Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle

Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookies and shortbread? This recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle is a marvelous combination of both chocolate chip cookie and a shortbread cookie. You can bake these in either a 9×13 baking tin or a round cake pan. They turn out lovely either way. They’re fast to make and are a unique and scrumptious addition to your dessert repertoire! Enjoy with a cup of tea!

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No Knead Rosemary Garlic Spelt Bread

The last month has been the ultimate test in making food stretch, and making meals that will last me for days. So, I’ve been making a lot of soup, and of course, the perfect company to soup is homemade crusty bread. Yes and amen. I did quite a bit of bread research online to try and find the perfect bread to accompany my endless pots of soup. I tested a few recipes over the last few weeks and have tweaked this one, which I think is perfect. This rosemary garlic bread is crusty on the outside, soft on the inside, delicious straight out of the oven, or toasted with butter. I used spelt flour + all purpose flour to make it a little more nutritious. I love to toast this bread and top it with a poached egg or mashed avocado. Sometimes I’ll even spread cream cheese and blackberry jam, because sweet + savory is my favorite! Shocking, I know, but I promise it’s good. Baking your own bread at home is so inexpensive and very simple to do. I hope you try this one for yourself!

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

October is upon us and it’s the perfect time for all things pumpkin! Sometimes, here in the states, we take the pumpkin obsession completely overboard, but I still love it. Who am I kidding? I’m the embodiment of the pumpkin-obsessed-white girl! I don’t even care.

A few weeks ago I asked my mom to send me her best pumpkin muffin recipes, because I had some pureed pumpkin in the freezer, and I just couldn’t take it anymore! I needed pumpkin muffins. She sent me two recipes from some of the best cookbooks out there. She has had these for years, and they’re tried and true!

The American Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook Vol 1 (Click to view on Amazon)
The American Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook Vol 2 (Click to view on Amazon)

I slightly adapted one of the pumpkin muffin recipes by adding cream cheese in the center. Best decision of the week. I decided these are one of the best pumpkin muffins I’ve ever had. Yes, I’m proud of them! Ha!

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Weekend Blog: The Little Things

I am in love with this season of slow, leisurely summer weekends. Where there is rarely a strict commitment and I have the freedom to drink regular coffee after 7pm, sleep in on Saturday, eat carbs and binge watch Netflix (don’t judge, you know you’ve done it too!). My weekends haven’t always been this free and easy, so while it lasts I am thoroughly enjoying myself!

On Saturday morning, a dear friend and I decided to go to the Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday. Local vendors sell a variety of things, from homemade bread, local honey, coffee, waffles, cold pressed juices and best of all, fresh, organic produce from local farms. I was able to come away with a wonderful haul of yellow peaches, green beans, thai basil,  yellow watermelon and cherry tomatoes! Yum!

Following our Farmers Market outing, we ventured to the public library. And what began as a simple endeavor to get library cards, turned into an all-out used book buying frenzy! Unbeknownst to me, there is a used book sale held every other first Saturday of the month, where all books are 50 cents, and children’s books are 5 for $1! My little book loving heart was on the verge of bursting as we combed through hundreds of books in search of treasures. My love of books and reading no doubt comes from my mom, who has been known to collect books new and old. The utter joy of finding an old classic or an intriguing story is matched only by the enjoyment of reading it, to find that most of the time the story is even better than it first appeared to be. And so the love of books continues! She has taught me that the best books are most often hidden (always beneath some sad looking book about blood sugar diets, hors d’overs made from canned food or chia pet care from the 1970’s), just waiting to be discovered by a true book lover. My favorites are the ones with a name in the cover or a hand written note in script that say something like “To Mary, from Father, with love. Christmas 1932”. So, after an hour or so of searching and unearthing, I was lugging two armfuls of books, which, to my delight, totaled only $5! Cue the hallelujah chorus!

Much was accomplished before noon on Saturday, and it struck me that each thing I found that brought me so much joy was so very small and insignificant in the big picture of life. I have often been surrounded by people who don’t appreciate the joy that can be found in the small, simple things, like a sweet juicy peach, a bunch of fresh basil, or beautiful old books for a few cents a piece. Yet, they are the things that bring me joy each time I encounter them.

I will leave you with a recipe for Banana Bread that I tested from an old  Fannie Farmer cookbook that was found hidden amongst all kinds of nonsense books at Goodwill! And I hope you will get to enjoy many future weekends as delightful as this weekend was for me!

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Wild Blackberry Pie

 

Blackberry season here in Northern California had me feeling like I was in heaven! I discovered early in July that wild blackberries in this region are plentiful if you know where to look! One sunny Saturday it was 102 degrees outside and I decided I was going on a hunt for wild blackberries! I ventured out with my giant pink bucket and sneakers that I only wear if I absolutely must (because honestly, who likes wearing closed shoes when it’s hot outside?). I spent five hours driving around town, under train trestles, by the lake, down back roads and dirt paths, discovering the best hidden spots and picking berries to my hearts content (there may or may not have been trespassing involved). On the first day, I ended up with four pounds of berries, and eventually, ten jars of jam, a freezer full of frozen berries and multiple tasty blackberry desserts.

I think the biggest hit in the treat department was my Wild Blackberry Pie, baked for friends on the Fourth of July! If you’re fortunate enough to have wild blackberries growing near you (or any kind of berry for that matter), do yourself a favor, get outside, breathe in the fresh air, bask in the sunshine and pick those babies until you can pick no more! Also, watch out for spiders. 😉 It is so rewarding to be able to enjoy something you worked hard to obtain, and to delight those around you with sweet treats as well!

Blackberry Pie ©Emeliabird 2016

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