Thursday, January 1, 2015

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Hi there!  Happy New Year!  Has it really been over a year since I’ve shared something with you?  Time has flown by!  Our little guy is walking now, and we love every minute with him!  I haven’t really baked many things since he was born aside from some special celebratory cakes, a few random batches of cookies, and these muffins.  I whipped these up the night before his birthday so he had a special treat to share at daycare and so that we had a tasty baked good to put a candle in when we sang to him.  We’ve been making his food since he started solids, but this was the first time he tried my baking, so his first bite was a special moment for me!  These muffins come together really quickly and have a tiny halo of health since they are made with whole wheat and oatmeal flours and bananas.  That being said, I didn’t let him eat too much since we’re really striving for him to have a healthy diet!  If you want a nice muffin that uses up the cache of ripe bananas that is taking over your freezer, give these a try!
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gingery Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chunks

I hope you are enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday and had a nice lineup of pies to round out your meal.  I managed to get out of baking this year!  Can you guess what would keep me from baking for this holiday?  I’m sure you’ve noticed that my baking and blogging has slowed down a bit over the past few months.  It isn’t that I haven’t wanted to bake or share recipes with you, it’s just that I’ve been busy with other things.  My current focus has ten fingers and ten toes and he arrived just over three weeks ago.  Yes, Scott and I just had a baby!  He is so cuddly and cute and I’m totally over the moon for him.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Chocolate Coconut Pecan Cookies

I’ve been meaning to post these for a few weeks now, but other activities have gotten in the way of me sitting down at the computer.  I made these cookies both as a thank you gift and for Scott to share with a group of people that he was training.  I’m glad that everyone liked them because I was a bit late picking up Scott from the metro the night that I made them.  He was staying in town for dinner and that meant that I could read a book while I ate my dinner.  I don’t remember exactly what I was reading since that was a few books ago, but let’s just say it was Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival since I know that I read that book around the time I made these cookies and it is the kind of book that could get between me and baking since it is so captivating.  Regardless, I started baking later than I intended and still had two trays of cookies to put in the oven when Scott called to say he was going into the station to catch the train.  When it came to leave to get him, I had a difficult decision to make: pick him up on time and have two trays of half-baked cookies, or finish baking the cookies and pick him up late.  This time, the cookies won.  The good news is that I ended up being only 10 minutes late, and Scott was very understanding, especially once he tried one of the cookies.  If you like dense chocolaty cookies, then these are for you!
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

Scott and I recently spent a very relaxing week in Maine with some friends.  We were on a small island on Penobscot Bay within walking distance of a little shack that sold lobster and crab rolls, ice cream, and huge slices of wild blueberry pie.  It was such a perfect, peaceful setting that we barely left the island.  Mostly we just sat around reading books and playing board games, went for an occasional walk, and took naps in the afternoons.  After a rough morning of reading, who doesn’t need a nap?  Pin It

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Anise Thumbprints with Chocolate Ganache

Hi there!  I know it has been a while since I've posted.  We have been alternating between crazy busy and just busy this summer, and I've fallen out of the habit of writing up what little baking I've accomplished.  I do have a little backup of recipes to share with you and this recipe is one of my favorites.  Just looking at the photos for these made me wish I had tucked a few away in the freezer.  I made these for a surprise birthday party for my parents back in June, and everyone enjoy them.  I’m sure you will too!
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Slightly Salted Soft Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oops!  Where did May go?  I’ve only baked about three to four times since the middle of April and most of it was recipes that I’ve either shared before or didn’t have time to photograph or write up.  These cookies, however, are the exception.  I was incredibly pleased with the way they came out, especially since I made the recipe up in my head while I was lounging in the corner nook of the couch in the basement and pretending to watch tv.  I think they will be my standard soft chocolate cookie from here on out, much in the way the Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (with Rye Flour!) recipe has become my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  What I love about these cookies is that they taste exactly the way their name sounds.  There is a hint of saltiness, an abundance of chocolate, and the texture is perfect.  I made them to bring to a meeting at work, and everyone who tried them liked them.  If you’ve been daydreaming about soft chocolate cookies, look no further than this recipe!
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

There is a little bunny that lives between our house and our neighbor’s house.  Well, technically, it lives in the neighbor’s woodpile, but it seems to spend most of its free time in our yard.  Luckily it is only eating weeds and plants I’m not really particular about.  Whenever somethings scares it, it dives into the woodpile through the chain-link fence.  I don’t know what it is going to do once it is too big to fit through the fence.  Maybe it will wait at one of the gates looking up at us until we come out and open both of them so it can pass through and get to the woodpile?  Regardless, it is quite cute.  Sometimes it will just sit contentedly next to the tree and the hole into the woodpile; other times it hops all over the place.  We’re quite fascinated by it, and when we haven’t seen it for a while, I start to worry that the neighborhood fox has gotten it, but then it magically appears again.  Ahh, the wildlife dramas of suburbia.

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