Donuts Are Your Friend

There’s been some new developments over here. The content on this blog is about to change in a big way. This is due to my decision to stop eating bread, sugar, and dairy. Yep, I’m going Paleo. I know. I can’t believe it either. But after a couple of weeks of bacon, tons of eggs and veggies, bacon, and even more bacon, it’s really not that bad. I don’t miss bread or cupcakes nearly as much as I thought I would. I wanted to leave you with one more epic post featuring one of my favorite things. As I’m sure you are aware of by now, I love breakfast foods. Waffles and pancakes forever. And donuts. Of course. The first time I made donuts, they were epic. Featuring my most favorite kind. Donuts are a process but so worth it.

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The best donuts I have ever had are from the best Portuguese bakery in New Bedford, Massachusetts. And no, you can never convince me that any donuts in New York, California, or Portland, are better. Along with summertime and seafood, New England wins donuts too.

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Rainbow Cookie Ice Cream

So there’s this thing that’s been happening lately which I will fondly refer to as winter. Except I’m not really fond of it. Actually, I hate it. I know, such a strong word, but totally needed here. I like heat and sunshine and showing off a golden tan from too much vitamin D. Snow? No, I do not like that. Winter,  you have definitely overstayed your welcome and I’m ready for summer. Let’s just skip spring and get this humidity started.

It may be freezing and my boots have gotten their fair share of wear but that doesn’t mean that my favorite treat has been banned until all the snow has melted. Yep, I bring to you an ice cream recipe in February. But I know you will forgive me because it’s amazing and delicious. Remember when I spent a whole weekend making Rainbow Cookies? And then I mentioned that I’d be turning that into ice cream? Well that time is now and I’m beyond excited.

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This is actually not my original idea. I first tried Rainbow Cookie ice cream on a summer day when my boyfriend and I took a trip to a on old timey ice cream shoppe. The old timier, the better. I vowed I MUST make this ice cream. And here it is. But this one is tweaked to my liking so I’m claiming it as my own.

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White Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Sometimes you just need a cookie. But then the question becomes which cookie? And just what is the best cookie? Is chocolate chip the holy grail of cookies? According to my boyfriend, no. Oatmeal Raisin wins that award. But we’ve been through that before. My cookie-loving boyfriend got the most epic cookie jar for Christmas and I needed to step up, be an awesome girlfriend, and fill the cookie jar — and my boyfriend’s belly.

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So the debate on the best cookie may still be ongoing, but these cookies are definitely contenders for a place on the podium. White chocolate and caramel in cookie form. Way better than I thought these flavors could ever be. Not without the addition of browned butter, of course. My favorite kind of butter. And it should be yours too. I had some white chocolate from making so much peppermint bark and really wanted to use it up. And throwing in some caramel didn’t seem like such a bad idea either. Totally brilliant.

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Rainbow Cookies

I’ve been MIA for quite awhile.  I’m so sorry. I know you feel deprived and neglected. Mostly deprived so I’m here to blow your minds After a stress-filled holiday and being sick for 2 weeks all I wanted to do was be a lazy bum. But now that I’m healthy again it’s time I rehash one of my favorite creations from the 2013 holiday season. And I can totally do that because my holiday decorations are still up. Can’t get rid of them yet. I went bonkers this year. Like, mad scientist took over and I had a kitchen full of treats. Between a full time job that gets busier in December, prepping goodie boxes to be mailed, and being one with the Christmas spirit, there just wasn’t time to post all my favorites. And there were a lot.

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But I bring you these: rainbow cookies. If you’re not from the NY Metro area or of Italian or Jewish heritage, you’ve probably never heard of these. Or maybe you have and you are just way ahead of the game. I had never seen these before I started dating a guy of Italian descent who happens to be from Long Island. It’s a double edged sword. My education started with whoopie pies and continued with cupcakes. The WASPiest of treats. But I’m all for trying new things. And this new thing is an awesome thing.

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Holiday Sugar Cookies

The holidays means baking. It also means being so busy with all the baking to even put up a blog post of delicious treats. Oh yeah, and work too. I have to remind myself that I have job and it’s not being covered in flour every day. I love the magic of the holiday but it always seems to creep up on me and then I have negative 5 days to get everything ready. But at least my house smells like pine trees. And pumpkin. And cozy sweater. Yep. I am obsessed with Yankee Candle.

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If there was ever a list of top holiday treats cookies would definitely be at the top of that list. And not just any cookies: sugar cookies. I don’t have a friend who doesn’t have memories of decorating cookies with their parents. And of course there was always more frosting on my face than on the cookie, I love those memories. Mini Sarah with a blue/red/green mouth getting sick off cookies is a pretty hilarious image. I never was a cookie girl. But I love frosting so much. Royal icing? That is a whole different ball game. I have never made my own or worked with it as a grown up so I thought this would be a good time to start. This being The Great Blogger Cookie Swap. Yep, I’m back. Last year it was all about spicey nutella goodness. This year, my decorating skills are being perfected and the holiday spirit is alive and well.

This cookie swap is the brainchild of a couple of awesomely talented — and just awesome — bloggers and if it means donating my time in cookies for kids with cancer I am down. 180 percent. For this project each blogger donates to Cookies For Kids Cancer and we raised over $14,000!  Cookies + Kids: definitely something I can get behind! I imagine all the kids will love the festive decorated cookies I made. I didn’t even let my boyfriend taste any! Except the broken ones. Everyone knows you don’t send reject cookies to friends. Part of this swap is to send cookies to three other bloggers and I would then get three different sets of cookies from three other bloggers. It’s an awesome plan and when fully executed, it’s really the greatest thing. I love giving goodies as presents more than I love getting them. And three separate presents of cookies is an amazing thing. Continue reading