Posted by IssyFriday, February 14, 2014
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you either love it or you hate it. More often than not, people disown the day and write it off as another “Hallmark Holiday” (ie. a day that was made up in order to sell to the masses). I had mixed feelings about the “holiday” growing up, but I have realized that it can be whatever you make it, so why not make the best of it? Many women have started to celebrate the day as “Galentine’s Day,” in which they take out their female friends and celebrate the bond they each share. I love this– it shows that just because you’re single doesn’t mean your Valentine’s Day date has to be Netflix. Celebrate life and love and friendship! That’s what holidays should be about, anyway, right?
In an attempt to continue to steer clear of the idea that this holiday is about store-bought chocolates,...
Posted by AlexaWednesday, February 12, 2014
After I left elementary school, Valentine’s Day stopped being a friend of mine. I am one of those perpetually single people, and once I outgrew classroom-wide Valentine’s Day celebrations, the holiday was no longer fun for me.
In recent years though, I’ve tried to be a little less bitter and self-pitying. February 15th has become one of my favorite days of the year. Why? All the leftover Valentine’s Day candy goes on sale. Hello, fully restocked candy bowl!
I’m trying to get into the spirit this year by munching on heart-shaped Dove chocolates, painting my nails pink with gold flecks of glitter, and trying out some drink recipes that would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day Night in.
This past weekend, I tried out Shaina Olmanson‘s recipe for Peach Granita Bellinis [via Desserts in Jars]. It seems as though bellinis are becoming my go-to holiday drink, though these were much more fun than the traditional...
Posted by EllenMonday, February 10, 2014
Chocolate Loaf Cake is a dense, fudgy dessert perfect for a cozy evening in. I discovered this delectable recipe on 101 Cookbooks while I was looking for a cake that could satisfy my chocolate craving and be made without an extra trip to the grocery store this past weekend [the batter contains rich melted bittersweet chocolate and a few other pantry-staple ingredients]. It was so easy to bake and tasted like a cross between brownies, fudge, and a teacake. This particular loaf cake is velvety smooth to bite into, but has a no sticky-frosting simplistic veneer.
The only adjustments that I made to Heidi’s variation of the recipe were in opting for dairy-free ingredients. Fortunately, the cake was just as deliciously buttery and chocolaty with DF butter and bittersweet chocolate, so I recommend this substitution if necessary.
The batter is thin when it goes into the oven, but it comes out moist with a dense...
Posted by IssyFriday, February 7, 2014
Just when the weather had risen to a promising 45 degrees, it just had to dive bomb back down to 32. Being a southern California native, I have done everything in my power to keep the idea of mid-70s and sunshine on the front lines of my thoughts. However, in an attempt to embrace my northeastern surroundings, I have been dabbling in the world of soups and stews. One of my favorite things about them is that no matter the recipe, they are always so easy to put together. As long as you have a good broth, your pantry is your wonderland!
Regardless of what the groundhog says or sees, spring is on its way, and with it comes all the promise of fresh, local vegetables from farmers’ markets, and succulent fruits that remind us of clear skies, warm breezes, and green grass (something that I don’t take advantage of enough...