April 25, 2017

Avocado and Asparagus Tartines with Basil Pesto

I went to the grocery store yesterday, for no reason other than to take a little peruse around the produce aisle. Just past the apples and behind the carrots, there, I found peas, and asparagus, and all kinds of springy things and my eyes wept a little from pure excitement. I am ready for Spring. I need it to be Spring. I need the rain to stop falling, I need to put all of my winter clothes away, I need to get a spray tan, and I need to shave my legs.

Easter Weekend

We decided to head out of town for Easter weekend. It was also a good excuse to take our new car on a little road trip! We drove to Leavenworth, one of our favorite little towns in Washington State. We were really excited about the annual Easter egg hunt at Cascade's Farmlands. I wasn't quite sure if Sebastian would be old enough to fully enjoy looking for eggs and all the hoopla, but we were soon quick to discover that 18 months is the perfect age to go on an egg hunt.

April 20, 2017

Chewy Chocolate Brownie Bites

It's been a while since I've given you guys a life update. I've shied away from sharing bits of our life lately, only because I haven't been in the right headspace to properly put anything into words.

April 6, 2017

Raspberry Almond Streusel Tart

To me, there's something so satisfying about making a pie. I know a lot of people get intimidated by the process, but personally, I find it relaxing. I've given up the notion that there is one perfect way to make a crust.

March 23, 2017

Chocolate Pie with Toasted Meringue

If you catch me in the right mood, I may just be able to devour a whole pie by myself. Pie is my weakness, especially when it's filled with silky chocolate mouse and topped with a fluffy toasted meringue. There is something so satisfying about running a torch over a detailed meringue and watching the swirls brown. 

I've been spending most of my spare time watching Big Little Lies and The Great British Bake Off. Big Little Lies causes me to drink and The Great British Bake Off makes me want to bake, the latter being slightly more productive.

March 8, 2017

My favorite Blueberry Bran Muffin

I love a good bran muffin. They don't have to contain fruit or nuts, but they have to be made with a combination of wheat and oat bran, taste a little sweet with a slight hint of molasses, tender and moist.

I always gravitate towards muffins with fruit. Cranberries, blueberry, and raspberries - I go for those ones first. Unless, there is a bran muffin on offer, regardless of the fruit, I will always always choose the bran.

March 1, 2017

Seedy Sesame Granola Bars from The First Mess Cookbook

Our recent trip to Hawaii has inspired me to become more proactive with planning our weekends. We had so much fun being busy, seeing sites, and experiencing life, honestly, it's the most fun we've had in a while. Last week I sat down and scheduled lots of exciting things for this summer.

February 22, 2017

Scallion and Sesame Tuna Burgers with an Ancho Chili Sauce

Oh my gosh, we have so much to talk about. We went to Hawaii two weeks ago, and it was incredible - beautiful and sunny, but not too hot.

February 8, 2017

Potato Salmon Cakes with a Garlic and Chive Yogurt Sauce

A few days before we left for Hawaii, I did a fridge clean out, like I always do before we leave for a trip. aka. multiple stir fry's with weird combinations of vegetables for a week. There were a few other misc food items that I needed to use up - a bunch of chives, some Greek yogurt, two lemons, and a bag of potatoes.

February 2, 2017

Caramelized Banana, Nutella, and Candied Pecan Pancakes

In less than 48 hours I will be boarding a plane to Hawaii. I'm the most prepared I have ever been for a flight. I've packed a small backpack full of games, snacks, and toys for Sebastian.