What exactly is it about giant, crackly topped chocolate chip cookies that makes them so irresistible ? Is it simply because at the end of the day we eat with our eyes, and the crackles are just so pretty that we can’t help but want to bite into them as soon as humanly possibly? Or is it because we know that lurking just beneath that gorgeous crisp crackle is a soft, chewy cookie, studded with ooey, gooey chocolate and an overall flavour that tastes like childhood?
I think for me it would have to be the latter explanation; nostalgia never fails to capture my heart when it comes to homemade treats.
Okay guys, let’s get right down to the facts; daylight savings is here, it’s officially Spring, so therefore; I am ready for Spring. Soooooo ready for Spring. Unfortunately Vancouver seems to have forgotten that it’s supposed to be Spring, and has continued to be not only very cold, but also very wet (sigh).
Truth be told this cold rainy weather is very typical for this time of year here in Vancouver. So Naturally you would think I would be used to the rainy Vancouver Springs by now, but for no good reason at all, every spring I get my hopes up thinking Spring somehow equals sunshine and it most definitely does not.
Alas, it will probably be another couple months before we see “Spring” weather here – but it’s okay, because today I’m making my own sunshine with the help of a very big batch of pretty pink donuts &my new favorite Spring accessory.
We have had one heck of a winter here in Vancouver & I don’t know about you guys, but I honestly could not be more ready for summer. Like, at this point I would be completely fine if we could just skip Spring and go straight to hot sunny days, filled w/ trips to the beach and the market to pick up fresh summer berries & stone fruits.
Okay, so I know it’s still February and we have a longgg way to go before days like that can happen – but hey, a girl can dream right?
So today, (despite gloomy, freezing Vancouver weather,) I am embracing all the summer vibes, and throwing a little impromptu donut party w/ Pure Leaf Peach Iced Tea and these Ginger Peach Fritters. Who else wants to join in!?
Fun fact about me; One of my all-time favourite breakfasts is a warm toasted bagel, that has been buttered and smeared with a good dollop of tangy cream cheese. It might sound like the simplest breakfast ever, but there is just something about a good bagel with cream cheese that I can never seem to get enough of. But does a girl ever really need a good reason for why she loves bread or cheese? I think not.
Now while homemade bagels have become something of a regular occurrence around my house, I have to admit that the first time I made bagels I was completely freaked out. The very idea itself was so foreign and daunting to me, that I actually avoided trying it for years.
When I finally got up the courage to try, I had no idea what I was doing, and I thought I was in for a technical battle royal, that would almost definitely end in failure. However, once I actually started making the bagels I realized that not only are they really easy to make, but they are also be so much fun!
I developed the recipe for these bagels as part of my monthly contribution to an awesome website called Tastes of Lizzy T , so head on over to her website via the link here to get the full post and recipe!
Where are all my banana bread lovers at!?
Random fun fact; I edit the Banana Bread feed over on thefeedfeed website. It’s pretty much one of my favourite things ever, because I LOVE banana bread. It’s kind of like one of those things that no matter how much I eat of it – I can never get sick of it.
I am always on the look out on Instagram for new and delicious banana bread recipes that I can add to the feed each month when I add my updates. Why am I telling you this? Well, because I just finished updating the feed the other day & banana bread has pretty much been the one and only thing on my mind ever since. Also, if you are a banana bread lover – much like myself – I think you would seriously enjoy the eye candy that this feed has to offer & you can check the feed out here
Fact: This is my first blog post in almost a month. Clearly I am the worst “blogger” ever.
Truth: I have been feeling totally un-creative lately… is that a word un-creative? Probably not – let’s go with un-inspired instead. I have been feeling totally un-inspired. I feel ridiculous saying this by the way. I mean how silly is it that I couldn’t even manage to post a recipe for a simple batch of cookies in the span of a month? But seriously don’t ask me that, because I don’t have anything close to a good answer to that question.
So instead I thought this might be a good time for some real talk today… how do you feel about that? No worries if you’re not into it, you can always skip down to the recipe – I won’t be offended. But for those of you who are still with me, here goes…
You guys… I have just four words for you. Chocolate. Chip. Snack. Cake. I honestly don’t know what else to say – other than you need this cake in your life. The flavours are so simple & it’s so easy to make, but it’s probably one of my all-time favourite cakes. Honestly, to say that I love this cake with all my heart, would be an understatement.
Did someone say homemade soft pretzels…??? Yup – brace yourselves because this is happening people.
So I know the idea of homemade soft pretzels probably sounds incredibly time consuming, difficult and all around like something you don’t want to make at home – but trust me when I say this; Making homemade pretzels is actually super easy & totally worth the effort of making them at home!
Happy 2017 friends! How is everybody doing? I feel like I have been completely MIA lately. You guys keep asking so nicely for recipes and I keep failing to post them. I’m sorry!
I know I’m the worst, but I’m trying to redeem myself here with this one because you guys …this cake. I am at a loss for words because seriously… This. Cake. I’m in love with it.
Ever since blood oranges started showing up in my market I have been telling myself I need to baking something with these colourful beauties & I finally got around to it this past weekend.
If there was one dessert I know I can always count on to please a crowd at a viewing party- it would without a doubt be homemade chocolate cream pie. There is just something truly magical about putting creamy, velvety smooth chocolate pudding into pie form & these Mini Lindt Chocolate Cream Pies are a testament to that.