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Salted Caramel Apple Bars

The summer of 2015 will go down in Washington state as being one of the driest and hottest yet.  Wild-fires ravaged the eastern half of the state.  The low snowfall from the previous winter caused alpine streams to cease flowing.  Even our Olympic National Park that is home to two rain forests was shaken by forest fires.  Now that we are rounding the corner into fall with they blustery wet days Seattle is famous for, many who call the Evergreen State home – myself included – are breathing a sigh of relief.  Aaaaaaaaah…. **kicking feet up on the ottoman with a cup of tea** Seattleites in particular are not made…

Nonna’s Italian Anise Cookies

Family traditions are the best, especially around the holidays.  My Great Grandmother made these.   My Grandmother still makes these. And now, because I love their subtle licorice-y taste, I make them too. These cookies are not for everyone. Tim for example states that they are not real Christmas cookies. I hypothesize that this is because they aren’t slathered with thick butter cream frosting or doused in sprinkles.  One of these two qualities is his prerequisite for any holiday cookie. But, who died and made him Buddy the Elf? These little cuties are not overly sweet. They are not overly buttery or crisp. They are not overly anything really. They have a mellow and…

The Best Homemade Granola

Last month, Tim booked an adorable B&B – that I have secretly been eyeing for years – all on his own!!  In case you make your way out to the San Juan Islands, The Tucker and Harrison House Suites cannot come highly enough recommended from us!  Not only are the rooms adorable but this place is known for their 3 course brunches!!  Dessert with brunch?  Yes, please! When you first arrive to the table they have dainty little bowls of yogurt and their famous granola for you to whet your appetite for the next 3 courses!!  HA! But, their granola is some pretty incredible stuff.  It will convert non-granola eaters…

Avocado Toasts with Poached Eggs

I love brunch!! Breakfast is awesome, but it usually ends up more about efficiency than execution or awesomeness.  My typical breakfasts are a rotating cycle of yogurt and granola, oatmeal, apple slices and peanut butter, and smoothies.  Ya know, easy things that take less than 5 minutes and fuel you up in a sufficient & efficient manner.  They may do the trick on a week-day morning, but none of these items are “brunch worthy.” Brunch should be moderately more time consuming, have a slightly impressive presentation, require guest participation/customization, and be easy to serve in large quantities. Pancakes, waffles, or french toast bars are brunch mainstays with good reason!  Customizable…

No-Bake Granola Bars

If you tell me that something can be made in 5 minutes or less, I will look at you skeptically and ask if it comes with with a sous chef to do the prep work for me too?  I want a recipe that is the real-people, real-time 5 minutes.  Not the if-I-have-a-sous-chef to chop, measure, and prep everything for me 5 minutes.  Read: A recipe that takes a whole lot longer than five minutes for those of us in normal people land. Fast forward to these no-bake granola bars.  Well ya’ll, you can glare at me skeptically if you want, but this is a TRUE 5-minute granola bar recipe that…
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