As I've said before, sometimes you just gotta bake for fun. And other times, you gotta bake because you semi-promise a co-worker at your new job that you love to bake and you'll bring in treats the following week. I was determined to follow-through too.
Despite the heat.
Yup, Seattle and it's surrounding cities (including my hometown of Kent, just south of Sea-town) has been experiencing somewhat of a heat wave over the last couple weeks. We're talking 80s and 90s temps, something we're not used to. And definitely not weather I've ever baked in. Still, I wanted to make sure I kept my semi-promise.
I also wanted to get the jar of dry cookie ingredients off my desk. At my last job, my manager had received the jar as a gift from a vendor who wanted to work with us. I went into her office to ask her something and commented on the jar. So she gave it to me. When I took a closer look at it, I realized it wasn't just a homemade gift; it was from a company called SistersGourmet, which specializes in these mixes-in-a-jar gifts (if you want to make your own, though, just pick a recipe, layer the dry ingredients in a clean jar, screw on the lid, decorate, and attach a copy of the recipe).
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Easter dinner is usually the same every year: at my aunt and uncle's house with ham, potatoes, deviled eggs, rolls, Jell-O jiggler eggs, and green beans for dinner with frosted sugar cookies and chocolate bunny cakes for dessert. This year, Auntie Vicki wanted us to do something different than the bunny cakes. My mom was already going to do a two-toned pink cake that she found in a recent issue of Family Circle and she (or Auntie Vicki) suggested that I make the cheesecake brownie dessert that I made a few years ago for Memorial Day. A Google search found that the dessert was also in Family Circle (which I somewhat remembered from the first time). Unfortunately, the FC website wouldn't let me view the recipe so I just grabbed it from one of the food blogs that posted it (my mom later told me where to find the hardcopy that I had used 4 years ago. I have yet to locate it).
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Sometimes you gotta bake something that you're not gonna eat. Like yesterday: I had the random urge to bake and decided to use the for-baking Tagalongs I'd bought last year. Despite the fact that I gave up chocolate for Lent and wouldn't be able to have whatever I made until Easter. Still, I've baked with chocolate during previous Lents and had a much harder time not licking the spoon than I did this time. So I did a little searching and came across the Tagalong version of the Thin Mint Gooey Cake Bars I had made last year for Kevin's birthday. Apparently the food bloggers who posted the recipes are friends who had gotten together and made some delicious magic. (I do at times wish I had a friend like this.)