometimes, but he is. 😉 He is a smart guy, and he is a great baker! He was right about these Reusable Silicone Baking Cups, Pack of 12–he told me to use them because we can then re-use them. I fought him because I tried them once and the muffins did not come out easily. However, recently I decided to try using them again (and I sprayed them with cooking spray to make sure they came out!) and they worked great! If you want to try them, check them out here:
Reusable Silicone Baking Cups, Pack of 12

And the muffin tins that I used are so nice too, try them as well:

Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan

The white chocolate chips melt into the muffin, making a yummy moist muffin full of flavor.

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Buttery Dutch Apple Pie 🥧

Things are changing around here…we finally sold our house in Illinois, so that means we can return our borrowed couch to Stephen’s cousin and bring the rest of our furniture back to our apartment! To thank said cousin for letting us use his couch, I whipped up an apple pie for him (and one for us.)

With life whizzing past, it helps to just sit down with a piece of pie and savor the spicy apple-ness. Pie helps transitions become sweeter. Apple pie just brings comfort. Enjoy! Continue reading