So… baking. That thing I used to do all the time. Well, I’m getting back into it! It has been (and will probably continue to be) a slow process getting back into the swing of things, but I think it’s finally back to stay. I’ve made a lot of excuses for the past several months about being too busy to get into the kitchen, but the stuff making me busy has rarely been fun. So, if I can make time for un-fun, often stressful and rather unpleasant things, then I sure as heck can make time for some fun, right? Plus baking has this magical way of making a bad day seem less awful, or turning a terrible mood into something more manageable. So please take these cookies as a re-commitment of myself to this space. I can’t promise I’ll be here all the time, but I can promise not to disappear completely again. (more…)
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…)