Wednesday, March 28, 2012

blood orange cookies

this past sunday i spent the day conquering these lovelies... orange sugar cookies with bloood orange cream cheese frosting 
these took me a good three hours
 from preparing the blood orange curd used in the frosting,
to hand squeezing  blood oranges (that i bought in the pouring rain at the local farmers market),
to cutting up fresh strawberries to top 'em off
everything was done from s-c-r-a-t-c-h
i dont mean to toot my own horn
but these are by far the best cookies ive ever had, EVER!
i plan to make them again for tay's family's easter celebration

happy day!

Monday, March 26, 2012

raining dogs... and dogs!

a few snapshots from this weekend
tay had his winston over for the weekend
so it was a full house of bulldogs!
and many, many laughs
and rain!!!!
and baking (pictures to come soon)
happy monday!

Friday, March 23, 2012

breakfast series part tres

...and to round out the week
some mountain raspberry pancakes 

just added some farmer's market raspberry jam to my go to buttermilk pancake mix (krusteaz)
plopped on some powdered sugar and maple syrup

and there you have it
a perfect start to the weekend

Thursday, March 22, 2012

the breakfast series

seems to be a theme going on around here

tay and i have been trying to start our days off right with good, healthy, energizing meals
this morning i made oatmeal (the heart healthy serving)
in almond milk (instead of water) and added fresh chopped banana, strawberry and kiwi 
to top it off we added flax seed and flax seed oil

a bowl of omega threes, antioxidants, protein and fiber

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


its officially spring and i couldnt be more excited about it
my favorite season is finally here!
so much to look forward too
and so many of my favorite fruits and veggies are in season
strawberries, mangos, asparagus, brocoli, apricots...

starting off the morning right with a hearty, energized breakfast
happy wednesday dear friends!

Friday, March 9, 2012

french toast friday!

french toast friday, back in action!
i'm loving how bright and sunny it is in the morning
i was up by 6am ready to cook up something delicious!

today i made good ol' french toast from my regular recipe
but threw in some of my espresso and served with farmers market cut strawberries
and homemade whipped cream (mmmmm)
i'm actually excited for "spring forward" tomorrow night
spring is my favorite season and for me, this marks the start of it
there's so much to look forward to in the coming months
grilled cheese festival, taylor's 26th birthday, trip(s) to san francisco and, best of all, longer days!

happy happy friday my dearest friends!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

for the love of baking!

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...and the baking frenzy continues
a cookie recipe a week
thats what seems to be happening around here
and i don't mind it!

last night i got a little creative
and made
banana oat cookies with chocolate chunks
sandwiched together with peanut butter cream

i couldnt resist this time
i had to have a bite
and let me tell you
i had no regrets
these soft, tasty cookies are just the right amount of sweet
with the aroma of banana in every bite
and a little peanut crunch 
these treats are enough to make you forget all your troubles
...that is, if you have any 
happy tuesday!