Tell me, wise reader, how is it that summer flies by so fast every single year? I’d have thought by now I might’ve discovered the secret to making it slow the heck down, but honestly, I’ve got nada. Zilch, zippo, NOTHIN’. Given the lack of recipes around here, you might ascertain it’s been a lovely summer so far (and you would be right), but definitely crazy busy with too little quiet time. I always find it ironic that we rush to fill our summer weekends with one activity after the next, only to come off of each one craving peace and quiet.
Well hello there! Remember me? I’ve been gone a while this time, I know. Still haven’t managed to hit the perfect balance with time management, and as usually happens, blog land quiets down quite a bit when I feel the overwhelm coming on. Throw trying to launch a new business into the usual mix of a busy life, and free time becomes a thing of the past. I attended an awesome conference last week with 1,000 Boston Business Women, and one of the major takeaways for me was you can’t really have it all. Sure, you can have most of it, but trying to have everything only leaves you stressed, overwhelmed, and sleep deprived. (more…)
Here’s the deal: these cookies are out of control. I mean really, peanut butter cups AND heath bar AND brown butter? Outrageous. A few weeks ago, my coworker brought in a leftover bag of heath bars, and I told her I’d make her something delicious if she let me have them. A week later, I presented her with these. (more…)
I’m sure you’re wondering, are “Spicedoodles” really a thing? It’s a good question, and I don’t really know the answer, but for the purposes of this post we’re just gonna go with it. Calling these Spiced Sugar Cookies might be more correct, but calling them spicedoodles is certainly a lot more fun. Regardless of what they’re called though, they’re super delicious, so you should probably read on. (more…)
It seems to me that cookies are synonymous with the holiday season. They’re a great office gift, a perfect post-holiday-meal treat, and a much-needed pick-me-up during these hectic days of December. For this reason and many others, The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is kind of a genius idea. I love the idea of it — bake three dozen cookies, send one dozen each to three other bloggers, and receive three dozen cookies yourself. Sounds pretty amazing, right? But I know myself, and this time of year things get so busy that I wasn’t sure I should commit. Intrigue, and the idea of loads of delicious cookies, got the better of me this year though, and I decided to partake in the 5th annual cookie swap. (more…)
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…)