Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Here’s my PSA for the day – a short list of foods that are surprisingly delicious straight out of the freezer:
- Mangoes (cubed)
- Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Gummy Bears
Have you ever tried any of these? If not, you should. They’re all super refreshing snacks on a hot summer day. (And are there others that I’m missing? Tell me in the comments, I want to try them out!)
Monday, 30 June 2014
It’s finally summer! I love this time of year, when there are tons of amazing seasonal fruits and veggies to enjoy. Last month I visited Salvador Family Farm in Brentwood, California, where they do U-pick cherries. It’s a small 10 acre farm, but don’t let that fool you – the trees were chock full of ripe Bing cherries (and a few Rainier cherries as well!). We picked so many that I made a galette, mini cherry pies, and maraschino cherries in the same weekend. Not to mention eating plenty of cherries all by themselves.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Marca Prosecco. It is intended for an audience over 21 years of age.
Even before I really liked wine, I always loved sparkling wine. I’m not sure if it’s the bubbles or the fact that it tends to be on the sweeter side – it’s probably both, but either way, it’s always been a favorite of mine. Who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly, whether it’s at a celebration or a Sunday brunch?
Sparkling wine is often associate with life’s celebrations, but I love to enjoy it for everyday occasions as well, especially in a good mimosa. For a recent impromptu get together with some girlfriends, I put together a mimosa bar using La Marca Prosecco, which was the perfect sparkling wine for it – it’s affordable, sweet (but not too sweet), and comes in a classy, elegant looking bottle.
It’s surprisingly simple to put together a chic mimosa bar and it’s a fun addition to any get together, from a simple Sunday brunch to birthday parties to bridal showers. All you need to do is a little prep ahead of time and follow the 3 steps outlined below:
Sunday, 6 April 2014
Around Valentine’s Day, I discovered an easy way to make heart shaped cupcakes using small rolled-up balls of aluminum foil. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any extra pans crowding up my kitchen cabinets, so I was excited to find this simple way to use to make shaped cupcakes using things I already had on hand. It got me thinking…what other shapes can I make?
I ran through shapes in my head…triangles? Those don’t really represent anything interesting. What can be made out of a circle easily? Pac-Man! Hm, that is super random (but I really want to try it now). Shamrocks? Great timing for St. Paddy’s, but they were a big fail. Tried to make them without stems and they looked like lopsided hearts. Added a stem but ended up with something that looked like a weird tree.
Bunnies? Finally – success! I couldn’t be happier about this one, because I have a special soft spot for bunnies. I grew up with a pet bunny and about six years ago I adopted my adorable bunny Cinnamon (I actually tried to make these cinnamon chocolate cupcakes with Nutella frosting look like her a couple of years ago, but failed). Here she is during one of her frequent nap times:
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
I’ve been pretty quiet here on the blog so far this year. Since last spring, I’ve made a lot of changes to my lifestyle that don’t really fit well with running a dessert recipe blog. Last March, I started working out regularly for pretty much the first time in my life. I’ve hit the gym sporadically in the past, but never found something that kept me motivated and moving.
I started my journey with Kaia FIT, an intense bootcamp-style program for women. Nutrition is a big part of their mission, so over the last year I tried out detoxing for the first time and gave up things like sugar, dairy, processed foods, alcohol, and starchy carbs for weeks at a time. In general, I’ve been trying to move towards a more plant-based diet full of whole foods and reducing my intake of a few things like dairy, grains, and processed sugar.