August 12, 2018

Chocolate S’mores Tart with Toasted Marshmallow Meringue

A totally indulgent homemade s’mores tart that combines all the classic elements of campfire s’mores: a cinnamon-spiced graham cracker crust and a gooey chocolate ganache filling, topped with big swirls of toasted marshmallow meringue. You won’t be able to resist this delicious and nostalgic treat!

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In what was nearly a major travesty, I misplaced my smudged and note-covered recipe for this s’mores tart in the midst of packing and leaving our old house. Thankfully, it resurfaced in a pile of our important documents, because this indulgent chocolate-y, marshmallow-y, concoction is one of my favorite recipes to date.

Friends, it’s the stuff that dreams are made of.

…If you also dream about creamy chocolate ganache, and spiced graham cracker crusts, and big fluffy piles of toasted marshmallow meringue.
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July 31, 2018

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and Dark Chocolate

The best chewy oatmeal cookies, flecked with dark chocolate and tangy cranberries. So easy to make with the perfect texture, tons of flavor from brown sugar, old-fashioned oats, cinnamon, and molasses, these bakery style cookies are the perfect Fall treat!

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Chocolate chip cookies may get the spotlight most of the time, but I love a great oatmeal cookie just as much. Maybe even more.

…Even packed full of raisins. Yes, it’s true.

For those of you that fundamentally disagree – raisins, are kind of like cilantro in that way, aren’t they? – do not worry. Today we’re not talking raisins, as these chewy oatmeal cookies are filled with vibrant dried cranberries and lots of rich, dark chocolate chunks instead.

They’re plump, buttery cookies, brimming with caramel notes from brown sugar and a hint of molasses, which also helps to achieve a perfectly chewy texture. Generously spiced with cinnamon, fragrant vanilla, and of course lots of old fashioned oats, they’re one of my very favorite cookies.

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July 18, 2018

A Summer Peach Galette

A pretty Summer peach galette that combines a flaky, rustic pie crust with vanilla scented, cinnamon-spiced peaches. Easier than pie, but just as tasty, this simple, sweet dessert can easily be adapted to feature whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand (peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, blueberries… you name it!).

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Okay, where did we leave off?

We had just sold our house in Tacoma. I wrote my last post the morning before we left, and fast forward to now: writing this while the baby sleeps, from our tiny, temporary basement AirBnb apartment in northern Virginia.

Honestly, this move has been tough.

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The housing market here is incredibly challenging and so, so expensive. We did a lot of internet research before we got here, had our loan application already approved and underwritten, and were fairly optimistic at the outset. But finding a new home has taken a lot longer than we’d hoped.

We’ve look at dozens of houses (and hundreds of listings online), and made several offers that fell through, starting with a house we really loved that turned out to have a money pit of an environmental disaster in the backyard in the form of an ancient, leaking heating oil tank; a full price offer that turned into a bidding war well over what the house was worth; and most notably, the beautiful house we couldn’t believe was still on the market… until we discovered that it was the scene of a brutal and tragic double murder right before Christmas.


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