Friday, August 29, 2014

S'more Cheesecake Bars

You know what?

Sometimes it pays off to spend 2 hours reading about different cheesecakes, mini cheesecakes, and chocolate cheesecakes to figure out a way to properly adapt my cheesecake recipes to a mini chocolate cheesecake. And when paired with a graham cracker crust and toasted marshmallows on top? It REALLY pays off.

I wanted to make something delicious and cold for book club this week. It's almost the end of summer and I haven't taken advantage of all the different baking and dessert opportunities. I have about 5 other s'more ideas now that I finally bought a mini kitchen torch. I have ideas for ice cream, fruity things, and basically anything that you could and should eat during the summer. Thankfully, the weather in LA tends to get warmer in August and September, so I still have some time.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

thursday things

1. I played Cards Against Humanity for the first time last weekend and oh. my. god. SO fun. I don't know how I've made it this long without really understanding it/never playing it, but I'm happy that's changed.

2. I also bought a mini kitchen torch at Sur La Table and I am head over heels. It's so much fun torching marshmallows and I'm excited to see what else I can use it for.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

thursday things

1. How cute is Molly? I miss her. Being home for 5 days and cuddling with her for all 5 of them made me so incredibly happy. She's the best.

2. These tilt shift pictures of cities are SO cool. They make them look tiny and toy-like and adorable and I love the ones of Stockholm. Duh.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Overnight Oats

Breakfast, meet my friend(s) (is anyone actually reading this little blog of mine?). Invisible friends, meet a super easy breakfast that requires about 30 seconds of actual work. Your mornings will be changed.

I love breakfast and if you knew me at all in college, brunch was my favorite meal. We would literally be in line at 11 am when the dining hall opened. A typical brunch involved the most delicious made-to-order omelet, half a bagel smothered in cream cheese, some bacon and sausage along with a pancake or french toast if I felt like it, a bowl of fruit (aka just the honeydew pieces), and chocolate milk. And then if I wanted more, I went back for seconds. I don't know how I didn't really gain weight in college because I ate like a horse.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mini Raspberry Hand Pies

Let's talk bucket lists. I've been talking about making multiple ones for quite some time now. Things I want to do while still living in LA, general things I want to do sometime in my life, places I would like to travel, things I want to bake/try out, etc. I think this stems from my love of making lists.

The only problem is that I actually haven't started writing them down, which is strange because I write down everything else. Maybe because then I would have things actually down in writing and it would make it real? Well, I've finally started working on a 30 before 30 list because I turn 25 this year and that is overwhelming. I know it sounds absurd and everyone says the same thing, but time is only moving faster and faster, and there are so many things I want to do.

I'm keeping a note on my phone as I brainstorm. Some things that will definitely be on the list? Go orca whale watching, live in and explore Sweden, and take a road trip along the coast - specifically the PCH so I can watch many beautiful west coast sunsets. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Let's Do Lunch: Caprese Toasts

Hey guys, it's me. I'm alive, I promise.

I know things have been quiet around here and I know I've mentioned it before, but apparently I needed even more time to just... be. You know? The past two months have been rough - June especially. Two deaths and heartbreak was just a lot to handle within two to three weeks of each other. July slowly got easier but then we had the memorial for my grandfather and two days after I got back to LA I moved apartments. So while I wish I could tell you that I've been baking up a storm, I've barely been in the kitchen. True story: I did not go grocery shopping once in July, unless it was for one thing here or there. I don't know how or what I ate.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Let's Do Lunch: Black Bean & Chicken Quesadillas

I have a confession to make. I haven't really done much cooking the past month. I don't know how I've been managing to eat (I think most of my meals end up being family meal at the restaurant) and I haven't really been eating out. I guess I've been scrounging? Well hopefully that changes soon, though with my trip to San Diego this weekend and then going home next week for my grandfather's memorial, I doubt much cooking/grocery shopping will happen.

But never fear - I have this quesadilla recipe that I made for a week for lunch. I LOVE quesadillas, mostly because I love melty cheese and carbs. Who doesn't? And quesadillas are great for lunch. They're personal sized, take almost no time at all to cook, and the possibilities are endless. I apologize in advance, in case let's do lunch becomes let's do quesadillas for lunch instead.