Fake it ’til you make it
S’mores Brownies

skipaheadYou know what I hate about bonfires? Smoke. I hate that my hair and clothes and coat all reek of smoke until someone hoses me down with a fire hose and some febreeze. And face it, if you’re having a bonfire, you’re probably going to be out there until the wee hours of the night and who wants to take a febreeze shower after that?

Other than that, I love bonfires. I love the community that always happens when a bunch of people hang around a bonfire. I love feeding the fire and watching the flames grow, shrink back, and finally become nothing more than a white-hot ember. And I love the food. Roasted marshmallows, burnt black hot dogs, and of course – S’MORES!

But, heck, who has time to sit around a bonfire on a Tuesday night? Well don’t worry, Bakerella and I have you covered with some fake out s’mores you can make in your oven. And then, watch, the people will flock to the table and that same sense of community will grow. And all without your hair smelling like smoke (well hopefully…).


S’mores Brownies

Overall: four-star

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These brownies were really yummy and fairly easy to make. I didn’t love what happened with the graham crackers after they baked. They kinda just melted away into the brownies and I couldn’t even taste them. However, these brownies seemed to get better and better as they aged. Gooey chocolate and soft marshmallows. (Recipe here, from Bakerella.)

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Sinuses Revolt!
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

For the love of all things furry, when will I be able to breathe through my right nostril again?! I need balance in my life and thereby, balance in my nose. Either both nostrils need to be plugged or neither. If you hear about some madwoman on the news tonight screaming about “equality for all nostrils”, that was me.

Fortunately I do have some relief when I’m sleeping:

Think I could lay down on my desk and work? Totally acceptable, am I right?

Since I haven’t been feeling great for the past couple of days, I haven’t been in the mood to cook much. I did get around to making some comfort food for myself, though – sadly – I couldn’t taste much of it.


Judy’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Overall: five-star

We have another “total package” recipe on our hands! A very easy quick bread to make, but a nice added sweetness with the chocolate chips. I would say you could even serve this as a dessert with some coffee. (Recipe here, from Taste of Home.)

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Sugar-Induced Coma
Cream Crowdie Ice Cream

Over the weekend the lovely Miss Rachel, of Rachel Running Wild, and her boyfriend invited us over for ice cream from the book I found for them on my Maklemore Challenge. Five flavors later I was dizzy, lethargic, and probably suffering from sudden onset diabetes. The five pieces of broccoli from the veggie tray were all that saved me from a sugar-induced coma. The ice cream was amazing. They served the best chocolate ice cream I’ve had in a long time, vanilla (I’ll punch you if you say vanilla is plain. Seriously. Watch out.), coffee stout, and cream crowdie. They all were amazing, but the chocolate and cream crowdie were my favorites.

Rachels' cat, Lila.

Rachels’ cat, Lila. She’s much bigger now. The cat, not Rachel. Rachel is still as tiny as she was in junior high.

Because Rachel is super-cool (she’s my sister, of course she’s super-cool), she wrote up a guest post about the recipe and the process to make the ice cream. But first, a bit about her: Rachel is the middle sister of our notorious Wisconsin clan. She went to college in Iowa at Luther College and has a health and environmental studies degree. Rachel is an avid promoter of organic home gardening and upcycling. (When I was a kid I called her a hippie because she had goofy round glasses. She didn’t talk to me for at least a week. Now when I call her that, she beams proudly. #truestory) She also loves the snow and all sports requiring the fluffy stuff, like skiing and snowshoeing. When it comes down to it though, she’ll always be a distance runner at heart. (Wow, typing all that up really drove home how shockingly different we are from one another. All the more reasons why we work so well with each other – not something I could always say!) But there are lots of similarities between us too. She runs her own blog, Rachel Running Wild (go check it out right now, I’ll wait for you.) She’s an animal lover and spends as much time outside as she can. We both go crazy for Parks and Rec and nearly any dessert we can get our hands on. Especially ice cream.


Ice cream never lasts long in our house. It’s the sole purpose for out freezer, really. We have a bag of peas and ice cube tray in there too, but that’s just to keep the ice cream company. We always have several WiLd flavors on hand – from Salted Caramel and Coffee Stout, to Beet. Yup, you read that right. Beet ice cream with Mascarpone, orange zest, and poppy seeds. Crazy stuff.

Where do we get these wild flavors? …well from milk, cream and sugar for starters! We bought this ice cream maker about two years ago and absolutely love it. Until trying your own (or someone else’s!) homemade ice cream, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on. There’s definitely a whole new depth of flavor, creaminess, and just plain deliciousness that you get with homemade ice cream.

So when Krystal gave us her thrift shop findIce Cream: The Perfect Weekend Treat, I was a bit excited. We decided to turn it into an ice cream extravaganza! (And by extravaganza, I mean FIVE flavors of ice cream and nobody’s allowed to go home until they’ve tried them all.)

The recipe we decided to feature for the party was Cream Crowdie Ice Cream. According to the tidbit in our book, “Cream Crowdie is often considered the national dessert of Scotland… consisting of oatmeal, heavy cream, and Drambuie with (optional) raspberries.”  Sign me up!

Cream Crowdie Ice Cream

raspberry goodness

raspberry goodness

Overall:

four-star

This was a easy ice cream to make and had pretty good flavor overall. The oatmeal added an interesting flavor, but took away a lot in the texture department. If you give this a try, leave the oatmeal out! (Recipe here, from Ice Cream: The Perfect Weekend Treat.)

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