May 17, 2009

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

I’ve seen versions of this cookie everywhere on the internet! It was this post at kitchn.com that pushed me over the edge.

I had to try them!

gluten free pb cookies

They don’t disappoint, folks!
Easy. SUPER Easy. Easier than cake mix!

scoopa scoopa

i had a craving to make something

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies

(recipe from thekitchn.com)

-1 cup peanut butter (i used chunky)
-1 cup sugar
-1 egg
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 375. Mix all the ingredients together. Drop cookies on baking sheet. Smoosh with fork. Bake for 10 mins. DONE. DONE!!!!

You won’t miss the flour.


i’ve been….

obsessed with eating Greek salads.
Chop Chop Chop & Grill some pita and I’m soo there.

fave salad EVAR

There was seriously a week last month where I ate Greek Salad at least 6 times. No lie.

i seriously cannot resist greek salad

I made a Black Bean soup (like I’d been craving) for Cinco De Mayo. It was fantastic!

black bean soup!

happy cinco de mayo

I even made my own little tortilla strips!

making little chippies

Problem is–I started writing down the recipe as I was going and then I started adding soo much other stuff to get the taste & thickness right– that I forgot what happened!
Next time I make it, I’ll remember to be more diligent!

I’ve also been working a lot in the backyard lately…tending to my veggie garden!

tomatoes day 24

I never thought I would get soo excited about gardening!
It’s a healthy obsession! There’s soo much more I want to plant and I am really looking forward to this summer now!

merging the others

It’s especially fun now that I have a little helper. He loves the cool breezes and all the green!


Cooper is 7 months old already. He has 4 teeth and crawls!

And this weekend I am celebrating my first Mother’s Day!

I have to say that things are pretty good these days!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mommas!


Makeshift Pizza!

pizza time

Before we had Cooper, I used to have a weekly girl night with two of my friends.

Those days seem sooo far away now….

One of the nights, my friend made us pizzas using this flatbread from Trader Joe’s. I fell in love. I couldn’t believe how simple it was, and how easily it all came together. I decided that this past Friday would be date-night (at home). So I threw together some pizzas…poured us some wine…and we chowed down and watched a movie. Casey loved them and I was stoked that we didn’t have to shell out $20+ for a pizza.

Here’s the flatbread- Pick some up at Trader Joe’s next time you are there!

thanks to trader joes flatbread!

makeshift pizza!

I spread some sauce on top. Added some toppings. Threw them all in the oven on a cookie sheet. Temperature was set for 400 degrees. About 20 minutes later- TADA!

Combos included-

Sausage, Basil, Red Onion & Cheese


Pesto, Red Onion, Mushrooms & Cheese

my slice

Soooo good. SOOOOOO good.

pizza on a friday night

The flavor combos are endless.

April 27, 2009

finally i can breathe!

my desk looked like this earlier today:

project deskcleanup: BEFORE

and now it looks like this:


April 27, 2009

productive sunday:

I woke up kinda hungover, but powered through. Soo much to get done! This is Spring Cleaning weekend!!!

Casey cleaned the kitchen for me and I immediately started cracking on my chores. It’s soo nice when someone cleans your kitchen for you. It wipes the slate clean and the stress… THE STRESS of having to clean ANOTHER bowl makes me throw in the towel…over and over. I make such a mess in the kitchen and cannot keep up with my brain. It was the equivalent to an 80 minute back massage. I am serious about this.

I went through the freezer and tossed out old crap to make room for the baby food I made this AM. This should last a little while:

productive sunday: baby food making

I made some croutons out of sourdough wheat bread:

productive sunday: crouton making

I whipped up some pesto for sandwiches & some pasta this week:


April 24, 2009

Light & Crispy Coconut Almond Granola

breakfast this AM

I watched an episode of Martha Stewart last night and saw them making granola. I had no idea how easy it was! Although I didn’t follow the recipe they made on the show, I used the fundamental steps and a combo of what I had laying around in my pantry and I am happy with the results!

It’s really crispy & light—not super dense like some granolas can be. The coconut is yummy and the slivered almonds make me swoon. The taste of it all kinda reminds me of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal-but with a little kick from the ground ginger! I guess what I was excited by most- was the fact that there infinite combos to granola making. Now I can channel some of my inner hippy and go nuts.

This is what I came up with last night:

i made granola last night

-2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
-1/2 cup slivered almonds
-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
-1/2 cup sweetened coconut
-1/4 cup maple syrup
-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix ingredients together throuroughly & spread out on a large rimmed cookie sheet. Put it in the oven and stir every 10 minutes. 40 minutes total.

enjoy! I’ll let you know what I come up with next. Or if you have a good combo, let me know!

April 20, 2009

Lemony Asparagus Tart

smothering with lemon oil mixture

I am not sure why I made this this afternoon. I had 2 lbs of asparagus in my fridge that I planned to use for an asparagus soup … I JUST cleaned up my kitchen, made it all sparkling clean and decided that I needed to bake something! I guess it was like the equivalent of needing a cigarette break…but in baking form. I can seriously destroy a clean kitchen within seconds!

I find that focusing on executing a recipe really helps clear my head…. Because I am a mother, my thoughts are consumed with WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK IN THE DIAPER BAG? BABY LAUNDRY! NAP TIME! FEEDING TIME! not to mention working, maintaining a household and a marriage! I find that in these 20 minutes or so of baking and measuring, I am at complete peace. It is the calm to my storm.

The best part of it is that I have something to show for it!

This tart was DELICIOUS. It would be a great appetizer…a main course paired with a nice salad…could be a hearty snack….shared with someone special. It also could be a decoration on your kitchen counter that you slowly pick at throughout the afternoon…I might have some experience with that.

The lemon really makes the asparagus pop! It has a nice tang to it and the cheese makes it super creamy. Pair that all with a crispy puff pastry and we are getting down to business. I am excited to make this again and experiment! I’m thinking of adding some mushrooms…or swapping cheese with something else like pesto?

ingredient porn

this is for the dough lover in my life

Also must mention how happy the symmetry of asparagus makes me!

all lined up and ready to go

and I get dibs on the end piece!

fresh from the oven!

Lemony Asparagus Tart

(adapted from an Everyday Food Recipe)

-1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough
-5 oz. shredded Gruyere cheese
-1 lb. asparagus
-zest of 1 lemon
-1 tablespoon of lemon juice
-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
-Salt & pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 16-by-10-inch rectangle. Trim uneven edges. Place pastry on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife, lightly score pastry dough 1 inch in from the edges to mark a rectangle. Using a fork, pierce dough inside the markings at 1/2-inch intervals. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

2. Remove pastry shell from oven, and sprinkle with Gruyere. Trim the bottoms of the asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside the tart shell; arrange in a single layer over Gruyere, alternating ends and tips. Mix lemon juice, lemon zest & oil together in a small bowl. Brush the asparagus with the oil mixture oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until spears are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

Looks so cute all cut up huh?

asparagus tart train