Making whoopie

…pies, that is; we took our first crack at making whoopie pies over the weekend and they turned out great. Full disclosure – it was a box mix, but the fact that we had to add our own fresh ingredients, combine them all, and then bake and assemble these ourselves justifies our calling these homemade in my opinion.

Happiness is…

  • I’m not sure what this says about me, but Songza has a playlist called “Grandpa’s Naptime” that I rather enjoy.
  • I discovered a new-to-me song/band this week – Michigan by The Milk Carton Kids.
  • A simple, easy pasta dinner at home with a good glass of red wine and homemade whoopie pies for dessert.
  • Ryan dancing in the kitchen.
  • Helix marathon, on my couch, under my electric blanket, in front of the fireplace.
  • Sending Valentine’s Day cards in the mail.
  • Yellow parrot tulips, white alstroemeria, and yellow daffodils in my house this week.

by Valerie | 02.09.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

They all have names?

I had no idea there were so many named Keebler Elves and that one of them, Roger, is a jeweler. Why do the Keebler Elves need a jeweler? Some of them have names that make a little more sense to me, given their occupation, like Fast Eddie here; Fast Eddie wrapped the products, of course…and I’m willing to bet he wrapped them fast.

by Valerie | 09.03.13 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Bloooberry

I enjoyed a beautiful Saturday morning at Dexter Blueberry Farm with friends. July is blueberry time in Michigan; they are delicious and available at local farmer’s markets and farms all over the area. A couple weeks ago, we made a blueberry tart with this recipe and it turned out pretty great, especially considering we’d never made a tart before.

by Valerie | 07.27.13 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Sweets so good it’ll make you want to cry…in a good way

If you’re in Ann Arbor on a Wednesday afternoon, do yourself a favor and stop by the Farmer’s Market and visit the Flour Lab booth. Buy something, eat it, and you will not be dissapointed. Seriously, this stuff is so beautiful and so good it’ll make you want to cry…in a good way!

by Valerie | 06.30.13 | Around town, For Funsies | 1 Comment »

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

Tomorrow is Ryan’s birthday and we had a pre-celebration with a cheeseburger cake last night. When we saw this in the dessert case at Whole Foods, we couldn’t pass it up – it’s a cake…that looks like a cheeseburger! And we just so happened to be grilling hot dogs & bratwurst for dinner, so it had to go home with us. Wimpy would have been proud; Wimpy loves his hamburgers. Mmmmm, delicious cheeseburger cake…

by Valerie | 06.05.13 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Perfect popsicles

Ryan bought me a Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker for Christmas & I love it! It’s easy to use & I love that you can create your own recipes that are both healthy & dairy-free – it’s also nice to know exactly what’s going into your frozen treats…with the right ingredients,  you can be sure there are no artificial sweeteners, color, etc. Last night we decided to give it a whirl & made some delicious eggnog popsicles by combining soy eggnog, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, & sprinkling in some crushed cereal bits for crunch – yum!

The Zoku blog has recipes & there is a recipe book available for purchase as well. We decided to wing it for our first try & it turned out good; after all, Ryan is a master at winging it & having things turn out great.

by Valerie | 01.05.13 | Recipes | No Comments »

Peppermint Patty Cupcakes

Here’s a bit of cupcake porn for those who read this blog. Just some simple easy to make minty, chocolatey chip-y, vegan, gluten-free cupcakes for you to enjoy.

The recipe follows Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World‘s basic chocolate cupcake recipe. Instead of regular flour substitute gluten-free all-purpose baking flour and a little extra tapioca flour (no more than a tablespoon). Go with the chocolate extract option for the additional extract and I also added a bit of mint extract (1/2 teaspoon) as well. For the icing I followed the directions for mint icing from the book but left out the green food coloring; I wanted to go for the classic peppermint look. Paint thin stripes of red gel food coloring inside a piping bag, 2-3 are all that is needed, then add the icing in to frost. Nothing fancy here other than a few simple substitutions.

by Ryan | 12.25.12 | Holidaze, Recipes | No Comments »

2012: Week 32

2012: Week 32
Peach party

by Valerie | 08.24.12 | Photography | No Comments »

Coo-pie-ke

Months ago, our friend Michael shared a dream with us…to make & eat a dessert version of a Turducken which he named a Coopieke. A Coopieke is a cookie inside of a pie inside of a cake. Michael celebrated his birthday with us last weekend and thus the dream was realized – we made him a Coopieke & it really was delicious!

We started with a large chocolate chip cookie, then we baked the pie crust separately and put together a no-bake chocolate pie which we layered the cookie inside of, then we baked a chocolate cake, cut the cake into layers, topped each layer with chocolate frosting, cut out the center to place the pie (or coo-pie, I guess I should say) inside, inserted the pie into the cake, & then frosted the whole thing with vanilla frosting. If you can’t decide if you’d rather have a cookie, pie, or cake, then just have all three!

by Valerie | 08.19.12 | For Funsies, Recipes | No Comments »

2012: Week 7

2012: Week 7
Sweetheart

by Valerie | 02.20.12 | Holidaze, Photography | No Comments »

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