Every year when the weather gets cold, and I have my first cranberry sighting in the supermarket, I buy a bag. I think it’s their limited availability that makes me utterly obsessed from that first day I see them stocked on store shelves, until I use up my very last bag at the end of the season. I really love cranberries, and use them in a lot of ways. I love cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving — whether it’s the canned jelly kind, fresh cranberry relish, or a cooked version studded with dried fruit or nuts — I add them to my morning oatmeal, I bake them into delicious desserts, I make syrups out of them and craft cranberry cocktails, and I even tried using them fresh in cookies recently! (more…)
Prior to Thanksgiving weekend, it had been many, many months since I made something yeasted. Fortunately yeast doesn’t intimidate me as much as it used to, but I still don’t make a regular practice of utilizing it in my recipes. I think that’s the impatient side of me coming out — why wait hours for bread to rise when I can wait only one hour and have a tasty quick bread ready for immediate consumption?
I’ve had a serious baking bug lately. I mean, I always love baking, but lately it has been on a can’t-get-enough basis. Maybe it’s the sudden surge into the holiday season? Or the cold weather telling my body I need to pack on some extra lbs to keep warm, and the best way I know how is through baking sugary sweets? Whatever the case, I’ve been in the kitchen a lot. Cooking, even! Oddly enough, I’ve been pretty quiet around here, but that’s just because of the new job, and should be changing soon. I had forgotten how utterly exhausting a new job can be! I absolutely love it, but my brain is feeling pretty pooped these days, with all of the learning and absorbing information that comes with getting up to speed at a (very technical and very complex) company. (more…)
Today is a special day. Today is the day we all pause to consider the things we’re grateful for, the bits and pieces of our lives that make each day worth living, and each moment special. With all of this top of mind, I wanted to take a moment to share my thanks for those things and people I am so very, very grateful for this year.
Today marks two full weeks since I started my new job. Somehow, I’ve survived! To be honest, I absolutely love it, and I can’t even put into words how thrilled I am about the opportunity. I haven’t been so exhausted from learning and information absorption in years, but it’s a pretty awesome thing. I’ve finally started contributing, too, and that feels so good. I’ve got a massive learning curve still ahead, but I think I can do it!
As a kid, I thought Halloween was an epically awesome holiday. I mean, how can you not love a day that revolves solely around candy? Especially for someone like me, who has an insatiable sweet tooth. I can remember many a Halloween-eve, putting the finishing touches on that year’s costume at my Grandparents’ house, before we would venture out for trick-or-treating. After we’d filled our candy bags to the brim, and our parents had tired of walking the streets in the bitter cold, we’d retreat to my Grandparents’ living room and sort our candy — piles of chocolate and non-chocolate first, and then specific types of each candy if there was enough of it. Bartering ensued before we dove in to actually eat it, and I always liked this part the most – apparently I was already starting to become a type A negotiator as a little tyke! (more…)
My family has been going to Martha’s Vineyard nearly every year since I was a toddler. My Dad’s sister lived there when I was much younger, giving us an excuse to start visiting, and after a couple of seasons it just stuck. We started visiting annually, typically in the fall to miss all of the crazy summer congestion, and to have a chance to more intimately experience the Island without all the people. Last year we didn’t make it, so this year’s trip was an especially wonderful treat. (more…)