Like many other baking enthusiasts, I never stop trying recipes, even if I already have a favorite. I love chewy brownies. And I love box mix brownies. But I wanted to find something that I could call “THE BETTER THAN A BOX MIX” brownie, with easy ingredients that I probably have stashed in my pantry in case the desire for a brownie hits me at 9 pm on a Thursday night. (Not saying that happens….just maybe).
Y’all. I’m trying really hard to become a summer lover. Or even a summer liker. This season is really super duper hard on me. Maybe it’s because May through August in Alabama feels like the surface of the sun. So my solution for summer survival? Lots of reading, watching my favorite movies, crafting, and of course – baking. It seems counter productive to heat up the house with the oven while outside it already feels like an oven. But the kitchen is my happy place, and making pretty food, well that’s my jam. Bonus points if the food is made in gift-able form, like these mini blueberry zucchini bread cakes.
Well I’ve officially done it. I’ve created the best frosting I’ve ever had in my life. I’m a big fan of plain ole buttercream, but as I was preparing to make cupcakes, I decided to kick things up a notch. Instead of regular butter, why not brown butter? It has so much more richness and depth of flavor. And instead of plain vanilla extract, why not go with a stronger vanilla bean paste? Yes, I use vanilla bean in both the cupcake and the frosting! Check out those beautiful little specks. Brown butter & Vanilla Bean = a match made in heaven.
I love a quick and easy crochet project and my family loves cozy blankets so this moss stitch blanket was a winner from the start. This pattern is one of those that is so easy that you can sit and watch a movie or carry on a conversation while stitching. It consists of only two basic stitches-the single crochet and chain one, so it’s great for beginners!
This pie might change your life. Okay, so maybe not your life. But the way you think about apple pie. Because this isn’t just any pie. It’s sour cream apple pie. Now hear me out….I’m sort of hesitant to admit this, but I don’t love traditional apple pie. I’ll eat it if it’s offered, but I won’t go out of my way to get to some apple pie. Until this one. I happened across the recipe in one of my favorite blogs to read (Posie Gets Cozy) and her description was enough to make me get out and gather the ingredients.
This December we were treated to a beautiful snow day. This happens so rarely in our little corner of the Deep South. The forecast said we might get a tiny bit, and so I told Harper not to get her hopes up too much. The next morning she woke up just after dawn and ran to look out the window. She came dashing back in to the bedroom and said “MAMA!!!! There’s SNOW ON THE GROUND and it’s everywhere!” I jumped up to go look (as I get as excited about seeing snow as she does!) and indeed, there was snow already sticking, and it was still coming down. We waited just until there was enough light out before heading out for the first play of the day. We had some mishaps with the power going off and on all day, but all in all it was a wonderfully awesome day. We built a snowman, made snow cream, and snow angels. All the things we talk about when we daydream about snow. And if it doesn’t happen again for a few more years, we’ll have these sweet memories to look back on to hold us over.