Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Peanut Butter, Reese’s Cup, and S’Mores Loaded Brownies

As a dessert lover, I don’t discriminate. I love virtually all desserts, but I definitely have my favorites. A crispy-on-the-edges-chewy-on-the-inside chocolate chip cookie is one of them, and fudgy brownies are another. These fudgy brownies get an extra special treatment, because not only is the brownie base delicious and decadent, but it’s loaded with some pretty outrageous fillings, too. (more…)


Boston Burger Company

When I want to really indulge, I often go for a burger and fries. First off, I’ll take any excuse I can get to eat french fries, but really, the combo is just so classic and comforting that it’s hard to go wrong. At restaurants I visit more than once, I often check out the burger offering, because I really think you can judge a restaurant on their overall skill and awesomeness by how the execute their burger. They’re also great because there are so many different styles and variations that it’s impossible to ever get bored with a burger. And at Boston Burger Company, different styles and variations are the name of the game. (more…)


Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

It’s a rare day that I share a non-sweet recipe around here, but as you can probably surmise, I do eat things that don’t include sugar. Cookies nourish the soul, but the rest of me needs far healthier forms of nourishment 🙂 I received a copy of The Perfect Portion Cookbook recently, and when perusing the recipes, decided to give something savory a try. I’m trying to add more bulk to my diet with extra veggies, but if you’re anything like me, eating vegetables in mass quantities is more of a chore than a pleasure. (more…)


Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

If I could only eat one dessert for the rest of my life, this just might be it. Unbelievable right? Or maybe I just sound crazy. But that’s probably because I am… crazy about this darn cake! And probably crazy in other ways, but best not to get into that right now 🙂 It’s like a dark chocolate cake had a baby with a pound of chocolate fudge than jumped into a pool of creamy white chocolate ganache and lived happily ever after. See? I do sound crazy. (more…)


Peanut Butter Cup Heath Bar Brown Butter Cookies

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…)


My Foray into Floral Design, and a new Website!

I told you all recently about my new obsession with flowers, and also that I’m making 2016 the year that I follow my dreams. At first I thought I’d incorporate more of these new changes into Sweetly Serendipity, but after some soul-searching, and a deeper consideration of what I want for the future, I decided I’m actually going to start a new venture entirely. It’s been a long time coming, but I think I’m ready to dive in, and the start of that will be a new website, a new blog, and a promise for much bigger things to come down the line. (more…)


Anniversary Dinner at Row 34 Boston

It took me far too long to make it to Row 34, but a few weeks back, my better half made reservations there for our anniversary. He made me close my eyes for the whole ride over, while I blindly guessed where we were going based on the turns in the road and the perceived speed of the car. While I got pretty close to guessing the neighborhood, I had no idea we’d end up at Row 34. And even though it took us ages to try it, the experience was well worth the wait. (more…)


Blueberry Breakfast Bake

I don’t know about you, but I am a huge breakfast person. I exercise in the morning, so eating early in the day is partly out of necessity, but mostly I just love breakfast foods. Oatmeal? I could eat it every day. Yogurt/granola/fruit? Such a treat. A good over easy egg? Probably one of my favorite food items in the world. I love it all, deeply, wholly, and truly. (more…)


Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

Ever since I published this post on pursuing passions and shaking things up, I feel like I can’t keep my head on straight because it’s going in a million directions at once. Shortly after that post, I decided I’m going to open a business. I gave it a name and purchased a new URL, and it’s been utterly consuming my thoughts ever since. I’ve been down this path before, had crazy (and seemingly unattainable) ideas for what I want to do with my life, and they’ve always burned out in a matter of days. But this time, I’m hoping it sticks. It feels like it’s going to stick. (more…)


Cranberry Orange Spice Cake with Citrus Cream Cheese

To be quite honest, I haven’t seen cranberries in the grocery store for a while. Can you even get them in February? Whether you can or not, I know it isn’t exactly cranberry season, so as you might assume, this was a holiday dessert. Still digging out from my backlog of posts… I could make a lot of excuses here about how busy it’s been and how I haven’t had much time to blog (all true), but you’ve heard it all before, so let’s just get to it, shall we? (more…)


Arranging Flowers and Watercolor at Paint Night

I love creating things — baking, cooking, sewing, knitting, painting, crafting. Virtually all of my favorite hobbies revolve around creation. There’s something so magical about making something that didn’t exist before, because it is truly a product of you. No one else can claim it. You can make it completely your own. And a lot of love, passion, dedication, and commitment goes into those projects with a tangible result. They’re special. They’re important. (more…)


On Passions, Badassery, and Avoiding Regret: Happy 6th Birthday, SS

♥♥ Happy 6th birthday to my beloved blog, Sweetly Serendipity! ♥♥

I’m currently reading this great book, “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life,” and it’s really got me thinking. I’m an overly contemplative person to begin with, but books like this really encourage personal exploration, which taps into a part of myself I’ve routinely tried to turn off for the better part of my adult life. (more…)


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