Sunday, August 24, 2014

Orange Cranberry Shortbread Cookies



Autumn, my favorite time of the year.  I know we are still in summer, but here in New York, we hit a high of 78 degrees yesterday.  When I stepped out of the house, it was actually a bit cool.  I loved it!  With this crisp air comes feelings of comfort.  Comfort = dessert, and today, dessert = cookies.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chocolate Cake Meets Chocolate Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting


As I sat down with the Pottery Barn catalog, my mind began to wander.  The baker in me wasn't allowing me to focus on the duvet sets but on salted caramel sauce.  I've made it before and drizzled it atop some vanilla ice cream...mmm mmm good.  However, this time, I wanted to pair it up with chocolate.  It came to me like a bolt of lightning...chocolate cake and chocolate salted caramel frosting.  Yes!  I went to bed like a giddy child waiting to open presents on Christmas day.

Monday, August 4, 2014

How to Make Mini Cakes



I have an order of mini cupcakes coming up for a little girl who is turning 2 years old.  I used this as an opportunity to work on tweaking my chocolate cake recipe.  Practice makes perfect you know.  By the way, I'll have my chocolate cake recipe up on the next blog post.  

Anywho, I made two cakes and decided, since we were visiting my in-laws this weekend, why not use this as an opportunity to make some mini cakes?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Light as Air Marshmallows


There is no special story behind the reasoning for making these...I was just in the mood.  I can't wait to make these again when Autumn arrives.  I can picture it already; sitting on the couch with a hot cup of chocolate, and these little lovelies bobbing around and slowly melting.  Mmmm!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pistachio Snowball Cookies


I was home, and so were the pistachios.  I looked at them and they stared back.  They knew their lives were coming to an end, and what a delicious end it was going to be.  This is the day every pistachio patiently waits around for, the moment to be used in a mouth-watering, buttery, and delicious dessert.  

As I laid them out on the cutting board and began to cut into them, they released their heavenly scent into the air, begging to be chopped up some more...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No-Bake Granola Bars

 
At my largest                     As of 7/21/14
    
It's time to get a little personal.

I've been overweight for as long as I can remember.  Towards the end of last year I began working with a wonderful couple over at The Live Well Company.  With all the work I was doing with them, I slowly started to see myself transforming.  School (I'm a teacher) ended in June, which meant I had to start working out on my own (I live in Queens, and they are located in Tribeca.)  I found a wonderful app, weilos (they also have a website), and it has given me so much motivation to be a better me, a healthier me, and a more confident me.  I've met some amazing people on this app.  We motivate each other and, of course, share recipes.  Now that I've changed my lifestyle (I feel guilty when I don't work out!), I knew that I needed to come up with some healthy treats for myself.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pistachios, Dark Chocolate, and Sea Salt...Oh My!



I know, I know, it's been a while since I posted some deliciousness.  It has been a crazy week, but I'm back now, and boy have I got a cookie for you!  I saw this recipe over at Two Peas & Their Pod and made very minor adjustments.