I Think Thursday 3.3.16

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Aaaaaand it’s Thursday again!  My due date has come and gone, the cherry blossoms are already blooming in Seattle, and it’s both lovely and very confusing.  We need links!

  1. It’s Shamrock(ish) Shake season!
  2. Wondering if I’ve had this baby yet?
  3. I mean… this seems kind of amazing.
  4. John Oliver, straight crushing it. #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain
  5. I made this last week to stock my freezer, and it’s delish.
  6. All caught up on And Eat It Too? #InAPickle
  7. What it’s really like to work in Hollywood (if you’re not a straight white man).
  8. I know have baby on the brain, but this is fascinating.
  9. Made me laugh.
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I Think Thursday 2.25.16

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Happy Thursday, friends!  How’s your week?  I am officially 39 weeks pregnant and haaaaangin’ in there.  Days like today were meant for LINKS:

  1. Tis the season for Meyer Lemon Yogurt Mousse.  The creamiest!
  2. I don’t know, I kinda like her? At least, I’m intrigued.
  3. Bon Appetit shot their entire last issue with an iPhone.
  4. This hurts my heart, somehow.
  5. Made me laugh (#HGTV)
  6. I know I don’t have an actual kid yet but ARE YOU KIDDING ME with these?
  7. Pasta rules, per the (very thorough) J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.
  8. This is pretty fun. #oscars
  9. I don’t know about this, you guys.
  10. Super interesting.
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I Think Thursday 2. 18.16

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Happy Thursday!  This has been a week of chasing deadlines, cleaning house and stocking the freezer with turkey meatballs (#nesting).  Here are some fun links for your weekend!

  1. The aforementioned turkey meatballs.  These are winners!
  2. I love carpool karaoke (and Sia).
  3. I may be a little behind the times here, but Valentine’s poems for married people are pretty hilarious.
  4. That Parmesan might not be Parmesan!  Yikes.
  5. Are you all caught up on And Eat It Too?  Our latest episode focuses on CHOCOLATE.  And Tom Hanks.
  6. This salad from Amanda looks so bright and refreshing!
  7. Guys!  The e-version of my cookbook is only $2.99 this month!  (Click the link and scroll down for retailers)
  8. An interesting look at the environmental impact of online shopping/delivery.  Color me guilty.
  9. Chocolate swirl brioche?  OKAY.
  10. I kind of wish I hadn’t read this?
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My Favorite Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

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Sugar cookies!  I won’t lie – in general, they’re not my favorite.  They always look cute, and are fun to make and decorate, but flavor-wise, I always thought we could do better.  I mean, give me a choice between a fatty chocolate chip number and a perfectly iced sugar cookie, and there’s no mistaking which one I’m going to choose (the former, for the win every time).

There’s something inherently nostalgic about the sugar cookie, sure, but why are they always so bland?  Or overly sweet, or pale and pasty and just kind of fake-tasting?

We can do better!

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Here, I present to you: sugar cookie redemption.  These are simple and just sweet enough, perfectly buttery, light and tender-crumbed – you’ll enjoy eating them as much as making them!  And that is saying something.

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So, yes, these are the “caramelized” version – let’s not go straight to “burned,” okay?  (I mean, I can barely see my toes anymore, so give a girl a break…) But you’ll do better than I will, and might actually set a timer so you don’t get to chatting with your mom on the phone and completely forget about the COOKIES IN THE OVEN.  So.  That’ll be good.

And, if you’re celebrating Valentine’s day this weekend, these little guys are perfect for cutting into hearts and busting out the cute sprinkles (if that’s your thing), or maybe just, not?  It doesn’t matter.  Either way we have cookies.

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My Favorite Cut-Out Sugar Cookies wait! there’s more…

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I Think Thursday 2.11.16

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Well HELLO!  It’s high time for some new links around these parts – and don’t look now, but I just might even have a brand new RECIPE up for you tomorrow!  (Maybe.)  I may be 37 weeks pregnant and totally in the weeds with a big project deadline, but pigs are flying, it would seem.

Here, your fun thinking links!

  1. Looking for a fun idea for Valentine’s brunch?  Egg-In-A-Heart-In-A-Bread!
  2. This is either the best or the worst idea ever.
  3. How to decode a box of chocolates (if you’re me, you just take a bite of each one, but maybe you’re more refined than me?  “Refined.”  Sure).
  4. YES.
  5. I don’t know how to feel about this, but I’m leaning towards good.
  6. This is a neat idea.
  7. 21 useful and fun links for food writers and bloggers (a link ABOUT links, how meta are we)
  8. Super cute/clever.
  9. SO AWESOME.
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I Think Thursday 1.7.16

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Happy January, my friendly friends!  I feel like the first post of the new year should be decidedly EXCELLENT, but in a surprising turn of events, I’m just setting you up with a bunch of fun links!

Admittedly, I’ve got a lot going on at the moment — baking a baby, baking a new book (yay! more on that to come), and dealing with some house renovations to boot.  Needless to say, new recipes for this space might be few and far between in the near future.  But I hope you’ll stick with me!  I’ll do my best to post new content, keep you updated on life events and, as always, hook you up with LINKS:

  1. Currently craving that Citrus Beet Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing.
  2. Yes I’d like a gilded doughnut please.  (But like, whaaaat?)
  3. Link between potato chip consumption and higher scores in math?  Sure.
  4. YUM Ileana!
  5. Seinfeld + Obama = YEP.
  6. Speaking of Obama… HAH.
  7. It’s not my birthday, but I think I need this.
  8. Thoroughly enjoy this headline.
  9. Pretty planners for a new year!
  10. I’m excited to read this.
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I Think Thursday 12.24.15

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Happy almost Christmas Thursday!  Creatures are still stirring, at least in my house — there are gifts to wrap and cookies to bake and Miracles on 34th Street to watch…

And links!  Links to be linked and enjoyed.  Merry Christmas, all!

  1. Want something fun and last-minute-easy to sweeten your holiday?  Chocolate Candy Bark!
  2. #squadgoals
  3. There’s a new episode of And Eat It Too up today!
  4. Chocolate Christmas tree goals.
  5. I want these!
  6. Wine myths, debunked.
  7. Seattle people!  This is your new favorite ice cream.  I tried my first scoop (okay, pint) this week and HOLY CHRISTMAS it’s the best.
  8. Cute idea for a last-minute holiday gift (and their teas are fantastic, I’ve tried a few blends!)
  9. Air travel accuracy.
  10. Sorry for the Tina Fey overload, but this is SO GOOD.
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I Think Thursday 12.17.15

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Thanks so much for all of the well wishes on my last post!  It’s a relief and a half to have you all in on the baby news.  Now, let’s get to the links of the week!

  1. Christmas gingerbread!  Make this and be happy.
  2. Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and the cast of the new Star Wars = perfection.
  3. So long, Le Cordon Bleu USA…
  4. I meeeeean this cake!
  5. Deb’s best edible gifts – I’d take any and all of these treats.
  6. Who DID get tickets to see Adele, anyway?
  7. I love a good spritz (“shpritz”) cookie.
  8. Haha.
  9. Looking for a last minute holiday gift?  I hear this book is a pretty good read. #shameless
  10. This seems like a good idea.
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Chocolate Candy Cane Crackles

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Hi!  It’s me.  You know, the one who used to post lots of recipes up here?  New ones, with photos and everything?  Face full of cookie dough, and frizzy hair for days?  YES, hi!

So.  Maybe you’ve noticed I’ve been a little less forthcoming with the new content these past few months.  (Or maybe you’ve been so dazzled by my “I Think Thursday” links that you haven’t noticed?  That’s cool, too).  Don’t worry, I haven’t been kidnapped by wolves or persuaded to join Scientology or even just trapped under something heavy.  No, I’ve just been slightly… pregnant.  With a baby.  At least, as far as I can tell.

(Can I just take a small minute here to say “ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”?)

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So, yeah.  BABY!  I’ve been trying to come up with a fun way to lay that news on you, but I’m not really one for cutesy baking metaphors/reveals (plus I’m a bit on the superstitious side), so there you go.  Ben and I are over the moon excited and can’t wait to welcome our little nugget (whose gender will be a surprise) in early March!

Aside from not knowing how exactly to tell you guys and dealing with a bit of a rough pregnancy (it’s totally NOT all glow-y and guilt-free-doughnut-binge-y, I’m sad to say), I’ve been working my ever-growing tail off to hit some deadlines for upcoming projects and dealing with an upended, construction-zone kitchen these past few weeks so, suffice it to say, new recipe development has made a poor showing around these parts.  But!

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Today we have cookies, and that’s a good thing.  They’re soft, chocolate-y, and crisp-crackled with sugar and candy canes.  Bake them, share them, or just eat them standing over the sink while your growing baby bump gets in the way of EVERYTHING.  Oh, that last part’s just me?  Right.  Cool.

Happy baking, my friends!  xo.

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wait! there’s more…

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I Think Thursday 12.10.15

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Happy almost weekend, peeps!  I’m writing this during the one hour that the skies over Seattle decided NOT to rain, so hallelujah and glory be.  Here are some fun links for your thinking caps!

  1. Currently craving: Spicy Molasses Brown Sugar Cookies!
  2. Small kitchens, by choice.
  3. I love Gina’s idea for this easy, homemade holiday gift!
  4. This is incredible.  And also probably not safe for work.  #sorrynotsorry
  5. There’s a new episode of And Eat It Too up today!  Check it.
  6. Bravo, Japan!  I mean, I think?
  7. The ultimate guide to holiday treats across the U.S. – so helpful!
  8. Who doesn’t love a good Hannukah parody/mashup?
  9. YUM, Tracy.  Yum.
  10. Why you bought that ugly sweater.
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