I haven’t been posting as often as I’d like lately, but I have a good excuse. We found a beautiful, new house with giant closets and granite counter tops. Awesome, right?
In an excited stupor we spent a crazy week prepping our house to list so that we could get it on the market around the same time as we finalized an offer on the new, stunning house. We scraped and painted, fixed old problems, cleaned out our closets, and organized like mad men. A good portion of stuff went in a dumpster, a couple massive truckloads to Goodwill, and the keeper stuff went into big bins in the basement. Basically all the things that HGTV have told me to do over the years. But..
I will admit that these are not the beautiful, cocktail party Ferrero Rocher confections that you see in the store… but under that handcrafted, misshapen, chocolate shell lurks the most delicious, gooey truffle center and a toasty, whole hazelnut.
To me, each season has their beauty and appeal. Winter, it seems, is all about slow living. Wearing slippers around the kitchen making hot, comforting pots of soup and eating way too many brownies. Snuggling under warm blankets with nothing on the agenda but a good movie. Gazing out the window as snow gently falls. Winter is an excuse to do nothing. And eat said soup while doing nothing.
Like any good cajun boil, the eating can be messy. This spicy, sweet treat requires you to get in there with your hands or suck the beans out with your mouth to get all the good flavors. You’ll want to eat these around people you’re NOT trying to impress. ;)
This is my first post in a series that I’m calling “Genius, Right?” I’ve gathered these ideas from across the web and thrown in some of my own (when they are geniusy enough). These are the types of ideas you want to remember and the ones you kick yourself for not coming up with first. I’m kicking off this series with a clementine themed duffel bag of great ideas.
Brilliant ideas come to me in my sleep. Sometimes when I wake up though, the genius idea that I scribbled down doesn’t seem so genius anymore. Sometimes they don’t even make sense. This morning I awoke to “turn papasan chair into light fixture.” Brilliant idea right? Take a massive papasan chair, turn it upside down, and hang it over my dining room table… I can see my grandmas face in horror right now. But sometimes I actually get a great idea, like this one!
Winter is citrus season and rightfully so- the fruit is at it’s sweetest and the extra vitamin C is cleansing and protective for our snowy bodies. I yearn for the refreshing, tropical bite of grapefruit and oranges in the winter when the comforting meals become too heavy.
Sometimes recipe testing is hard for me, not because I lack ideas, but because I get caught in a rut wanting to eat the same delicious thing everyday. This is one of those Bermuda triangle foods. I could eat it every single day.
If you ever feel the need to eat chocolate for breakfast but want something more reasonable than a straight up handful of chocolate chips- here’s your solution! This version is made with dark cocoa powder and maple syrup, but still has all the jazz.