Blackberry-stained fingers.

Blackberry-stained fingers.

When I was a kid, my family would have this strawberries-and-milk dessert on hot summer nights.  It was delicious and simple, and kind of genius, really.  You just smashed strawberries into a bowl with some condensed milk.  And the liquid at the bottom of the bowl was like strawberry milk.  As an aside, you should … Continue reading

3 Years and a Half-Peck of Apples.

3 Years and a Half-Peck of Apples.

Last weekend, Jarrod and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary as a family. It was a gorgeous early fall morning that we set out to Kansas City, and stopped by a red barn selling freshly pressed cider from local Missouri apples. Of course, they had warm, homemade apple cider doughnuts enveloped in the perfect amount … Continue reading

Chocolate Makes the World Go ‘Round: Banana Bread Edition

Chocolate Makes the World Go ‘Round: Banana Bread Edition

Second only to butter stands chocolate as my all-time favorite ingredient to use in baking.  There are so many varieties of chocolate: bittersweet, semi-sweet, milk, dark (80%?  60%?), white (not really ‘chocolate’ in the traditional sense), unsweetened, cocoa powder, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, chunks… even vegan chocolate (carob).  They’re kind of the MVP of baking … Continue reading

So, this is happening…

As an only child having never experienced younger siblings, I was never one of those kids who jumped at the opportunity to babysit for the neighborhood families. I was deathly afraid of being responsible for the well-being of a younger child. I had no idea how diapers worked (this is still applicable), or how much … Continue reading

Birthday Cupcakes

Birthday Cupcakes

Friday was a really, really rough day at work. On top of dealing with an angry parent, leading numerous meetings, and operating on 5 hours of sleep, I hardly had a chance to drink my coffee, and didn’t eat my lunch until 4 pm, long after school was over. All I wanted to do was … Continue reading

Strawberry Rhubarb Pudding Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Pudding Cake

As a child growing up in suburban Long Island, I wasn’t really exposed to rhubarb. In fact, the first time I experienced rhubarb anything was in northern Michigan, as a 19 year old college student. I think my first reaction was mild confusion. I vaguely recall it tasting like a nondescript fruit-vegetable, and a sour … Continue reading

Oh noooo…. Not AGAIN!

Oh noooo…. Not AGAIN!

sigh.  so, I need to tell you something.  This is kind of personal in the half-joking-but-not-really kind of way. I’m 75% certain that I have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), inattentive type.  According to the DSM-V, maybe I don’t actually have anything at all.  But, nothing is more awkward than self-diagnosis when it’s kind of legit.  I … Continue reading