Ever since I signed up for early access to Provisions a handful of months ago I’ve been excited about it. There’s such a lovely selection of unique items in the shop! Pretty much anything would make a great gift. I’ve rounded up 12 beautiful items, all under $50. I know I’d be glad to be on the receiving end of any of these… Continue reading
We could’ve just brewed coffee (because you have to drink something when you’re with a friend, right?), but yesterday we made New York Egg Creams. Neither of us had never tried one before, and that made it all the more fun. Who knows if we made it the true Brooklyn way (we probably didn’t)… there are so many differing opinions out there, but we thought they were really good! Continue reading
As a long-time reader of Joy the Baker, I marched myself into Barnes & Noble and left with her cookbook the week it was released. I waited to even open it until I got home later that afternoon; I wanted to devote my full attention to a read-through, and locate some post-it notes :)
The first recipe I tried from the book was for browned butter chocolate chip cookies. Those quickly became our favorite. I also made the chocolate malted bread pudding… SO good. Oh my word. Continue reading
Yesterday afternoon around 4:30 I was sitting in Starbucks, iced half passion half green tea lemonade in hand. Having just passed the Western Civ II CLEP, I was finally catching my breath (I think I held it for the entire 90 minute test) and checking email.
I was excited to see a “please moderate” email from WordPress, because that means someone commented on this little blog. Diana from Little Bits of Nice had graciously nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! Diana did a lovely job of explaining this award on her blog, which was good because I had no clue what it was! :)
Liebster translates from German as “dearest/nicest/sweetest/beloved/favorite…” After that description I feel so honored to be nominated! What a sweet award :)
Here are the basics: I answer 10 questions. I nominate my favorite blogs, but they have to be blogs with fewer than 200 followers (this can be flexible). Then I’ll list 10 more questions for the nominees to answer on their blogs. I hope you all accept! :)
Oh, you also have the option to share 10 random facts about yourself, but I’m going to skip that part because I can’t think of anything at the moment. I do better with direct questions :)
10 questions from Diana:
1 |What herb could you not do without? Basil. I especially love it in pesto and on pizza. (I often wonder why I wasn’t born Italian.)
2 | What is your favourite season? Summer!
3 | City or countryside? City.
4 | What is your happiest memory? I have too many to list! The Lord has truly been so good to me… the happy memories far outnumber the bad memories. My happiest times usually have a common thread though! They happen when I’m with my family or friends! :)
5 | What is the thing you most love to do? There’s WAY more than just one thing. But since I’m limited to one, I’ll say bake. I especially love to bake for other people :)
6 | Are you an early riser or a night owl? Both, especially now that I’m in college. Getting up early is my favorite though. I love how productive the day can be when you get a head start!
7 | What is your favourite item of clothing? I obviously have my go-to favorites that have been in my closet for a while, but a new favorite is this dress. I pair it with mustard yellow tights and these shoes.
8 | Sweet or savoury? Both!
9 | Which countries have you travelled to? I’ve only traveled to one. I spent 2 weeks in Israel in 2010. I should have had a long layover in London (which would have been awesome) but instead of flying British Air we flew El Al, and yippee… they fly from LA to Tel Aviv non-stop! I don’t know if you detected the slight sarcasm in that, so I’ll spell it out. 15 hour flights are lame. Lame lame. I would much rather have stopped off in England.
10 | (re: question 9) Which of them is your favourite and why? Israel! Haha :) That was easy. But seriously, best trip of my life. (I wrote a short post about Israel several months ago, if you’d like to read it!)
10 (I can only think of 5!) blogs I nominate:
10 questions for the nominees:
1 | Do you prefer the city or country?
2 | Which countries have you traveled to?
3 | What is one of your favorite holiday traditions?
4 | Have you ever met a famous person?
5 | What is the first thing you do in the morning?
6 | How do you prefer to spend your free time?
7 | How often do you read the news?
8 | Do you play any instruments?
9 | How do you feel about crowds?
10 | Vanilla or chocolate?
There’s this cookie in the baked goods case at Whole Foods that I kind of have a thing for. It’s very similar to this cookie I’m sharing with you today, but no frills. Just plain chocolate, topped with walnuts. I think it’s the only thing in the case that’s gluten free, but I’m not complaining because I’d buy it anyways, even if I had a choice.
The “Cocoa Chewy” at Whole Foods is very chocolatey, very chewy (you’d hope so, right, since it’s called that), and almost brownie-like in texture. Kind of a brownie/cookie hybrid. An obvious choice! Continue reading
I’ve been snacking on this bread for almost a full week now. The first loaf I made last Saturday was gone like lightning, and we wanted more, so I’ve made two loaves in one week. Maybe that says something about how yummy it is?
With a gluten free loaf this good, you won’t want to make any other kind. Continue reading
I put so much effort into The Thoughtful Plate and am always pleasantly surprised to hear that someone actually enjoys visiting this little space on the internet. The community on WordPress is one of my favorite things about having my blog here.
I’d like to nominate the following bloggers whom I enjoy so much. Their blogs are so beautiful, inspiring, and well, illuminating! If we were friends in real life, I’d invite you all over (and you, Jenna) for a slice of the pumpkin bread I just pulled out of the oven :)
Before I go, according to the rules of the nomination, I have to share a random fact about myself. I suppose I’ll tell you this: I really strongly dislike Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I ordered one once and I will never order one again. That’s it!
When I was little, my mom, brother, and I would eat at this particular Mexican food place in town quite frequently. It was a very small building, basically just a kitchen, painted white with one green stripe and one red stripe around the top. The appearance was slightly scary, but they made super good burritos and taquitos, and the house salsa was superb. We usually drove through on our way to Grandma’s house to swim, or on our way to the library or some other errand. Continue reading
As much as I love blogs, Pinterest, and other Internet-based forms of inspiration, there’s still nothing quite like the printed magazine (except books… I adore books too). It’s something you can hold in your lap while manually turning its pages. Something a whole team of creative people work to compile month by month. Continue reading
It’s not often that I’m alone for meals, especially dinner. I like it that way (magazines can be very dull dinner company) but occasionally it is fun to be able to cook something nice just for yourself. I find cooking on a small scale to be quite relaxing. You’re only dealing with a little amount of food and there’s no one rushing you, so the timing can be leisurely.
Tonight was one of those rare nights where I needed to make dinner for myself, and after much deliberation, this simple but flavorful spread is what I knew I wanted to eat. Continue reading