Is it just me or is August one of the fastest passing months? Well, here we are, stumbling into September whether we're ready or not. Do you hear Christmas music yet? I'm sure it's about to start any day now. I don't know why people complain about hearing Christmas music for a few months of the year. The rest of the time they play the same songs over and over too so it's not any different!Read More
Before school started Paul and I went to Walnut Creek to do a little shopping. Out of all the places to shop there, where do you think I was most excited to go? Williams Sonoma, and Crate & Barrel. I don't have those stores (or any really) in my town so I was so excited to find them and spend as much time as I could daydreaming in them.
After our long shopping filled day, what did I go home with? A cookbook and a baking mat. Not just any cookbook, have you. It's full of JUST pies! It's the Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book. Full from cover to cover of beautiful pies, and amazing ideas. They even have it sectioned off into seasons, so you're making pies with fresh ingredients according to the season.Read More
It's hard to know when you're ready for something. Are we really ever ready? I feel like I'm always trying to get to a place that will make me feel there. Always trying to make it there, to that place where I'll be comfortable.
If only I was here, had this, and was doing this, I'd be set. I'd be ready.Read More
Roasted Balsamic Strawberries take your ordinary strawberries up a notch, or ten.
This simple process will give you an extraordinary strawberry topping.
I can honestly say I've never had anything like Roasted Balsamic Strawberries before. But when I saw this recipe on Nerds and Nomsense I knew I had to make it. Roasted Balsamic Strawberries. It sounds so fancy, doesn't it? Something for a sophisticated pallet, for sure. But, making it was a breeze, and eating it, well... too easy!
It's sweet, yet savory. It's tangy, and rich all at the same time. It's something else.Read More
With the summer coming to an end, and a new school year approaching, this cake feels right. It's the big summer send-off. The Ice Cream Social before the school year. Did anyone else do those as a kid?
It's one of those desserts where you get to dive in, head-first, and indulge. Forget the bikinis, skinny jeans, and tank tops. We're headed towards oversized sweaters, and stretchy pants. You deserve to pull out all the stops, and so does this cake.Read More
I think we're due for another "Skinny Muffin", don't you? Judging by the popularity of my Skinny Blueberry Muffins, I'd say people like this kind of thing!
So here's the skinny, on what makes them "skinny". See what I did there? These muffins contain NO BUTTER, and NO OIL. They use bananas and applesauce instead. Also, they are low sugar. The bananas and unsweetened applesauce have natural sweetness, so we only need to add a little extra. I also used a mixture of whole wheat and all purpose flour. You can play with the mixture of flours, and even make them all whole wheat if you want! Each muffin is also LESS than 150 calories!Read More
A few days ago it rained here. In California. In August. What's going on? Rain in the summer might be a normal thing in other places but not here. I'm not complaining though. Waking up to the smell of rained on sidewalks is my favorite thing to wake up to. The quick glimpse of cooler weather and a soft breeze gave me a craving for some autumn commodities.
Since wearing a scarf and boots while it's still over 100 degrees isn't appropriate, I took the logical course of action. Popsicles!Read More
Blackberries were on sale, so I made blackberry ice cream. Naturally.
I've made so much ice cream this summer, you wouldn't believe me if I told you how much. Over 10 gallons! Don't believe me? I told you you wouldn't.Read More
I don't know what it is about peanut butter cookies, but they're something special.
Maybe it's because they're not as over-the-top sweet as most other cookies, which makes them easier to eat more of..
Or maybe it's the fact that they're made with peanut butter and so they're extra creamy..
Whatever it is, they're stinkin' good. And we all need a good go-to recipe!Read More