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.
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.
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.
Happy Weekend! Hope you guys are all ready for the holidays! I needed a quick and easy treat to bring to my youngest daughter’s program earlier last week, so I made marbled Oreos again. You may recall me sharing them back in September for a baby shower that I hosted. This time, I added a festive touch by using red and green food colors and sprinkles from the shop.
I know I’m not the only one who had a long and rough week. I’m with you. I’ve felt the emotions and the heartache myself, along with friends and loved ones at home and across social media. There are many needing extra support right now. Instagram specifically has been a place full of beautiful words, kindness and inspiring posts, all of which warm my heart. That sense of community has brought with it peace, and comfort, and a reminder that we’re not alone, and that the worries and concerns we’re feeling right now are surely valid.