June 2013

Some of you may remember my posts/photos from last summer detailing a few of the pastries I would make for our local coffeehouse, Yeti’s Grind.  The most popular pastries were usually homemade versions of nostalgic Hostess treats. But can you really act surprised? A from-scratch version of anything will always taste better than the pre-packaged  and processed one. And think of the preservatives you are keeping out of your body! So here it is, a recipe for homemade Ding Dongs I have been a little reluctant to share because it’s that good.  Dark chocolate cake, fluffy vanilla filling, and glossy chocolate glaze goodness all in one. I use an Italian meringue buttercream to fill these but feel free to sub in your favorite vanilla frosting.   Please enjoy responsibly. I’m [...]

This time of year you may notice that things get a bit quiet around here. The fantastic summer weather paired with wedding season means I am not in front of my laptop very often. We recently returned from a trip to Moab, Utah. One thing that I love about living in Vail is our proximity to a variety of towns and places. A scenic 3-hour drive to the west, Moab is a very hot, but stunning desert playground. It was a fun experience sharing our camping style with my younger brother, who joined us. We like to eat well, and each day was particularly memorable at dinner time- marinated & grilled chicken, crisp iceberg wedge salads with homemade blue cheese dressing, charred poblano pepper and onion salsa, chocolate chip cookies [...]

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