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Lemon Ginger Heaven!

26 Mar

I’ve been looking for some good Easter Sweets to share with my family over the holidays and since I have such a huge love for Ginger, I decided to bake Lemon Ginger muffins from this recipe.  I also found the adorable cups at this art store that I used to work at which is locally owned, called Richard’s.  I try to support them whenever I can because they always took such great care of me and all my art supplies throughout high school and college 🙂  They have an awesome assortment of home decor and DIY products.  My mom and I spent yesterday baking some fun treats and she’s a great helper!  She helped me get my lemon zest and cubes of ginger from the root.  Neither of us have ever cubed our own ginger but it was actually pretty easy!  Note to self: don’t eat raw ginger, it’s SO spicy and not anything like pickled ginger.  However, it left a great after taste.  Happy Monday!

They had many different colors and designs but these were the perfect Spring cups for the muffins we made.

Peeling the ginger!

The lemons came from the tree in my parents backyard and were sooo delicious!  I squeezed the juices into the glaze on the final muffins and it was so good.

I filled the cups about 3/4 full.

After they cooled and had been glazed.

I love baking with my mom.  She always is baking pies or breads so she was the perfect person to help me perfect these Spring time treats!  I highly recommend this recipe and picking someone to bake with, especially on a rainy day!

French Toast Spice – Ginger!

6 Mar

I do love french toast so much and although it’s a very easy thing to make, I love always trying new spices.  You can pretty much add anything into your French Toast mix but Chelsea and I found a combo that was more than delicious.  We went to Safeway and bought a fresh French/Sourdough loaf from the bakery. We sliced it into thick pieces and began our batter combo.  Although it’s not the healthiest, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and therefore you can eat the most for breakfast to fuel up.  Here’s our recipe for some of the best French Toast I’ve ever had!

Thick sliced fresh bread
4 egg whites, 1 whole egg
Large splash of Vanilla (this is all dependent on the flavor you like)
Cinnamon (to flavor)
Ginger (to flavor) – lately I love Ginger anything!
**You can also squeeze seasonal fruit into the mix like an orange or lemon wedge!**

Mix everything together in a bowl and then just start dipping and cooking!

Then you can put whatever toppings you like on.  I’m simple, butter and flavored syrups.

This really is so simple and so delicious. An easy breakfast to make for weekend visitors.  I never knew how easy it was to experiment with different spices and French Toast but it’s definitely worth stepping out of the box for!

The concrete jungle is even bigger than I could have imagined

27 Feb

The photos just don’t stop from New York.  I took so many that I think are worthy of sharing so I’ll just continue sharing : )  I hope that everybody had a great weekend!

The new World Trade Center.

A lot of these sky scrapers were close to 100 years old!  Pretty remarkable.

This was swinging over the packed streets.  Urban construction seems so dangerous!

Infamous.

The Statue of Liberty.

Texture.

Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Bridge.

Many of my photos were shot zooming past land marks but I LOVE these arches.  The curved stone is really something else.

Birds everywhere.

Murals everywhere.

City sunsets.

The one great thing, cabs are actually pretty inexpensive!  Our average fare was about $10 total for what in SF would be $30-$40!  Something to keep in mind when visiting.

Another suggestion of things to do that I experienced in NY, go to the restaurant Beauty & Essex…  It was a speakeasy and one of the best meals I’ve ever had.  It’s undercover though.  It appears to be a pawn shop that you enter and proceed to the back and tell the guard you are actually there for dinner.  He then opens part of the wall and it’s like you are Alice in Winterland who’s just been opened the door to another world.  You enter a huge, beautiful and extraordinary place.  Here are a few photos I pulled from the website.  It was an expensive meal but well worth the food, specialty drink and most importantly the experience with friends!

Outside view.

Pawn shop… or is it?

The other side… UNREAL.

Check out their site for more photos and the menu, etc.  I would highly recommend this and just going to see New York!

Pumpkin Pancakes

11 Oct

‘Tis the season for Pumpkin flavored (almost) everything!  I’m such a fan of chai, pumpkin pie, and so many more of the fall season flavors.   I found this recipe recently and decided this was the morning treat I needed to start my Fall Sunday mornings off right with.

The ingredients you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar I substituted this with Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips (I prefer dark choc) or Banana slices. (I added this just because I love sweets 🙂 )

I mixed all of the liquids first 🙂

Then I added all of the powder substances along with my dark chocolate chips.  I like to mix them in because then they melt inside the pancake as opposed to adding them to the pancake on the griddle.  They get burned that way.

I had a helper laying right under me the entire time hoping to catch any “scraps.”  I think she was even trying to hide under the rug!

I don’t turn my burner on until the batch is all mixed.  Then I use a spoon and scoop two big scoops per pancake.  I wait until they fluff up and bubble a little before flipping.

This recipe makes enough pancakes for at least four people.  It made a ton of pancakes and made the house smell amazing.  Enjoy!

My favorite Fall snack!

3 Oct

I love pumpkin flavored everything.  Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie and one of the easiest to make Pumpkin Seeds!  Last year Ian and I made some delicious Pumpkin seeds and we decided to make some more this weekend.  I wanted to share this easy snack recipe!

First you must pick out two large pumpkins to get a decent amount of seeds (approx 6-8 serving sizes)


You will need a knife or Pumpkin carver and a big spoon for scooping the insides out (this way your pumpkin will last longer for decoration purposes).

The pumpkin should look like this on the inside.

You must then separate all the seeds from the stringy insides.

Scoop out the entire inside of the pumpkin.  Last year we learned if you leave any scraps, the Pumpkin will rot very quickly.

Wash the seeds then place them on aluminum foil on a cookie sheet.  Place whatever seasonings you like on seeds.  My personal favorites are Garlic Salt and Lemon Pepper.

Set oven to Bake at 350 degrees.  Then simply place seeds in oven and cook to liking.  We cooked our probably about 40 minutes because we like them a little more crunchy.

This is one of my favorite snacks!