Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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I'll be the first to admit that I have been a bad blogger. I expected to be posting at least once a week while on my Christmas break, yet I only posted once. I did bake, but I just didn't take photos and make posts about them. I take my photos with natural light and, since it's winter, the light goes at about 3pm. I tended to do a lot of baking in the afternoon or evening, meaning no light for photos. I also baked many of my favorite things which have already been posted on this blog, so it's not like I could put repeats up! I know those are poor excuses... 
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Cranberry and White Chocolate Scones

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My go-to scone is normally lemon poppy seed, but, seeing as we are in my favorite month/season, I decided to change things up a bit. I’m not sure if cranberry and white chocolate is a classic holiday flavour combo because of the sweet-tart thing going on, or because it’s got Christmas colours… I’m thinking a little bit of both.


Scones and I have a nice relationship going. We’re not best friends, but we’re comfortable friends. We always go well together and have never had any upsets. Scones may not be my absolute favorite baked good, but they’re certainly a delight whenever they’re around.
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Sweet & Salty Brownies

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Papers are done, only one week of school left, and exams are far away enough that I can ignore them for now. Since I've finished my papers, I've kind of gone into vacation mode... My birthday, which was wonderful, didn't help matters, either, because I spent half a week eating at nice restaurants and getting gifts, one of which was an ice cream maker. Just so everyone knows, ice cream is going to start appearing on this blog soon. 


But, before I bust out the frozen treats, we've got these brownies. These brownies are the definition of decadence. Dark chocolate and salted caramel all wrapped up in one delicious, rich, amazing square. I've made these brownies about ten times now and I almost don't need to look at the recipe book any more. 

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Apple Cinnamon Buns with Maple Glaze

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I often find myself thinking about all the things I would do if I didn't have to sleep.


Is that weird? Am I the only one who does that? I can't be, I bet everyone thinks about it but no one says anything. And if you honestly don't, now you will. 


As much as I love sleep, I'd really like to not have to sleep. So much more time to do things! I would definitely bake more. But I'd probably do things that I don't normally have lots of time for, like practicing guitar. My boyfriend gave me a super nice guitar for Christmas last year and I've learned a total of one song... I know bits of other songs, like the cute song from the Fellowship of the Ring and a basic version of the beginning of Stay or Leave by Dave Matthews. I've tried to learn a lot of songs, but it takes lots of time to completely get a song down. With school, work, and baking taking up most of my time, I don't always want to play guitar on my down-time. Sometimes I just want to sit on my couch and cuddle with my cat. 
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Mint Chocolate Thumbprints

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"Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering."- Winnie the Pooh

Are you stressed today? I sure was.

Everyone gets stressed once in a while. Work is a big stress causer for most people. University and school, too. Trying to achieve a goal but you're not quite getting it right. Feeling like you have too many things to do in one day. Being hungry but not having the time to go get groceries so you eat porridge for the 3rd meal in a row. Not being able to operate a camping can opener (or maybe that's was just me).




You feel the anger storm growing in your mind. Everything seems to be against you and you just want the world to give you a few minutes to breathe! Nothing is going the way you want it. The anger storm is going full blast now. Eventually, you give up, wallow in your self-pity, and act the victim. At least, that tends to be my cycle of rage. It doesn't always get to the last bit, sometimes I can intercept it before it gets to be too much. The one thing that I do to de-stress that will almost always work? 

Baking.

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Lemon and Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée

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I like reading. I mean, I really like reading. 

But only specific books. I don't like reading textbooks, even though the overall content might be interesting. Books for english classes, not fun. If you're told to read it, it ruins the fun of reading something, well, for fun.



I used to go to the local library and choose out 2 or 3 books. Not little 200 page books, either,  I'm talking big 500 page whoppers. The cover would spark my interest, or the title. If it was a small one, I just passed it by. I probably missed a lot of good books that way, but I wanted a book that would last me a week or two. Small ones would last me one night. I'd go through a huge process of elimination with my books. I'd pick out 7 or so, then slowly whittle it down to a couple. I would get home and sort the books according to which one I wanted to read first. I would then go about reading said book. But carrying those back home was a workout, let me tell you. 
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Hazelnut Biscotti

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Ah, the weekend. Everyone’s beloved pair of days. I finished my midterms as of Friday, but I didn’t get to take the whole weekend off, as much as I would’ve liked to. Research paper due dates are looming and I don’t want to be busily writing them last-minute, like I do every semester. Procrastination is a temptatious friend. 



I started on a paper on Saturday and managed to get 250 words. In 3 hours. Not the best start, but a start nonetheless. And, as I tend to do when writing papers, I rewarded myself for all my hard work. I told myself that I would bake biscotti tomorrow. Once I made up my mind that the reward was already going to happen, there was no way I could write any more, even if I wanted to. This is a reoccurring problem for me. I do a tiny bit of work and reward myself with an hour break or a cookie or an episode of Family Guy. Needless to say, I don’t get a lot of work done unless it’s due the next day.
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Spiced Apple Cider and Ginger Molasses Cookies

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Fall has arrived in Vancouver! We had a great start to it with almost two full weeks of SUN! If you've ever lived in Vancouver, you know this is a big deal. If you haven't, well, we get our fair share of rain. More than our fair share, actually. We get two months of sunshine in the summer, if we're lucky, and the rest is rain. So sunshine in fall is a big deal.

The boots have been brought out. The cozy sweaters have been brought out. The scarves have been brought out. The knee high socks have been brought out. All of them. 

That's right. You heard me. Knee high socks. Love 'em. It started out with one pair that I would secretly wear under my jeans on really cold days. Then, ever so slowly, they started to make public appearances. They would peek out from under my gumboots sometimes. Or maybe I'd wear boots and tights with my knee highs.Then I got bold. I started wearing them... with dresses! There's not many occasions where you can wear a dress and knee high socks and look appropriate, but I think I pulled it off. 

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Silky Dark Chocolate Tart

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This tart. Oh man, this tart. It's just too good. I made this heavenly creation in the morning and it was a sheer test of my willpower to not eat the entire thing. I ate (read: inhaled) that slice sitting there on the plate and immediately glared at the tart. I glared at it. It was daring me to eat more, just one more slice, maybe two, no one will know. I didn't need to share this with anyone, I could have it all to myself. Despite the temptation, I resisted! Sort of... I had another slice, but after that I stopped. I'd be a terrible drug addict, I'd never be able stop. I guess I am a bit of a drug addict, except my drugs are desserts. My willpower dissolves when it comes to desserts of almost any kind. It's always, "Oh, just one more cookie" or "Maybe another bite of cake" or most often, "You're not going to finish that? Well, I can't let it go to waste, just give it here"


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Oatmeal Banana Muffins

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In elementary school, my friend Emma would sometimes bring banana muffins that her mom made. Her other friends and I would crowd around her, asking for just a little bite and, because Emma was really nice, she would give us some. Once in a while, she would bring extra and we could each have half a muffin! Those muffins would be the highlight of our week. I remember them so well and I always associate banana muffins with Emma and her mom. I also remember the first time I saw blackened bananas in her freezer. I didn't know why someone would keep expired fruit in their freezer... But that's how I found out that it's essential for the bananas to be at  least a little brown. Normally, I wait until my bananas are completely black - no yellow whatsoever. However, I was getting tired of having granola every morning and I had some slightly overripe bananas just sitting on my counter.



A year or two ago, I decided that I wanted to recreate Emma's moms muffins. I started off with a basic banana muffin recipe - no good. Too cakey and sticky. So, I modified it. And modified it. And modified it. I changed just about everything in the recipe so much that I didn't even bother looking at the old recipe, I had a new one in my head. As it turns out, they were nothing like Emma's moms muffins. Hers were dense and were just banana, whereas mine are a bit less dense and there's oatmeal and chocolate chunks in there. A couple months ago, I went to Emma's place and saw that her mom had made banana muffins. I had hyped these up in my head ever since elementary school and seeing them again was like seeing a celebrity. I took a bite... and was a bit disappointed. Maybe I had hyped them up too much or maybe I was used to my muffins, but they just weren't as great as I remember. It was a bit heartbreaking to find out that something I had idolized wasn't all that it was cracked up to be, but at least I still have my muffins to idolize.
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Chocolate Bites

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Well, the first post of my new blog. I thought it would be too easy to start up a blog. Everyone's doing it, so how hard can it be? Very hard, actually! Although I consider myself a pretty solid home baker, I've never been much of a photographer, let alone a food stylist. I had to make quite a few test subjects (which were happily eaten once the photo shoot was done) before I was comfortable enough putting photos up! The fact that my boyfriend is a photo genius helped a lot, too. Don't even get me started on HTML because all I know is hex colour codes. All in all, it was a bit haphazard and spur of the moment, but I think it's turned out alright.

I present to you, dear reader, the first recipe of Cioccolato etc., Chocolate Bites. Simple, yet delicious. These little babies are quite rich, so if you're tempted to eat half a dozen, pour yourself a big glass of milk. What's cookies without milk, anyways?


These cookies are a nice little punch for those moments when you're just craving some chocolatey goodness. They're not too hard and, apart from chilling out in the fridge for an hour, they don't take too long to make.

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