Frozen Foods

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These are three snacks I love keeping stocked in  my freezer when it’s warmer outside.  Something sweet, something salty, and something sour.  And apparently all green.

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Green grapes easily turn into the perfect frozen treat when washed and put into snack baggies for easy transfer from freezer to pool bag.  You may not eat edamame frozen (or at least I don’t), but I always have a bag in my freezer.  I prefer the edamame in the shell at snack time, because after a  quick boil, a small sprinkle of sea salt, and a few minutes to cool down under cold water, they completely satisfy my craving for a salty, butter bite.  I’m a huge fan of all popsicles, but at home you’ll almost never find our freezer without a box of Lemon and/or Lime popsicles.  They make my sour taste buds very happy (my favorite are dryers outshine bars).

Happy Snacking!

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Walk to Breakfast

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I love being able to get around this town by foot, and living in an area that really allows us to do so.  Last Sunday we took advantage of the sunny, but brisk weather, and walked to the Mayor of Old Town with two good friends of ours, for a casual breakfast and cocktails.   This was my first time having breakfast at the Mayor, and after trying the Sweet and Savory breakfast sandwich, I must say I’m a huge fan.  It’s maybe one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve had.  It kinda reminded be of a more sophisticated Mcgriddle (those little suckers use to always get me on morning car trips on our way to the mountains for snowboarding) but this one had much better ingredients (of course) and didn’t leave me feeling greasy.   The guys had phenomenal B&G (biscuits and gravy) which I couldn’t help but steal bites from.  The delicious bloody marys, served with a shot of locally brewed porter, were just icing on the cake, or maybe I should say they just spiced up the morning.

The best mornings are those spent slowly, in good company, with good food.  I hope everyone is having a great weekend filled with both. (and getting your green ready!)

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Chocolate Covered Cheerios

{tiny treats}

Sometimes all you want is just a little something sweet, just enough to satisfy a late night sweet tooth or mid day sugar craving.  I got the idea to dip cheerios into chocolate while reading one my favorite, and one of the first blogs that hooked me, Cupcakes and Cashmere.  I admire the inspiration and beauty the blog’s author, Emily Schuman, can draw from her bright and detailed photography.  I saw this  post a while back but the notion of chocolate covered cereal stuck with me. I loved that the ones featured on Cupcakes and Cashmere looked like mini doughnuts, but I opted for a little less chocolate and a little less mess.  This also provided the perfect afternoon project do while spending the afternoon with my friend’s daughter Addy, who loves spending time with me in the kitchen almost as much as she loves being in our art room playing with glitter.  The marshmallows and sprinkles were an after thought because we had them, and color makes everything better.  The outcome was delicious and feed back from others has been enthusiastic, my same friend later found her younger son sneaking an unapproved late night snack of these little guys, but I guess what kid could resist this combination? I do believe they also brought out the easily evoked inner child of my boyfriend.  Enjoy!

 

A Little France in Fort Collins

{raisin and rum galette}

Most of my  St. Patty’s Day this year was spent working.  However, with this amazing streak of spring weather we have been experiencing, it is impossible not to find at least one excuse a day to get out and enjoy it.    Saturday morning was no exception.   My friend Alli and I walked downtown for breakfast at one of Fort Collin’s cutest and perhaps most deliciously indulgent breakfast spots, La Creperie.  We were able to get a spot in the window ideal for people watching, and because the St. Patty’s Day Parade was in full swing just down the block, there were lots of people and pups dressed in green to amuse us.  Our meal, which consisted of two decadent pastries, two raspberry nutella macaroons, and one very large and savory crêpe, was accompanied by live accordion music, making the whole experience more complete.  I also decided since I was already going all out to give in fully to the necessity of having a cappuccino with such a sweet meal (I’ve still been caffeine free since October, and this little cup gave me a kick!)  Meals like this, very slow, and focused on enjoying each sense, bring joy to me, and I always leave feeling spoiled.   From the visual beauty of the pastries in front of us to the freshly baked aromas that lingered around us, La Creperie is a little slice of European heaven, a perfect place to be reminded of the importance of slowing down and taking it all in.

{our apricot croissant}

{raspberry nutella macaroons}

{i can't even remember which crêpe we finally went with but it was delicious!}

{waiting to be taken home}