Erica of Erica’s Edibles was our host for the Daring Baker’s June challenge. Erica challenged us to be truly DARING by making homemade phyllo dough and then to use that homemade dough to make Baklava.
Whoa, Nelly! Phyllo dough from scratch?! Yes way.
I have a story that goes with this. Sit tight, it’s a good’un. Continue reading
Remember how I was supposed to post a recipe at Frosting for the Cause on September 6? Don’t worry…time didn’t really fly that quickly! Two June dates opened up and I offered to switch to the later one because it was the day after my aunt’s birthday.
Anyway, that’s today. (The posting date, not her birthday, silly!)
If you would like to read about my Aunt Tammy and also how I made these Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies, then cruise on over!
Thanks to Paula for organizing such a great cause!
Peaches and bourbon. They’re both so southerny summery, right? So many things they have in common with each other…
When you buy them, you take them away in paper bags.
They can both be a deep golden shade and are, uhh, juicy.
One is fuzzy while the other will make your brain fuzzy from consuming it.
Twins! Of course they go well together.
However, I didn’t put the two together until I saw a post that Mary wrote about a month ago. She’s making the cake for her friends’ wedding (!) and had a cake tasting so they could sample a couple flavor choices. As you’ve probably guessed, one of them was peach (and cream) and bourbon. I love, love, love peaches and have a lot of recently acquired booze. Naturally I had to make this in ice cream form. Continue reading
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Jami Sorrento was our June Daring Cooks hostess and she chose to challenge us to celebrate the humble spud by making a delicious and healthy potato salad. The Daring Cooks Potato Salad Challenge was sponsored by the nice people at the United States Potato Board, who awarded prizes to the top 3 most creative and healthy potato salads. A medium-size (5.3 ounce) potato has 110 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium and includes nearly half your daily value of vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana!
Isn’t this kind of like when they announce something like, I don’t know, potatoes as the secret ingredient for Iron Chef? That was my reaction, anyway. At the same time though, it’s kind of fun to be given free reign for these challenges (I’m looking at you, April). Continue reading
Remember that online bake sale that I said would benefit Jaryn‘s plight to punch cancer in the face? It’s really happening…like, now. Just like how Jaryn will really be doing this soon, in memory of her father (photo from Victoria):
It’s an auction-type bake sale, so you can bid on any of the delicious goodies up for grabs, specifically: oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, cranberry walnut bars, a few different fancy types of truffles, sweet and salty white chocolate blondies, marshmallow layer brownies, Basler Brunsli (chocolate almond cookies), goat cheese strawberry brownies…and guess what I’m making?
Yep, a zebra bundt cake! This one will be medium-sized, as in I will bake it in my 6 cup bundt pan as opposed to a traditional 10 cup pan. Cute and sassy. Also, it will be ganache-less because that would just get gross and make a big mess on its way to its recipient. Don’t worry, though…the cake is super moist and doesn’t need it.
Alright, so ready to start bidding on some goodies? As she’s hosting this bake sale, Victoria has posted all of the deets along with photos of some of the treats that your belly could meet. Two important points that I should mention: 1) the auction ends on Friday (June 17) at noon EDT and 2) we can only ship to US addresses (sorry! :().
Take THAT, cancer!!!
Geez, remember that list I made back when I turned 29 with all of those crazy things I wanted to accomplish before turning 30? Yeah, it sure looks like I don’t, but I promise that I do. Good news is that I conquered one item relatively early on, and am still going strong with it:
9. Learn how to do a flip turn (and therefore get back into swimming).
Nope, I don’t have anything to prove this since my camera’s not waterproof and I wouldn’t be brave enough to ask the old folks at my pool to take a photo or video (eww, no videos!) anyway, but take my word for it: I go swimming at least 3 times a week and do loads of flip turns each time! I inhaled a fair share of the pool while trying to teach myself, not that I still don’t.
Now I’ve crossed off another item:
24. Learn how to make crepes.
My friend Julie is known for her crepes, but I always seem to be out of town when she makes them. (Hmm…!) A few days ago, she joined Jill and me in the final year of the 20s and invited us over for a crepe lunch! Yes, she wanted to cook for us on her birthday. I went over a little early for the crepe-making but it turned out to just be the cooking part since the batter needs to rest for 2 hours. That was fine because cooking them was what made me most nervous since my pancake flipping skills are pretty subpar. Continue reading
I’m participating in the 30 Day June Photo Challenge and will post roundups of each week for the rest of this month’s Wordless Wednesdays. Check out the Flickr group to see the pool of photos from everyone.
June 1 – Self-Portrait
June 2 – My Favorite Shoes
June 3 – My Hands
June 4 – Clouds
June 5 – Breakfast Today
June 6 – Books
June 7 – High Angle
For more WW, click here.