thursday things – i’m getting old and some other stuff

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! By “that time” I mean the time of year when I get another year older… Here is a little known fact. My neighborhood was built the same year that I was born. The sidewalk reminds me of this every day.

WHICH MEANS… In a few days I will officially be saying “goodbye” to my 20s and move into the big bad world of adulthood. Like, grown up adulthood.

Scary.

Last year I was indecisive so I made two cakes, this year I went back to Momofuku and have cobbled together a cake recipe from their Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook. Recipe will be coming next week (Monday is the big day!) but here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming up!

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good day sunshine bars

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Baked Bakery’s “Good Morning Sunshine” bars have been on my ‘to do’ list for practically forever, and who knows why because they’re so fricking easy to make that I basically feel like the laziest person ever for not making them. I finally got around to make them, but as i was reading through the recipe I just wanted there to be more.

The standard recipe is pretty solid on its own, it’s got cereal, peanut butter, sugar (duh), and a drizzle of chocolate on top, but it also had chopped peanuts which for some reason I am generally not a fan of in my snacks. I like peanuts, I eat them quite frequently, but crunchy peanut butter? No thank you. Nuts in my cookies? Get out of here.  Nuts in a quick bread? Pass. I know, I’m a crazy person.

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thursday things

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Happy Thursday! Two things – First, I can’t believe it’s March. WTF, GUYS? WHY IS IT MARCH? To piggyback on that topic, HOW IS MY BIRTHDAY IN 11 DAYS? I’M NOT READY TO BE OLDER YET! If I disappear it’s just because I’m having an existential crisis and have withdrawn from the world… no big deal, guys.

Second – I’M SO PUMPED BECAUSE JENIS APPROVED OUR SPINALONG PROJECT!!!

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wanna be starbucks cherry oat bars

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Apparently our local Starbucks has a new pastry in stock these days. I don’t know if it’s legit new or just “new to us” new, but it is called the Michigan Cherry Oat Bar… and it happens to be Mr. Eats’ new favorite thing these days. So, of course, he requested that I make a from-scratch version. When I told him that would be difficult to do having never tasted the sweet treat, one appeared at our home within days.

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lucky charms ice cream and salty cereal gravel

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You know that wonderful lady over at A Periodic Table? Well, after falling in love with our Jeni’s books, we thought it would be fun to team up for a Jeni’s Ice Cream Spinalong! Because cooking is always more fun with friends, even when those friends are 1,500 miles away.

So here we are, with our first ice cream debut…

A little bit about the process… We pick a base recipe and a theme. It’s really that simple. Armed with that information, we retreat to our separate laboratories to work our magic, then come back together when we’re done to reveal what we’ve created. This month we chose an easy recipe: Jeni’s Basic Sweet Cream… and for the theme? Breakfast. Because who doesn’t want to eat ice cream for breakfast?!

This project really happened to showcase how versatile the Jeni’s recipes can be. Shannon turned our base into a delightful Sticky Bun Ice Cream while I went for Lucky Charms Ice Cream, which I thought would be super fitting for March. You know, with the leprechauns and all.

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