I’ve Moved!!

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It’s true! I’ve moved on!

Come check out my brand new blog by clicking HERE or on the image above.

Don’t worry though- all past content will stay up on my Boulangerie, so you can come back here any time you want.  But if you want more posts from me, come check my brand new place!

A Sneak Peek & a Quick Hello

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I just wanted to say a quick hello and give you some eye candy to feast on!  I haven’t been able to finish a post I’ve been trying to get up for weeks now, so I thought maybe you would be satisfied with a little sneak peek of the deliciousness that is on its way.

Sorry there was no Muffin of the Month either:(

Sorry I’ve been so absent here lately- I’ve had two cases of serious hospital-worthy illness in my family, so obviously that’s been at the forefront of my life right now.

Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

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And The Liebster Award Goes To…

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I was just awarded the Liebster Award by the very sweet Sarah over at Life On Virginia Street!

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This award is meant to recognize newer bloggers or bloggers who have a smaller following (although, I have to say, some of the bloggers I chose have been around for a while and some are a little over the 200 follower limit:).  It’s meant to show appreciation to those bloggers who have great content on their blogs, and recognize them and their work.  What a sweet surprise to find out that I was one of 11 bloggers Sarah chose!

Requirements to receive this award:

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.

2.  Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, and then create 11 new
questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.

3.  Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and
link them in your post (some of my nominees have a little over 200 followers).

4.  Go back to their page and tell them about the award.

5.  No tag backs (you can’t nominate the person who nominated you).

And now…

11 FACTS

1.  If I could be anything in the world, I would be a ballerina.

2.  I can’t go to bed before 11 pm.  Even if I’m in bed at 10:30, I can’t get to sleep until the clock strikes 11!

3.  I LOVE brownies… I mean LOVE them!

4.  I hate roses.  Yep, I’m a Orchid, Tulip, Peony kind of girl.

5.  My favorite book is Jane Eyre.

6.  I went to modeling school.

7.  I can NOT get a tan!  No matter what I do, or how long I sit in the sun.

8.  I’m grumpy in the mornings… just don’t talk to me, don’t touch me, don’t mess with me.

9.  My favorite color is blue.

10.  Irish Breakfast tea makes me happy.

11.  I love WW II history.

And here are the questions Sarah has asked me to answer:

1.  If you could move into a home on a movie set,
which movie would it be from? 

I’ve always admired that gorgeous house from Father of the Bride.

2.  What design magazines do you anxiously await
arrival of each month?

I enjoy Fresh Style magazine and I love looking through the RH catalog (even though that’s not really a magazine).

3.  What is your favorite social media platform?

Pinterest… I’m addicted.  Enough said.

4.  What is your go-to paint color?

I love Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter, although I have yet to use it!

5.  Where is your dream travel destination?

I’ve always dreamed of traveling the Irish countryside.

6.  What is the #1 item to buy on your house wish list?

I’ve been admiring a few beds from Restoration Hardware, but that is definitely on the WISH list!  Can you say “expensive?”

7.  What is your favorite room in your home and why?

My bedroom.  It’s a work in progress (and probably will forever be), but I love that I have held out for some of the items I really wanted to fill it with.

8.  Which home decor store do you feel offers the most stylish items for the best price?

 I feel like online stores Joss & Main and One King’s Lane usually offer some pretty amazing items for good prices.

9.  What is your first decorating memory?

I only wish I had pictures of my childhood bedroom.  I made all kinds of crappy junk for that room;)

10.  If you had to pick a country to best describe
your design style, what country would it be?

I don’t think it could possibly be just one!  It would have to be a combination of France, America, and Sweden.

11.  If you could build your dream home, where would
it be and why?

In Vermont.  My house would sit on a tree-lined street surrounded by lovely early American homes.  I just can’t get over the quaint idealism of living on a tree-lined street in  a prominent, well established neighborhood in what I consider one of the most beautiful states.

And here are the 11 blogs I’m passing the Liebster on to:

The Sweetest Engagement

Nat your average girl

Hungry Hannah

The Domesticated Feminist

Gild and Grace

But I’m Hungry

Somewhere in the City

Tu Casa Blog

Sweet Precision

Susan Eats London

The Right Recipe

And my questions for these 11 bloggers:

1.  What is one thing you can’t start your day without doing?

2.  What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

3.  What is a subject you were really good at as a kid in school?

4.  What is your favorite book?

5.  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

6.  Which do you like better- Cats or Dogs?

7.  What is one thing that makes you really happy?

8.  What is your favorite blog (one that you read every day)?

9.  Who or what inspires you most?

10.  If a movie were made out of your life, what actor/actress would you choose to play you?

11.  What would you call your personal style?

So if you’re one of the bloggers I chose, go ahead and pass the award on!  And a big thank you to Sarah for passing it to me!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Just a cheesy little phone pic for you… that little pup with me (Riley) is my Valentine!  She sends lots of love and wet kisses your way!

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Also, I wanted to let you know that I finally joined Instagram the other day…don’t judge, I know I’m late….

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So if you get a chance, go follow me by clicking the button on the left sidebar (or just click the icon above) and then you can get little sneak peaks of things to come on the blog and what’s happening in my life!

Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins

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Happy love month everyone!

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I had some fun with these muffins of the month!  I got these cute little heart-shaped silicone baking cups from my aunt as part of a Christmas gift- she knows me well!  So I decided to do something really Valentine’s Day-ish and put a spoonful of Raspberry white chocolate muffin batter into each one.  They turned out delish… and cute too!

raspberry white chocolate muffins

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup sugar

1egg

½ cup milk

1 ¼ cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Whisk together flour and baking powder in a medium sized bowl and set aside.  Cream softened butter with electric mixer.  Add sugar and beat until fluffy.  Add eggs and milk, beating just until combined.  Fold flour mixture into wet ingredients with spatula.  Add white chocolate chips and raspberries.

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Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full and bake for 20-22 min.

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Psst!  Just a word of advice…

In this recipe, the raspberries can be substituted with any other berry or
multiple berries measured out to equal one cup. 
Ex: 1/3 cup blueberries, 1/3 cup raspberries, 1/3 cup strawberries.

A printable version is below:

Raspberry White Chocolate Muffin Recipe

The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie

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I’m sure most of you have heard the famous story of how a woman bought the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe for $250, right?  Well, just in case you haven’t heard it, it goes like this:

A woman ate a cookie at the Neiman Marcus cafe and asked a waitress for the recipe.  The waitress replied that it was “two fifty”, so the woman, understandably assuming that the recipe would cost her two dollars and fifty cents, gladly bought the recipe with her credit card.  Then, later, she saw that her credit card had been charged $250 (two hundred fifty dollars).  So the woman, who was probably a little more than annoyed (and rightly so), mass distributed the recipe so that no one ever pays $250 for the recipe again.

There are probably hundreds of food blogs that have posted this recipe at some point in their existance- this is definitely nothing new.  But after hearing and reading so many rave reviews, I decided I needed to try these cookies out myself.

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They look pretty delish right?  Well, here’s the verdict:  They were absolutely heaven-in-my-mouth-amazing!  EVERY.  SINGLE.  ONE.  These are definitely not your average cookie.  The reason- the rolled oats, blended into a fine powder and mixed with flour and the combination of both baking powder and baking soda make a perfectly-textured cookie…LIKE NO OTHER!

2 ½ cups rolled oats

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

4 ounces milk chocolate chips

1 ½ cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Blend oats in blender or food processor to a fine powder.

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In medium bowl, whisk flour, blended oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

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In separate, large bowl, cream butter with both sugars using electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla extract. Gradually blend flour mixture into wet ingredients, beating just until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts with a spatula.

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Form dough into balls with cookie scoop or tablespoon (fill each with a heaping amount of dough for big, thick results).

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Bake for 10-12 min. Cookies should be lightly browned on the edges and still slightly undone in the center (after removed from oven, cookie centers will finish setting).

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Psst!  Just a word of advice…

Cookie dough should be somewhat grainy and coarse due to the oats.

A printable version is below:

The Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

Take a Look Around

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Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!  I actually hadn’t planned to post today, but thought I would take the opportunity to call your attention to some of the extra features on this blog.

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First of all, if you want to know a little bit more about me (or if you’re just a little nosy like me;), you can click on the About Me page above the header.

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If you would like to learn more about baking terms if you’re a beginner, you can go to the Trade Language page.

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If you would like to contact me, you can either send a message through the Contact page, or use my direct email that is listed on the About Me page.

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You can also see a full index of all the recipes I’ve posted here in the Recipe Index A-Z.

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And in case you’ve never noticed before, I always add a link to a printable version of all my recipes at the bottom of each post.

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For those of you wondering about the options you have to follow me:

1. You can follow my Pinterest page by clicking HERE, or by clicking the button on the left sidebar.

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2.  You can follow by email by entering your email address in the box near the bottom of the left sidebar.

3.  You can follow me directly through WordPress, if you are a WordPress user.

4.  You can follow me through Bloglovin by clicking the button near the bottom of the left sidebar.

5.  You can follow me through Linky Followers by clicking the button near the bottom of the left sidebar.

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And for those wondering about Google Friend Connect (GFC), it is not available to bloggers hosted by WordPress- an unfortunate disadvantage!

Also, I’m planning to buy my own domain sometime in the near future as well as redesign the look of the blog a bit, so if anyone has any good suggestions for blog/graphic designers who are affordable, let me know!

So take a look around, and have a great week!

We Need Your Recipes!

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I’ve teamed up with the lovely Maria today, who blogs over at Rusty Hinge.  (By the way, you should really check out her blog- her home is gorgeous!)

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Maria’s sister, Alexandra, is moving to Tanzania in Africa.  As a Special Education teacher, Alexandra will help develop Special Education programs in village schools where there are presently none.

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Alexandra will be leaving her job in August to move to Tanzania and work as a volunteer there- she won’t be paid for helping with the Special Education programs.  So until her move, she is trying to save money and raise lots of funds.

What can you do to help?  Well, Alexandra and Maria are putting together a cookbook that, once all the recipes are compiled, will be sold in Maria’s online shop, to raise funds for Alexandra.  So I’m asking you to take just a few minutes to join me in contributing a recipe to their cookbook (The Mountains be Moved Cookbook)- they need lots!  Your name will also be listed under the list of contributors.

Maria is also hosting a giveaway to thank everyone who contributes.  Learn more HERE.

So how do you add your recipe?  Just follow these simple steps:

1.  Go to cookbookfundraiser.com

2.  See where it says “Cookbook Login”?,

a.) Under contributor, type in your name

b.) Under email address, type in your email address

c.) Under group login, type matthewseventeentwenty

d.) Under password, type goodfood

3.  Next, just click Add New Recipe, and the rest is very self-explanatory.

I know both of these ladies would greatly appreciate your contribution!

Mint Chocolate Brownie Bites

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1 recipe post in the month of January?!  Now that is just unacceptable!

Seriously guys, I’m gonna try to do better.  I need to be more organized with my posts.  In most other things I’m organized- all my shoes are neatly lined up in my closet, the pens on my desk are arranged by type, and my bed rarely sees a day unmade.  But when it comes to blogging, I’ve been… neglectful.

I understand how it feels to keep coming back to a blog and there’s nothing new for a week… or two!  It feels like when you cut into a big, fresh orange expecting it to be succulent, tangy, and full of juice, and instead it tastes dull and bland.  That is so frustrating!  Yep, I totally get it.  (Hey, it’s a baking blog, I had to choose an example related to food- don’t judge!)

So while we’re all waiting for me to get it figured out, feast your eyes (pun intended) on these little yummies:

Mint Chocolate Brownie Bites

I found these Nestle Winter Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels over Christmas time, but hadn’t used them yet.  That is until I had the idea to chunk a whole bunch of them into a version of my secret addiction- BROWNIES!  Shhhh- don’t tell!

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4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

¾ cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)

1 ¼ cups sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

Nestle Winter Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Melt chocolate and butter in large bowl until butter is melted.

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Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.  Whisk in sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla.  Add flour gradually, using a whisk to stir just until combined.  Add chocolate & mint morsels.  Using a tablespoon, spoon batter into mini muffin cup wells.

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Bake for 10-15 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs.

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Psst!  Just a word of advice…

You can substitute Nestle Winter with Andes Baking Chips, semisweet

chocolate chips or chunks, or just leave the brownie bites plain.

A printable version is below:

Mint Chocolate Brownie Bites Recipe

Sour Cream & Orange Muffins

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Finally- muffin of the month January!  After being sick for a week, and then taking several days to recover, it was absolutely refreshing to be baking something again!

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I think these lovelies will brighten up your dreary winter:

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1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1 cup sour cream (plain yogurt can be substituted)

1 egg

¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 tablespoon orange zest

Glaze:

1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar (if thickening is needed, add ¼ cup)

¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 teaspoons orange zest

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  In smaller bowl, whisk together melted butter, sour cream, egg, orange juice, and orange zest.

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Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and fold together with spatula just until wet.  Do not over-mix.

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Spoon batter into muffin pan and bake for 16-19 min. or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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Glaze: Whisk together confectioners’ sugar, orange juice, and orange zest until smooth (if thickening is needed add ¼ cup more con. sugar).

After muffins have baked and cooled for 10-15 min, dip muffin tops into glaze.  Allow glaze to set.

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Psst!  Just a word of advice…

You will need about 2 med. sized oranges for this recipe.  For easier juicing, massage the orange before cutting it open to squeeze.

A printable version is below:

Sour Cream and Orange Muffin Recipe

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