Sprinkle A Little Cheer

funfetti Christmas cupcakes

I dragged my mom out to Ross in the afternoon on Black Friday, well after the early-morning shoppers had collapsed into their beds for a long nap. As we strode past the perfumes and workout gear, a Christmas display called out my name.

 

Not one to resist a little holiday cheer, I doubled back to gaze at the goods. As I turned away from the stockings and candles, a muffin pan swayed on the hanging rack as another customer walked past.

 

This wasn’t just any old muffin pan. No, this was a bright green silicon muffin pan with cups shaped like gingerbread men, stockings, and Christmas trees.   Continue reading for recipe.

December 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Delicious Desserts. 16 comments.

I Baked!

marbled chocolate muffins

Yes, I baked! I baked, I baked, I baked! I know, I’m bouncing up and down like a five-year-old on a sugar high but…

 

Finally, eons after moving into a new house (okay, more like two weeks), I unpacked the last of my cookie sheets and cake pans. Although the kitchen cabinets were designed for Amazons instead of 5’3” ladies, I still managed to pull the sugar down off of the top shelf without climbing on the counter. Or spilling any.   Continue reading for recipe.

September 17, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss. 3 comments.

Browsing in the Bakery

Last week, I stopped by a different grocery store on the other side of town. I barely shop there, only about twice a year when I need a more exotic or ethnic ingredient Safeway doesn’t carry.

 

As I wandered around, I found myself drawn to the bakery section. (Surprise, surprise!) I stared impatiently at the five-year-old boy shyly accepting a free cookie from the friendly lady behind the counter, willing him to walk away so I could press my nose against the glass display case and study the cheesecakes, fruit tarts, and chocolate éclairs taunting me from within.

 

Realizing I’d start drooling unless I turned away, I took a few steps to my right to look at the artisan loaves of bread. One caught my eye. It appeared that the baker tried his had at modern art by haphazardly gluing several mini baguettes together and sticking it on the shelf to sell.   Continue reading for recipe.

June 10, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Satisfying Sides. 7 comments.

Celebrating with Chocolate

While breakfast in bed starts the morning out on the right foot, Valentine’s Day is never complete without a little extra chocolate treat. Hershey’s, Nestlé, Cadbury, and Lindt all agree; they create special candies wrapped in festive red and pink foil just for the holiday. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and truffles disappear from store shelves faster than Hallmark cards and candy conversation hearts, the empty spaces magically refilled before sunrise by delivery trucks and night-shift workers.

 

If packaged and sold, these homemade chocolate cookies would vanish long before any nougat or truffle. Moist and fudgy, the cookie develops a slight fruity undertone from the balsamic vinegar, and the small salt crystals on top pair beautifully with the chocolate’s sweetness. Go ahead, treat yourself and your loved ones to a decadent dessert. There’s more than enough to share!   Continue reading for recipe.

February 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss. 4 comments.

Shopping Spree

I’m one of the few girls I know that prefers shopping for groceries over clothes. I get to eat what I buy right away; no washing and drying before trying out my purchases! Even better, nobody ever complains that their butter doesn’t come in more colors or asks, “Does this milk carton make my butt look fat?”

 

But the last time I drove to the store for cereal, I went a little overboard. I looked like a teenage girl on a $1000 shopping spree as I dumped box after box into my cart. When the cashier asked if I was carbo-loading, I simply smiled sweetly and replied, “No, I just love my cereal.”   Continue reading for recipe.

January 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Midweek Meals. Leave a comment.