Christmas is exactly 15 days away! How's your holiday to-do list looking at this moment? Mine is in decent shape since I've mailed the cards and completed roughly half of my gift shopping. I'm hoping to finish most of the shopping this weekend, so I can focus entirely on my favorite activity -- baking.
If you're coming up empty-handed trying to think of gift ideas for the kitchen enthusiast in your life -- or need to add a few items to your own wish list, ahem -- here are 20 of my must-have tools and toys for bakers and cooks of all skill levels. I own every single one and couldn't imagine my life in the kitchen without them. Happy shopping :)
1. Mini spatulas
2. Silicone baking mat
3. Crock Pot
5. Goldtouch nonstick baking sheet
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Remember that time I was totally spontaneous and made the most amazing soup on the fly?
Yeah, me neither. Not the second part, but certainly the first. The part about being spontaneous. The part that involved no forethought or planning.
Yes, it's really me. And, no, I haven't been brainwashed by aliens.
Have you ever been craving something but weren't sure exactly what that something was? Psychologists, doctors, and those crazy coaches on The Biggest Loser might insist that feeling is merely boredom and you're not really hungry.
I wholeheartedly disagree.
Friday, December 6, 2013
It's Friday! And, on this fabulous Friday, I approach you sheepishly and ask for your forgiveness.
For keeping this recipe from you for much too long.
I could say it was an accident. That I didn't plan on hoarding this recipe. That I did everything in my power to share this deliciousness with you, come Hell or high water. But my silence was very much intentional.
When I first made this, it seemed too simple to warrant an official recipe and proper blog post. Sure was delicious and knocked our socks off, though.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Just in time for the season of baking and sharing, I thought this recipe deserved a little love and attention. Here's (most of) the original post and how to make it:
I've got a question for you. Just one question. So, dig deep within your souls and be prepared to answer honestly. Ready?
Are you sick of pumpkin yet?
I ask this because I've got a mind-blowing recipe for pumpkin gingersnaps that will, um, blow your mind! I mean, these cookies will cure whatever ails you. Be it the first round of the flu, it's-only-Tuesday-itis, or a why-won't-the-weather-cooperate-for-my-friends'-wedding-on-Saturday worry. I'm still working on a term for don't-want-to-work-just-want-to-exercise-and-bake-all-day-itis. Any suggestions?
Oh! The cookies. Yes, the cookies. They'll fix all of those problems. I did promise that. Aren't they pretty? So, are you sick of pumpkin yet?
Monday, December 2, 2013
Hey there and happy December! It feels good to be back after the Thanksgiving holiday. I put a few vacation days to good use and treated myself to an extra long weekend. It's incredible what you can find time to do with 6 days away from the office. (Think I'll remember what to do when I return tomorrow?)
There was so much time with family cooking, relaxing by the fire, and eating. On Friday, we froze our tails off at the Pitt game, but it was worth it to enjoy time with our friends. Matt and I even caught the new Hunger Games movie (so good!) and decked our halls with Christmas decorations.
So much fun and most of it was fueled by Thanksgiving leftovers. Turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, spoonfuls of stuffing right out of the refrigerator... ahem.