Tagged: winter

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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festive holiday recipe #14: cranberry orange breakfast rolls

cranberry orange rolls

Cranberry Orange Rolls, you guys. Make them. No, really, do it. Throw the dough together the night before you want them. Get them all set up, stick them in the fridge, and then bake them off in the morning. Everyone will think you got up 4 hours early to work your butt off in the kitchen. Reality: you got up an hour early, let them sit out for 30 minutes, and stuck them in the oven for another 30 minutes. Easy-peasy, right?

On a side note, see that roll up in the top right corner? Brandon called that one “Princess Leia.”  We don’t typically go around naming food, but it was pretty hilarious looking. Continue reading

festive holiday recipes #10 & #11: a pair of pies

yogurt and salted honey pies

Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you smell faintly of whatever you cooked for dinner the previous night? That is happening to me right now (and yes, I swear I DID take a shower this morning.) Apparently the latke/matzoh ball soup smell migrated directly from my kitchen into my closet, despite being on opposite ends of the apartment. Oh well, I suppose there are worse things I could smell like.

It’s December! Can you believe it? Excuse me while I shamelessly dance in my desk chair at work (not chair dance, as I think dancing in a chair and chair dancing might be two different things, one far more appropriate than the other…) to my Christmas with the Rat Pack album and stare at my twinkly USB holiday tree.

How was your thanksgiving/friendsgiving? Ours was delightful. We didn’t overcommit on the cooking/food front, for which I am very glad. It was totally non-stressful. The turkey enchiladas were insanely delicious, and made much better leftovers than 10 million slices of roasted turkey (though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss my traditional day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich a little.) While I neglected to take photos of the enchiladas, kale salad, and potatoes, I did manage to get some snaps of our lunch/appetizer situation and the pies. I’ll share the pies with you today, and the savory profiteroles and squash butter with you later this week. Continue reading

festive holiday recipe #9: cranberry ginger bundt cake

cranberry ginger bundt cake

Thanksgiving Friendsgiving is upon us, y’all! Our first batch of friends flew in on Saturday evening, and we’ve been having fun showing them the city. I do feel a little bad, though, since they happened to arrive on what has been the coldest weekend we’ve had all year. They’re coping quite well, though, especially for being used to the barely-ever-under-50-usually-in-the-70s winter weather of southern California.

I won’t be posting a recipe later this week, but I will have a bunch of festive recipes for you next week! Some pies, and more gifting ideas, too.

I originally had a different recipe to share with you today, but while the particular item in question tasted great, it also looked a little bit gross in photos. It happens, right? Continue reading