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peanut butter banana muffins

Eating this for breakfast right now. YUM.

After researching a number of recipes I landed on this one by Annie's Eats. Perfect amount of banana and peanut butter taste. They were just sweet enough, even though I'd substituted whole wheat flour.

I highly recommend you also try these delicious muffins. You won't be disappointed.


attempting to make jam

Anything can be salvaged with a little garlic + herb goat cheese. This is not a total failure.

Yesterday I attempted white grape jam. It came out as syrup—a predictable rookie mistake. I still might re-attempt to set it this weekend, but till then I'm enjoying on toast with herbed goat cheese (an idea I thought of after seeing Kara's Pin).

Since I documented my experience I still want to share. These grapes were a steal at the farmers market and a good excuse to give canning a whirl. Sidenote: Does anyone else shop at their market to get home and find a sticker from Brazil? URGH. Anywho, I followed this recipe by The 350 Degree Kitchen. The only thing I should have done is doubled the pectin (what makes jelly into jelly). Next time, I'll merge the recipe with what the box of pectin recommends to add for the amount of fruit I'm using.




How did that take four hours?! Ah, well. Add another notch to the life of a domestic housewife checklist.

I still argue this was not a failure, and if I can do it anyone can do it.


pumpkin spice latte cupcake, yes please!

I could not resist baking a batch of these cupcakes from Annie's Eats! And I could not resist showing them off in a most fitting cup (an idea from one of my facebook friends). These are the best tasting cupcakes I've ever made (thanks Annie!), although I did substitute coconut oil and then added vanilla (sorry Annie!).

Perfect fall fun!


dinner tonight ::: lemon millet pilaf

Has it been a crazy Monday for anyone else? My day honestly flew by faster than the wind in Wyoming. But before the days ends I'll share my dinner plan with you. I came across a Betty Crocker recipe that incorporates millet—an incredibly healthy grain, and jumped to buy all the ingredients and give it a whirl. Well then today I came across the beautiful ezine, Kinfolk, and saw their gorgeous styling. Then a light bulb went off—all my recipe ingredients would look amazing together (who does this?)! Below you will see the lovely ingredients to lemon millet pilaf followed by the recipe.

lemon millet pilaf

• 1 can chicken or vegetable broth
• 1/3 cup water
• 1/4 tsp onion powder
• 1/2 cup uncooked millet
• 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
• 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
• 1 tsp flax seed
• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
• 1 tsp grated lemon peel

Heat broth, water and onion powder to boiling. Stir in millet, rice and corn; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until millet and rice are tender and liquid is absorbed. Stir in flax see, parsley and lemon peel. Serve immediately.


peach cake

Happy Monday! Hoping you had a lovely weekend. I am doing one more aniversary post for you today, highlighting our anniversary cake. Mini cakes are a trend started by the baking talent of Faux Martha. Because it's peach season and I desperately wanted to use peaches as a photo shoot prop, I foraged the interwebs for this beautiful cake recipe by Kiss The Groom. While it sure looked pretty, can't say I'm much of a baker for actual taste. It was amazing straight out of the oven, but after cooling it had compressed to be nothing like cake texture what-so-ever (as pictured above).

But fun and pretty are what's important, right? I'll leave baking edible food up to the pros.


summer party suggestion

Two things I've really enjoyed recently and think you should try.

Arrange your flatware/napkin/drink all together for a grab & go solution. Not sure where I spotted this idea, but love it for all future summer gatherings.

Grill fruit. UM, perhaps I'm the last person on the planet to find out this is incredible. Either way I'm now obsessed. We simply cut up fresh pineapple, mango, and peaches then tossed them real quick in vanilla and cinnamon & sugar right before throwing them straight on the grill. Sure, you could get fancy and skewer them if you so choose.

To dress up the fruit even more, I baked oatmeal cookies and topped with vanilla ice cream. Oh, taste buds rejoice in this heavenly goodness!

Have any of you discovered new summer ideas that you don't know how you lived without? Do share.


lavender & lemon cream puffs

Back to regular blogging schedule *I think*. Coming at you today with a test recipe—lemon & lavender cream puffs—inspired by my field trip last week. Which I must say, these are DELICIOUS and not near as difficult to create as you might expect.

The lab rats for this experiment were my book club, and they didn't mind one bit. I nearly have them fooled that I am a baking goddess. A reputation I don't mind at all.

Had the pastry bakery been open, I would have gladly purchased the baked puffs to accomodate my low maintenance lifestyle (aka laziness) but alas I was forced to create my own using a simple recipe. They baked up all hollow and pretty on their own! Like magic.

While cooling, I whipped up the filling and stored in the refrigerator for an hour. Then spooned the filling into the puff shells. One hour before serving, I stuck the puffs in the freezer so they would keep better at room tempature before being gobbled up.

::: lavender & lemon cream filling :::

// 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
// 1 cup powdered sugar
// zest of 1 lemon
// 2 tbsp lemon juice
// 1 1/2 tsp lavender budds (crushed)
// 1/2 container of cool whip
Combine all ingredients in a mixer except the cool whip, which you fold in gently.

Simple and simply delicious! Eliminate the baking puffs and you have one easy dessert that is crazy popular and unique.


lavender farm fieldtrip

I took a little fieldtrip this past weekend to Winding Brook Estate, a lavender farm.

The premise of the trip was to learn how to cook with lavender, which is a lot less intimidating than it sounds.  You can basically add the herb to literally anything, a sweet OR savory dish. Or infuse any liquid, like oil/milk/alcohol/honey. I sampled recipes ranging from lemon & lavender de creme to poached pear to lavender artichoke frittata.

Where are the images of rolling hills you say? Sadly the fields are not in bloom for another few weeks. Ah yes I was a bit disappointed. I did still enjoy learning about all the great lavender health benefits and uses (bug repellent, sleep aid, asthma, skin problems) and what a unique flavor it adds to all kinds of food. Will have to share my recipe attempts when I use it soon!

For more lavender fun, A Subtle Revery posted a few ideas, including a lavender lemonade martini recipe. As I learn more about this wholistic/natural super drug, I'll be sure to share with you.

Do any of you currently use lavender? I'd love to know why you love it!


mmm, yummy caramel corn

So addictive I tell you. I made a TON and packaged it up for the neighbors (a small "Merry Christmas" tag would have been nice...my bad). Perfect holiday thoughtfulness, in case you needed something to give those B list people.

Here is the little recipe card for you — featuring the lovely Matilde:

Have a super great weekend! ::: Maybe you should make some popcorn! :::


swirls of pumpkin goodness

If you needed that perfect item to bring to your Thanksgiving gathering, I suggest you make this heavenly pumpkin roll. Pumpkin bread + cream cheese filling is MY FAVORITE part of fall, when accompanied by an eggnog latte of course. Find the recipe here.