Blueberry & Lime Ice Cream

I have a soft spot for ice cream. It’s my happy place. It makes everything better. It’s a problem solver that I have an unlimited amount of faith in. Seriously though, when was the last time you had ice cream & it didn’t make everything better? Had a stressful day at work? Ice cream. Argument with a friend? Ice cream. Feel bad about watching TV for 5 hours straight? Ice cream. It’s magical I tell you. 

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Fruity Ice Cubes

So you know the way in my last post I mentioned that I was easing myself back into life? That includes everything (except, apparently, TV shows, which I have no problem spending my time watching), even blogging. Especially blogging. It’s too easy to get caught up in the ball of stress that is baking & taking photos & writing & all of the sub-stress categories that go hand in hand with those three. So.. I made ice. I made ice, & I’m okay with that.

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Peach Frangipane Tart

Someday soon I hope to not have to start a blog post with a list of excuses as to why I haven’t been posting. Today is not that day. Basically, I took a step back from everything. Finished college, left work, bid The Boyf farewell, grabbed my hiking boots & headed off to walk the Camino de Santiago with my best friend. The Camino, in case you didn’t know, is a pilgrimage route from St Jean Pied de Port, a small village on the French side of the Pyrenees, all the way across to Santiago de Compostella, which lies over on the west coast of Spain. In other words, it’s a rather obnoxiously long walk across an entire country. That I did willingly. Crazy, right? 

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Lemon & Poppy Seed Pancakes

I’ve recently turned into quite a pancake lover. Last weekend I made some Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes from my Joy the Baker cookbook, & today I made these Lemon & Poppy Seed Pancakes, coincidentally also a recipe I adapted from Joy. Maybe I’m just widening my pancake skills, what with Pancake Tuesday being a mere two Tuesdays from tomorrow. Whatever the reason, I haven’t heard a single complaint about my sudden interest in pancakes. (Obviously. Who complains about pancakes?)

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Lemon & Blueberry Heart Pies

So I was going to let Valentine’s Day pass me by without my doing anything for the blog & it was going to be fine. No biggie, right? But then I started thinking seriously about it all. I remembered how good I used to be about posting & how much I loved it. I remembered that I never would have let such an ideal occasion for baking pass me by, like Halloween. Besides, I totally bought heart shaped cookie cutters months ago specifically for this purpose. I really had no other choice. 

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Triple Chocolate Muffins

Who decided that muffins are an on-the-go food? Have you ever actually tried to eat a muffin while wandering about town? I mean, they’re more on the go than a bowl of cereal, but what isn’t? Walking down the street while trying to catch every single crumb that falls from your delicious muffin is more than a little embarrassing. But hey, I guess that’s why we have two hands - one for feeding the muffin into your mouth, the other for catching any runaway crumbs. 

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Fudgy Fudge Brownies

Basically, I took some time off. I relaxed, I watched movies, I ate my weight in cookie dough. I mean, that’s what the holidays are for, right? Exactly. & let me tell you - it was glorious. BUT now that the holidays are long over it’s time to pull my socks up & start being productive again. You ready? I’m gonna start the new year as I mean to go on… with super excellently delicious brownies, obviously. Fudgy Fudge Brownies, to be exact. (I’ve won you back already, right? I can tell.)

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Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

Now, I don’t mean to alarm anyone when I say this, but for the last 22 hours, 31 minutes, & 47 seconds I have been a free woman. Free from college for the year, free from exams, & best of all, free from all the stress that comes with both college & exams. It is blissful. I literally got home from my last exam yesterday & just lay down. Do you know how nice it is to just lie down? I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it was. Nothing to study for, nothing to do, nowhere I had to be. Best feeling ever. 

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Christmas Linzer Cookies

In my last post, I briefly mentioned that I just got home from visiting the Christmas markets in Munich. If, for some unknown reason, you’re imagining the Christmas markets of Munich to be like the shabby little 6 or 7 huts in your local town, think again. During our mere four days in Munich, we visited at least eight different main markets located all over the city, as well all the little Christmassy huts strategically placed along the main streets. It. Was. Awesome. Everywhere you looked there was Christmas galore - wooden decorations, decorations for your tree, pottery, toys, big woolly jumpers, handmade jewelry, and every possible German baked good you can think of. There was even a medieval market that sold things like furs, knives, & big goblets. Oh, & it was snowing. I mean, could Munich be more perfect?

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Cranberry & White Chocolate Granola

Remember when I made those Caramel Apple & Pear Crumbles a while back & mentioned how my college workload was beginning to stress me out? The signs of stress were jumping out of my posts - I was grumpy, I was late putting up new posts, & then eventually I left my beloved blog to survive by itself while I curled up & died for a little while. 15 days, to be exact. The college semester ended with a bang (full of late assignments, extremely caffeinated days, & an unnervingly little amount of baking), the Christmas rush took hold in work, & I just crumbled under the tiredness. But then I went to the Christmas Markets in Munich for a few days & everything was good in the world once again (mulled wine has magical powers). Let the Christmas baking begin! 

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Pecan Pie Bars

Have you ever walked around on entirely numb feet? Well, let me tell you, it is so entirely not fun at all. In any way whatsoever. It is so incredibly painful. Like, I genuinely had to stop walking several times just so I could check that one of my bones hadn’t popped out of the bottom of my foot (it hadn’t). It really was that painful. It was also kind of embarrassing. I mean, imagine me walking up to the bus stop with a face displaying nothing but sheer pain & doing a weird hunched over limping shuffle type thing. It wasn’t pretty. Whatever tiny bit of street-cred I may have held before was now completely nonexistent. 

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Apple Pie

According to my own personal blogging rules, this post is five whole days later than it should be. I have these rules for a reason - it’s all too easy to slide down the slippery slope of only posting up every once in a while. This time, however, I have not one, but two, extremely valid reasons for the delay. (I know, total shocker.) You will be astounded by the validity of these reasons, they will blow your mind. Compared to my usual round-up of terrible excuses, that is. Are you ready? Do you have all of your hands and feet inside the ride?

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How to Make Cake Bunting

Today is not one of the days that I have an interesting or mildly funny story to tell you. Today is one of the days that I’ve been bogged down with college work & assignment deadlines (which was today, in case you were wondering) & tiredness & oh my god who knew that eyelids could feel so heavy. Also, it’s too cold for my liking. Yep, it’s one of those days. 

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Birthday Cake

Time is a tricky thing. Lately it just seems as though the days are flying past. I mean, how are we already nearing the middle of November!? It seems like summer only just ended & now all of a sudden Halloween is over & December is fast approaching & that means Christmas & also Christmas exams for college & sometimes it’s really scary to think about how fast everything is going by. Excluding the possibility of failing any classes, these will be my last Christmas exams before I get my degree & finish college. I’m not ready to be a real grown-up with real grown-up responsibilities & problems. 

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Chocolate Fudge Brownies

A very VERY exciting thing happened to me about a month ago & I have no idea how I haven’t mentioned it up until now (ask The Boyf, I honestly haven’t shut up talking about it) - my Joy the Baker cookbook came in the post! I ordered it online, excitedly checked the postbox every single day until it arrived, & then totally fangirled all over the place when it finally came just as I was walking out the door to college. Before you ask, yes, I brought it with me & read it cover to cover during my two bus journeys & three lectures. 

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