Everyone knows not to grocery shop when you’re hungry. We all do it anyway and end up with a cart load of food we probably will never get around to eating. You also shouldn’t grocery shop with a two year old, regardless if she’s hungry or not. Every time I’m in the produce section, she’s super excited to see those bright yellow bananas. “Bananas!”, she always squeals when she rides by them. Will she eat those bananas? Nope. Does she scream if you don’t put them in the cart? Yes. It’s okay though, that means plenty of opportunities for baking this Chocolate Chunk Banana Caramel Poke Cake. You would be squealing about bananas too.
Dubai has schooled me on what a real summer feels like. Scorching sun all day, everyday, with highs of 120 and lows of 100. Lows of 100?!! On a positive note, I will say that bright sunshine everyday makes for great lighting while taking photos of food. You food bloggers would love it here!
Some facts about Dubai summers:
If taking a shower in the middle of a summer day, turn the water all the way to cold and it will be too hot to use. The water has been boiling in your outside pipes all day, while the hot water tanks are inside being cooled by the air conditioning.
You will definitely incur third degree burns on the bottoms of your feet if you decide to step outside on the pavement without foot wear. Even for a couple of seconds to run the trash out.
Nice summer night winds? Think of the hottest setting of your blow dryer hitting your face continuously. Or opening an oven in your face.
And yes, you can definitely fry an egg on the sidewalk. In the shade.
A gorgeous retro cake made of banana, pineapple, walnuts, a crunchy cinnamon sugar streusal, and topped with a cream cheese glaze. Make this Hummingbird Coffee Cake the perfect excuse to have cake for breakfast!
You know how I know it’s time to bake with bananas? By the colony of fruit flies that have migrated to my kitchen. They hit the mecca every week. I think they’ve finally made it into the iron age, because I swear they’re wielding swords now. I want to tell them they don’t need to fight! The bananas are coming every Thursday so they can party until I get to them. I know….Ew. Guys, I swear this Hummingbird Coffee Cake is fruit fly free.
Warm up your winter mornings with this tropical inspired Pineapple Coffee Cake with Raspberry Glaze. Moist cake full of pineapple, topped with crunchy cinnamon sugar streusal. A tart fresh raspberry glaze gives it a burst of berry flavor.
I don’t want to jinx things, but Oliver my four year old has been quite well behaved lately. It’s almost suspicious. I’m guessing it has something to do with the “rainbow” chart at his preschool. If you make good decisions (not biting or scratching. What are they, cats?) your name will get moved to the color blue or purple. You don’t want red. Red is bad. If you stay in the “good zone”, at the end of the week you get a treat. Kids have it so good don’t they? At what other time in your life do you get rewarded for not biting someone or using potty words. And they get treats! Treats people. For being good little humans.
My mind says, “Hey there fatty. January is not even over and you’re already gorging on something with the word pie in it.”, while my mouth is saying…well it’s saying nothing. It’s stuffed with these Blackberry Pie Bars!
I have a serious love hate relationship with blackberries. The seeds. Oh God, the seeds. But the juicy bursts of tart juice in every little berry. That’s why I always come back for more. It’s like summer comes back just for that moment.
These Blackberry Pie Bars scream summer! It’s perfect for those mornings of drudging through knee deep snow to get to your car, only to realize you forgot that dang ice scraper. So you drudge back to the house but slip on ice, which causes all the icicles off your entire roof to rain down like little frozen daggers. And then you break a nail. Is that a winter morning for everyone who lives north of Georgia? I imagine it is. But what do I know, I live in Florida where it’s hot as B A double hockey sticks S, nine months out of the year.
Luscious sweet potato pie filling nestled within the layers of phyllo dough and drizzled with sweet cinnamon honey syrup. Toasted gooey marshmallows top this gorgeous baklava. Sweet Potato Pie Baklava will be the star dessert at your Thanksgiving!
Last month I made Apple Cinnamon Baklava and fell in love. It wasn’t just a one night stand. It was a heavenly apple pie and baklava marriage. But now I’m ready for the honeymoon and something that will give me butterflies in my tummy. This Sweet Potato Pie Baklava totally does that. Love is a beautiful thing. Sweet potato pie love that is.
The sweet potato pie filling does something so magical to the baklava. Ever worried about dry baklava? You won’t have to worry one bit with this baklava. The sweet potato pie filling makes every layer luscious and moist. Did I mention luscious? And the dreamy topping of toasted marshmallow just makes it even more special.
Salted caramel and spiced apple cider mingle together in a golden and chewy brown sugar and walnut blondie. Tart apple slices drenched in salted caramel make the perfect topping for this September treat.
I’ts official. I’m a soccer mom. I knew this day was coming, but man I didn’t expect it to come so soon. Oliver has practice every Thursday night and a game every Saturday. My little CRV is doomed for piles of dirt and grass. Oh, how I loathe thee. It always looks like I was transporting livestock back there. Yeesh. If I haven’t cleaned after practices and games (especially after the rain) I sometimes just avoid turning and looking at the back seat. Thank God for rear view cameras. I haven’t fully transitioned into super mini van mom yet, but I’m super jealous of the new models with built in mini vacuums. That right there is genius.
So since Autumn has started I must confess that I have totally neglected apples. I dove right off the cliff into pumpkins. Glorious pumpkins. Like with these Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes. I’ts apple season and I completely overlooked it. So before we head into October I wanted to bake something with delicious, beautiful, sweet apples. A nutty and spiced blondie bar topped with tart baked apples was the perfect choice. Oh, and don’t forget the salted apple cider caramel drizzle. I call this baby, Salted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies.
One thing you should know about me is I’m obsessed with the Holidays. Christmas to be exact. So although my heart is already longing for cooler weather, pumpkin lattes, and sweet potato pie, I made this vibrant Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake to embrace summer. When I envision coffee cake I see lots of cinnamon streusel, walnuts, allspice, and all things wonderful. Maybe even a little pumpkin for Autumn.