Fruit Pizza

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Fruit Pizza

Fruit pizza is something I have been wanting to experiment with for a long time. Our classic sugar cookie recipe works great for individual cookies, but would it work as one large cookie? I rolled the dough out into one large (and very imperfect) circle, threw it on a pizza sheet and hoped for the best.

Fruit Pizza

I wasn’t sure if this “experiment” had worked, as the cookie came out browned around the edges and the top. Was it going to be way too crispy? After it cooled I spread on some cream cheese frosting, then layered on some tasty fruit. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Last summer, we planted zucchini with high hopes of tackling a ton of great zucchini recipes. Anyone who plants zucchini always gets way more than they hope for, right? Nobody can screw up a zucchini plant! Well, apparently I can…our plant did nothing. Yet another blow to my gardening ego. We moved this year and planted more, seeing if history would repeat itself…and thank goodness we had some success! Continue reading

Pickle Dip

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Here we go,  a typical “pregnant lady” craving…Pickles. No, not with ice cream or anything bizarre, but transferred into a creamy dip to go with some salty chips. We’ve made this a few times and it’s always a winner, pregnant or not. For me, this rules over any onion dip I have ever tasted. And no one ever trash talks pickle breath, at least from my experience…

Pickle Dip

Recipe
Pickle Dip
Adapted from Smells Like Home
Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped dill pickles (any pickles you like will work, and in a pinch you can use relish)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce (such as tabasco or sriracha, optional)
  • Pickle juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp (or more) fresh dill, chopped
  • chips, crackers, or veggies, for serving

Directions

In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, pickles, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce together. Add a couple tablespoons of pickle juice if the dip is too thick and continue to add a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add some fresh dill. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with chips, crackers, veggies, whatever you like!

Hearty Plum Bread

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Plum  Bread

For my second plum project, I found a recipe for plum bread from the good ol’ 1001 Muffins Cookbook. I wanted this bread to be pretty hearty, so I added wheat bran, oats, and walnuts. This is a great breakfast bread that you can feel good about eating since it’s packed with some healthy stuff! It comes together super quick, making it a nice go-to for when you have my problem of a plum tree that won’t stop giving you fruit. Next up, I’ll be stepping into more decadent plum treats…

Plum Bread

Recipe
Hearty Plum Bread
adapted from 1001 Muffins
Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 5 large ripe plums, diced (about 1 cup of diced plums)

Directions

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour and 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, blend together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, wheat bran, sugar, oats, and walnuts. In a medium bowl, beat the egg until foamy before beating in the buttermilk, butter, and plums. Combine the two mixtures, blending until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean and the top is a light golden color. REmove from the oven and cool the pan on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan.

Plum Poppyseed Muffins

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Plum Muffins

When we bought our house a few months ago, our spacious backyard was definitely a great selling point…What we didn’t notice was the big plum tree quietly sitting there, just waiting for us!

Plum Tree

Now, we have so many plums we don’t know what to do. Except bake, of course. I have never gone out of my way to make anything with plums, let alone buy them. I think they are a fruit that tends to get overlooked. Or maybe I have just avoided them over the years. When I was a kid, maybe five or so, I was walking down by the lake with my mom and aunt. My mom found a plum tree, picked one, and was so excited about bringing it home. I proceeded to ask if I could see it and then threw it in the lake. I thought it was hilarious…but really I was just the worst. I have brought it up to my mom, who doesn’t seem to remember the whole ordeal. I was probably a little jerk too many times for her to keep track of it all. Now we have a tree, giving us too much fruit, so I guess I’m way overdue to make my mom some muffins. Continue reading

Pull Apart Mini Cinnamon Rolls + News!

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Cinni Mini Pull Apart Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls may be my ultimate weakness. It is hard for me to resist a soft, gooey, sweet roll when I wake up in the morning and am vulnerable…everyone is more vulnerable in the morning, right? I have been waiting for an “excuse” to find a good go-to cinnamon roll recipe for awhile. One you can tweak with fillings depending on your mood or the season, one that isn’t too complicated, one I’ll use over and over.

Cinnamon Rolls!

For this particular “occasion” I knew I wanted to make tinier rolls, maybe ones you could almost just pull out of the pan with your hands and eat in one or two bites…because they are so good you’ll probably have to eat them immediately with reckless abandon instead of taking the time to grab a plate. You can also choose to go the classier route and get a knife and fork…but that’s not something I’m doing much of these days because… Continue reading

4th of July Sugar Cookies

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4th of July Sugar Cookies

This month may be a good example of when to actually use royal icing instead of buttercream…Leave it to me to talk smack about royal icing in my last sugar cookie post and then have it come back to bite me in the ass. Still though, we had fun laughing at ourselves while trying to decorate these cookies. And the most important part? They were still delicious. I’m not going to bother reposting the recipe this month, we used our classic recipe with different colors of frosting that has appeared here so many times. And hey, we all have to have a Pinterest Fail every once in awhile to keep us humble. I’m always going to look back at these beauties and smile!

In Review | June 2015

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Tricia's birthday

I don’t have much of a recap for June, we were super busy…but when I struggle what to write here it makes me feel like we did nothing. Really, I swear it was crazy! So crazy I didn’t take too many pictures…Except for ones of cute animals. The highlight of our month was definitely going up to Seattle to see friends and celebrate my aunt Tricia’s birthday. The picture above perfectly sums up the wonderful evening. Great atmosphere, good company, delicious food, and photo-bombing dogs.

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