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Nutella, Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana stuffed French Toast Waffles

Several weeks ago, I had a chance to visit one of my best friends up in Maine. I made the drive with another childhood friend of ours, and the three of us spent a wonderful couple of days catching up, playing with Maine friend’s baby, eating, and enjoying each other’s company. It’s a rare occasion that the three of us spend time together, but it’s pretty special when it happens. It was one of those weekends that gave me pause, and really made me take a step back from life to realize how great mine is.

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

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!

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Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting

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…)


Dark Chocolate Granola Bark with Dried Fruit and Nuts

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…)


Granola Breakfast Cookies + a Giveaway! [Closed]

Granola is not a frequent indulgence in my life, but I do really love it. Store-bought varieties are often sugar- and fat-laden, and of course quite delicious, but not particularly nutritious. I like to get my fat and sugars (when I have them) from baked goods (duh!), so I try to steer clear of other sources of that stuff. Hence, granola gets ousted more often than not. I’ve tried making it on my own before, which allows you to control exactly what goes into it, but I find that the process is a little bit time intensive, and for some reason the results just don’t justify the effort. (more…)


Banana Zucchini Bread with a Cream Cheese Swirl

Is it just me, or has this winter been really bad on waistlines across New England? We’ve now had four weeks straight of massive once-a-week snow storms, and I know I’m not the only one who is ready to head south and never come back. Since that isn’t exactly an option, and going outdoors when it’s -10 and/or there are snow drifts up to my forehead isn’t exactly appealing, that leaves few options for how to pass the time. Read, work, eat, watch TV, work, bake, eat, read more, eat more, watch a movie, work, bake, eat, repeat. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? SO MUCH FOOD. And lazyness. And couch time. And kitty cuddles (my personal favorite). (more…)


Ramblings

When I was uploading these cookie photos a couple weeks ago, I found myself getting lost scrolling through other recent photos on my phone. It made me realize how many things I think to capture in the moment, that I end up forgetting about so shortly after they happen. It’s a shame to let those little moments fade away so fast — even when they’re seemingly inconsequential, if they can elicit a smile, a giggle, or a happy memory — then they’re totally worth celebrating. So I thought I’d do something completely different today, and just share a few life things. Ramblings. I share lots of recipes and reviews with you here, but truth is that’s only a tiny snapshot of my everyday life. So here’s a bit of a different peek, Instagram style. And with lots of words. I am a writer, after all, and a very verbose one at that! (more…)


Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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…)


5 Years, and Dulce de Leche Brownies

Today marks 5 years since this little blog came into being. I started writing upon my return home from a semester abroad in Australia, fresh off of the best experience of my life, and craving a way to channel all of my energy and excitement. College graduation loomed just months away, and I had few concerns beyond securing a post-grad job, and packing as much fun into those last months as possible. I had no idea what the future would hold, but I had a lot of big dreams and high expectations, and was excited to see how it’d all play out. (more…)


Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Coconut and Cherries

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… :)

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Besito Mexican

A few months ago I shared my surprisingly pleasant experience at Margaritas, and then as luck would have it, I got invited to try out another Mexican spot — this time, Besito Mexican. My first introduction was actually over the summer, when their new Burlington location opened, but I wasn’t able to make the trek up to Burlington at the time. Fortunately, I had another opportunity to check it out when their Chestnut Hill location opened up this fall, and jumped at the chance. The restaurant is a hop, skip and a jump from my new office in Burlington, which could definitely prove to be dangerous! (more…)


Making Truffles with Boston Chocolate Tours

The weekend before Christmas, my Mom and I checked out a chocolate making class put on by Boston Chocolate Tours. I’d taken a similar chocolate making class at the same location before (Elephant and Castle), and another one with Lee Napoli from Chocolee and Bread + Butter, but this was my first experience with Boston Chocolate Tours. Mid-day on that Saturday, we joined a group of other chocolate lovers for an afternoon of chocolate education and truffle making. (more…)


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