I am currently sitting in a coffee shop, sipping tea, freezing my behind off because mother nature blows and I didn’t dress appropriately for this 49 degree weather on May 17th. Spring is the pits! Speaking of this lovely season we’re having, one highlight so far was making carrot cake for the first time! While cooking is my … More Carrot Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting
I’m very fortunate to have parents who always make sure I feel special every year on Valentine’s Day. As a kid, that meant opening up presents wrapped in red & pink paper filled with heart plastered pajama pants from Old Navy. As a teenager, it was boxes of chocolates with two Valentine’s Day cards signed excessively with x’s & o’s. Now, … More Chocolate Rice Krispie Hearts
Tis the season for all things pumpkin, is it not? We’ve got lattes & muffins & chilis & ice cream & butters & millions of pinterest boards dedicated to all things pumpkin. It’s amazing, but slightly overwhelming. Cans of pumpkin & pumpkin pie spice greet us in the grocery stores, pushing themselves onto us, begging us … More Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
I remember the first whoopie pie I ever made. After reading up on what exactly a whoopie pie consists of (it’s the best kind of cross between a slice of cake in cookie form), I knew I wanted to try combining two of my favorite flavors: chocolate and mint. I followed a by-the-book recipe from … More Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting
I’ve been 27 for a week now and am still basking in the birthday glow. There was something different about this years festivities. I barely slept the night before (no surprise there), tossing and turning throughout the night. Excited, overwhelmed, but mostly happy about the possibilities of what 27 could bring.
Some of the best feedback I’ve ever received on my blog was from my brother Matt. It came three days before my 23rd birthday (I’m now 26) in the form of a Facebook message: “Hey what happened to your blog? It really changed. You’re getting way too hipster.” Oh wait. It gets better. “Well if … More Brotherly Birthday Love.
“Allana loved her birthday so much she would start planning the next years party the day after her birthday.” Oh, it’s the truth. This is what we tell people when they ask what our birthday parties were like as kids. My brother Matt loved the presents, I loved the parties. Matt would rather get one … More Birthday Bytes.
Studying abroad in Italy taught me many things. It was there where I learned how to haggle with feisty Italians over leather goods, how to gesture swear words with my hands and how cool you are when you celebrate your 21st birthday at a bar aptly called “21.” Upon reflection though, I think the most … More Nutella Mousse
1. Mast Brothers Serrano flavored dark chocolate
“Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare” (eat to live & not live to eat) Last week, I was indulging in a late lunch, sipping on Prosecco and noshing on bread & oil when someone asked me where my passion for writing and food came about. “Italy.”