“Mmmmmm donuts. Mmmmmmm chocolate. Mmmmmmm chocolate and peanut butter donuts. Mmmmmmm salted peanut butter glaze.” This was my thought process on making these donuts. I had done a chocolate peanut butter donut way back that got a crazy response on social media, but I never nailed down a recipe. In comes a month of weddings out of state and out of the country and in comes my crazy “need to use all of our food so it doesn’t go to waste” bakeathons and cookathons. I’m pretty sure I have made about 324 baked goods this past week. (And yes, I gave most of those away).Read More →

It’s peanut butter jelly ice cream sandwich time! Summer is on like Donkey Kong. Pools are open, school is out, and it’s starting to get hot. These sandwich throwback ice cream sammies couldn’t be any easier. With just 5 ingredients (yes, I said 5) and less than 30 minutes you can be lying in your lawn chair with one of these treats in your hand and your feet in the kiddie pool. Read More →

I have this great memory from a Sunday in summer after a night out with my girls. We woke up in the morning and wanted to go for an exercise walk through town. We stumbled upon a farmers market at the high point of peach season.As we walked into the square the sweet aroma of my favorite stone fruit met my nose and I knew that we needed to try one. I had about $3 in cash and had just enough to buy us each a peach. We sat outside eating and laughing at the ridiculous image of 3 women having peach juice running down ourRead More →

Seriously, Vada Sultenfuss? Could you get a cooler name or be any cooler of a role model for a girl? Riding your bike around all summer in your eccentric funeral home-home with Thomas J as your best bud. I wanted to be her so badly. Her and Thomas J became blood brothers. Blood brothers! Not that I would recommend that at all, but the idea was so bad ass as a 9 year old.Read More →

I’m hot. You’re hot. We’re all pretty damn hot. It’s the beginning of August and we’re in the thick of the summer and no matter where we go (in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s downright hot. And I freakin’ love it. LOVE IT. No jackets, summer dresses, bikini top around the house, beaches, pools, rock pools and boat rides. Summer is LIFE.Read More →

No. No, no. I don’t really like chocolate ice cream that much. I much prefer different flavors like mango, pumpkin, pistachio, and coconut. But nope, definitely not choco….OMG I can’t stop eating this. This is so (insert expletive) amazing. “What did you put in here? I can’t stop eating it. This has to be terrible for you.” “I know, right? But really, it’s just healthy fats with cacao powder and chocolate. And dates, of course.” –Cue mouth drop– (Don’t worry, he closed it fast enough to catch the ice cream from falling to its death). How the chocolate ice cream mouthful-ed recipe creator and taste-testerRead More →

Sooo I might have been on a bit of a lemon kick. My recently posted gateway-to-chia lemon raspberry parfait is now one of my favorite summertime refreshing snacks.  Lemon is so freaking versatile. Put it in your water for some added flavor. Add it to desserts or savory dishes. Add it to homemade cleaning products.  Annnnnnnd as I was experimenting, it even goes with lavender. Like, really goes. Like honey in my tea. Or the jam on my toast. The peanut butter to my chocolate. Like that kinda goes.Read More →

I have some really big decisions I am making lately. Should I or should I not chop my hair off? Should I visit family and friends back east in July or August? Should I make a mango or a watermelon margarita? Maybe go all crazy and add some jalapeno? Ya know, those lazy crazy hazy days of summer kinda questions. Go ahead, hate me. Because you’re gonna love me after you try these blackberry thyme crumble bars.Read More →

Ya know how there are those days when everything is just a little off? You spill juice (just like a 3 year old) all over your light colored dress as soon as you get to work, forget why you went to the copier only to remember as you are getting back at your desk, burn popcorn, twice, because you get distracted by the kitten pictures your sister-in-law sends you. Ya know, hypothetically speaking, of course.Read More →

MOVE, swiss! Get out the way. New, thicker, creamier, vegan and low sugar twist on hot chocolate is decadent and will knock your socks off on a cold snowy (or rainy) night. And right now it’s pouring so this is happening now. It doesn’t often rain here in Southern California, so when it does I take full advantage. PJs on all day, movies, books, cooking, blogging. Mmmmmm hot chocolate, European style, bringing me back to my days of living in Spain and eating churros con chocolate. Now back to the present. Or on to Italy. With the hazelnuts it makes me feel I should be sitting atRead More →

It is never too cold to have ice cream. And yes, it does get “cold” in Southern Cali…on the rare occasion. I was underdressed in a scarf & sweater the other day. See? And though I can’t commiserate with the ubiquitous Polar Vortex of the Northeast any longer, I can certainly remember the days of wearing layers upon layers hoofing it to the train with feet that never seemed to get warm. But when we’re inside a warm and cozy home we crave something warming, but also crave summer oh so badly. And summer means ice cream! And why should the Southern Hemisphere have allRead More →