Carrot Ginger Soup

Hi there! I’ve missed you. Is that a new haircut? Well, it looks great.

I feel like it’s been quite the whirlwind this past month. I’ve been working a crazy overnight shift in a sweet bakery…happily moving to daytime soon – God bless anyone who works overnight. The sun never felt more precious.

I was also lucky enough to spend a whole week home with my wonderful family and friends. And if you’re anything like me, you happily and lovingly tortured filled your tummy with homemade eggnog, cookies, cheese platters, bacon, hot buttered rum, and all manner of butter-filled foods. Because holidays. It’s the perfect excuse, and I totally embrace it.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Now it’s time to reign it in a little bit just so that your body doesn’t hate you too much. This is obviously the annual theme of January due to the aforementioned parade of goodies. Now, I’m going to be upfront with you – I’m still goin’ for the pastries at work and red wine with friends, but this is the “trade-off” soup (this one’s a close second). …keep reading!

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I’m Moving Back to California!

I’ve loved DC for the past two and a half years.

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I’m going to miss the beat of this city and the amazing people who have filled my life with so much joy. I love you.

It’s time for me to be back west closer to my family and in a new city. I’m driving west (#theroadwest) with my best friend! We’re hitting up NC, Nashville, New Orleans, Austin, San Antonio, Carlsbad, Albuquerque, and the Grand Canyon before heading home to LA. Then I’ll be moving up to the San Francisco area!!! BAY AREA HERE I COME :D

I think California looks good on me ;)

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Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Sandwich Cookies with a Salted Caramel Filling

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Yes. You read that right. These cookies are outrageous. I’m gonna warn you up front – they just won “Most Addictive” in my office cookie competition…oh, I mean swap.

And there’s only a tiny amount of butter ;)

Hey, why not?! It’s Christmas! Let’s just go for it, shall we? You can skip out on something else later, but these cookies should not be passed up. They should also be the star of your Christmas cookie production line this coming week. I am a little biased though, because I happen to (correctly) believe that salted caramel is the stuff of gods – you could put it atop practically anything and it would sing with that heavenly sweet and salty river of flavor that rushes over your taste buds making your heart skip two beats and your knees weak.

…did I go too far? What can I say? It’s cookies like these that make me really really love running.

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Don’t stop now! Keep reading…

Nice ‘n Easy

Take the world nice and easy and it will take you the same.

irish coffee

We saw this Irish proverb at a pub in Dublin, “Take the world nice and easy and it will take you the same.” I really like that outlook – especially as a good reminder on vacation.

image_6 I just took my first big trip in two years to Scotland and Ireland, and I got to spend it with three of my favorite people in the world! I’m counting myself lucky :)  And I fit right in with all the redheads.

scotland hike

Everything was so incredibly green! We enjoyed beautiful views, adorable accents, and pubs galore. I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves, and then I’ll tell you how we made a delicious mushroom and pancetta pasta with a whiskey cream sauce…next week :)

Cliffs of Moher

 

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scones

 

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guinness

 

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**French phrase for fun

Prendre le monde agréable et facile et il vous faudra la même chose.

Take the world nice and easy and it will take you the same.

a near-perfect day…or “friday” in california

I’m home in California for a much-needed vacation with my family. It’s glorious. The weather is perfect…like they do here. In just one day I knocked out one of my favorite runs with a stunning view, went to my favorite diner and froyo spot, and got to hang with some of my very favorite people. So I just thought I’d share a few photos with you…not to make you jealous or anything ;)

The view waking up at home in So Cal:

Southern Californa view

 

I picked oranges and grapefruit for the best juice you’ve ever tasted. Seriously, I can’t eat grocery store oranges because these have ruined me for all other oranges. And we have some pomegranates coming in!

 

Pomegranates

 

The BEST pancakes you’ve ever had in your entire life are lovingly made from scratch with the original 1949 buttermilk pancake recipe at Norms diner:

Norms pancakes

 

And I made a beautifully simple salad with ingredients from our garden. Tomatoes with basil, balsamic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepp. I get my green thumb from my momma :)

 

Fresh tomato and basil salad

French phrase for fun:

J’adore la californie.

I love California.

The Super Sweet Blogger Award!

So last week Ani at Miles for Thought nominated me for the Super Sweet Blogger award! I’m so incredibly flattered :D So here’s the dealio:

The Rules

  1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.
  3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post
  4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other deserving bloggers.
  5. Notify your Super Sweet nominees on their blog.

The 5 Super Sweet Questions

  1. Cookies or Cake?  Cookies. (Although I do love making birthday cakes for all of my friends.) Cookies are just easier to share with a group of people without bustin’ out plates and forks, and when you load them up with delicious goodies like macadamia nuts and white chocolate or dried cherries and dark chocolate…mmmh!
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate. All day, erryday. But dark only, please.
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat?  Probably a ultra gooey dark chocolate lava cake, but I have dreams about this coconut banana cream pie too.
  4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most?  Usually after dinner.
  5. Sweet Nickname?  My brother calls me Shortcake :)  It’s the only real nickname I have, and I love it.

My nominations:

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I look forward to connecting with all of you!

Ode To The Heart Of An Artichoke

Ode To The Heart Of An Artichoke

a poem written just for me! by Granddaddy Dale

Deep in its self
Calm and serene,
At peace with the world
Its splendor unseen.

Protected by ‘choke’
Removed so to eat,
Voilà la coeur,
C’est magnifique!!

Try to tell me you’ve read a better poem, and you’re a liar! How great is that?!?!?! :D :D :D

(And an adorable artichoke for you! The very first in our California garden!!)