Happy Monday! I’m slowly easing back into the swing of things with my right hand. Last week I received a custom splint and started my PT, so I’m moving in the right direction. It’s been 3 weeks since my surgery and I’ve been itching to get back into the kitchen and bake! With all the new cookie cutters that I designed earlier this year, it’s been on my list of to do’s to try them out.
The weather has been so cold here lately, hot cocoa has turned into a winter staple at my house. We love to make it homemade on the stove and top it with loads of marshmallows and sprinkles.
Last week during our snow days I had a little spare time on my hands to make a fresh batch of marshmallows, cause you can’t have hot cocoa without them right? I usually make a batch or two to a accompany a new hot cocoa recipe every winter. Today’s were inspired by the holiday of love, with feminine and floral notes, and mini heart shapes, fitting for celebrations with your gals or bae.
Happy Tuesday! There’s 9 inches of snow on the ground and we’re home for the 2nd day in a row. In some ways that’s a good thing because we need all the extra time we can get, to start packing for our move.
After 18+ months of home building, it feels really good to say the words packing and move. We’ve gone 6+ months beyond our completion date, and the past few have left me questioning everything. But the greatest reward is now just days away and somehow our long and very exhausting home building journey, feels completely worth it. Especially when walking in and seeing how all of our design finishes have come together.
Tea and macarons go hand in hand. In fact, I often enjoy macarons while sipping a cup of my favorite blend. Lately I’ve been on a matcha kick. Matcha is the vibrant Japanese green tea leaves that are ground into a powder. It’s known for its health benefits, including antioxidants and mood lifting properties. The culinary blends can easily be used in baked goods, smoothies and even ice cream.
Happy Thursday! I hope you’ve all had a great week so far! I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately and wanted to share one of my new favorite combos. It’s a chocolate and coconut smoothie blend, layered with So Delicious Dairy Free yogurt and gluten-free Choconut granola. The yogurt and granola elevate this smoothie to the next level, making it a healthy and filling breakfast or lunch parfait option! Since I’m a sucker for all things chocolate and coconut, and this smoothie parfait tastes like Almond Joy, it’ll be on repeat in the days ahead. It’s also a great go-to for the upcoming So Delicious Dairy Free Challenge, which starts January 23rd!
So the other day I made eclairs, for the first time ever! If you’re not familiar with eclairs, they’re the cream filled french pastries, often topped with chocolate or fruit glaze. Since I’ve already learned to make french macarons, making eclairs was my second french dessert experiment. I like to call it an experiment because let’s be honest here, not everything that I make turns out. Especially when modifying the ingredients to dairy free.
Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all feeling ready to get back into the swing of things! I wanted to start the work week off by highlighting one of my favorite blogging collaborations from 2016.
In spring of last year, I had the opportunity to develop a few special macaron recipes for Best Friends for Frosting and their gorgeous blog! I created a Strawberry Macaron Sparkler, made with rosé, fresh strawberry pureé and a few more sweet ingredients.
Happy 2017! I hope you all had a memorable NYE celebration! We woke up to plenty of snow yesterday morning, so we took the kids sledding for their second to last day of Christmas break.
I can’t believe our few weeks of holiday magic are coming to a close. I’ve enjoyed every ounce of the down time, but could definitely use a few days more.
2016 is coming to a close and I’m more than ready to kiss it goodbye. Being candid, this year has been far less than sweet, but you know what…we survived! We all survived 2016! The lows and highs, the tears and frustration and now our reward is less than 12 hours away.
Yes, friends! 2017 is almost in our grasp, so lets take the time to reflect and celebrate a fresh start, and all that the new year has in store. Whether getting dolled up in a glamorous gown, or staying in pjs to watch the ball drop, I have a sweet treat for you to make, that’s so fitting for tonight’s festivities.