So after a somewhat crappy series of days last week, I got to end the week with something awesome: meeting up with Kylie from Imma Eat That!! It was pretty much on par with meeting Izy or Michelle–Kylie’s like my healthy-eating blog celebrity idol and she also lives in Houston! We met for tacos and she was so bubbly and funny and helpful and it was just a great lunch. Except for the part where I accidentally ordered a breakfast taco that had BACON alll up in it, but even when I sat there picking it out, she pretended she didn’t mind.
Saturday, 5:32 p.m: Erik and I are scurrying out the door after a desperate, last-minute blast of my baked brie at 440 degrees (not 450, which feels like a ridiculous heat at which one would cook a pizza, but higher than 400, which wasn’t doing the trick to brown the pie crust fast enough) when a sense of déjà vu washes over me. “Weren’t we about this late last year?”
Sure enough, we arrived at his classmate’s apartment just in time to get a thorough earful from his friend since yes, we were about this late last year. And so we walked into the crowd of people eagerly awaiting the gorgeous Friendsgiving spread, once again the very last ones to arrive.
Nothing can really excuse being that late, even when you come bearing baked brie and sweet potatoes with a nut crumble and toasted marshmallows on top. But! The good news is that the lovely Renee of Will Frolic for Food is hosting this virtual Friendsgiving potluck, thus granting me an opportunity to redeem myself with lasagna. Thank goodness the internet doesn’t require punctuality.
A little rain, a little thing called November and suddenly Houston thinks it’s okay to be 40 degrees out, gray and COLD. But for once, that was totally fine with me since the chilly weather was the perfect backdrop for a long-awaited hot cocoa bar party!
When in doubt because your kale has been sitting in your fridge for two weeks and is yellowing around the edges because you just cannot find the time to massage kale these days…make kale chips.
My parents came to visit awhile back and brought me the MOST delicious kale chips, courtesy of Costco. I don’t even like cool ranch-flavored normal chips, but these were SO GOOD. I was trying to decide if I was willing to give up new clothes in favor of a steady diet of the green stuff when I realized that a homemade version was totally within reach.
The Rhythm chips are, amazingly, raw, with a really short list of normal-sounding things. This version is baked at 275 degrees F, which makes these not-raw, but do you think that stopped me? (No, said everyone ever.)
…several trials later, my kitchen was inundated with cookies–luckily with the consensus that they were spot-on. I thought they’d be the perfect thing for a guest post for Nora while she’s on her honeymoon (woowoo!) Hop on over to A Clean Bake for the recipe!
And if you’re a fan of these cookies (or even if you’re not), I’d love it if you give these a try and let me know what you think!