Posts Tagged ‘Vanilla’
Friday, November 15th, 2013
I’m one of those people.
You know, the people who get an idea stuck in their head and can’t sit still until it’s not just an idea anymore. I need something tangible to come from it.
Like the time I woke up with the idea of snack cake stuck in my head. It didn’t take long before my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cake came into fruition.
Unlike that cake, these little hand-held treats took a bit more thought. All I knew was that “hand pie” was stuck in my head like glue and the idea wasn’t going anywhere until they were made. (more…)
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Beautiful buttery-golden pound cake, faintly flavored with vanilla and almond, is the perfect summer dessert.
It’s simple and pretty, not to mention it’s a fantastic vessel for topping with some of summer’s beautiful bounty: fresh strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, or cherries. (more…)
Friday, March 8th, 2013
This drink is incredibly rich; if you’ve ever had a European hot chocolate, the thickness of this drink will probably remind you of that. But hot chocolate wasn’t my inspiration…I had sahlab in mind! (more…)
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Last weekend I had big plans for the gigantic bag of organic lemons that had taken up residence on the bottom shelf of my fridge. Pushing thoughts of lemon bars, lemon curd, candied lemon peel, lemon sorbet, and lemon pie out of my head, I decided on lemon marmalade.
Since the title of this post wasn’t “Lemon Marmalade” you can probably guess that something went wrong along the way. (more…)
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Today’s recipe for my 7 Days of Festive Holiday Treats is something that is perfect for gifting. It’s quite unique – give a festively wrapped jar of this syrup to a friend, then watch them read the label and their eyes light up as they exclaim Oooh, what is this?!
The fact that it is as easy to make is it is exotic-sounding will be our little secret though. (more…)
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
I have always loved tea parties. I remember being a little girl and playing make-believe tea time with my best dolls arranged around a little table. I’d wear a hat, gloves, dress, and high-heeled shoes spirited away from my mom’s closet…of course I always gracefully (haha!) tripped all over the place because of the shoes and too long dress. I only served water and crackers, but with a very proper (at least to my five year old ears) British accent, it always felt nothing short of elegant. (more…)
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Have you tried chia seeds? I first had them sprinkled on a salad a couple years ago…they are delicious with a subtle nutty flavor, and they pair well with so many things. (They’re a great addition to smoothies, oatmeal, and muffins!) For the past year or so, I’ve been seeing chia seed pudding all over the place and I decided it was finally time to try it for myself. (more…)
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
When we’re on vacation Mike has an anti-cell phone policy – he likes us to leave our phones in the hotel room when we leave in the morning. His idea is that not only does this give us a nice little break from work, but it also lets us focus on having fun and spending time together. Yup, my hubby is thoughtful like that.
But what happens when people email me and I have urgent business to attend to? ;) (Not to mention when people email Mike, which actually is urgent…sometimes.) (more…)
Friday, February 24th, 2012
So, what are you making for dessert tonight? Maybe something like that Caramel Apple Cake I saw on your blog a while ago?, a friend excitedly asked me around 2 o’clock one afternoon.
I thought we’d forgo dessert this time, you know, since everyone is trying to eat healthy…, I trailed off. Dead silence from my friend.
I guess “eating healthy” doesn’t mean skipping dessert, even for a regular weeknight meal among close friends that’s not in celebration of anything other than it being a Tuesday night.
I can roll with it. Dessert was back on the menu, stat. (more…)
Sunday, October 16th, 2011
Pears, although beloved in my house, are one of the most underused fruits. When fall rolls around I usually gravitate toward fruits like apples and grapes, but the truth is, every time I eat a pear I think wow, this is delicious…I should really start buying pears more often. And yet, without fail, the next time I’m at the grocery store or farmers’ market, I seem to find myself lured in by the other fruit. (more…)