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Loaded-Up Pretzel Cookies

Taste of Home churns out some delicious recipes.  Loaded-Up Pretzel Cookies are another recipe that will be a classic.  Like their name, they are loaded up with pretzels, M&M's, and coconut.  They remind me of another recipe from Taste of Home, Crisp Graham Cookies, that I've been baking since High School.  I usually bake them for road trips and since we are going on one next week, I thought it would be fun to whip up some cookies, but something a little different.  Cookies freeze well so I stuck half the batch in the freezer for our trip and am currently trying very hard not to eat the other two dozen that are fresh, all today.  I've only had two today but they are hard to resist and I don't trust myself with cookies.  My twins were excited to try a fresh baked cookie, so I also couldn't resist taking some photos of their little toddler hands, eating cookies. 

Loaded-Up Pretzel Cookies

1 cup butter, softened1 cup sugar1 cup packed brown sugar2 larg…

Georgetown Bites 2016

The eclectic and artsy Georgetown neighborhood in south Seattle held a food event yesterday called Georgetown Bites.  "A taste of Georgetown" was the description and it summed it up perfectly.  For a set of five tickets for twenty bucks, you could stroll into any participating restaurant, bakery, coffeehouse, bar, and chocolate shop, and receive either a pizza and beer, a burger and fries, wine tasting-whatever the businesses chose to sell.  They sold the tickets in sets of five and each additional ticket was five bucks.  That way, by the time you used all the tickets, you probably were able to sample a fair amount of spots. 

We started at Stellar Pizza, but we used three of our tickets right away so we could all get a pizza slice, a salad, and the special cocktail they were offering.  But one ticket for the slice, salad, and cocktail was a really good deal.  I was surprised by how much the businesses gave for one ticket.  What a great event for the area and a nice way to d…

Simple and Healthy Banana Muffins

These healthy muffins really worked for me.  Just two bananas, two eggs, a sprinkle of salt, a dash of nutmeg and a little vanilla, and a little time in the oven and you've got some tasty muffins to start your day off right.  I saw the idea for these on Facebook, one of those videos where they show the dish being made.  Their recipe was a little off so I improvised and I was happy with my muffins.  They used four eggs and baked theirs in a 200 degree oven.  I also thought some seasonings and vanilla could only help, too.  I lined my non stick muffin tin with raspberries in some and chocolate chips in the others.  I got eight small muffins because I didn't put too much batter in the cups.  When I tasted a muffin with chocolate chips right out of the oven, it was so good I forgot it was only Monday for a minute.  Isn't that fun when food and the right drink can do that?  Forget about junk food.  When we create and eat something nutritious and delicious where we know where it…

Dim Sum at Ocean Star

I know, I know.  Another dim sum post.  I wasn't going to do a review or take any food photos during our family's lunch at Ocean Star.  We celebrated my husband's Grandma's birthday and a bunch of us were there.  I brought my camera to take photos of people not food, but when I saw the doughnuts I was inspired to take a photo.  So here we are again.  The doughnuts were warm and puffy and covered in sugar.  Is there even such a thing as a bad doughnut?  There were also egg tarts which are always pretty to photograph.  We ate a lot of dishes, including cow's stomach.  Well, I didn't, but I watched others eat some.  Does that count? My boys' favorite was the sticky rice and I really loved the honey walnut shrimp.  I thought the pork spare ribs looks interesting with the jalapeƱo on top. 

Ocean Star has been open about a year and it used to be Sun Ya before that.  They have remodeled and it looks way better.  The lobby is welcoming with soft colored maroon cha…

Italian desserts for a little bit of la dolce vita

The Italian phrase la dolce vita means "the sweet life" or "the good life".   The Italians believe strongly in living out this saying and one place they don't scrimp is their desserts.  You can never go wrong with any Italian dessert and even though I haven't been to Italy, I still find many different variations here.  Some are more authentic than others and I'll never really know how they compare to the dessert in Italy until I visit, but I get the idea and love what I've tasted so far. 

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes for National Pancake Day

Happy National Pancake Day! To celebrate, I whipped up some pancakes for breakfast.  These don't have flour or milk, just bananas and eggs, a little bit of baking soda, and a splash of vanilla.  They are healthy, or were healthy, until I added some chocolate chips and a little syrup.  But you know, no carbs and all that.  I keep buying bananas, hoping that my sons will eat them.  But they seem to be afraid of fruits and veggies.  But still I keep trying to feed them healthy and am trying to find sneaky ways to do it.  So banana pancakes it is!  The bananas were spotty and ripe and I am tired of baking banana bread so I got on Pinterest and saw these pancakes.  They are really easy to make and they turned out really tasty, too!  The whole family loved them and I'll probably make them again in a couple of days.  I have more ripe bananas. 
Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Chips
two ripe bananas four eggs 1/4 t. baking powder a splash of vanilla 1/2 cup chocolate chips, or how many…

La Medusa

La Medusa is a romantic, lively, and warmly lit Italian restaurant in Columbia City.  They focus on using the Northwest's freshest ingredients and giving it a Mediterranean flair.  Their menus change seasonally to reflect what's fresh and in season.  La Medusa's dishes are from the Sicilian region of Italian, meaning salty and nutty flavors, that leave an impact on the diner and keeps them ordering more.  There is something for everyone, from seafood dishes, to spaghetti with marinara, to hot skillets filled with roasted vegetables.  I found all the flavors to be incredible.  I sat back and relaxed while or server coursed our food beautifully, leaving us to really enjoy everything. 

I started with a glass of red wine from Sicily that I thought was light with the perfect amount of acidity, not too full bodied, and with just a hint of fruitiness.  I knew it would pair well with whatever I ordered and I was correct.  My husband chose a Manhattan because sometimes, one just w…