Roasted Sweet Potato Bread

Sweet Potato Bread

 

So I’ve started to see pumpkin recipes going up on Pinterest and on other blogs. In my opinion, there’s nothing strictly wrong with that, and as a fellow pumpkin lover, who am I to judge? That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m ready to take the leap. Something about baking with pumpkin in August seems semi sacrilegious. I adore pumpkin, we’re totally bffs, but I don’t want to see it in my desserts until at least mid September. Anyway, that’s just me. In that case, why not find a happy medium? My parents and I have a huge pumpkin bread bake every year, we probably bake 50+ breads each year and give them away to friends and family. And that’s not including the breads that ‘accidentally’ get eaten instead of wrapped and given away ;). After November I pretty much had pumpkin bread coming out of my ears, at least I did when I still lived at home. I decided to use that recipe as a base and tweak it just a little bit to accommodate the more mild sweet potato flavor. Basically this bread is crazy delicious.  Continue reading

Blueberry Brownies

Blueberry Brownies

I feel like many other bakers have this problem, but I’m going to complain about it anyway haha. Isn’t it so nice when you bake a batch of brownies (that actually turn out well) and stick them in the fridge to cool overnight? Sounds great right? Then you can hop out of bed in the morning and take some pictures. At least that’s the idea…see I live in a house with four other people, aka my lovely family, which means that this morning when I woke up, someone had taken my brownies out of the refrigerator and basically went all angry velociraptor on the pan. Yep, they even left the knife sticking out haphazardly. I assessed the damage and decided there was at least enough salvageable brownie to take pictures with, but seriously (I’m looking at you, sisters) STAY AWAY FROM MY BROWNIES at least until I’ve taken pictures. Continue reading

White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I love oatmeal cookies. There’s something about the chewy deliciousness that makes me incredibly happy. I also love raisins, but since I know that raisins are like kryptonite for most people, I decided to go with a safer mix-in. Seriously though, what is it that people don’t like about raisins? If anyone can tell me why they dislike them I’d be curious to know. Continue reading

Strawberry Pie Bars

Strawberry Pie Bars

Struggles of Rebecca’s food photography: everything. Struggles increase: sun’s going down. All things considered I’m shocked I managed to make these in time. See the problem is, I like to bake at night or in the late afternoon, but then by the time I try to take pictures, whatever I’ve made is either totally mangled (I’m looking at you family), or simply doesn’t look as good as it did the day before. And we all know pictures taken under artificial light look like crap. Or at least I haven’t gotten the hang of it. Any tips? Cue the scramble to take a picture before the sun goes down. You probably wouldn’t be able to guess (or maybe you would), but it was actually almost 7:00 pm when I took this picture, gotta love summer. I’m actually terrified for the winter when I’m going to have to try to take pictures before 4:00 pm or I’m totally screwed. Continue reading

S’mores Blondies

s'mores blondies

I can’t believe it’s August. Is it really August? What the hell!? Then again, I’m so incredibly happy that the summer is almost over. Maybe I’m unappreciative of my free time, but I really can’t wait to go back to school. Then again, that’s pretty understandable considering I’m stuck in NJ and my friends (and boyfriend) are scattered all across the country. I keep telling myself that once I get through the next 20 days I’ll be just about there. Don’t worry, I know that I’ll be complaining about school soon enough once I have to start doing work ;). Plus I’m totally going to lie to myself about being a better and more efficient student this year, but that’s just not going to happen haha. Especially since I’m taking 5 history classes (decided that I wasn’t going to make it in Spanish haha) and have already finagled my schedule to maintain my wonderful 3 day weekends. I have such good priorities it’s kind of gross.  Continue reading

Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Pudding Cookies 1

Pudding cookies. O’ can I write an ode to thee? Look at me waxing poetic. Seriously though. Pudding cookies were one of those things that I always saw other food bloggers post, but always thought I was too cool to make myself. Pudding mix in a cookie? Psh. Why would anyone do that? NOW I UNDERSTAND. The pudding makes these cookies extra soft and chewy–almost bakery quality and they have a flavor that is SO addictive. If you’re a crazy chocoholic, I understand, my advice would be to substitute the vanilla pudding mix for chocolate pudding mix. I cannot be held responsible if your head implodes from chocolate overload. Continue reading

Blueberry Pound Cake

Blueberry Pound Cake

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have an internship in Brooklyn that requires me to commute through NYC. After this summer I am NEVER going to complain about Boston public transportation again (ok that’s probably a lie, but still). Sure the NYC subway system is just kind of gross and has rats etc., but that isn’t the main problem. The biggest issue with the subway system is the crazies who ride it. Not to say that there aren’t weirdos in Boston, but those people look like nice, upstanding citizens compared to the New Yorkers I’ve encountered. I was inspired to share my subway experience after a particularly amusing encounter on Thursday.  Continue reading