I Think Thursday 3.23.17

Hey, friends!  I’ve got homemade BAGELS coming for you tomorrow, so check back soon, but here are some links for your week!

  1. Craving that Pink & Green Salad.
  2. I love Sesame Street.
  3. Aaaand again.  Can we just all live on Sesame Street?
  4. Phoebe made the Braised Chicken w Leeks and Tarragon from #onepananddone! Holla.
  5. This is my kind of bracket.
  6. Face palm.
  7. Excited to get my hands on Joy’s new book!
  8. Interesting.  Have you tried Whole 30?
  9. Hiplet! (Hip-LAY)
  10. LOVE THIS!  Have you entered Sarah’s giveaway?  You could win a copy of One Pan & Done!
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I Think Thursday 3.16.17

Happy Thursday, friends!  I’ve been battling a very rude cold this week and, as a result, have watched way too many episodes of the Great British Baking Show on Netflix.  Highly recommend.  Here, your links!

  1. Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day!  Not really my thing but I don’t hate a Homemade Shamrock Shake.
  2. The rainy cold of Seattle (for the past, um, weeks? months? it hasn’t been years, has it?  hard to say, really) has me craving this.
  3. Cool!
  4. If you haven’t seen this, HAHAH.
  5. And then, of course, this. 😂
  6. Love this review of OP&D!
  7. As someone who reads cookbooks like novels, I agree.
  8. Yes to the Oxford comma!
  9. I can’t remember if I already posted about this, but I’M EXCITED.
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Pi(e) Day!

Happy Pi(e) day, peeps!  Today feels like an infinitely good day to enjoy a slice.  Here are some of my favorite pies for you!

Blond Bottom Coconut Cream Pie is a wow, on all kinds of levels.

Salty Chocolate Cream Pie sounds like a good idea on a snowy Pi Day, just saying.

Buttermilk Chess Pie is some more creamy dreaminess.

This Deeply Pecan Pie is my favorite pie, full stop.

And everyone loves a Jumbleberry Pie!

Happy Pi Day and Pie Day to you!

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Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (One Pan & Done!)

We celebrated my kid’s first birthday over the weekend, and BOY if the day wasn’t a roller coaster of emotions.  The mixture of pride and elation and nostalgia and exhaustion and pure joy… whew.  All of the feelings showed up to the party.

In fact, over the past 365 days, I’m pretty sure I’ve emoted aaaaall of the emotions. Parenthood is both harder and better than I thought it would be, and this little boy of mine – this one year old (!) – with his happy, curious face, the one that looks up at me every morning and squeaks “hi!” from his crib, makes every moment (even the middle-of-the-night-wailing ones, the throw-up-on-my-new-shoes ones, the will-I-ever-sleep-again-please-please-please ones) so very worth it.

It feels like both a lifetime ago and just yesterday that Calder was placed in my arms for the first time, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment – both of us sizing each other up, his tiny hand wrapped around my finger, the two of us clinging to each other like our lives depended on it (they kind of did).  Since then, he’s grown into a sweet and playful little boy with a coating of blond duck fuzz instead of hair on his head – a boy who drums on any surface he can reach (especially if he can use a set of spoons as drumsticks), delights in learning animal sounds (so far we’ve got “bahh,” “moo,” and “roar” on lock), wiggles on command (my favorite thing), loves croissants and feels lukewarm about avocados (go figure).

Happy birthday, little man of mine.  You are ONE!  What a wild and wonderful ride.

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting wait! there’s more…

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I Think Thursday 3.2.17

I’m trying to process some major feelings this week, because MY KID TURNS ONE on Saturday!  Holy smokes.  Excuse me while I go sob into my cereal.

In the name of distraction, here are your Thursday links!

  1. Brown Butter Citrus Madeleines!  Bookmark for weekend baking.
  2. Just choosing to ignore this, thanks.
  3. One pot cooking meets… Disney?  What do you make of this?
  4. I love this.
  5. An excellent headline.
  6. I never really thought about this, but it all makes sense.  I’m going to use less black pepper!
  7. Amazing.
  8. This is fun.
  9. Yum!
  10. This is kinda neat.
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Spicy Curried Eggplant & Chickpea Soup

As I write this post (and really, as I write most posts these days), my little man (who is almost ONE FULL YEAR OLD, have I mentioned?) is napping.  I’m thankful for the naps (they don’t always happen around these parts – he went a full day last week without one, YIKES), but it’s tough to get into the nap time blogging groove.

There are always toys to pick up (lest I trip over a mountain of wooden blocks, or loud plastic things that make music, which happens more often than I’d like to admit), laundry to start or finish, dishes to wash or put away (or Cheerios to remove from random kitchen crannies), mail to sort, et cetera et ceteraaaa, and by the time I finally sit down here it’s a race against the internal clock of a sleeping baby to post something, anything, of value.  Do you know that clock contraption?  It’s a very clever built-in timer that always knows the precise moment, the very one, when you’ve just sat down with your thoughts, fingers hovering over the keyboard, to wake the (albeit small and adorable) beast.  Oh well.  Hashtag real talk, hashtag mom life, or something.

But I need!  To tell you!  About this soup!  (!!!)  It’s so, so very good.  Simple to make, perfect to eat.  Plenty spiced, a bit spicy, lusciously thick and full of sweet onion and eggplant flavor.  And with a bit of coconut cream (or yogurt) on top, and a handful of herby greens, too, it’s a weeknight meal worth shouting about.  From nap time or any time, really.

Spicy Curried Eggplant & Chickpea Soup wait! there’s more…

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I Think Thursday 2.23.17

We’ve had a few mild and sun-streaked days here that have felt like spring might be on it’s way, although as I write this a chilly drizzle is tapping on my window pane.

Oh, and I bought new glasses this week, because my mom told me that she “doesn’t care for” my current pair.  Happy Thursday links!

  1. Grapefruit with Honey & Salt is such a treat this time of year.
  2. Really enjoy reading articles from the Anti-Diet Project.
  3. I love brunch. Hooray, Joy!
  4. This is really good on a few different levels.
  5. Interesting!
  6. #sugarnipper
  7. Sheet pans 4 eva.
  8. I want to go to there.
  9. This is the kind of news I like to read.
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Best Chewy Brownies

I made these crackly-topped, perfectly textured (for me, that means damp and chewy, closer to fudgy than cakey… devastatingly handsome, ugh) beauties while the soundtrack to La La Land jumped and lilted around my kitchen.  I basically made these brownies for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, is what I’m saying.  (Have you gotten a chance to see that movie yet?  It’s a delight.)

Anyway, back to our scene: the Seattle sun peeked through the raindrops and the pop-flecked jazz filled the air, which became increasingly thick with the scent of melted butter and dark chocolate and, despite the baffling circus that is the political news cycle (you guys, WHAT IS HAPPENING), in that moment, all felt right with the world.  And then we ate brownies.

As today is a holiday (albeit one of those weird ones that not everyone recognizes — sorry if you are, indeed, at the office), you might think about creating your own happy place, with music and brownies?  It’s a start, at least.

Happy Monday!

wait! there’s more…

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I Think Thursday 2.9.17

Happy Thursday!

This week saw the release of my second cookbook, and after months of anticipation and one hecka fun launch party, all I want to do now is sleep for maybe like two days?  Or at least sit down for one quiet moment to let out a long and cleansing WHEEEEEW kind of breath.

Wheeeeeew! (I’m glad it’s finally out there, can you tell?)

How about some LINKS, huh?

  1. Next week is Valentine’s Day! Maybe we should make these Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies with Whipped Espresso Ganache
  2. Also, speaking of that holiday, this is all I really want on February 14th.
  3. If you’re in Seattle this Friday, maybe come to this event?
  4. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry?
  5. But like seriously, is this real life?
  6. Do you have one of these instant pots?  Do I need one?
  7. This looks so fun!  Might have to start getting crafty over here.
  8. This is hilarious.
  9. Good advice.
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