After a long break for the holidays, it feels like forever since I last posted a Secret Recipe Club recipe. As usual, I’m so grateful for the monthly assignment, because it keeps me in the kitchen when life otherwise seems too busy to allow it. This month I was assigned Heather’s blog It’s Yummy to My Tummy. What a fitting name! I found plenty of recipes I was interested in making, but was in a pinch the evening I decided to bake these, so I picked a recipe that seemed simple and quick. (more…)
Holiday baking is coming a touch late in my world this year, after just having taken on a new part time job that in practice takes up a lot more time than it did in theory. I’m really loving it, so can’t complain much, but working full-time during the day and then an after-hours job definitely doesn’t leave time for a whole lot extra. All I can say is, thank goodness for weekends!
How I start a blog post is largely dictated by my mood when I sit down to write it, and today that mood is decidedly cranky. I have my first cold of the season, and generally I only get one a season, so when it arrives I tend to be a bit of a grouch. I apologize in advance! The good news is I’m writing about something I love, chocolate! Double chocolate. And it’s goooood. (more…)
Fall is a season full of good things. Apples and pumpkin and sweaters and spices, bright leaves and blue skies and chilled cheeks and sunshine. It’s a wonderful time of year. Just over a month ago now, one of my good friends flew out to visit from California, and knowing that the traditional autumnal activities just aren’t the same in Southern California, we went on an apple picking excursion. I came home with a full bag (and belly!), brimming with peaches and apples, and one perfectly round sugar pumpkin. My bounty sat on the counter for a week or two while I contemplated what to do with it, but inspiration wasn’t striking. The peaches started to rot, the apple stash dwindled as it become a part of my daily lunches, and I was sad that these sweet treats weren’t being baked into oblivion. Then, an evening full of baking with a friend introduced me to this pumpkin cookie recipe, and my world was changed. (more…)
Hello! How are you?! It’s been a while. Since I last wrote something here, I had my final wedding dress fitting, Kevin and I moved into our new condo, we traveled for wedding appointments, and started condo renovations. To kick it all off, we tore down a wall and painted our bedroom. We also bought 4 new toilets (even though we only have one bathroom…), finally successfully installed one of those toilets that actually fits in our microscopically bathroom, we installed two closet systems, and a shelving pantry area behind out new kitchen, plus picked paint colors for the entire place, painted the pantry, started painting and priming the in-transition living room and made about 1,000 trips to Home Depot. It’s starting to feel more like Home Depot is my home than out condo! (more…)