• Fresh Blueberry Muffins

    Its no secret that I love to bake. Especially since I've been experiencing "creative block." It gives me a sense of accomplishment when someone enjoys whatever it is that I've baked. And I enjoy knowing that my food isn't full of preservatives, artifical colors, or extra sugar. So its a win-win!

    Last week, a coworker of mine gave me a gallon jug of fresh blueberries that he had picked at his neighbor's house. So I decided to make muffins. After scouring Pinterest, I finally settled upon FiveHeartHome's Classic Blueberry Muffin recipe.

    I was a little concerned at first because the batter was super thick, but they are absolutely delightful! The cake is dense, but not too dense, and slightly sweet. To me, they are the perfect breakfast food. I do think that next I make them I will add some lemon zest.

    I had forgotten how wonderful blueberries were to snack on too. I've got to make time to go to a "you pick" farm and stock up them!

  • 4pm Project

    Those of you who follow me on Instagram have probably noticed that I take a photo every day at 4pm. Last week, I finally sat down and organized all of my 4pm photos and ordered a book. I've been asked to share my inspiration of this project, so here we go.

    Last January I was d̶a̶y̶d̶r̶e̶a̶m̶i̶n̶g̶ pondering how the light looks different at the same time through out the year. So I arbitrarily picked the time 4pm and started taking pictures. At first I attempted to get the same view every day (or something similar), but soon realized that I didn't want to have to plan my day so I would always be in the same place. The 4pm Project slowly evolved into taking a snap shot of whatever I was doing at 4pm. 

    I used Instagram as my main format for these pictures, though I do share it on my personal Twitter and Flickr. I created what I thought was an original hashtag to organize the photos, #4pmProject, but soon discovered that there are a couple of guys in the UK who were also doing it. I've enjoyed looking at their photos and kinda getting to know them. 

    My collection for 2014 doesn't have 365 pictures in it. There were days that I forgot and I began the project around January 5th. I'm being much more diligent this year. 

    You can see the entire collection on Flickr or by searching the hashtag #4pmProject on Instagram.

    One of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to be more healthy, so I've been being much more conscientious about what I eat. But, like with any diet, I started craving sweets and melted cheese. Through an intense rationalization process, I decided that the best way to eat sweets was to make them myself (to avoid unneccessary chemicals and preservatives). So, Friday, I made Homemade Snickers bars. Oh. My. Word. They are sinfully delicous and fairly easy to make! Go make some! Your loved ones will love you for it!

  • Homemade Apple Pie

    Last week, a friend of ours gave us a HUGE bag of apples from one of the local orchards. Despite my husband and I both eating multiple apples a day, the pile of apples didn't seem to be diminishing. So, I got it in my head to make some apple pies. 

    And then I fell down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest. By the time I got around to baking on Friday, I was not just baking A pie. I was now determined to bake 2 different kinds of apple pie (traditional and salted caramel) and they were going to "personal" sized (approximately 4" in diameter). I also fool-heartedly believed that it would take me 2 hours tops.

    Oh, and did I mentioned I was making the crust from scratch too.

    I turned on my Prince Pandora station and got to work.

    FIVE HOURS LATER I had managed to get my husband involved, trashed my kitchen, and had 20 small pies. I ended up having to make 6 batches of pie crust. I still have a large tuperware container full of diced apples which I will most likely throw into the crock pot and make apple sauce. 

    And I still have 7 whole apples left.

    I've linked to all of the recipes I've used. The Salted Caramel Apple Pie is to die for!