In my 27 years, I’d never been to Cape Cod before this summer. My family always took our summer vacations up to Maine, and off-season trips to the Vineyard in the fall. Cape Cod was only a means for transitioning from the mainland to the Island, where I fell in love year after year with the quaint villages and island communities in the quieter months. I never really thought it necessary to explore the Cape more, because the Island gave me everything I needed. That is, until, I started to share my time with someone whose Cape Cod roots run as deep as my Vineyard ones do.
Summer is a season of abundance, and the abundance is all around. In this summer’s earliest days, I’ve watched my small garden blossom. I’ve spent hours ambling through my parents’ overflowing gardens, marveling at the beauty of all that new life. I’ve walked outside and felt the sunshine streaming down, creating a feeling of more indulgence than I think I’m entitled to. I’ve felt the grass in the backyard of my new home under my toes, a mix of exhilaration and pride overwhelming the fear of this new responsibility. My life feels incredibly abundant lately — and the feeling of fullness sometimes makes me feel like I might explode. (more…)
It’s strawberry season! Personally, one of my favorite seasons. The warm weather is here, fresh produce is cropping up everywhere, and the days are gloriously loonnngggg. It’s so, so wonderful. I love the changing of seasons, but the beginning of summer always makes me wish that it’d never end. Thank goodness we’ve got a few full months of this ahead of us! (more…)
Remember ages ago when I shared this recipe for Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies, and told you that a cake batter truffle recipe was imminent? Yea well…. 2 months later isn’t exactly a speedy follow-up, but better now than never, I’d say! My hesitation was the awful photos — taken under harsh office lights, on a pine veneer table with disposable bridal shower plates. BUT, if you can get past the terrible composition, I’ll just tell you that these truffles are out of this world.
So I made banana bread again. For what feels like the 1,437th time. That may be a slight exaggeration, but only very slight. I love the stuff! Can’t stay away. It is to me what chocolate and French fries are — totally addictive. And can I just tell you, when you make brown butter banana bread, not only does it completely reframe your thoughts on banana bread, but it also makes your kitchen smell like heaven in a worldly form. It’s divine. (more…)
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.