This past weekend a friend and I decided to pretend to be real “sophisticated & classy women”. We bought ourselves some fancy cheese, bottle of cheap wine, wore some red lipstick, and popped in Chocolat. We enjoyed ourselves, and we really enjoyed the cheese.
Cheese: Havarti; Trugole, and Montamore
Wine: Moscato (The Skinny Vine)
Winter is getting long. Just when I am convinced it’s gone- more snow trickles down from the big grey sky. Sometimes in the middle of these long, dull winters we need a little confetti to brighten our lives.
My solution? Confetti Cupcakes.
Add some confetti to your dull winter days. I used a box of funfetti cake mix, but I made my own fluffy flour frosting, adding a few splashes of blue and green food coloring.
I love brownies. They’re rich and gooey and just plain fabulous. Amen?
We decided to take a little trip before starting our spring semester. Ya. We have yet to start. Its lovely.
We are heading out to Big Sky, MT. Twelve hours in a small car. Four people squished inside. Two snowboards packed on top. An abundance to treats & snacks flowing out.
Our contribution to our snack stash was a giant batch of chex mix and a box of oatmeal cookies.
Our variation on the chex mix includes:
– honey chex instead of wheat chex
– honey roasted peanuts instead of regular
– m&ms. who doesn’t love a little chocolate with their salt?
For the oatmeal cookies we used a bag mix. Sorry. It happens. Our variation to these cookies was a cup of raisans in half (not my choice. Who wants to eat a healthy snack in a healthy cookie? Bad idea if you ask me. Might as well eat a cracker.) In the other half of the dough we mixed a cup of chocolate chunks, and a cup of butterscotch chips. Now that is a cookie. Loaded with sugar. Thats what a cookie should be.
I think I have gone a little psycho for Christmas this year, and I totally love it.
I wanted to make my neighbors some goodies. Yesterday I spent the day baking and preparing some goodie boxes.
Second, start baking. Go on. You can do it. Turn on some Christmas music, make yourself some hot chocolate and just dance around your kitchen. Wash dishes while items are in the oven. It takes the stress off of having a mountain of dishes at the end.
Then, just place the package outside your neighbor’s door. You don’t even have to knock, or even sign the card! They will stumble upon them and be delighted.
Spread your holiday cheer!
Friday night we decided it was time to bust out our Christmas decorations, along with the cookies. The cookies were very necessary.
Naked sugar cookies.
Fancy sugar cookies.
Totally worth it.
Go make some holiday memories.
Do you like ooey?
Do you like gooey?
Do you like chocolatey?
Do you like ooey-gooey-chocolatey?
We may be friends if you answered yes.
9 cups golden grahams cereal
3 tbsp butter
3/4 cup corn syrup
12 oz. milk chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups mini marshmallows
- measure cereal into a LARGE bowl. hear me? LARGE
- line & spray a cookie sheet
- melt/mix corn syrup, butter, and chocolate chips in saucepan
- remove from heat, add in vanilla
- pour over cereal and stir really really good really fast.
- add in the marshmallows
- spread onto cookie sheet
- allow to cool
- eat. eat. eat. eat.
Unfortunately this cookie sheet of ooey-gooey-chocolatey-ness is only good for about a day. After that the corn syrup begins to make the cereal less crunchy, and more floppy. With that in mind- I give you full permission to eat this all in one sitting while you curl up on the couch and watch Anne of Green Gables, or Pride & Prejudice, or the Notebook.
This little treat was a cinch. It was sweet and lovely and just what this perfect fall weather needs.
Do you see all that apple-y goodness? Run along. Gather your apples. You only need 5-6 of them. Scurry scurry. Shan’t waste time!
Here’s the recipe:
1 loaf of frozen bread dough, thawed
5-6 apples, peeled & sliced & diced
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. nutmeg
- melt butter in sauce pan, add in the apples, and cook for a few minutes. add in sugars, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. cook until apples are tender.
-roll out the loaf, long and skinny.
- scatter apples down the middle (try not to drag all the sauce with, or after you bake you will have just a soggy pile of apples. no bueno.
- cut strips along the sides of the loaf, braid the lovely fellow shut.
- bake at 325 degrees until golden brown (20-25 min)
- pour icing over the top (I chose the classic milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar route)
- sprinkle with almonds
We ate the apple braid for breakfast for the most part. It was lovely. A nice complement to a steaming cup of coffee.
Our camera died half way through the apple braid’s process. So my dull phone photo will have to suffice. I know you want to grab that fork and eat it.
I highly recommend a lovely breakfast of apple braid & coffee. Give it a shot.
My body has been craving pumpkin like crazy. PUMPKIN PUMPKIN PUMPKIN! Like seriously, I can’t get enough. I see a recipe that calls for pumpkin and I am instantly trying to decide if I have time to make it. Usually the answer is no. However, I did find time to play with two pumpkin recipes in the last week.
I am leading a freshman girl Bible Study this year, and as part of that I am in charge of bringing a treat every other week. So regardless of how little time I have to bake- I will be baking at least every two weeks. Hopefully.
The pumpkin party in my kitchen last week included Pumpkin Cookies with Pecans and Pumpkin Muffins sprinkled with Cinnamon & Sugar. Both of which were A+ choices.
Here is the deal with these beautiful little mounds. They are super light and fluffy and soft and melt in your mouth. I ditched the frosting and opted to just shove a few pecans on top of each cookie instead. Lovely nutty addition. Excellent choice. They aren’t as good after a few days, so gobble them up fast, which you will have no problem doing. This recipe made about 2 dozen cookies.
These guys. Oh my. Adorable. Love that Smitten Kitchen added cinnamon & sugar to the tops. It was a nice way to bring a little extra sugar into the muffins. Her recipe was a little weird at the bottom when she added her additional notes (I did 1/3 cup oil and 1 cup sugar). In place of pumpkin spice I did 1/4 tsp of the following: cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg. They were lovely. And super cute. Pair them with a cup of apple cider and you’re set.
Both of these recipes were super easy and perfect for fall. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather still. I certainly am.
I don’t have a recipe of my own, or a do-it-yourself project today. I haven’t had time. I do, however, have time to day dream about fall. And you can bet I spend my moments doing so.
Fall Food Cravings
…here are a few recipes I would love to try this fall.
baked pumpkin doughnuts
So if this cool weather leaves you craving pumpkin, spices, and all things cozy, give any one of these recipes a whirl and let me know how it goes. I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful beginnings of fall!