I’m not sure about anyone else, but I’ve developed some weird shopping habits as pertains to certain baking ingredients. From time to time I’ll encounter either an ingredient I have a particular affinity for, or a seasonal item I’ve fallen in love with, and stock up on it like the end of the world is coming. I have this totally bizarre reaction and worry that if I don’t buy this thing right now, then I might never have another chance. While completely false (pumpkin reappears every fall, mint m&ms come every winter, and Reese’s Pieces are never out of style), it’s often enough motivation to drive a purchase, and I end up taking home things I really don’t need. I guess we all have our
issues quirks? (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 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…)
Believe it or not, these cookies are my first original recipe of the new year! How we already made it to late-January, I do not know. Winter is admittedly not my favorite time of year, but I hate it when time flies by so fast. I could really go for a bit of a slow down – and a couple of cozy snow days cuddled up in PJ’s with mugs of steaming tea and a good book. Sounds pretty wonderful right?! Mission this week is to figure out how we arrange that…
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.