Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Container Store Event, December 5th!

I hope you all are having a fabulous Thanksgiving week!  I may never change out of my stretchy pants. Gosh, I love stretchy pants. Trader Joe's post this week. We're on a little vacation...this is the first time I've turned on my computer in DAAAAAYS and I've somehow managed to fill my time without it. Imagine that.

hot chocolate pancakes
Second. While you're wearing those stretchy pants, go check out my latest post for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends: Hot Chocolate Pancakes. You need these in your life. You do.

Third! Is the Gift Wrap Wonderland at The Container Store your happy place? Mine, toooooo!

container store event invite
Well, there's a little event there next Saturday, December 5th. (The Woodlands, TX location) I'll be showing homemade gifts utilizing some of those adorable Gift Wrap Wonderland goodies. It's going to be fun!

11am - 1pm. Demos, snacks, book signing, ooo and ahh over all of the pretty wrappings!

Locals, I hope you can come! Non-locals...make those pancakes. ;)

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Chocolate Pecan Tartlets

What is it about mini desserts? Do our brains just not register that eating several of them might equal a regular size portion? I’m pretty sure I could eat an entire BATCH of mini desserts with no problem, but give me a big slice of pie and I’m reaching for my stretchy pants.
chocolate pecan tartlets: made with toasted pecans, sweetened with agave, and filled with bittersweet chocolate
*this post is sponsored by Wholesome!

chocolate pecan tartlets: made with toasted pecans, sweetened with agave, and filled with bittersweet chocolate
Picture this: whole wheat (!!!) cream cheese crust, piled with toasty pecans, an agave-based vanilla butter filling, and a surprise hit of bittersweet chocolate.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday: Belgian Flaked Truffles

As many times as we've posted our Sweet on Trader Joe's "Saturday" on Sunday, we really should call these "Sweet on Trader Joe's WEEKEND."

trader joe's belgian flaked truffles review : part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
Anyhoo.  Today we're reviewing Trader Joe's Belgian Flaked Truffles. You'll find these in the holiday candy section. A box of 16 truffles costs $2.99.

I didn't realize until I got these home and read the back of the box that inside are 8 milk chocolate and 8 dark chocolate truffles.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Don't let the turkeys get you down...

how to make decorated turkey cookies
I took a stroll down (turkey) memory lane this week. I'd actually forgotten all of the renditions of turkey cookies I've made over the years.

There were the basic turkeys from my first year of blogging, and the turkey cookies made from a few shapes put together. Then, there were the peanut butter cup turkeys. And last year, I made two turkey cookies: a girly polka dot flower turkey cookie, and an Angry Bird Turkey. (I think I ran out of time to blog them I lost the pictures! Waaaa! Do you know how much it hurts my blogger heart to have cookies undocumented?!?)

how to make decorated turkey cookies
Mr. E had a Thanksgiving luncheon at work this week and, of course, I told him to sign up to bring cookies. Now that I think about it, I should have had him help me decorate!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Old-Fashioned Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Warm and comforting, simple and timeless, this old-fashioned spice cake just makes me so happy.

Old-Fashioned Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
*this post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar.

I've mentioned before that my mom was a really good cook and baker. She was known in our neighborhood for her homemade cinnamon rolls (and would make them for our neighbors when they had out-of-town company) and Italian Cream Cake.

Old-Fashioned Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
One thing I love about my mom, though, is that she was not a food snob. Yes, she rocked homemade cakes, cookies, and cinnamon rolls, but she was not above using a boxed cake mix.

There was one boxed mix in particular (I'm guessing in the late 70's, early 80's) called Stir 'n Frost. Inside the box was a cake mix, frosting packet, and even a PAN!
vintage Stir 'n Frost Cake Mix
Spice cake is the only flavor I remember my mom buying...and I've thought fondly of that cake many times over the years.
(Anyone else remember this???)

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