Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This is the second day of what appears to be a baking streak. Yesterday I made a peach pie after purchasing a large amount of peaches at a wholesale produce store. I have eaten a lot of pie since yesterday. I am ashamed :( So I have no idea why I had the desire to bake again today. I looked up a recipe for almond cookies since I love almonds!!! <3 I also have a jar of almond butter and was super excited to find a recipe that incorporated almond butter and maple syrup...double, double yummmmmmmm!!!!!

Maple Almond Butter Cookies
I used this recipe but changed it up a tiny bit.
1/2 cup natural almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons melted butter (the recipe online used vegetable oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached pastry flour (the recipe online used whole wheat pastry flour which I did not have on hand)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped almonds

I mixed the almond butter, maple syrup, butter, and vanilla extract in the kitchenaid.  In a separate bowl I mixed the dry ingredients. I gradually added the dry ingredients to the almond mixture, then added the chopped almonds.  I baked them at 350 for about 10 minutes. 

The result = delicious!!!!! The house smelled beautifully, you would not believe!!! The girls loved them and I suggest if you love maple syrup and almond butter as I do...try it out.

Lots of love,
Mon <3

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Montgomery burger night!

Gourmet burgers we are calling them. I felt ambitious so I decided to try to make buns. I am somewhat addicted and fascinated by bread making. The idea of flour, water, yeast etc combining for wonderfully delicious results makes me happy. Anyhow, back to the brioche buns. As you can see, my sizing is off. Maybe they don't look gorgeous and perfect, but they are really good!! I was nervous and ended up making a variety of sized buns from the big momma on the right to the normal sized ones on the left. I hope they will be prettier next time but I am happy! For my first shot...not bad. I did have some issues with the recipe. For some reason I had to add more milk. I think it was ok though. Mmmmmm I <3 bread! Now for the burger feast!

Monday, January 10, 2011


I made Hazel Rei a little headband that she loves to wear like a hippie. She wanted a flower on it so I tried my hand at knitting a rose.  It mostly came out like a ball but it could be the yarn was maybe a little too thick! It was a fun & super easy project!  Hazel loves it!

I also made Jade one too, except made a little bow.