Birthday Trip to Diagon Alley

birthday trip to diagon alley

It's been a while since I've been around. Sorry! Summer was craaazy. This week it was my daughter's birthday. Her 11th birthday. And she is a Harry Potter fanatic. F-A-N-A-T-I-C! She has been since she was about 9. So her 11th birthday is a VERY. SPECIAL. BIRTHDAY. (In case you don't know, that's when you get to go to Hogwarts.) I really, really wanted to take her to Harry Potter World on her birthday. But, I didn't have that kind of money lying around. I had to come up with a way to make her … [Read more...]

Using your grill like an oven in the summer

using your grill like an oven

Who likes to turn on their oven in the summer? Anybody? Anyone? Bueller?  Nobody does! It is so hard to push that preheat button knowing that you and your house will soon be suffering. But sometimes you don't want to eat just salads and sandwiches in the summer. Last Sunday, I made roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted squash and crispy cauliflower all on the grill. I've been playing around using my grill like an oven for a while now and I'm ready to show you my setup and … [Read more...]

Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

flourless chocolate chip cookie

These cookies are amazing. Amazing. Different. Amazing. I was perusing the internet trying to find the recipe for Starbucks scones when I came upon a recipe for these Starbucks style flourless chocolate chip cookies. I've never had them from Starbucks, but I was intrigued. Then yesterday, I had an abundance of egg whites (I'm not even sure why.) But when I was trying to figure out what to do with said egg whites, this recipe popped into my mind. They are crispy, crispy, crispy on the … [Read more...]

Tip for Halving Foods Quickly

halving tip

This is really not a new tip. But, just to be on the safe side I wanted to share it. In case you've been in a cave or something.   If you've got a recipe that calls for grapes or cherry tomatoes to be halved, you need this tip. Sure you can do each one individually, but I've got better things to do. Like try those new Oreos that have pop rocks in the filling. I tried to get my husband to buy me some, but he wouldn't commit.  So I guess I have to do the dirty work myself. Back to … [Read more...]

Brown Butter Cakes

Brown Butter Cakes

Brown butter cakes are one of my favorite desserts ever! They are not like other cake. I found this recipe in a magazine a very long time ago. I don't know why I was so drawn to it, but I went home and made it that day. The little cakes were amazing!  Browning the butter gives it a nutty goodness. The brown butter cakes also have almond flour. Which rounds out the flavor. Using just egg whites gives the cakes a little bit of a pleasant chewy texture, with a slightly crisp exterior. … [Read more...]