Thursday, September 4, 2014

Like Apples to Applesauce

I often joke about the quality of my mom's cooking - how everything was a dash of this, a bit of that and how when I did ask her to write a recipe down it was as if I had requested she write the story of her life or a thesis on some foreign topic. Once I actually received said recipe the real work began as I set out to decipher a code written in some cryptic language. 

But now that she has been gone for some time I start to realize that she actually wasn't too bad in the kitchen - there was a home cooked meal on the table every night- even if it was reliably one of the few in her dinner rotation 1. Tacos 2. Spaghetti 3. Salisbury steak 4. Meatloaf 5. Cheesy Hamburger patties baked with cream of mushroom soup 6. Pot roast or 7. Chicken noodle soup.

There are certain times in my own kitchen that I am transported back to my childhood - the taste of a sliced apple coated in sugar and flour waiting to be placed in a crust and baked into a pie reminds me that she was damn good at baking pies (and bisquick coffee cakes too!). The smell of apples boiling away on the stovetop on their way to being applesauce reminds me that she was great at using what she had to provide locally sourced, organic nourishment to us kids long before there was a name for it. 

So as I sit here making applesauce for my own kids with apples from the same tree that she used to pick from all those years ago I reflect on the woman who made me, and how over time and through situational changes our thoughts and memories be morphed, just like apples to applesauce.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe

This is my basic go-to-chocolate cake recipe. It's super easy but after eating it people think that I slaved away in the kitchen all day to bake a delicious, all-from-scratch cake. Then they ask for the recipe and I have to give up and admit that it's really just a gussied up boxed cake.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

basic Chocolate Ganache recipe

Chocolate ganache is a basic recipe that everyone should have in their arsenal. It's easy, versatile, impressive, tastes divine and only uses 2 ingredients.

I use ganache to make homemade chocolate truffles, to glaze cakes and cupcakes, as a cake filling, and as a decadent chocolate frosting. I even eat the leftover ganache straight out of the fridge with a spoon, or stir into milk for a yummy, all natural chocolate milk.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Roasted Bacon Mushroom and Kale salad with fried egg

If you've been following my blog up to this point you'd probably guess that I'm a sweets-obsessed alcoholic.. mango habanero margaritas? lemon cheesecake tarts? But alas, this is not {entirely} true.
I do love my sweets and my drinks but my husband, Jeremy, eats a gluten-free, dairy-free, anti-inflammatory diet and the kids and I are right there with him most of the time.

Monday, May 26, 2014

mini {red white & blue} lemon cheesecake tarts

I only post recipes that I have made time and time again and that I have tested on friends and family.  I brought these cheesecake tarts to a friend's bridal shower a couple weeks ago and I recently made them for a Memorial Day barbeque and got rave reviews at both events which got me thinking that this is a little gem that definitely needed to be shared.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mango Habanero Margarita recipe

I know there are tequila drinkers who just love to drink it straight, but I {after many years} have learned that drinking-anything-straight and I just don’t mix. Perhaps that’s why this mix of sweet fresh mango, tart lime and spicy tequila is my absolute favorite way to get my tequila fix.

Friday, May 16, 2014

roundup of cute SANDALS for Summer

It's that time again! Time to put up the boots and pull out the sandals. In Washington we've had some seriously warm weather already and although I have dealt with wearing my plasti-leather Gap sandals for quite a few years I am definitely ready for an upgrade.
I scoured the web in search of my {and your!} best go-with-everything, wear-all-Summer options. Dainty, delicate straps are the most flattering for feet and I love t-strap styles for the same reason {make your feet look amazing!}. Bonus points were given for being a super neutral {both black and brown}.
My best choices are...
1 ~ 23 ~ 45 
 I've already decided which pair will be arriving in my mailbox.. how about you?