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Dark Chocolate Granola Bark with Dried Fruit and Nuts

I love chocolate. It’s one of my absolute favorite foods ever (obvious?) and I eat it nearly every day. Sometimes twice a day. But I especially love chocolate that is loaded with fillings — chocolate turtles, truffles, bark. So when I got a few bags of Golden Girl Granola (see my first GGG recipe for Granola Breakfast Cookies here!), I decided I should probably add some to my favorite dark chocolate. You know, because one good thing plus another good thing is generally a really good thing! (more…)


Granola Breakfast Cookies + a Giveaway!

Granola is not a frequent indulgence in my life, but I do really love it. Store-bought varieties are often sugar- and fat-laden, and of course quite delicious, but not particularly nutritious. I like to get my fat and sugars (when I have them) from baked goods (duh!), so I try to steer clear of other sources of that stuff. Hence, granola gets ousted more often than not. I’ve tried making it on my own before, which allows you to control exactly what goes into it, but I find that the process is a little bit time intensive, and for some reason the results just don’t justify the effort. (more…)


Banana Zucchini Bread with a Cream Cheese Swirl

Is it just me, or has this winter been really bad on waistlines across New England? We’ve now had four weeks straight of massive once-a-week snow storms, and I know I’m not the only one who is ready to head south and never come back. Since that isn’t exactly an option, and going outdoors when it’s -10 and/or there are snow drifts up to my forehead isn’t exactly appealing, that leaves few options for how to pass the time. Read, work, eat, watch TV, work, bake, eat, read more, eat more, watch a movie, work, bake, eat, repeat. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? SO MUCH FOOD. And lazyness. And couch time. And kitty cuddles (my personal favorite). (more…)


Ramblings

When I was uploading these cookie photos a couple weeks ago, I found myself getting lost scrolling through other recent photos on my phone. It made me realize how many things I think to capture in the moment, that I end up forgetting about so shortly after they happen. It’s a shame to let those little moments fade away so fast — even when they’re seemingly inconsequential, if they can elicit a smile, a giggle, or a happy memory — then they’re totally worth celebrating. So I thought I’d do something completely different today, and just share a few life things. Ramblings. I share lots of recipes and reviews with you here, but truth is that’s only a tiny snapshot of my everyday life. So here’s a bit of a different peek, Instagram style. And with lots of words. I am a writer, after all, and a very verbose one at that! (more…)


Brunch at Beat Hotel

The Beat Hotel is a fairly new (fall 2013) Harvard Square establishment, and I’ve been wanting to check it out ever since it opened. Their live music and funky decor were always intriguing, as was the menu which changes seasonally, something I always appreciate. This was the brunch that almost didn’t happen, thanks to a ski accident on my first EVER ski trip (trees and skiers don’t exactly mix, I learned), but I was able to hobble in at a snail’s pace for a delicious, lazy Sunday brunch. (more…)


Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

I remember back to a day not long ago, when I was lamenting the fact that this winter had brought us no snow. Little did I know what sort of wrath Mother Nature had in store for us! Last week, the Blizzard of 2015/Snowmageddon/Snowpocalyspe arrived here in New England, and it dumped over 2 feet of snow across the area. If anyone was feeling the snow shortage before, they certainly weren’t after that. I had two snow days in a row working from home, which were largely filled up with shifts of shoveling and blanket cuddling. (more…)


Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake

Last weekend was one of those times when nothing was going my way. I had a really fun couple of days planned and was super psyched come Friday evening, but by midday Sunday I found myself moping in bed with a great pout going. By no fault of mine, or anyone else’s really, all of my carefully laid plans dissolved, and I ended up spending hours curled up in bed with my kitties and a new book. In many instances that’d have been a great use of a day, but last weekend it just felt like a waste. (more…)


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