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Gingerbread Buckeyes

I finally got around to doing some more holiday baking.  Its now New Years but better late than never, right?  I made Gingerbread Buckeyes which were pretty simple to whip up and even better, they didn't need to be baked.  You just mix peanut butter, Gingersnaps, powdered sugar and a little butter together.  Then form into balls and set.  Finally, melt some white chocolate and dip the balls.  Voila, you're done and you're eating some wonderful peanut butter and chocolate candy with a hint of gingerbread for that holiday flair.  My only regret?  I wish I would have made them sooner.  They were easier than I thought and I could have shared them with all the company I had this season. 

Gingerbread Buckeyes
1 c. peanut butter 2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 c. crushed gingersnaps (leave some pieces for crunch)
16 oz. white chocolate candy coating (I used Vanilla Candiquik)
additional gingersnap crumbs for topping

1. Mix peanut butter, powdered sugar, and softened but…

Christmas 2013 Highlights

Christmas this year arrived way to fast.  I'm keeping so busy with my new twin boys that the days are a blur and the months roll by.  I didn't do as much as I usually do for Christmas but we still had a nice holiday.  It was special this year because it was the babies first Christmas.  We had a power outage on Christmas Eve so we packed up the boys and stayed at our cousin's house.  It was an interesting Christmas but still wonderful. 

 My mom gave my boys each a Baby's First Christmas ornament for our tree.  So special and cute!

 My mom also made us a wreath and baked some chocolate mint cookies.  My dad made some peanut butter fudge they mailed to us from Montana. 

 Every year my aunt makes peanut butter and chocolate buckeyes and she knows I love them.  She always mails me a box.  I didn't have time to do much holiday baking this year so it was great. 

 My husband brought this fruit and nut tart home from The Harvest Vine restaurant.  It was so delicious and …

Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving I had a lot to be thankful for.  I delivered my twin boys by emergency C-section in September at thirty three weeks.  I had a sudden onset of hypertension and my boys had to be delivered immediately.  I was swollen everywhere, had protein in my urine, my platelets were super low and my kidneys and liver were being affected.  Also called H.E.L.L.P syndrome, mine and the babies health were in jeopardy.  Thankfully the doctors were incredible and my boys were fine, just small and they had to stay in the NICU for six weeks.  They've been home now for almost a month  and we're all doing well.  So this Thanksgiving, the first holiday with our twins, I'm definitely feeling thankful.  A little sleep deprived, but thankful!

Salted Caramel Roasted Almonds

I recently read that Oreos are more addicting than cocaine.  Forget about Oreos, these almonds covered in caramel are probably the most addicting things ever.  This treat packs quite a protein and sugary punch and they taste amazing.  Try and just eat a couple, I dare you.  And I though nuts were hard to eat a small amount of before they were coated in caramel.  Today I made Salted Caramel Roasted Almonds which seemed like quite a production.  First, roast the almonds, then make a caramel sauce and stir constantly while it cooks or you'll be in trouble and ruin it, then dump in the nuts and bake, then bake some more, then lay flat on wax paper to set.  Quite the process, but wow, they're so delicious and kind of unforgettable.  I may never look at almonds in the same way. 

                                                 Salted Caramel Roasted Almonds


2 cups raw almonds 1 stick butter 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup light Karo syrup 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 teaspoon Kosher sa…

October is National Dessert Month

Ooh, dessert.  It has got to be a favorite word of mine.  October's National Dessert Month so here's some desserts I've eaten and photographed from this year that have really stood out.  All of the desserts below are from local Seattle businesses.  I'm fortunate to live in a city like Seattle where people are passionate about food, giving us an abundance of places to go eat and try delicious things. 

Caracolillos from The Harvest Vine.  These pastries are everything a pastry should be-flaky, moist, sweet, soft and just plain mouthwatering. 

The Harvest Vine
2701 E Madison in Seattle

Cupcakes from Cupcake Royale.  My cousin surprised me with these cupcakes recently.  Red Velvet, Lavender, Praline Crunch and the pink one is Dance Party. 

Cupcake Royale
108 Pine St. in Seattle

Red Velvet Cake Balls from 3.14 Bakery.  This little bakery in White Center has these tasty cake balls that are so moist and so good, you have to try them. 

To see my post from 3.14, click here

Cafe Munir

Last night I attended a dinner with my husband at Café Munir.  It was a party for the company he works for and we were celebrating fifteen years in business.  His boss loves Café Munir, a Lebanese restaurant in Ballard.  Below is copied from the cafe's website and tells a little about the place.

Cafe Munir is a family-friendly, local, neighborhood restaurant and whisky bar.
Cafe Munir was born of a desire to reconnect with the flavors and smells of my youth. The familiar tastes  I grew up eating in Lebanon and Jordan. Tastes that were not well represented by the Seattle food community.
I want to have these flavors work, unadulterated and authentically, not re-purposed through the guise of Fast-food!
The food of the Middle East and especially Lebanon are some of the most delicately balanced, wholesome and varied cuisines in the world and it is my goal to represent them as truthfully as possible.

Well, the owner and chef, Rajah Gargour, definitely did represent the flavors well!  We all…

A Birthday Lunch at Le Pichet

I don't care about receiving presents on my birthday.  All I care about is the food.  A successful birthday is all about good eating.  So I took my husband and we decided to have a little French food for lunch at Le Pichet near the Pike Place Market.  We had never been but I've heard many good things about this place.  I love eating at restaurants that specialize in cuisines from all over the world.  If executed correctly, the diner can be transported to another region for a couple of hours. 

 After having a little bread and butter we shared a salad which I thought packed a lot of flavor and tasted delicious.  This salad had Belgian endives which were tossed with candied pumpkin, pecans and sherry vinegar. 

   My husband ordered the chicken liver terrine.  It was very smooth and something new to try for both of us. 

 I ordered something from La Charcuterie portion of the lunch menu.  I had the cold cut selection, the chef's choice, and they picked three different kind o…

Another Baby Shower!

Today I had another shower thrown for me!  This was our family baby shower and was held at my sister-in law's house.  Unlike the one my friends threw me, the men where there too.  My husband enjoyed hanging out with his family and playing the games.  Who doesn't love guessing baby food flavors and trying to figure out what kind of candy bar is melted all over a diaper!  We loved it and had a great time.  They had quite a spread of food including a whole table of desserts.  I enjoyed catching up with everyone and showing off my bump! 

Aren't these so cute?  My sister-in law made these and it was perfect that there was two since I'm having two babies!

My niece knows that cupcakes are my favorite dessert and she made these for my shower.  They were tasty! 

There was also cheesecake, fruit kabobs, jello and these pies.  I haven't tried one yet but there's a couple in my fridge.  They look yummy! 

At my other baby shower I discovered how creative my friends are.…