Once upon a time I made a rich chocolatey brownie swirled with with a smooth pumpkin cheesecake and enjoyed one piece after another. Today, I’m eating a bowl of ramen noodles, sitting in my cold office, and staring at these long gone brownies wishfully. Just look at that dark chocolate and pumpkin cheesecake layer!
Today I’m indulging myself. I’m forgetting my sense of self-control that keeps me from eating a whole dozen chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven, the voice that tells me I’m over the calorie limit. The day started out cold and rainy, but Tyler was so wonderful as to bring me a giant cup of hot chocolate in bed. He handed it to me with an uncertain look on his face and watched me take a few sips. It was so a good! A few sips turned into large swallows, and he asked me how it was. I told him it was probably the best hot chocolate I had ever tasted! “No wonder,” I thought, when he told me we were out of milk and he had made it entirely with heavy cream and then added three packets of hot chocolate mix! After figuring there probably was close to 2000 calories in just that one cup of hot chocolate (we did end up sharing it, it was huge!), I gave up and declared this a “eat whatever I want day”!
I’ve been a bit silent the past few days as I’ve been enjoying a mini vacation back to visit my family in Ohio. It was absolutely amazing to step back from my accounting job, the blog and everyday life and just enjoy spending time with my family. We did absolutely nothing noteworthy, just played games, went on walks and talked late into the the night. Since I live 9 hours away from my family, they were complaining that the never got to eat any of my baking. (Believe me, I wish they lived right down the road for me to hand off the overflow of sweets coming out of my kitchen.) So they graciously agreed to be my guinea pigs for a few new recipes.
So I have had a couple crazy days. Last weekend, I headed up to nearby Bucks County for the Big Harvest Potluck, which is mini-conference for food bloggers. Actually, it’s more of a big happy family event with lots of food, fun and inspiration. Besides all the wonderful friends I made, I came away with some purpose and focus for my blog. [Read more...]
I’m back with another pumpkin recipe, but this time it is not a traditional sweet pumpkin recipe. Instead I paired pumpkin up with some Italians seasonings, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. The result was these cute little twists. I think they would be a fun alternative to traditional rolls for Thanksgiving dinner. (I can’t believe I brought Thanksgiving up already! But, it’s coming ready or not! I can’t believe Christmas ideas are already going on crazy on Pinterest either! At least I’m still on the fall theme!)
Right now it’s cold and rainy out, and that is exactly the kind of day I’m gonna recommend you make this popcorn; one where you can curl up with a book or a movie, listen to the rain against the windows and munch on this sweet treat. I’m wishing I had some right now as I write this post, but my batch has been long gone. I love how fall puts so many food cravings in my head. No other season does this to me. Maybe it’s because, now that I’m a food blogger, my head is constantly swimming with recipe ideas.
Welcome fall! I’ve been waiting for you, for boots and sweatshirts, bonfires and leaf raking, for pumpkins and apples. Let the celebration begin! Not that I haven’t been foreshadowing your arrival with pumpkin cookies and hot chocolate already. Growing up on a farm, fall meant harvest. I loved riding in the combine with my dad, watching the grain pour into the hopper wagons and smelling the harvest dust in the crisp air. It was a busy time of hard work, but rewarding and filled with energy. [Read more...]
This is my week to get in the mood for fall and post all the apple recipes I can. Earlier in the week, I posted a recipe for Peanut Butter Apple Muffins, do if you’re looking for a healthy muffin recipe packed with fall flavors, start there. But I know you guys all came for the gooey, appley goodness of this pizza; pure caramel apple heaven. It is so much easier to make this pizza than a real caramel apple, and easier to eat too! [Read more...]
This moist, peanut-buttery muffin studded with apple chunks and topped with crunchy granola is a healthy and satisfying treat.
Lately, I have had people asking me how I can make so many delicious, sugary treats and still eat somewhat healthy. While I do taste everything I make (Quality control is a must, I would never share something with you that didn’t pass!), my husband and I don’t eat near all of what I bake. We give most of it away; our friends, family and neighbors love us for it, and it’s huge help to not have temptation staring us in the face (Although, there are some things we just can’t help eating all ourselves!).
When I first moved to Lancaster, PA, my husband, who lived for several years in Philadelphia, introduced me to one of his favorite sandwiches: cheese steak. We had talked about making a cheese steak pizza for a while, and after a very cheesy miscalculation on our first attempt a couple of months ago (one whole pound of American cheese, to be exact!) we finally perfected our recipe. [Read more...]