Spring Forward… You have cost me one whole episode of Teen Mom 2. Thanks? I guess? I mean, I’d be mad if I were doing something valuable with my time. Like baking scones. If you’d taken these away, we might have to have capital-w Words. Maybe all-caps WORDS.
Ah, spring forward. The controversy! Morning people and night people: it takes all kinds. We can’t all do everything at once; that’d be madness. Like baking. Some of us get down with night baking, some of us wake up naturally with the sun, drink some green juice/chamomile tea/virgin blood (I don’t know how you people operate, forgive me) and bake up breakfast goods at an appropriate time.
Either way, we will have scones. Tender, slightly sweet, dotted with heavenly banana chunks and toasty hazelnuts.
Posted in Baking, banana, Breakfast, Vegetarian, weekend
Tagged baked goods, baking, banana, breakfast, buttermilk, cinnamon, hazelnut, nuts, pastries, scones, spices
Holy crap, I am obsessed with Weeds. These things tend to happen in the winter: Netflix streaming and dark evenings somehow make me extraordinarily motivated… To sit on my couch and catch up on pop culture. Watch all the things! Yes!
I’m not doing so hot; Weeds premiered in 2005, you know? I would have an easier time forgetting just how late I am to the party if it weren’t for the cell phones. Old-school flip phones with that familiar greenish-grey/black display. Shows about drug dealers feature phones A LOT.
On this schedule, I’ll be ready to discuss Girls and Downton Abbey in 2021. Let’s make it a date, okay?
I’ll bring homemade pop tarts.
This has been on my to-do list for a while. First thanks to the ever-brilliant and inspiring Deb from Smitten Kitchen. Then I had this killer homemade sweet potato pop tart at Dottie’s True Blue in San Francisco. I guess I tend to get around to baking projects slightly more quickly than I catch up to cool TV shows. Slightly.
And so, here they are! And they’re beauties. Tender, buttery pastry crust, and zesty, slightly sweet, citrusy, creamy-dreamy-cheesy, slightly vanilla-scented filling. A swirl of powdered-sugar icing on top. Pop tarts! Made from real food!
Posted in Baking, Breakfast, Dessert, Vegetarian, Winter
Tagged baking, breakfast, breakfast pastries, cheese, childhood favorites, citrus, dairy, icing, orange, pastries, pop tarts, ricotta, zest
Many times within the past few years, I’ve trudged through an 80-hour workweek or two. The suits (combined with 2nd or even 3rd day hair and bloodshot eyes, natch), the endless caffeine needs, never seeing sunlight or anyone you love (no disrespect to my awesome colleagues)… It happens.
Needless to say, one’s kitchen becomes a perfectly untouched museum of A More Normal Time.
“Oh… I used to do stuff in here. Hm. Anyway, COFFEE.”
And it goes without saying that when some kind soul puts something in the breakroom made by human hands, your head just about explodes with gratitude. At least mine does, but it might be delirium.
See, lately I’ve been lucky in the work-schedule department. Boyfriend and Co., not so much. I made them biscuits!
So I have a suggestion for this week (or any other week): remember the kind things others have done for you. Try to do them for someone else–it feels great. And then, like me, you can go back to being a jerk again (kidding, kind of). Also, save a couple of these babies for yourself. We’re not martyrs here.
Posted in Breakfast, Vegetarian, weekend
Tagged baking, biscuits, buttermilk, cheddar, cheese, comfort food, flaky, pepper, unabashed carbs
Guys. Guys! Let me state the obvious. It’s almost Christmas. My shopping has never been more proactive. My nails are red and sparkly. There are cookies everywhere I go. Everywhere! It’s madness. I have a haphazardly strung dark green light thing across my windows in the living room. It’s trashy and heartwarming at the same time. Look:
In other words, I think I’m ready. Let’s embrace everything red, pretty and sweet. Let’s make cupcakes that have ALL the things we like: chocolate, vanilla, bright color, whipped cream, cream cheese, almond extract, sprinkles… It’s a lot, but we can handle it, especially this time of year.