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Winter Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl (Vegan)

Winter Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl (Vegan)

he root veggies are caramelized and mixed with kale, quinoa, pistachios and dried apricots. It is the perfect vegan buddha bowl to nourish your soul and body.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream

Chocolate cupcakes with espresso buttercream is the perfect marriage of flavors. The buttercream has just a hint of espresso, providing the perfect complement to chocolate.

Tabbouleh Salad (Tabouli)

Best Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad (Tabouli)

Tabbouleh or tabouli is a traditional Lebanese salad known for it’s fresh taste, health benefits and is a popular Mediterranean Diet choice.

Empanada Dough Close Up

How to Make Perfect Empanada Dough

How to make the perfect empanada dough that can hold all of your fillings, but not take away from the flavor, while having no soggy bottoms!

Kale Salad with Apples and Pomegranate

Apple, pomegranate, golden raisins and goat cheese top this delicious kale salad. Enjoy by itself or as a starter. Either way, you’re going to want more!

Two vegetarian pot pie's with Mushrooms and Thyme

Vegetarian Pot Pie with Mushrooms and Thyme

This rich and wholesome vegetarian pot pie is filled with a mushroom gravy in a homemade flaky crust. It’s so good, it’s worth all the carbs!

Baked Oatmeal - four bars in rows of two

Baked Oatmeal Bars with Banana’s and Nutella

Baked oatmeal bars with banana and nutella is so easy to make, it just takes ingredients
you probably already have, one bowl and 25 minutes the oven.
After that, you can enjoy oatmeal bars all week. How is that for easy meal planing?

Mint Chocolate Lava Cake Birthday Happiness 2

Mint Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

This Mint Chocolate Lava Cake recipe combines the warm gooey chocolate richness of a lava cake with a refreshing cool taste of mint. This recipe can be made for 2, 4 or 6 people.

Festive Dark Chocolate Bark with Strawberries and Almonds

This festive holiday dark chocolate bark with strawberries and almonds is the perfect blend of rich, sweet and salty.

Pasta Puttanesca Twirled Around the Fork

Pasta Puttanesca with Kalamata Olives and Capers

Pasta Puttanesca is worth every sinfully garlic, salty, and spicy bite! (and ready in 30 minutes!). It’s so good that I dare say, make it for your date and you will never be single again!

Ultimate Antioxidant Detox Salad - Finished

The Ultimate Antioxidant Detox Salad

This ultimate antioxidant detox salad has every color in the rainbow, is nutrient dense, delicious and nutritious.

Sea Salt Caramels

How to Make the Best Sea Salt Caramels

Making sea salt caramels is so easy! These caramels are a combination of smooth and sweet. The sea salt makes these caramels perfect and you will want more!

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Baby Bella Mushrooms

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Baby Bella’s

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup has a rich flavor and is so easy to make, you will never buy mushroom soup from the can again!

Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel

Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel

Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel Recipe.

A budino is an Italian pudding that is rich in flavor, smooth in texture and sure to wow at any table!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with M&M's

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with M&M’s

There is only one word to describe double chocolate chip cookies with M&M’s — YUMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

These cookies are rich, fudgy, and sure to put a smile on your face. What is better, they take less than 35 minutes from start to finish and you will be saying YUMMMMMMMMMMMM!!

Easy Yeast Bread Perfect for Beginners, final product

Easy Yeast Bread — Perfect for Beginners

This easy yeast bread recipe is perfect for beginners. It contains ingredients you probably already have in your house and can be ready in 3 hours (that’s pretty fast in the world of bread making).

Crown Bread baked

Nadiya Hussain’s Crown Bread (with a few twists)

Nadiya Hussain’s delicious Crown Bread is easier to make than you might think. I will show you step by step how to make this savory and decadent bread!

Bread Bowl filled with Butternut Squash soup topped with maple candied walnuts.

Delicious Bread Bowl Recipe – Perfect for Soup!

Using Paul Hollywood’s Cob Recipe, you can create 2 – 4 soup worthy bread bowls! These bread bowls are perfect for soup on a cold day, or really any day!

Chocolate Macarons with Espresso

Chocolate Macarons — with Espresso — So Good!

Chocolate macarons with espresso are melt in your mouth nuggets of French perfection, even if they are not perfect looking!
This recipe and instructions are perfect for beginners. I am a beginner too and you can learn from my trials and tribulations.

Colorado Style Green Chile

Amazing Colorado Style Green Chile (Chili) Recipe – Spicy!

Colorado style green chile – A rich hearty style of green chile that is slow simmered with fire roasted tomato’s, giving it a flavor that distinguishes it from other versions of green chile.

Authentic New Mexico Red Chile Sauce

Authentic New Mexico Red Chile Sauce

Authentic New Mexico Red Chile Sauce. This Spicy New Mexico Red Chile Sauce is perfect for eggs, huevos rancheros, burrito’s, stuffed poblano peppers and so much more! I like it on pretty much everything!

Easy Bread Recipe

Easy Bread Recipe

Easy bread recipe. Just mix four ingredients and let the yeast do all the work for you! Bake the bread the next day in a dutch oven for a perfect soft on the inside and crusty on the outside bread!

Perfect Biscuit Recipe

This easy biscuit recipe makes soft fluffy, perfect biscuits in less than 30 minutes. These biscuits are great as is, with gravy, or in pot pie!

Amazing Ugly Delicious Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll Recipe – The ugly delicious way to make imperfect, but perfectly amazing cinnamon rolls.

What is a Biscuit? No really what is it? (Sub-text: Epic GBBO Fail)

Cheddar and Chive Biscuit — GBBO S1, E2, Challenge 1 I have to ask what is a biscuit? In America they are great fluffy things that we drown in gravy. It’s heaven. But in England I thought they were crackers, so I choose a cheddar and rosemary biscuit from Season 1, Episode 2. I was […]

Kit Kat Chocolate Bucket Cake with M&M’s and Strawberry Filling

GBBO Season 1, Episode 1, Show Stopper Challenge: This challenge coincided perfectly with my grandson’s fourth birthday. He picked out this cake from a few pictures and I was so excited to try and bake it for him. To make this I combined a few recipes and I added in strawberry jam. My thought was […]

Victoria Sandwich

GBBO Season 1, Episode 1, Technical Challenge In all Great British Baking show competitions the second challenge is the technical challenge. The first ever was the Victoria Sandwich. I guess this is a sweet treat Queen Victoria liked with her afternoon tea. Being American I had never heard of it prior to the show and […]

Tres Leches Mango Cake

The cake is so easy to make and was perfect for a hot summer day.

Great British Baking Show – Super Fan

In early July we said goodbye to our sweet beagle Hankie Poo.  I was crushed.  I remember sitting on the couch and surfing the channels, but all the shows sounded so heavy and I wanted something lighter.  Than I decided to tune into The Great British Baking Show.  I had seen the title for years […]

Ruth Grindeland

About Me

Hello, welcome to my blog about my life on Westerly Creek. It’s filled with recipes of food I love, mostly vegetarian and vegan with the occasional pescatarian (seafood) recipe.

I have also become hooked on The Great British Baking show and I am trying to bake my way though the show one bake at a time. Follow along as I experience just how different baking is from cooking.

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Welcome to Life on Westerly Creek.  My name is Ruth and I strive to send you one new recipe a week.  Most are baking, some are healthy, and all are good.

I hope you like my site.  If there is ever a recipe you would like to see or if you have feedback on how I can improve my site let me know.  My goal is to create a site filled with recipes that will keep you coming back.

Ruth Grindeland


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