Thursday, June 22, 2017

Strawberry Cobbler

Last week we took Rose strawberry picking. She had a ball, ate her body weight in fresh berries and we left with about seven pounds of berries to play with. 

Some were eaten, others frozen, and a good amount went into making this dreamy strawberry cobbler.

I am a cobbler-er. Not to be confused with a cobbler that makes shoes. A cobbler-er, I have decided, is someone who enjoys making and eating copious amounts of cobbler. It is a skilled trade I have honed over almost thirty (gah!) years of life.

I like my cobbler to have an equal ratio of topping to fruit. I also like it to be covered with ice cream (for dessert) or tangy Greek yogurt (for breakfasting.)

This cobbler is reminiscent of a warm, roasted strawberry shortcake. It tastes like summer and will make your home smell like a strawberry field!

Strawberry Cobbler
makes a 9x13 pan

4 c fresh strawberries, cleaned, hulled and sliced in half (small berries can be left whole)
1 Tablespoon corn starch
1/3 c granulated sugar

1 1/3 c AP flour
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

vanilla ice cream for serving
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1. Pre-heat oven to 350F and mist a 9x13 pan with baking spray
2. In the prepared pan stir together berries, corn starch and sugar, set aside
3. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon
4. Using your hands, two knives or a pastry cutter, incorporate the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal/sand
5. In a small bowl whisk together the milk, vanilla and egg
6. Add the milk mixture to the flour/butter mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms
7. Dot dough mixture on top of berries
8. Bake at 350F for 35-45 minutes (you want the biscuits to be cooked through and golden brown on top)
9. Serve warm with ice cream!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Energy Bites

I am someone who needs-needs-needs a mid-morning snack. Somewhere around 9 am, my stomach begins talking to me and I know if I wait until lunch I will become a hangry beast.

Enter the energy bite.

I have taken to making a batch of these every week and popping a couple when mid-morning hunger strikes.

I think they look like something a bird would eat. But this just goes to show you that you can't judge a book by its cover. Because while they may look like bird food, these bites taste like a no-bake cookie with layers of oats, peanut butter and dark chocolate. Truth be told, I rolled them in chia seeds to deter Jeff from eating them (to say he hates chia seeds is an understatement.)

Happy snacking!

Energy Bites
makes 10-12

125g dates (about 15)
90 g rolled oats (about 1 c)
3 Tablespoons coca powder
3 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
chia seeds (to coat)
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1. Combine all ingredients except chia seeds in a food processor
2. Mix until a dough forms (about 1 minute)
3. Portion the dough using a small cookie scoop, rolling each scoop between your palms to form a smooth "bite"
4. Roll each bite in chia seeds to coat the outside
5. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy within a week!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

a trip to the beach

Jeff, Rose and I just got back from a little vacation on the Oregon coast. It was such a great, relaxing and much needed trip. We started off in Portland for Mother's Day and then spent the rest of our trip in Cannon Beach. I am already missing the sunny beach and our midday trips to Sleepy Monk for coffee and donuts! Here are some pictures!

flight/pretty downtown Portland/peek!/Mother's Day coffee walk/donuts...the orange olive oil one was my favorite/post-donut fit/post-fit crash

love at first sight/classic/straight for the water!

another flight (love Pelican!)/jellies/sunset/all of the pizza, please/these two...

baby wet suit/morning cocoa and cereal/relaxing/running/my happy place/beach yoga

berry beer/fire light/fish&chips/can you tell we like beer?/my two goofs/one last gander at the ocean/post-trip detox

All in all, a successful vacation!

Friday, May 12, 2017


Rose is waking up slowly, I am listening to the right music and the rain is pitter-pattering outside my window in such a way that just makes me feel like I need to sit down and write.

This past week has been a blur of travel and tears and sunshine and furrowed brows. There has been laughter and anger and frustration and grief. It has been a hard week.

It is in times like these that I find comfort in the idea that we can do hard things.

It is a simple statement that I read somewhere once. It leaves no room for interpretation. It is just a fact.

Life is so many things, both good and bad and unfortunately often too short.

Here is a bit of what we are up to, currently...

...watching: cars drive through the rain covered streets below our apartment.

...reading: not much these days! We are heading out for a vacation in a few days and I am in serious need of a book to read at the beach (when I am not toddler wrangling)... recommendations???

...listening: to Rose watch How to Train Your Dragon. Also, Ray Lamontagne.

...making: a packing list for vacation. So far I have beer/wine, clothes and snacks... am I forgetting anything?

...drinking: (cold) strong coffee with half & half

...feeling: missing family/excited for our family vacation!

...planning: vacation prep. I am going with the less-is-more philosophy on this one.

...loving: my family!

Jeff, Rosie-B and I were in Arizona this week, here are some pictures!

daddy&daughter in the dessert/cactus in bloom!/ Arizona reminded me of Roxaboxen... remember that book?/I like purple cacti best/the cactus that attacked my husband/FINALLY WAFFLE HOUSE!/big sky on the way to Phoenix/post-flight Rose after she screamed in my lap for a solid 15 minutes