well here they are, the blondies of my dreams. i made these last week for our cozy anniversary dinner at home. dylan originally wanted to go out to a restaurant to celebrate, but i urged him to consider the option of staying home and cooking something together instead. as much as i love the idea of going out to dinner for a special occasion, i sometimes feel it’s just as rewarding, if not more so, to celebrate by making new memories in the kitchen together. there’s something so deeply personal about cooking food with the ones you love, and then taking the time to relish in the (usually) tasty results. Continue reading
with all of the wonderful recipes available at our fingertips, i sometimes find it difficult to decide what it is that i want to bake. and really, who could blame me? there seems to be an infinite amount of ways to turn butter, sugar, and flour into something magical. however this weekend, a promising tart recipe caught my eye, and just as soon as i finished reading it, i knew i had to make it. Continue reading
this spring semester has been a busy one, but nonetheless exciting. my days alternate between tutoring a kindergartener and working with one and two year olds, both of which are entirely new experiences for me. i’m honestly loving most every minute of my experiences in the field. what i haven’t been so smitten with is my academic workload, and at times it gets the better of me. i let the stresses of school consume me all too much, to the point where i stop setting aside time to keep up with things i love to do, like write my blog. with six weeks or so left to the semester, i’m trying to do the best i can in school, but i’m also trying to take more walks, drink more water, have more playdates, and live more balanced. Continue reading
these cookies don’t scream valentine’s day in an obvious way. they aren’t heart-shaped, they aren’t adorned with pink sprinkles, and they certainly steer clear of the red velvet fad. but to me, these cookies are all kinds of romantic, and they’ve won over my heart for all the right reasons. Continue reading
if you read my last post, you’d understand my state of pure joy this morning when i peered through the blinds and saw a blue sky and a bright sun outside my window. i took myself on a leisurely morning walk to soak it all in, and it’s been a wonderful day ever since. so here’s to celebrating life’s simple pleasures, like blue skies and easy sunday mornings.
a blizzard named after a tropical fish has just left the east coast with a thick blanket of snow, and all i can think about is my intense longing for some sweet sunshine. don’t get me wrong, i love the winter, and in many ways i am a girl that was primed for the colder months. i dislike high temperatures and sunburns, and i very much like cozying up by the fireplace and comfort food. as i like to say, in the winter you can always put on more layers, but in the summer there’s only so much you can take off. but since coming back to fredonia a few weeks ago, it seems to have snowed or rained almost every day. i’ve worn out my snow boots and chunky scarves, i’ve had my fair share of runny noses and near-frostbitten fingers, and i’m ready for a glimpse of a clear blue sky and some sunshine. Continue reading
it may be considered a bit late to talk resolutions, but in this case, better late than never! to be honest, i’m not sure i believe in restricting oneself to new year’s resolutions. as long as we’re all actively growing into the best versions of ourselves, it shouldn’t matter what time of year one chooses to resolve to grow as a person. one of my resolutions for 2013 and for years to follow is to dive deeper into my food blogging. i’m hoping you will all hold me to it! i’m looking forward to expanding my experience with baking and cooking, learning more about food photography, and just being an overall more adventurous person in the kitchen! these sticky date mini bundt cakes are such a special treat, and they’ve completely won over my mother’s heart. Continue reading
this brownie right here is the outrageous brownie, a dignified member of the brownie hall of fame. it comes from ina garten’s first cookbook, and it has been winning the hearts of brownie lovers and chocolate enthusiasts for years. these babies are dense, fudgy, and beyond chocolatey. they’re positively scrumptious out of the freezer, at room temperature, or served warm with salted caramel sauce. make these for someone you love, top them with trader joe’s sea salt caramel sauce, and take a mental image of that moment because it will change your brownie-loving life forever! Continue reading
Hi all! I feel the need to apologize for being absent from the blog for longer than I’d planned. But today, in lieu of a recipe, I’ve decided to take a moment to share some exciting news with you. I’ve been spending the past few weeks training to take over the position of head editor at Best Friends For Frosting!
or as my boyfriend/official taste-tester calls them, dulce (de)lishy cookies. these buttery, brown sugary delights are a favorite around here for many reasons; one, the aroma these cookies give off is one of the most calming yet enticing smells to have ever blessed my kitchen; two, their consistency is perfectly chewy; and three, they’re sandwiched with pure dulce de leche! sign me up. Continue reading