I only recently started eating muesli after our family trip to Europe this summer. I’m not really surprised that I liked it based on my previous college obsession with overnight oats. If you don’t know what muesli is, it’s essentially a mix of rolled oats, dried fruit, nuts, and a bit of spice that you…
How crazy is it that it’s already October? I feel like I say that every single month but it amazes me how quickly the time seems to pass by. Soon enough I’ll be 30 and passing up nights out to watch Netlix and eat Boom-Chicka-Pop. Okay, so I already do that. Whatever. If you guys caught…
How on earth is it already September, you guys? It seems like the summer just flew by and soon enough I’ll be scraping ice off my car every morning through the Minnesota winter. Not. Fun. We’ve been enjoying the last taste of summer with roasted veggies from the CSA, bike rides, and of course –…
I have been dreaming about these cookies all week. While I packed a lot of cookies up in holiday tins, I left a veeeeeery small amount for myself to munch on. I would say I did a pretty good job with saving my waistline, until I took them out of the container to shoot photos and starting eating them for breakfast, oops. On that note, you can totally eat cookies for breakfast during the holidays. I would have to say that although I typically do not really like chocolate all that much, these cookies were definitely my favorite from the Christmas cookie extravaganza that happened last weekend. The chocolate chunks bring an extra texture and even more chocolate to the table when you sink your teeth into these bad boys.
Chocolate + chocolate chunks + layer of powdered sugar = undeniable deliciousness.
If you’re still wondering what to have for Christmas morning, then you need to keep reading. These rolls are soft, not too sweet, and a classic holiday flavor that’s not peppermint or gingerbread. Yes, I still love peppermint and gingerbread but that sounds pretty nasty for a sweet roll, am I right? Plus, you can make these all year round and not have to explain to people why you are baking gingerbread in July. I love, love, love sweet rolls but can’t stand to have a whole pan in my house. With just me. Because then I eat them, and nobody needs a whole pan of sweet rolls no matter how good they are. So I’ve been playing around with what to make for Christmas morning and finally decided on egg nog french toast bake. BUT, I decided to whip these bad boys up for a 2 year old’s birthday party which I am attending tomorrow afternoon. No, these rolls are not for the 2 year old, they are for everybody else.
I have always had a really hard time with dough. I tried many times in college, and failed miserably each time. After a while, I decided that sleeping was better than wasting my time and flour, so I stuck to things that didn’t have to rise. Last Mother’s Day however, I promised my boyfriend’s family sticky pecan rolls because those are his mom’s favorite and the pressure was on. I have this way of over promising and sometimes under delivering when I try new recipes for the first time. I like to look at a few, tweak here and there to my pleasing, and then pray that they work out. THANKFULLY, these ones turned out pretty good and I thought, “Hey, maybe this dough thing’s not too bad”.
Christmas is around the corner, and it’s raining here in Minnesota. I guess I shouldn’t be complaining that I can ride my road bike outside in December but what about this whole winter wonderland thing? I want snow, and hot chocolate, and Christmas lights with mittens. I haven’t even been wearing mittens, people!
Anyways, Christmas Cookie Extravaganza was a success! 5 cups of butter, 4 cups of powdered sugar, 2 chocolate bars, and 6 hours later, I finally had enough cookies to send to my friends. Hope it was worth it people, because the shipping cost me $160. Good thing I didn’t buy you guys REAL gifts. I hope the rest of you enjoyed my holiday cookie guide and it helped you to make a stupid amount of cookies in one afternoon, too!
As my holiday obsession continues, I’ve moved to all things ginger and peppermint. Not much going on around here other than the sniffles and these ginger cookies. Of course, I managed to get sick right before my vacation to New Orleans. Just my luck, huh? We are going to New Orleans for Dan’s dad’s birthday this weekend and I managed to get a head cold on Monday. But enough complaining, how about these cookies!
HAH! You thought that I was going to miss out on posting a pumpkin pie recipe just in time for Thanksgiving didn’t you? Well, you were almost right but I snuck one on in there. I must confess that Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday – just behind Christmas and before Halloween ’cause I love candy. I thought that “I love candy” warranted all caps but I didn’t want to get carried away on dark chocolate peanut butter cups when this is supposed to be a PIE post.
Bread, bread, bread. Need I say more?
I am a fan of things that are easy and also relatively quick to make. Bread is usually pretty easy but it has to rise for like 8 hours, and who has time for that? Not this girl. This recipe calls for sugar, which a lot of traditional ciabatta recipes don’t have. I’m not Italian so I’m sure they’d be upset when I tell you to add sugar to the yeast but it decreases the rising time for the dough and lets you have tasty bread in under 3 hours. This week I’ll be munchin’ on this loaf along with one of my favorites, butternut squash soup.