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Snow Day Essentials

We are supposedly in store for quite a snow storm ’round these here parts. I’m in the “yay snow” camp because I’m fortunate enough to work for a university that has snow days!

What do I need when “stuck” indoors? (Stuck being used loosely here because I LOVE being snowbound): 2 dozen eggs, a freshly opened bag of flour, sugar, and 4lbs of butter! Oh and prayers that the electricity doesn’t go out because my oven is electric, eep! My back-up plan is to run over to the neighbors house because they have gas. (Wipes brow)

If you happen to be stuck indoors too, may I suggest you bake/make:

Barefoot Contessa’s Lemon Yogurt Cake (I subbed lime for lemon, greek yogurt for the regular yogurt, and coconut oil for the vegetable oil)

Two Peas and their Pod Lemon Sugar Cookies (pillowy centers and crisp edges, soo good! You won’t be able to stop at one!)

Waffles from Allrecipes.com (they freeze well so you can make a big batch and enjoy them over the week)

Old Fashioned Pancakes from Allrecipes.com (these also freeze well)

Hey and who knows, maybe with the extra free time, I’ll get to work on more art for the nursery! It’s coming along so swimmingly, I can’t wait to show you!

What do you like to do/eat on a snow day?

Holiday Baking

Who doesn’t appreciate deliciously baked cookie during the hoilday season? Grinches and humbugs, that’s who. Otherwise, you should find something for everyone on my list of treats on my recommended recipes for 2013 holiday baking season!

For your chocolate feigns, I suggest Martha Stewart’s Outrageous Chocolate Cookies:

From marthastewart.com

For your lemon lovers, Two Peas and their Pod’s Lemon Sugar Cookies :

From two peas and their pod

For your classic admirers, King Arthur Flour’s Gingerbread cookies:


For a fun, festive treat, try your hand at King Arthur Flour’s red and white pinwheels:

red and white pinwheel cookies

And for your celebrators of Hanukkah (sure it’s over but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the appropriate cookies!), rugelach! I used the Fannie Farmer’s Cookbook recipe but Barefoot Contessa’s recipe is very similar:

apricot rugelach

All these recipes have been taste tested and have received high-marks from all the judges. So go ahead and give them a try! As far as effort, I would say I’ve listed them in order of difficulty. Pinwheels and rugelach are not for the faint of heart. They require a few rounds of refrigeration as well as shaping and molding.

What are some of your favorite Christmas cookies?




Festively Fall

This past weekend, we had Ale’s family over for his mom’s birthday. With a table from Ale’s bro and some folding chairs borrowed from my mom, we cobbled together a dining room set for the event. And then I got to work, sorting through my serving pieces to best showcase the menu I was to serve the group of eight.

Let me tell ya though, the menu was pretty spectacular itself. Inspired by a menu suggestion from the Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook, I pieced together the following:

Starter: Butternut Squash Soup from The Bride & Groom First Cookbook

Entree: Pork tenderloin with Fennel

Side Dish: Celery Root and Apple Puree

Green Salad made by bro-in-law

Dessert: Apple Tart

How festively fall, right? Luckily, my efforts were rewarded because everyone raved about how delicious everything was. I definitely brushed my shoulders after that one. But as happy as I was to make the meal, I was more ecstatic about how pretty my table looked:

Probably should have ironed those napkins before snapping this pic…

I love mixing and matching white dinnerware: it’s such a fun touch that doesn’t take away from the food presentation. Oh good grief, now I’m starting to sound like Ina 😛 Just call me the Boatshoe Contessa 😉 I realize my table isn’t very festively fall but I’m sure a few trips to Homegoods and Hobby Lobby will change that for future events.

What’s your favorite dish to make for guests?

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