Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Yesterday I took my in-laws on a walk through the city, down the hill, over the highway, past the wooden boats, around the lake to Fremont, where we sat down at Fremont Brewing to rest our feet. While the warm sun shone bright on our faces we stuffed ourselves with pretzels and beer. We then found our way to Brent who gave us a lift home, because at that point I had already reached 17, 000 steps on my fitbit and thought screw it to walking. Also we were in no shape to get ourselves back up that hill. Completely exhausted, we plopped ourselves in front of the couch to finish watching season 1 of Silicon Valley, and if you've started watching this show and gave up after episode two, I encourage you to go back and finish watching the rest of season 1, because the characters become way more likable as the season progresses, and episode 8 Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency is ah-mazingly hilarious. But if you've given up after episode two because you've decided to spend the final days of summer outside drinking beer on the font porch, I like you, and will you be my friend?

Kale & Quinoa Salad with Apples, Pecans, and Cranberries

Hi! Wow, does it feel like we haven't talked in ages?
Just before sitting down here to tell you all about my last few weeks, I had to go back and read through my last post, just to see where we left off. And it looks like I was eating a lot of blueberries, crepes, and ice cream for breakfast, so things really haven't changed much on that front. We did however get our blue velvet couch, and it is the dreamiest piece of furniture I have ever seen. One of these days I will get around to sharing pics of the house and that blue blue couch.

Robyne (my sister) and my mom came for a visit last week. We got so distracted with shopping, eating, and catching up, that the time flew by way too quickly. They left on Sunday, and now my in-laws are here for a few weeks. Instead of shopping and running around, we have taken more of a laid back approach to their visit. As the Seattle weather is getting cooler, and the leaves are beginning to fall (which I appreciated much more before I bought a house with 6 giant deciduous trees), I think that we've been less inclined to keep ourselves busy, and instead, we've been lounging, relaxing, and reading. Being kind to ourselves. I am starting to get these intense cravings for all things apple: pie, cobbler, streusel, and I'm catching myself dreaming of soups, and squash, and pumpkin. I know I know, its too early, but here in Seattle, Autumn seems to be catching up with us quickly.

Blueberry Crepes with Vanilla Ice Cream

When your day starts off with crepes, blueberries, and ice cream for breakfast, you can't help but think that although being a grown-up involves stressy things like mortgages and taxes, when you are a grown-up you can make decisions that involve dessert for breakfast. Sweet indulgent dessert. All in moderation though. For instance, yesterday I had oatmeal for breakfast, loaded with nuts and fruit, and tomorrow I will probably have yogurt with granola and berries. But today, on an especially fine sunny morning, I had french vanilla ice cream, sweet juicy blueberry compote, drizzled over the most delicate crepes you could imagine, and I licked the plate clean. But then I discovered that I had splattered blueberry sauce all over my pants and shirt and then spent the next 10 minutes scrubbing, and then laundry, and then I noticed that the house needed vacuuming and now I take everything back about the awesomeness of being a grown-up. If I were five I'd would have thought that purple spots on my pants were amazing and dust bunnies were something worth saving. But I also wouldn't have know how to use a stove, so there's that.

Hazelnut Cake with Fresh Mint Chocolate Pudding and a Creme Fraiche Whipped Cream

Lets be honest here. We can do that right? In the last 3 weeks I have developed this unhealthy (yet very practical) obsession with online shopping. I think I've exhausted all of the furniture/house/interior decorating options here in Seattle, each time leaving empty handed, and a little more indecisive than when I started this whole buying furniture for a house thing. The thought of getting into the car, driving across town in rush hour, just to be disappointed that most of the furniture, while esthetically pleasing, lacks comfort and functionality. What ever happened to those big lazy boy reclining chairs? Do they still exist? because if so, I think I need two. So I've turned to the Internet. I've purchased a whole variety of things (some important, some less so) including some art for the house, 8 patio chairs, 4 bar stools, an area rug, safe-for-humans-and-pets fungicide for the garden, and a fit bit. The fancy bracelet one. As I sit here and type away, I am simultaneously browsing for hallways sconces and an aero press, eating hazelnut cake, and texting. Multi-tasking at its finest.

Zucchini and Corn Parmesan Fritters

You guys, these corn, zucchini, Parmesan fritters are the most delicious and exciting thing that has come out of my kitchen this summer. After a major recipe fail that happened a few days earlier, I am so happy that I can share something that is making me, and hopefully you, really excited. At the beginning of the week, I sat down with my pot of mint tea and some homemade life-changing bread, to brainstorm a recipe. I stumbled across a fresh zucchini pasta that looked pretty incredible. I picked up a few ingredients from the store, used my fancy julienne peeler to slice up a few zucchini, and I made this big bowl of fresh summer pasta. I hated it. There were too many flavors, the dressing was all off, etc. It was a disaster. I was back to square one.