Hey there friends… long time no see! It’s been a bit — I’ve missed you! I also really missed writing, and being in the kitchen whipping up goodies. The good news is that I survived knee surgery, and even better, the surgeon said it went really well. It only took him 39 minutes to cut me open, harvest my hamstring, drill through some bones, and give me a new ACL. It still totally blows my mind that the procedure is so “simple.” The less great news is that recovery is pretty tough, and it’s going to take a lot more than 39 minutes to get better. But I’m making small strides every day, so that’s really all I can ask for. (more…)
So can I tell you all a (not so secret) secret? I haven’t been baking much lately. It’s probably been pretty obvious with the lack of new recipes, but I’m still sad to own up to it. The kitchen is my happy place, and I haven’t been making enough time for it lately. Instead, I’ve been trying to stuff myself with healthy foods (fresh fruit and veggies don’t exactly require a lot of prep work…), as much activity as my bum knee will allow, and as much fun as I can handle before surgery takes me down for a while. (more…)
You guys know I rarely bake out of boxes. I have nothing against boxed mixes, but I like to tinker and play when I create new recipes, and you can’t really (and don’t want to) mess with the goodness that comes pre-mixed. But occasions do arise when a boxed mix can’t be beat, and so I embrace those whole-heartedly and love the chance to try something different. (more…)
Sorry for the silence lately friends… it’s been a challenging few weeks. Between a ski accident, a car accident, vandalism to my rental car I was using because of the car accident, an MRI, receiving MRI results that show a torn ACL, and then having to start physical therapy and schedule and prepare for knee surgery… well, I’ve been consumed. Nothing that ample time and money won’t fix, but it’s been a challenge nonetheless! Fortunately I’ve had some great (human) support to lean on, and some yummy foods to keep my spirits up!
I have this theory that all men love peanut butter and chocolate together. It’s not an exclusive observation — there are many women that do, too (and I’m one of them!), but I swear the vast majority of the male population, at least that I’ve encountered in my life, goes crazy for this combo. Because I like to bake for the special people in my life, and because I, too, love those two flavors together, I feel like I am constantly thinking about or making creations that marry chocolate and peanut butter. (more…)
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…)
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…)