Bonus SRC post! Not only is today Lead Day it is also the 5th Monday of the month which means a bonus themed Secret Recipe Club post. This month is all about spring recipes, which is much needed given that winter does not want to leave. To me spring is about early berries, greens, and flowers – and insane amounts of rain! When I saw Emily of Life on Food‘s Honey Muffin post I knew I had my perfect spring recipe. If not for bees there would be no spring so hello, honey! For the honey, I used some Killer Bee Honey from The Bee Folks which I pick up on a yearly basis at the MD Ren Faire. I normally walk out with Killer Bee Honey (sticks) and something fun because I have a true honey issue.
After you’ve enjoyed your muffin I suggest using any extra honey to top off some kosher pickles for a real sweet/sour treat. Or you can just make another batch of muffins – no wrong answer!!! While not a “spring” recipe I also have to mention Emily’s Bailey’s Milkshake because boozy milkshakes are my thing and I’m looking forward to having one sometime soonish.
Banana Chip Cookies
Another recipe for using up those bananas that are no longer yellow! Or those bananas that have just been chilling in the back of your freezer. It happens to eveyone and can only make banana bread so many times. I’ve been putting bananas in cookies for a while as vegan alternative to eggs but with these cookies the bananas are the lead not the support. I also kept it vegan figuring why mess with a good thing?!?
i’m also proud to say that I made these while babywearing – slowly but surely figuring out this whole “mommy” thing. While in the mornings she easily goes down for a nap (or two) in the afternoon she greatly prefers to be in her Boba. Needless to say this makes me VERY thankful for our double oven as I can easily access the top part with little bending. I don’t see myself wearing her if the baked good needs two hands but luckily cookies don’t fall in that category!
Welcome to the 5th day of Fresh Tasty Valentine. I’ve had such a fantastic time the past few weeks coming up with these recipes, and hopefully you’ll want to share the with your valentine. Since I started with a soup I figured it was fitting to finish with a dessert – one that’s on the healthier side at that! Envy Apples started in New Zealand with a mission to make a better non-GMO apple and I’m rather certain they have succeeded! Now they have expanded to Washington state, allowing them to offer in season apples nearly year round. While I debated using mine in a savory dish, in the end my sweet tooth won out. Plus after the success with the hemp seeds in recreating a nutty taste I wanted to see if I could do that again.
Needless to say this cake was a total success! The hemp seeds added the perfect nutty taste and texture, would easily have guessed the cake had walnuts in it. Just one more reason why you should enter the giveaway if you haven’t already. Plus as a bonus the envy apples come with an apple corer that is so easy to use that I managed it one handed while wearing a certain little fussy one.
Welcome to day three of Fresh Tasty Valentines! I’ve been having so much fun with this blog party thanks to all the fantastic sponsors and bloggers that have joined in. One of my favorite things about events like this is being exposed to new-to-me vendors – such as Casabella. When I received their Clip n Strip shears I think all my herbs gave sigh of relief as I would no longer be torturing them with dull shears or nails in my attempt to get some herbs. These shears are rather fantastic, especially since they have this awesome little notch in the handle for stripping the leaves off the stem. Needless to say these scissors made quick work of the rosemary needed for these aromatic treats. for best results, make sure the eggs are at room temperature and resist the urge to peek as they are baking – just trust in your oven as best you can!
Are they a dessert or are they a side dish?!? I served them both ways and suspect they would also be fantastic as a breakfast item with some runny eggs. Since I don’t have a proper popover pan, I use a jumbo muffin tin which works perfectly. Now, have you entered the giveaway for a chance to win your own shears? herbs? or zester?
Note: I was gifted the shears and a garlic roaster as part of participating in Fresh Tasty Valentine however all opinions are my own.
Vegan Sugar Cookies
Many moons ago, or about 5yrs ago, I found an incredible vegan sugar recipe. This past year I went to look for it again and could not locate it! So I decided to come up with my own recipe based on a “normal” sugar cookie recipe and what I know about vegan cookie. One of the biggest issues I’ve had with vegan baking is the missing butter taste as well as the not always awesome aftertaste some vegan “butters” offer. With that I decided to add a bit of cinnamon, not enough to cross into snickerdoodles territory but enough to add a bit of something to the recipe. I also added a touch of cream of tartar in order to counter the melting point of vegan “butter” and keep the cookies from spreading too much – another problem I commonly have. I wasn’t going for a super fluffy cookie but I didn’t want them to be as crispy as a rolled cookie.
These cookies were a huge holiday hit! Husband enjoyed them so much he had a hard time believing they were vegan, which is the ultimate compliment in his case. For a real treat, form the dough and then freeze in a plastic cookie “tin” and bake when you’re getting a craving for something sweet.
Welcome to JUNE’s edition of the secret recipe club! I know that lately my blog has been very neglected but it’s been for a very, very, very good reason. I mentioned a stomach bug last month but that wasn’t exactly the truth – the actual issue is something called hyperemsis gravidium. Many of you might already be familiar with this, either through personal experience or in following HRH Duchess of Cambridge. Basically, I’m (finally) pregnant!!!! Our last round of fertility treatment was successful and I’m now just over 14wks pregnant. The first 7 weeks were fantastic, free of symptoms and all of that, but then it hit will a force that I never could have expected and with that the diagnosis of HG and two trips to L&D for rehydration. This all resulted in a very neglected blog as I was living off of broth and rice but I’m now on some awesome medication and starting to get the energy to get back in the kitchen. Perfect timing for the SRC!!! This month I was partnered with Lisa of Cook Lisa Cook – a blog I’m familiar with thanks to previous SRC events. I picked out sooooo many incredible recipes from her blog including Mashed Cauliflower, Peach Cake, and Corn Souffle but in the end her simple and delicious sounding Apple Dumplings won the day. I couldn’t resist a recipe that featured apples AND croissant dough and I knew my husband and co-workers would have similar feelings.
I had to make one small change to the recipe, swapping out the nuts for some granola that way there would still be a bit of a crunch. As a bonus, if you use Pillsbury crescent rolls and sub the unsalted butter with Smart Balance the recipe is vegan 😀
I’ll be taking July off from the SRC, due to craziness with life right now I don’t want to risk not being able to give the right amount of attention to whatever blog I get. However, I will be participating in an awesome blog link-up over the next week so lots of delicious summer time recipes are on the way!!!
Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake
Welcome to #15Cheesecakes – an anniversary celebration for Camilla and her husband. Like Joe and I, Camilla and her husband also celebrated their vows with a delicious cheesecake in place of the standard wedding fare. So when I saw her call for 15 bloggers to make a cheesecake to help them celebrate I KNEW I had to be involved. My first plan was to recreate our wedding cake, a fantastic Dulce de Leche creation but that didn’t exactly work out due to poor dulce de leche making skills on my side – thankfully I had back-up ingredients. One of the biggest take-aways from doing all these blog challenges is to always, always, always have a back-up plan in place. Sometimes the recipe just won’t cooperate while other times it will be life in general. Thankfully my back-up cheesecake worked out perfectly! The real trick is to gradually lower the temperature of the cake to prevent it from cracking – or at least that’s what I heard many moons ago and so far the “trick” works.
Happy 15th Anniversary Camilla and! May you have dozens and dozens and dozens of more cheesecakes together! Also a happy early anniversary to my husband – 5 years together tomorrow and 3 years married (!!!) next month 🙂