Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kitchen Sneak Peek

We're still in the process of piecing together our new apartment. It's true that we've been here a few months already (which is really hard to believe), but we're slowly making progress. Our kitchen is pretty small, but we've got just enough room for our small table and a little section of wall to decorate to our liking (which we finally got around to tackling recently). 

It's a little hodge podgey, but we like it just fine for now.

I framed a printable calendar & menu planner so that we can just use a dry erase marker on them. We picked up the letter & key from a craft store and I framed couple of images from some vintage cookbooks that I had on hand. The four pictures are of some of our favorite local eats in the different places that we've called home. I haven't found any frames that I love. So, for the time being, they're just taped to some cardstock.

And there you have it! Just a little of this & a little of that, but it's so much better than looking at a blank wall.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

The hub was a total sweetheart & made these easy peasy (3 ingredient!) peanut butter cookies tonight.

Super good.
Super easy.
Super late night snack!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Tacos

I have been dying to try these Black Bean & Sweet Potato Tacos ever since I saw them last week & I'm so glad that the hub & I carved some time out to make them tonight. So yum. Seriously.

We didn't have any corn tortillas, but the flour ones we had on hand worked just fine.We also could only find white cabbage at the market the other day. So, we used it in place of red cabbage (making it less pretty than the original). I might back off the lime in the slaw next time, but that's the only thing I'd change. Mmmm!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

The hub made this fall-y pumpkin coffee cake to go along with our lazy afternoon of watching football today & it is super, super good. Mmmmm!

If you want to try it for yourself, here ya go! For the record, we forwent the brown sugar glaze. We didn't have any heavy whipping cream & the more we thought about it, the crunchy top is our favorite part of coffee cake! So, we didn't want to mess with a good thing. :)

Happy fall baking!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

After stumbling upon this recipe for cinnamon roll pancakes recently, it immediately made my "to do" list. Is it just me or does a lazy weekend morning just seems to be the perfect time to try a new breakfast recipe?

The hub (who is a spatula master) handled the pancakes while I mixed the filling & glaze. We used unsweetened almond milk & light cream cheese, but those are the only changes we made to the original recipe. They are, indeed, time consuming since they have to be cooked at a low temperature (& they really do, trust me), but they are soooo, so worth it!

Pre-glaze cinnamon roll pancakes.

Cinnamon roll pancakes with glazey goodness.
These are r-i-c-h! I could only handle one and a half before I had to throw in the towel. I'm not sure if our almond milk substitution had something to do with it or not, but our batter was pretty thin (still really good!) & we ended up getting 7 pancakes out of the recipe that was supposed to yield 4 pancakes. So, keep that in mind. Happy Sunday, friends!

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Simple Wreath

It's no secret that I'm a fan of yarn wreaths. I even made a handful of them for a silent auction earlier this year. And I got the itch recently to make yet another one!

The yarn is Vanna's Choice in mustard. Pretty & slightly fall-y.

I went a different route with the add-ons this time & decided to add fabric rosettes instead of the felt ones that I've done in the past. But instead of sewing a bead into the center of these, I just used pearl head straight pins & stuck them through the yarn & straight into the foam wreath form. It was easier annnd now they're interchangeable! So, I can replace them with different ones if I ever want to switch up the color combo.

I debated adding more rosettes, but finally decided that I like the simplicity of it as-is. We'll see if I change my mind!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Spicy Black Bean Wrap

The hub & I l-o-v-e Pita Pit.
It's a tough call (the falafel is also awesome), but I think the spicy black bean burger is our fave. It is so, so good. We thought that we'd give recreating it at home a shot & it turned out pretty great, if I do say so myself.

We cooked up a couple of pre-made spicy black bean burgers, chopped them up, & put them on a pair of tortillas. Add some veggies (we did spinach, tomatoes, banana peppers, & grilled onions) & southwest spicy mustard, and you're all set! Yes, a tortilla isn't quite a pita, but it works well enough for me! Enjoy!
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