Monday, April 21, 2014

Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones

Skinny Chocolate Chip Scones

Heeeeyyyyy.

I'm slacking at blogging again.

You guys have nooo idea how long it's taken for me to get this blog post published. I've had to rewrite it twice because it became dated and irrelevant.

While my busy schedule has been partially to blame, my lack of blogging is also because I've been cooking a lot of boring things. James and I have been on a bit of a health kick (to counteract the effects of our prior wine and Indian food kick) and I don't think you guys want to see photos of salmon and asparagus three times a week.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Scones

Since one cannot live on salmon alone, I made these incredible lightened up scones last month that don't taste a tiny bit light. These aren't actually healthy. They still contain butter, flour, and chocolate, and if you eat the whole batch your thighs will start to look like cottage cheese...however, they have about 200 fewer calories than their full fat counterpart and will subdue a chocolate craving without completely derailing your diet.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Scones

Enough about cottage cheese thighs and calories...on to happy news!

Those of you who have been around for awhile may remember that my sister and I used to blog here together. Annie quit a couple years ago because she is too busy shaping the minds of impressionable youths to take photos of scones. Anyway, two Fridays ago she got engaged! Her fiancĂ© has been a member of our family for a long time, but I'm very excited to officially call him my brother-in-law at some point in the near (no pressure, Annie and Scott!) future.

I got to see her gorgeous new bling in person last weekend, because she came to town for my birthday! It wasn't just any birthday...April 18th was the big 3-0. I spent a long time dreading turning 30, but I'm happy to report that I feel exactly the same as I did when I was 29. It certainly doesn't hurt that I still get carded...when that stops, I'll officially have an issue with aging.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Tomato, Garlic, and Herbs

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Tomato, Garlic, and Herbs

I'm beginning to think there should be a support group for boyfriends and spouses of food bloggers.

I know you think you're just looking at an overly staged photo of shrimp, but let me paint you a little picture of what's occurring mere inches outside this photo...

It's 30 degrees and windy. James and I are standing on my balcony. I'm taking 23438735 photos of these shrimp, attempting to capture one or two acceptable enough to post here. To my left, James has kindly offered to hold my "light reflector", and by light reflector I mean a giant piece of white foam board that some person who knows about photography once told me to use.

My photo set up is so busted...

Meanwhile, our lunch gets cold while I snap away. Did I mention lunch was at 3:30 since we didn't grocery shop until early afternoon?

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Tomato, Garlic, and Herbs

I'm sure fellow food bloggers' significant others can empathize. Lukewarm food, photo shoots in freezing temperatures, and props clogging up closets are an unfortunate fact of life.

Fortunately, this weird hobby of mine has edible rewards. James and I loooooved these shrimp, and ate this whole recipe between the two of us in a single sitting.

I may be channeling warm weather a bit with this recipe since it contains fresh basil and calls for grilling. Usually, I like cold weather, but I'm kind of over it right now. All I want to do is sit outside in a sundress with a bottle of rosé and eat a bunch of these shrimp.

Also, I don't actually have a grill since I live in an apartment, so I broke out my trusty Cuisinart Griddler, which worked just splendidly.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts

I know Valentine's Day is this Friday and I should be thinking loving, happy thoughts...

...but all I can think is that if I see one more Facebook movie pop up on my newsfeed I'm going to punt my laptop across the room. I bought my Macbook on the same day Michael Jackson died, so I may just be looking for an excuse to put it out of its misery.

It's old and cantankerous.

I guess I'm also old and cantankerous if Facebook movies are all it takes to annoy me.

Baked Vanilla Donuts

In less complainy news, I baked these donuts last Saturday.

I made them pink, sprinkle-encrusted, and Valentine's themed to appease the food blog gods, but they can be adapted to whatever holiday or color-scheme floats your boat.

As an added bonus, these are baked instead of fried like traditional donuts, which means you can eat more. They're practically health food, right?!

Don't answer that.

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays to bake for, so be sure to check out my archives for all the red velvet-pink frosted-heart sprinkled goodness you could possibly need!

Have a happy Valentine's, everyone! 
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