Hey there friends… long time no see! It’s been a bit — I’ve missed you! I also really missed writing, and being in the kitchen whipping up goodies. The good news is that I survived knee surgery, and even better, the surgeon said it went really well. It only took him 39 minutes to cut me open, harvest my hamstring, drill through some bones, and give me a new ACL. It still totally blows my mind that the procedure is so “simple.” The less great news is that recovery is pretty tough, and it’s going to take a lot more than 39 minutes to get better. But I’m making small strides every day, so that’s really all I can ask for. (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…)
Every once in a while, inspiration strikes, and I’ll act on it without thinking. I am generally a very thorough thinker, so this kind of behavior is a bit unsettling, and often doesn’t result in a situation I anticipated. A month or so ago when I was home visiting my family, they bought a box of cornbread mix to make corn spoon pudding with for dinner that night, and it sounded good so I bought a box too. Later that week I bought a big container of sour cream and a bunch of scallions, but as soon as I got home realized I had NO use for a giant pan of cornbread in my life. (more…)
I made a promise to myself that this year would be a really good one — full of new experiences, fun trips, more time with friends and family, and pushing my boundaries a bit more than normal. After making this same promise to myself year after year and never really following through, I’m doing my best to make it a reality in 2015. Having to undergo unexpected ACL and meniscus surgery has certainly thrown a wrench in those plans, but I am still determined to make the most of it! (more…)
A few weeks back I shared these Granola Breakfast Cookies and this Dark Chocolate Granola Bark with you — both made with Golden Girl Granola. This is the last of three recipes I made with their granola samples, before stashing away the rest for snacking. These granola bites (very large bites — they could safely be called granola balls, but that name didn’t seem particularly fitting for my blog :)) are like a play on rice krispies, but with granola, peanut butter, and chia seeds in the mix. (more…)
I love Portland Maine. It’s such a lovely little city with wonderful New England charm — cobblestone streets, waterfront properties, great eateries, and some adorable shops. I am fortunate to have a good friend that lives just north of the city, so I have an “excuse” to visit more frequently than I otherwise might. I’ve been visiting the city and surrounding towns since I was a little kid, and as a result have had the good fortune to visit, and more importantly eat at, a lot of different places. But every visit, I try to seek out a few new-t0-me spots to try, and during my most recent visit, I finally got a chance to try Eventide Oyster Co. But first, the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club! (more…)
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.
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 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…)
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 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…)
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…)