Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Ever since my bridal shower I’ve been on a major bundt cake kick. Bundts are pretty, quick, and require no frosting after they come out of the oven. A step to cake making that I find cumbersome and most times annoying, although delicious.

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I found this recipe from Lick the Bowl for a Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake. My husband has a mild obsession with snickerdoodle cookies so I figured I would try my hand at a cake version of the treat.

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This cake is AMAZING. Hands down scrumptious. The best part is the caramelized cinnamon sugar crust around the entire exterior of the cake. The only part of the recipe I’ve altered is adding a bit more cinnamon (3tsp rather than 2tsp).

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If you love cake, and love snickerdoodles run don’t walk to your kitchen and bake this little number up.

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Banana.

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Brownie.

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Bundt.

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Brilliant.

Found this recipe from Alida’s Kitchen while trolling Pinterest (and on a health kick). The whole wheat flour made it a little dense but that means it’s filling and won’t eat the entire cake in one sitting, so that’s a good thing right? I would recommend cutting the whole wheat flour to 1 1/2 cups and add 1/2 cup of white flour to make it a little less “wheaty” (anyone who’s baked with whole what flour knows what I mean) Other than that, I would totally make this ” Health Kick” treat again.

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Just like Two Kids in Love

Time for a little lovey dovey super simple date night idea. Since The Fiance and myself are basically on opposite schedules most days we cherish a night together, especially one that receives the coveted title of “Date Night”.

There’s no reason Date Night needs to mean little black dress fancy restaurant and dropping easily $100 for one romantic evening together. Sometimes you want to behave like two little school kids, complete with mac and cheese and blanket forts.

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That’s right it was a pj totin’, “Goonies” watchin’, blanket fort buildin’ kind of date. (Really is there any better movie to watch in a blanket fort than “The Goonies”?) Building balnket forts as adults is basically a million billion times cooler than 6 year old blanket fort building mainly because couches can be turned on end and moved around for optimal fort awesomeness. We also incorporated Christmas lights for a more romantic ambiance.

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The Mac and Cheese was probably the best home made style I’ve ever had. Recipe was thanks to Pottery Barn. I highly recommend you all to give it a whirl. The cheeses I used included Parmigiano Reggiano, Gouda, Montery Jack, and White Cheddar. I also used French’s Dijion Mustard with Chardonnay Wine, I secretly think that mustard choice added the amazing flavor.

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It was probably one of the best dates the two of us ever had. No cares, no worries, just an excellent youthful movie and a kid favorite all grown up dinner. Did I mention dessert was brownie sundaes with rainbow sprinkles?

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Yeah that’s right. We don’t mess around in this house. I highly recommend a regress-ful date night (or afternoon). Acting like a kid is some of the most fun an adult can ever have. And best part of blanket forts in your own grown up apartment? No “Dad” shows up at 5 from work saying “alright, looks like you had fun today now take it down.” That sucker was up for easily a week of enjoyment.

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Banoffee Pie Anyone?

Well folks, it’s finally here. The Olympics. (Or ‘Lympics as I lovingly call it.) I guess my admiration of the elite games can be thanks to my Father who is an avid runner, cyclist, cross country skier, and all around active guy. He always made time to watch the games, and include us kids,  for as long as I can remember. My favorite summer sport is Women’s Gymnastics (YAY USA GOLD! WOO!). I was a little die hard obsessed back in 6th grade when the 1996 Atlanta games rolled in with the Magnificent Seven (yes I hung their newspaper pictures all over my room, knew all their names and back stories and was beyond crushed when the VHS tape didn’t record Kerri Strug’s winning/injuring vault. It was all squibbly and snow covered. 11 year old me was devastated to say the least.)

So, anyway, due to my die-hard ‘Lympic spirit we had a few close friends over Opening Ceremonies night to ring in the latest games. We embraced the London spirit with Fish and Chips, New Castle beers, Snake Bites (what all the cool kids in the London pubs drink), and Banoffee Pie. Oh Banoffee Pie, my new love.

Snake Bites, is something my Sister, who studied abroad in London for a semester, introduced me to. I will confess I’m not a beer drinker. (And I confess this with the heaviest of hearts.) For you non beer drinkers like me, this drink is the tastiest beer you’ll ever have and super simple to make. Half a bottle of lager (New Castle Brown Ale), half a bottle of hard cider (Angry Orchard) and if you want to really fancy it up a splash of Squash. Hands down the tastiest beer I’ve ever had.

Now, for the main event. Banoffee Pie. Oh you British seductress you. I was searching for a classic English dessert to serve my guests. This Banoffee Pie thing continued to come up throughout my searching. Having never heard of it, I read on. Basically it’s an AMAZINGLY delicious pie which is also SUPER easy to make. I started baking as “Afghanistan” entered the stadium and finished (and ready to eat) before  “Madagascar” was announced, not too shabby.

Recipe by Curtis Stone. It’s a no bake pie (score one for perfect Summer recipe) and to make the recipe even easier may I suggest a pre-made graham cracker pie crust?  I found that 1 pint of heavy cream and everything else called out in the recipe was enough for 2 regular sized pies. I also American’d it up with a chocolate cookie crust, as well as the traditional graham crust.

So happy I took a shot in the dark on this strange named pie. It is absolutely delicious and magically easy. I’m right with Keira Knightly with her “you would have broken my heart if you said yes” comment, “Love Actually” anyone? One of my favorite movies. (I will confess I always thought she was saying felafel pie, not that that makes any sense but a much more familiar word than “Banoffee”.) With out a doubt my new favorite pie.