I was feeling seriously conflicted about what to share today, so I let you guys decide via my Facebook page. The choices were chocolate, cookies or cheesy carbs, and it was super close. Lots of people requested a combination of chocolate and cookies, and I had this recipe ready to go so I was happy to oblige :) And for those of you who wanted cheesy carbs, rest assured I've got that post se
If you follow along on Facebook, you might have seen me mention that I was working on a meal planning post for you guys. I had really hoped to have it up today, but it's just not quite ready yet. If I'm going to share it I want it to be an useful as possible for you, so I'm going to put it on hold until next week - that should give me the time I need to put the finishing touches on it. This
I should probably fess up, I have a serious obsession with malted milk powder. It's been an ongoing thing for the past two years. Maybe you've noticed - I've made ice cream, chocolate sauce, blondies, and a bundt cake. Have you ever baked with malted milk powder? If you haven't and are curious about why it's such a great addition, it imparts a rich, mildy sweet, slightly nutty flavor to de
If you're a hockey fan, I really, really hope you were able to watch the Bruins game last night. It was epic, easily one of the best hockey games I've ever seen. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a huge Bruins fan; it would have been equally as awesome no matter which teams were playing. Having the Bruins involved just made it about a million times more stressful for me. Down 3 goal
Hope you all had a good weekend, and a nice Mother's Day! It probably couldn't have been more gray and rainy here, but we made the best of it. Yesterday I met up with Shane's parents and we dodged the raindrops to watch him run the Cox Sports Marathon. After all these years of watching him train and run races, I still don't know how he does it. 26.2 miles is no joke! He ran a new personal
I just adore this time of year, not only for the gorgeous spring weather but because berries finally start coming into season! Berry season is my favorite :) I hold my breath with anticipation each week walking into the grocery store to discover what types of berries they'll have available, and then I inevitably stock up on way more than I could possibly hope to eat and/or bake with. It'll
For the past three or four years Shane and I have hosted a Mother's Day brunch for our moms. I love coming up with a special menu to share with them! It's the least we can do to say thank you for everything they do for us :) Our plans are a little different this year; we'll actually be down in Providence on Sunday morning cheering Shane on in his marathon, so brunch is on hold for a year.
In just over a week we're jumping on a plane and heading to Disney - yay!! And yes, we were just there in December, but this time we're going down not only to enjoy the parks, but also to attend a food blogging conference. It'll be my first one ever, and I'm really looking forward to it. I can't wait to finally meet so many of my blogging friends!
If our trip to Disney in December was an
I'm not very picky when it comes to seafood - I'll try just about anything once and there's not much I don't enjoy. On that short list? Raw fish like sashimi and smoked fish (salmon, herring, etc - not a fan of any of it). Funny story, the first time a friend brought me to try sushi, we actually wound up ordering sashimi instead. I can't remember the details of how or why, but I was fully
Monday already? The weekends always go by so quickly, in the blink of an eye it's suddenly Sunday night and we're preparing for another long week.
We had a really fun weekend while it lasted. Shane's been itching to see the new Iron Man movie so we were at the theater first thing Saturday morning to catch a showing. I enjoyed both the first and second movies, but I think the third was
It wouldn't be Cinco de Mayo without a margarita, right?
Except instead of bringing you a beverage, I'm going the dessert route. Because let's face it, if the choice is to drink my calories or eat them, I'm eating them every single time. It's a lesson I learned the hard way. I remember the first time we were down in the Caribbean I drank my weight in pina coladas without realizing that e
White rice is a major guilty pleasure of mine. After eliminating most refined carbs from dinner time at our house, white rice is the last man standing. A few years back we did try to make the switch to brown rice. I served it for months on end, hoping we would eventually acquire a taste for it, but it never happened. I'll still make it occasionally just because I know it's so much better f
I'm still not sure where April went, but today marks the start of May, and I am all kinds of excited! The Stanley Cup playoffs started this week, which easily makes this my favorite time of year. I just love hockey, and though I'll obviously be rooting for my Bruins, I'll be watching every one of the games I can.
Also? We're just a few days out from Cinco de Mayo, one of my favorite fo
In an effort to lose a couple of pounds before his marathon in a few weeks, Shane's taken to eating bananas for dessert quite often instead of cookies, brownies, ice cream, or whatever else I've baked that week. I never thought I'd see the day! He doesn't really eat fruits or veggies period, nevermind as a dessert replacement, but I guess this marathon training is serious business :)
Happy Monday - how was your weekend? We had the most gorgeous spring weather, it was amazing! I wanted nothing more than to grab a good book and sit outside on the deck for hours, but we had other plans. We spent Saturday trying to whip our yard into shape: first mow of the season, pruning the plants, new mulch, etc. Being a homeowner is so exciting sometimes, isn't it? :)
I was hopin
Over the course of the past few months, I've slowly been giving up a lot of the carbs we were eating with regularity around here. I'm mostly talking about things like pasta, bread, and pizza. I've always been a believer in the idea of all things in moderation, so I will eventually add all of these foods back to our diet. And when we do, I think it'll be a lot easier to practice moderation.
Part of the reason I started this blog many years ago was because I wanted to participate in the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group. And bake with them I did - for nearly 4 years! Along the way I joined two additional baking groups as well. I loved discovering new-to-me blogs and making new friends through the groups. When Tuesdays with Dorie wrapped up nearly a year and a half ago, though,
A few months ago I decided to get serious about trying to master macarons, so rather than continuing to buy and grind my own almonds, I set out to buy almond flour. I nearly had a heart attack when I discovered just how crazy expensive it was, even at my favorite "cheap" grocery store! I held off that day, figuring I'd check Trader Joe's since I often buy nuts there at a good price.
Muffin or cupcake? Breakfast or dessert? Those are the things I wondered about when it comes to these triple chocolate chip muffins.
Here's the thing: they are technically muffins in most ways you traditionally differentiate between the two. First, they're made using the common muffin mixing method where the dry and wet ingredients are whisked together separately and then gently combined
My struggle to find healthy lunch options has been well-documented here. My favorite lunch foods to make at home are anything but healthy, things like grilled cheese and mac and cheese from a box. I actually love salads too, but only when someone else is in charge of preparing them for me. They just taste better when I don't make them myself (aka I'm lazy at lunch time)! I've even resorted
I wish I could say I'm consistent and diligent about working out, but truthfully, I go through phases. For years I belonged to a gym and was pretty good about getting there four or five times a week. I got bored doing the same thing though, and at the time the gym didn't have classes, so I stopped going. I need a lot of variety in my workouts to keep me motivated!
Last year I discov
Do you guys know what a fluffernutter is? It was only recently that someone mentioned to me that it was a New England thing. I guess it makes sense given that marshmallow creme originated in Massachusetts, but up until now I had assumed that people all across the country were familiar with them. Maybe you are? Fill me in!
So, if you've never heard of a fluffernutter, it's a sandwich m
We went through a really rough stretch a few months ago when we started trying to eat healthier dinners. I'd planned our meals for the week, and was genuinely excited about all of them. But one night after the next, we choked down something that was just barely edible - a super dry and bland pasta bake, buffalo chicken salad that wasn't nearly as exciting as it sounded, flavorless chili...th
Before I get to today's recipe, I wanted to take a minute to share some thoughts about yesterday's events.
Shane took this photo of the finish line at the Boston Marathon two years ago. The race is a constant, nearly daily, topic of conversation in our house as Shane trains with the hope of qualifying to run this great race. We watched in horror yesterday as news of the attack came ou
After months of procrastination, we finally finished our taxes yesterday! Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right? They've been on our to-do list every weekend since the end of February but we didn't make them a priority until the deadline was staring us in the face. And now that I know we're getting a little something back I think there's some online shopping in my future! I've
The Red Sox played their home opener earlier this week, and even though hockey and the Bruins will always be my number one sports team in this town, I couldn't help but tune in. They had a gorgeous sunny day for the game, and even got the win so it couldn't have gone much better. I won't lie, it's been pretty hard being a Red Sox fan the past couple years (ok, downright ugly at times), but I
Wasn't it just two days ago I was talking about 70-degree weather? I feel a little silly bringing soup back into the mix here, but don't blame me, it's Mother Nature's fault! She just can't seem to make up her mind about April's weather. We're back down to the 40's for the end of the week and that's totally soup weather in my book.
I already have a broccoli-cheddar soup recipe on the blo