Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Smoky Potato, Corn, and Poblano Chowder with the Blogger CLUE Society


I had such a great time hanging out with old blogging friends and meeting new ones in the first round of the Blogger CLUE Society, that I could hardly wait for the next assignment! This month, we were asked to make a recipe from our partner's blog that our grandmother would've made. I was thrilled to draw Christiane's fabulous blog, Taking on Magazines. I've known Christiane ever since I started blogging years ago and it's been so much fun getting to know her family (especially Dudette!) and her cooking.

In perusing her blog to find the recipe I'd recreate, I came across so many of her old posts that I loved when I read them the first time around. If you enjoy hilarious stories served alongside some delicious recipes from your favorite magazines, you really need to be following Christiane's blog. And speaking of delicious recipes, I had the hardest time choosing one my grandmother would make especially because my grandma was a feisty, beautiful, and very strong-willed lady. I kept thinking the recipe had to be just perfect because she was a pretty perfect lady.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Cake with the Blogger CLUE Society


Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick! Professor Plum in the study with a pistol! Sound familiar? Yup, it's everyone's favorite childhood game, Clue! In an effort to relive my childhood but this time, with a foodie twist, I've gotten together with a bunch of my favorite bloggers to form the CLUE Society. Each month, we'll be cooking up a dish from a fellow blogger's blog but in the true spirit of the game, the who, what, and where is a secret until the grand reveal.

For the first round of the game, we were tasked with finding a recipe on our CLUE buddy's blog that we'd like to grace our Thanksgiving table. Now, I love me some Thanksgiving but I'm also always looking for recipes that I can make (and eat!) now! Especially if those recipes involve cake! So I actually had an ulterior motive when perusing Susan's fabulous blog, Create Amazing Meals.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Homemade "Boxed" Yellow Cake for Little Man's Third Birthday


A few weeks ago, Little Man turned three. The night before his birthday, he proceeded to flip his bedtime story routine and instead of the Hubster reading Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site to the Little Man, he proceeded to "read" the entire book to the Hubster. Turns out, he'd memorized the darn thing right down to turning the pages at the appropriate times. Then, the Hubster said, "Good night" and Little Man proudly replied, "Good night, Baba." I stood outside his door, beaming because this fairy tale bedtime routine was such a departure from a few months ago where we had to rock him to sleep and/or, sleep next to him until he fell asleep. If you've ever tried sharing a toddler bed, well you know it's not exactly the stuff dreams are made of.

Standing outside Little Man's room, I remembered reading an article about how the Terrible Twos were a lie and it was actually the Terrible Threes that you needed to be ready for. I smirked because it was obvious the article had it all wrong. We had survived the Terrible Twos and were about to embark on the Awesome Threes. I patted myself on the back, patted the Hubster on the back, and we headed to bed. And then we woke up 2 a.m. when Little Man woke up, refused to go back to his bed, climbed into our bed and proceeded to have a tantrum that put all other tantrums to shame.