Yesterday was my birthday, and since my favorite flavor is vanilla and I LOVE sprinkles, these birthday Vanilla Cake Truffles were the perfect “cake”! I love cake truffles or cake pops but often find them too sweet because of the added frosting. Swapping out the frosting for the Coffee-mate Classic Vanilla was the perfect exchange. The pops were just the right sweetness, had a strong vanilla flavor, and had the perfect amount of moisture to roll into balls. Continue reading →
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Now that the temperatures are rising I find myself wanting to be in the kitchen a lot less these days. When I am in the kitchen, I want something quick and simple. No froofy do sauces or elaborate baked goods. Luckily, I did all the baking recipes for The Seaside Baker last month when the heat was still bearable.
Now I just want melons, cold peaches, and salads. With the occational BBQ’d meal here and there. My husband however, is still expecting meals that include protein, carbs, and vegetable.
In order to make everyone happy, I had to get creative with my salads. Grilled chicken and chickpea croutons are the perfect amount of protein to keep him full over night and quick and light enough for me to make after a day of swimming.
The chickpea croutons are also a great snack on their own. They are crunchy and filling. Ancho Chili pepper is one of my favorite spices to use. It does not make your food overly spice but does create a kind of earthy spice. A perfect compliment to creamy caesar dressing.
It is summer time! Our days are filled with trips to the park and afternoons swimming in the pool or at the beach. Our evenings are spent with neighbors while the dogs and kids play. It is too beautiful out to be cooped up in the kitchen cooking, but with all of that sun and water there are some hungry people come dinner time. Continue reading →
I love baking (as you probably know by now) and I love coming up with ridiculous concoctions. But sometimes, we all just need a bit of comfort food and soft chocolate chip cookies are just that! Continue reading →
Even as I am approaching my 30′s, I still love sprinkles, and I’ll be damned if a cake covered in sprinkles doesn’t taste better than a cake without. Add Oreos to the mix and you have a 29 year old smiling from ear to ear. Continue reading →
We live in a great little neighborhood. We of course have a few misfits, but for the most part everyone is happy and friendly. Every few weeks or so all the neighbors get together for cocktails and to let the dogs play. Honestly being a stay at home mother and hubby and I rarely getting out, we look forward to this evening probably more than most. Continue reading →