08 April 2014

Your Cheatin' Heart


I'm ashamed to admit it, but I'm having an affair with another breakfast place. When I wrote this post a few years ago I never thought I could love another breakfast place as much as I loved that one. Sure I had had some places on the side, but nothing serious. All that has changed.

My Don Draper-esque tryst of culinary infidelity started a few months ago. My last few visits to my usual place were a little lack luster; leaving my breakfast desires somewhat unfulfilled. So my eyes wondered, searching for another. I had a place a tad farther away that was a little less busy, who made banana pancakes with bananas baked in. True, the pancakes on their own weren't as good (still very good), but when I had a craving for banana pancakes, I had nowhere else to go. My earlier dissatisfaction coupled with stories of slower service and smaller pancakes means I haven't been back to Norval since late last year.

06 April 2014

Maple Oat Bread


After my last post (wow, almost a month ago now) I realized that I lied to the tens of my readers. I actually did bake something in the time between Christmas and that post. I had just completely forgotten. And not for any good reason, this was an excellent recipe that delivered in pretty much every way you could want a maple oatmeal bread to deliver. I mean, I'm writing a post about it, so that must mean something.

11 March 2014

Winter Blues


I know it's a cliche, but I have found that, for me, a lack of creativity and drive is synonymous with this time of year. I’m not entirely sure that’s an excuse for the annual neglect of my blog; it is what it is. However, it definitely impacts my desire to write and bake.

I'm pretty sure the only thing I have baked this entire year is a giant heart shaped cookie for Valentine’s Day (I know, awwwww, right?). Last year ended with a bunch of stuff for our Christmas party and for Christmas. I tried out a new cinnamon roll and frosting recipe for New Years and I even wrote the post for it, (found it in my draft folder) but never edited it, never posted it.

2014? Nothin'.

28 November 2013

Simple Carrot Cake


Although I don't eat it often, I love carrot cake. It was actually one of the first "difficult" things I baked for Easter a few years ago. No food processor to grate the carrots, no spice grinder to grind the cinnamon, and no mixer to cream the butter. Everything by hand. I also learned the valuable lesson of not making a cake the morning you're planning to serve it because even after hours of cooling, your cream cheese frosting will probably melt :). But the cake was delicious just the same. And when I saw Old Fashioned Carrot Bread show up on my RSS feed from Mary at One Perfect Bite, I knew I had to make it for Thanksgiving.

19 November 2013

Peanut Butter Cup Bars


There are few things better than a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. You can look that up. It's a fact. My love of Peanut Butter Cups runs deep, so you need to believe me when I say that this recipe makes something that tastes identical to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.