Chocolate Banana Bread Bites

Enjoy chocolate chip banana bread?  Then you’ll probably love this one!  I melted down 24oz of half semi-sweet chocolate and half milk chocolate chips (although I’m sure you could use some leftover Halloween candy instead of the milk chocolate chips) then coated 1×1 inch pieces of banana bread.  It was time consuming but the co-workers…

Frozen Berry Smoothie

It was pretty warm today in the city!  At one point I was walking around without a jacket, enjoying the sun on my arms thanks to my short sleeved t-shirt.  When I got home after errands I wanted a quick pick-me-up and this smoothie was about as simple as it gets to put together plus…

Hudson River Valley

I went to Thomas Cole’s house a couple of weeks ago while in Albany (ok, months).  I’ll probably go again in another couple of years so that I can see the house post-reno but for now, I’ll comment on how things stand: This place is definitely in progress but its not out of touch from…

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

This recipe is about as ‘ready for fall’ as you are going to get!  Although I suppose you could switch out the sweet potato for butternut squash or pumpkin to up the ante…. This is definitely a soup that I’ll be repeating! Will I try and tweek it?  Definitely.  There are so few recipes that…

Hello, Cowperthwaite

Anyone else recognize the view?  I pass it on my walk home from work… What a great reminder that life is beautiful!

Wine and Cheese Night

My beau and I host wine and cheese nights every now and then where we set up the ‘background’ goodies and they bring their favorite wine, cheese or both!  Its a lot of fun to be able have friends over, try out something new and have a relaxing evening surrounded with laughter and good conversation….

Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Inspiration: my father-in-law.  He’s got a few really great recipes up his sleeve and this is one of them.  While I didn’t use his recipe, I wandered over to King Arthur Flour  to give one a chance.  And then I added apples into the sugar/cinnamon mixture to use up a few of the many that…

Chocolate Banana Bread

I know, I’ve been radio silence for a while now.  I’ve been cooking here and there while starting up a few new projects on the side and been pretty obsessed as they start up.  Things will probably keep moving faster than I can keep up for a while now but I’m enjoying the challenge of…

The Home Gardens

How is it a third of the way through the month!?  I’m not sure how so much time passed without me realizing it and while I have been cooking, I’m sharing images of my gardens below.  Yes, they are filed with weeds but I love them all; it brings me a great deal of joy…

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Anyone else ready for Christmas in July?  I’m sitting here thinking about why I made these cookies (my beau is very in love with all of these types of cookies: shortbread + cranberries =win) and reflecting on why I’m trying out recipes that are better suited to Christmas in the summer: getting ready for Christmas! …

Veggie Medley

Looking for another way to prep fresh summer veggies?  I combined them all into a veggie medley.  To be fair, I cleaned out quite a bit of my freezer stash of summer produce from last year…  Mostly so that I can fill it up with this summer’s produce.  That being said, this is perfect for …

Snickerdoodle Bars

I will pretty much try anything snickerdoodle cookie related so when I found a recipe courtesy of Smitten Kitchen where I could make a new version in a bar form, I was completely and utterly sold.  Wrap it up and I’ll take it – these were no exception!  The original recipe can be found in…