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Happy Wednesday, ya’ll. I can’t believe it’s already mid-week. How was everyones weekend? It was a pretty lazy one over here, which honestly, I’m too not mad about. The past week had been crazy busy so it was nice to take a step back and chill. Another bonus of that was taking the time to flip through my old pastry binder to spark some ideas on what to bake this week. Yes, I do in fact have an entire binder full of dessert recipes. It’s pretty awesome. Although flipped through hundreds, this coconut bread recipe stuck out to me straight from the beginning. And once I had it in my mind, it was already in the making. Now, I used to make this weekly as a pastry chef and everyone loved it. But I wanted to take it a step further and add something to it. Winter/early spring gets a lot of slack for not be a very “fresh” season for produce, but what a lot of people don’t know is that it’s ‘prime time’ for citrus. Which, of course, led me to these beautiful blood oranges. Blood oranges, in my opinion, are the queens of oranges. Not only are they beautiful in color, but they have great health benefits as well, some of which your typical navel orange doesn’t have. Blood oranges are rich in antioxidants, which lower your risk of chronic health problems like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. And while both varieties are good options in terms of nutrition, this does give blood oranges a higher up. However, the down side of blood oranges is their short window in which you can find them, and unfortunately it’s coming to an end very soon. Bummer! If you cant find blood oranges in stock or in season at you local grocery store, any orange will work great as well. Heck, you could even swap out oranges for a different citrus. This glaze is very versatile.
Happy Easter Eve, Friends! I have a very short and sweet post today, so I’ll get straight to the point. I was at Target today thinking about how Easter just wasn’t on my radar this year, and I didn’t make or prepare anything for it (yikes). I’ve been so busy with other things that, it completely slipped my mind. So, while roaming around I came up with the idea of a dessert board, but with “already made” treats. A dessert board sure to impress, even at the last minute.
Happy Sunday ya’ll! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted but I’m back in full force and coming in with something SUPER delicious just in time for a (super late) Valentines Day! That is if you’re in the 10% of the world that’s celebrating late like we are ;). Honestly, we aren’t even celebrating until tomorrow because that’s when we were able to get away, just Christian and I🙈. But, I couldn’t wait any longer to post since the majority of you all have already celebrated. I mean, it doesn’t actually have to be Valentines Day to eat some bomb a** brownies, right? You want to know the best part about it? These brownies are only 6 ingredients. Yep, only 6. It’s a total game changer. Plus, I used box brownies, which are the best kind of brownies. Try and fight me about it. I’ll win.
Wow, 2020. One of the worst, best, confusing, humbling, hard, and grateful years of my life. Thinking back on it, it would just be easy to say that 2020 has been the worst year imaginable with COVID striking shortly after the year began. There is no denying this was a year full of ups & downs, loss, struggle, isolation, and hardship. But what really stands out, more than anything to me, is all the positive things 2020 has brought me. Sure, I lost my job for awhile and was only brought back part time, but the major positive of that was spending the extra time with Oliver. I got to see and experience things with him I would have otherwise missed. His first steps, his first words, all his super cool dance moves…each of those things are priceless to me. Not only did the extra time off with Oliver bring me joy, but I also had time to learn new things, take classes, and create this blog to share my creativity with you all. Most importantly I learned that nothing is ever guaranteed and to be grateful for everything I have.
If you know me or have ever run into me somewhere, you know my favorite things to wear are hats, jeans, sneakers and a cozy sweatshirt. It’s just one of those outfits you can be super casual in or dress up for a night out. It’s seemingly perfect, especially this year. So with everything going on in the world and the chaos of Christmas around the corner, I wanted to take a break from the kitchen and round up my 3 favorite Amazon sweaters, because, well, I’ve basically been living in them. They are so cozy and perfect as we transition from fall to the dead of winter.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! What did you guys have on your menu today? This year our Thanksgiving gathering was fairly small so we eliminated a few dishes off of our typical holiday menu (mostly casseroles and pies), and although that was a little bittersweet, I added a new item today. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple Whipped Cream. Typically my grandma makes a pumpkin pie every year, but with the number so low and her health declining, I decided to take over and make something a little bit different. Since I have been making this pumpkin cheesecake for a few years now, and it has always been a friend favorite, it seemed like the obvious choice. This pumpkin cheesecake is basically a cross between a pumpkin pie and a New York style cheesecake, and what’s not to love about that? It’s the best of both worlds. And honestly, it’s better than pumpkin pie in my opinion. (No on tell my grandma I said that 🙈 ) The crust is buttery yet crisp with graham crackers, while the inside is creamy and perfectly flavored with real pumpkin and fall spices. It’s beyond delicious.
Thanksgiving is in TWO days ya’ll. Someone please explain to me how this is even possible. 2020 has seemed to be the longest year ever but in other ways, also the shortest. Like, I feel as though just yesterday was the beginning of this pandemic and worldwide shutdown, and now it’s almost December? But on the other hand, I have a full blown toddler that will be turning two in a few months? What the actual f*ck. Time is weird this year. Speaking of time on an entirely different level, does anyone else struggle with what to eat for breakfast on the holidays? My family eats at 1:30 in the afternoon, so not quite lunch but not yet dinner either. That means breakfast is always a weird topic. Do I starve to death until 1pm or do I somehow overeat and become miserable? If this sounds like you, fear not, I’ve got you covered. I think I finally found my solution whether you’re looking for an easy grab and go, a delicious side to your bacon and eggs, or just simply trying to load up on sugar before a long day with your relatives. Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins.
Happy Monday ya’ll. It’s been quite the dreary overcast day here so I’ve taken full advantage of it and spent my entire day inside baking. There is also a winter storm on the way so what better way to snuggle up with some hot cocoa and eat some sweets, am I right? If we’re being honest, I really don’t like winter, Like at all, but I’ll definitely partake in the fuzzy socks, hot cocoa, and movie nights on the couch during a snowfall. There’s just something so comforting about it. Especially with freshly baked 7-layer bars just waiting for me to dig in. Yes please. Usually at this time of year I’ve already made 7-layer bars more times than I can count. However, due to the pandemic, I can’t say I’ve made them once this year. This recipe makes 24 large bars or 48 small bars so it’s a hefty recipe for just one person to indulge in. So, with Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought why not make them today and be ahead of the game for Thursday. Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. I get my sugar fix and my family gets theirs for Thanksgiving. Win Win.
Happy Friday night ya’ll. We’ve made it through the work week! Seeing as my week seemed to be long and stressful, I thought I would bring something different to the blog tonight and make something fun. Now if you know me, you know I’m a HUGE snacker, especially if any sort of TV series is on. That’s how these tri-colored french fries, or “rainbow fries” as I like to call them, came about. I wanted an easy, yet still delicious snack to munch on while starting season 4 of the show ‘New Girl’. Yes, I know, I know, I’m super behind on this show. However, don’t you worry because I am most definitely binge watching it 😆 . Never the less, I wanted something I wasn’t going to feel super bad about eating, and could reheat for Oliver to snack on the next day. Enter in these Rainbow Fries. These fries are not are not only SO easy to make, but they are gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan. They would make a great snack, side dish to any meal, and are an awesome way to get kids to eat their vegetables without using a deep fryer. You could also substitute carrots for extra sneaky veggie consumption.
About a year ago I created this list titled “7 Places I Want to Travel to Before I’m 30“. This list consists of overseas destinations and destinations spread across the US. Out of the US locations, Colorado was one that made the list. I had been to Colorado once before, but I had strictly stayed in downtown Denver, so this time around I wanted to see more. Now, due to COVID restrictions and wildfires burning, this was going to be hard, but I was determined to get out of Wisconsin at least one more time this year. Trying to eliminate risk factors of contracting COVID, we hopped in our car and drove trough the night instead of flying. This worked in our benefit for two reason. One: We had decided on a more scenic Denver CO for the first 2 days and a scenic Fort Collins CO for the remainder of our stay, so having our jeep was a great decision. Two: Traveling with a toddler can be tricky, so driving while he was asleep solved all tantrum, meal, and potty stop issues. None the less, if you are looking for a little guide to Colorado, look no further. Here’s what we did: