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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Butter Mints

Let’s chat books and this month’s Cook the Books Club pick!  Debra over at Eliot’s Eats chose this month’s book, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

The story follows Victoria, a girl who has just aged out of the foster care system.  As she begins to navigate life on her own, she often expresses herself in the language of flowers; a means of covertly expressing flirtations through flowers (each flower having a specific meaning).   However, because of her past experiences, Victoria does not use the language of flowers in flirtation, but to express her distrust and hatred instead.

I was riveted by the story and fascinated by the language of flowers.  Just before the end, the book was particularly upsetting, but (I’m being purposefully vague to avoid spoilers), it is because the situation is deeply personal to me and upsets me easily.  Despite this, I very much enjoyed the story and can recommend it to others.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Trini Macaroni Pie

It’s time for this month’s #EatTheWorld challenge hosted by Evelyn from CulturEatz.  This month, we’re seeking warmed climates and heading toward Trinidad and Tobago!  Trinidad and Tobago is a Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela.

When I started researching recipes from Trinidad and Tobago, I noticed that there seemed to be a lot of influences from all over the world. 

The most surprising “Trini” recipe I found was macaroni pie!  I just knew I needed to see more.

As I refined the search to Trini macaroni pie, I found out that there are TONS of variations on macaroni pie.  Some were incredibly simple (pasta, eggs, milk & cheese), while other were more complex (spices, herbs, veggies, and even one sweet version including brown sugar!)

Since I was trying to get my mac and cheese skeptics to eat this, I kept mine on the simpler side, with a nice spice profile but no herbs or veggies.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Jule Kag Cinnamon Rolls

Yesterday, I shared a recipe for Jule Kag, after finding out that it was a much loved recipe in my husband's family (on his mom's side).

I shared the recipe for this light, tasty sweet bread, but only hinted at the variation!

A little footnote on the bottom of the recipe noted that one loaf of Jule Kag (the recipe makes 3) could be rolled out and make in to cinnamon rolls.'

Well, that's all I needed!  I love cinnamon rollsRainbow Sprinkle Cinnamon Rolls, Twisted Star Cinnamon Rolls, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and so many more!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Jule Kag (Danish Christmas Bread)

Over Christmas break, we packed our bags, boarded a plane, and flew a few states over to milder weather to visit Hubs' family.

As I was chatting with my mother-in-law (MIL) and grandmother-in-law (her mom, let's call her GGP) one afternoon, we started talking about bread (anyone who's been around here much knows I love baking bread!) . GGP was telling us that she is not much of a bread baker, but had fond memories of her mother's recipe for Jule Kag. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

My Favorite Recipes of 2019

I decided to do my favorites of 2019 a bit differently this year and choose just 1 recipe from each month as my favorite and boy was that a struggle some months!!  I didn't blog as much as I'd hoped in 2019, so here's to 2020! Cheers!


Can I tell you a secret?  I still make this on a daily basis!  It is my go to mid-afternoon caffeine hit!


These pot stickers with homemade wrappers were ridiculously time consuming, but the deliciousness increased because of the time spent on them (definitely).  I haven't remade these yet, but I still dream of them from time to time!


The BEST!  I think this may be a yearly treat for Hubs' birthday!  There is seriously nothing wrong with this recipe and everything right.  All of my favorite rolled into one freakishly rich dessert!


Another time consuming favorite that is worth every minute!  Store bought tortellini have nothing on these!


Hello Star Wars Fans everywhere!  This recipe is super easy and super festive!


Can I love this recipe for both it's simplicity and complexity?  This was my second attempt at sourdough and I love the challenge.  On the flip side, there's nothing better than a simple avocado toast with a little everything bagel mix sprinkled on top!


I love this ice cream!  It is inspired by an ice cream I tasted whilst on vacation last summer, coined "The Exhausted Parent".  Enough said.  This is a new favorite.


Star Wars inspired, yet simple and tasty enough to be enjoyed by all!  This is another remake, inspired by a non-Star Wars drink I had at a wedding!


Oh. Em. Gee.  Do you love biscuits & gravy?  This recipe is here to blow your mind, because it is even better!  This is your new favorite way to eat biscuits & gravy!


I make a lot of cookies in my house.  Enough to the point that my kids just assume that cookies will be there and will be delicious.  These cookies had them begging for more (literally begging!) . I made them three times in October & November!


Can a muffin be a cupcake?  Or a cupcake be a muffin?  Maybe a dessert muffin?  Whatever these are, they are fantastic and a must for fall!


This was a last minute recipe that turned out to be a total winner!  A savory version of cinnamon rolls, it's the perfect Christmas appetizer.

Honorable Mentions

You didn't really think I could only pick one a month, did you?

Another copy recipe, this one inspired by our vacation to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida.  Need I say more?  It's Harry Potter themed comfort food!

Are literally all of my favorites inspired by something else?  I had a version of this drink at a local bar and perfected it at home!  A keeper to say the least.  Plus dragon goblets!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Twisted Parmesan Christmas Tree Rolls

This month’s Food ‘n Flix was a challenge.  Like, a huge challenge!

Instead of a specific movie, participants were tasked with created a recipe based on their favorite Christmas movie.  Ok, what’s that?  I’m supposed to choose a favorite?  Impossible!

My favorites include: Christmas Vacation, Elf, The Santa Clause, Rudolf, Charlie Brown, Mickey Christmas Carol, Bells of Fraggle Rock, Home Alone, and Muppet Family Christmas.

How can I possibly choose?  They are all on the must watch list every Christmas season!

Since I couldn’t choose one, I decided to share a recipe for Twisted Parmesan Christmas Tree Rolls.  I figure it can fit in with all of my favorites: Christmas Vacation (Clark brings home a giant tree with the classic line, “bend over and I’ll show you”), Elf (Buddy cuts down a tree in the park), The Santa Clause (Christmas trees galore), Rudolf (Silver and gold decorations on every Christmas tree), Charlie Brown (the classic “Charlie Brown tree”), Mickey Christmas Carol  (Christmas trees in many scenes), Fraggle Rock Bells of Fraggle Rock (Uncle Traveling Matt hides under the Christmas tree as he investigates “the silly people”), Home Alone (Kevin decorates a Christmas tree), and Muppet Family Christmas (not critical to the plot, but there is a tree, could totally see these rolls being made by the Swedish Chef).

This recipe was a last minute creation.

Last week, the boys had a Christmas party at their piano studio.  I belatedly (that day at noon) remembered that I had volunteered to bring a snack or treat to the party.  I had also just been informed that both boys would be going directly to a second party for boy scouts.

Since I’ve been baking for weeks, I almost just made up a cookie tray, but then I realized that by going from one party to the next, I wouldn’t have time to get the kids dinner (yikes!)



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