Tagged: pecan

tiny maple pecan sandies

maple pecan sandies

 

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season! 🙂

These didn’t quite make it up in time for all those festive holiday recipe posts, but they’re still worth your while. Toasted pecans and maple syrup help give them a wintry, warm taste that is a great companion to your morning/afternoon/evening tea or coffee. Best of all, they’re TINY. Which means you can eat a few without feeling like you’ve ruined the age-old new year’s resolution of not eating junk food. Although, if you ask me, things made from scratch with real, pronounceable ingredients are hardly junk food. Besides, didn’t somebody somewhere sometime once say that if you don’t treat yourself once in a while, you’re twice as likely to “cheat” on any diet/exercise plan?  Treat yo self.

In other news, it hasn’t stopped snowing in three days. Oh, and on Monday, the expected HIGH for the day is -8. Yeah. Continue reading

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german chocolate swiss roll cake

roulade 2 edit-

Ya’ll, it is just straight up swampy outside. The humidity is at 79%, which is just rude.

Let’s talk about happier things. Like cake. Specifically, this tasty German chocolate cake-inspired swiss roll. One of my favorite dessert places in Chicago always has a phenomenal variety of pastries and cakes to choose from, yet I always find myself going for a slice of their strawberry roulade. It’s just too good to pass up. I finally figured that it was probably time to try my hand at making a swiss roll/roulade, despite being completely certain that it was going to break into a million cakey pieces when I tried to roll it (in which case my back-up plan was to turn it into some kind of trifle…) Continue reading