Cherry Almond Coffee Cake

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I’m one of those people who gets bored easily… Especially when it comes to food! I don’t enjoy eating the same thing for breakfast every day. I’m not usually too thrilled about simply reheating something and eating it again the next night for dinner.

The same goes for recipes and techniques in the kitchen. Sure, I have a handful of recipes that I will make time and time again. But, for the most part, I am often looking for something new to try.

Lately, I’ve been dabbling in the world of no knead breads.  I think my fascination with no knead breads comes not from the desire to have a quick and easy recipe (though, make no mistake… many of them are!), but from a desire to do something new. I’ve been kneading bread for as long as I can remember, so I decided it was time to give the whole no-knead thing a try. I’m glad I did!Continue Reading

Cocoa Sourdough Bagels

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Ahhh, chocolate.

I used to be one of those people who couldn’t understand people who don’t like chocolate. I say “used to be” because, in the last three months, I have become one of those people.

That’s right. I currently do not like chocolate. I can tolerate dark chocolate here and there, but I especially hate milk chocolate and all other forms of sweet chocolate.

I guess this is one of the many things I can “blame” on pregnancy and hormones. I’m hoping it’s a temporary thing, but for now, I’m one of those “chocolate haters.”

So, by now, you’re wondering why I’m writing about hating chocolate while sharing a new chocolate recipe. You see, that’s the funny thing. Even though I can’t stand to eat chocolate, I’ve been thinking about a chocolate sourdough bread for a while. Strange, right?Continue Reading

Chocolate Banana Snack Cake

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Some News…

I let the cat out of the bag a few weeks ago on Instagram… We’re expecting! For those of you wondering, it’s a baby. Though, I’m pretty sure the kiddo thinks she’s getting a puppy. She might be a bit disappointed in July.

We’re excited. We are. But, I’ll be honest with you… I’ve spent the better part of the past 3 months on the couch under a blanket.

I was sick the first time around… For most of the first half of my pregnancy. But, this time around has felt different. Sure, I’ve had the constant nausea and I’ve been exhausted. That’s to be expected, I think. Perhaps it’s the fact that I chase a toddler around all day long, but this time it’s hit me much harder than I remember from before.Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Granola

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My husband and I agree on a lot of things. Cereal is not one of them.

More specifically, we disagree on the amount of milk that should be added to a bowl of cereal.

My husband likes a little cereal with his milk. If the cereal is drowning and soggy, he’s a happy camper.

On the other hand, I like as little milk with my cereal as possible. In fact, I’m perfectly fine to snack on cereal with no milk at all. I prefer it. But, if I do have a bowl of cereal with milk in it, you can be sure I’ll add as little as possible. I will also eat it as quickly as possible in order to reduce the likelihood of the cereal getting soggy. I don’t do soggy.Continue Reading

Last-Minute Gift for Bakers… Plus, A Cookie Decorating Party!

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Christmas is approaching fast. Really fast.

That may not be news to any of you, but the fact that Christmas is only about a week away is hitting me pretty hard at the moment. Let’s just say that I have a friend (just a friend, definitely not me) who has barely started getting ready for Christmas yet. This crazy lady hasn’t finished buying gifts, hasn’t wrapped a thing, and hasn’t even thought about baking yet. Yup, what is she thinking?

Anyway, enough about my friend.

Today, I wanted to share a fun idea for any bakers on your list. It’s perfect if you are still looking for something at the last minute like me… Errr…. Like my friend! It will all arrive from Amazon.com via Prime shipping. Is free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime not the best thing ever? That friend I was telling you about? Sometimes she orders shampoo from Amazon so she doesn’t have to run to the store. True story.

(Legal stuff… No, they aren’t paying me to say that… I pay for my own Prime membership. But, my links are Amazon affiliate links.)

Back to the gift idea… Continue Reading