Super Sweet Blog Post

Hi everyone,

I have some exciting news!  I was nominated for the Super Sweet Blog award!!

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As a new blogger, I am still a little surprised when people (other than my family) read my blog… I mean, strangers reading what I’m writing.  Isn’t the internet cool?  It’s really inspiring to be part of such a huge community.

Thank you very much to Rosita for the nomination!  Click over to check out her site… she has tantalizing recipes, punctuated with her humor… a pleasure to read.  Her tagline is ‘reclaiming food with fun and yumminess’ … it couldn’t get any better than that!

For the nomination… I answer 5 Super Sweet questions about myself and then pass on the love with nominations to 5 blogs that I find to be Super Sweet.  Here we go….

1. Cookies or Cake?

Cookies… definitely!  I enjoy a nice slice of cake on a special occasion, but cookies have some definite advantages.  Namely, you can go from craving to cookies in under a half hour.  Second, you can whip up a small batch, which is much harder to accomplish with cake.  And finally, cookies are so portable… hard to toss a slice of cake in your purse 😉

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate!  The darker the better!

3. Favorite sweet treat?

Creme brulee!!  I realize this seems to contradict my answer in #2, but what can I say, I absolutely love creme brulee.  And I’ve had chocolate creme brulee and it’s heavenly!  And raspberry brulee… and caramel.  I once had a ginger brulee.  See it’s a worthy favorite.

4. When do you most crave sweets?

Okay, you will think I am weird now… sometimes I have the most wicked sugar cravings in the early morning.  I have found that if I keep to a healthy diet, I tend to crave sugar a lot less… but if I indulge in a sugary dessert, I literally wake up wanting more!

5. Your sweet nickname?

I am one of those people who has always gone by their full name… seriously, very few nicknames have crossed my path.  So I asked Jonathan for help on this one… his reply was ‘dark cocao’ because if he thinks of me and sweets, dark chocolate is the first thing that pops to his mind.  Hmmmm…. maybe because I have been slowly replacing all the ‘normal’ chocolate in the household with the dark variety.  Looks like he’s caught on 😉

And now for my nominations… this was difficult as there are so many blogs I enjoy reading.  In keeping with the theme, I went with my favorite sites for Sweet recipes 😉

All this talk of sweets and cookies has brought on a serious craving!  Seems like a great time to share my favorite cookie recipe 😉

I really love baking my own cookies… it means that I can control the quality of the ingredients I use… and they ALWAYS taste better than the icky store-bought variety.

Classed-Up Classic: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are my husband’s favorite… I knew we would be a good match!!  This recipe is made often at our house.  It’s fabulous because you can whip up a small batch with quality ingredients. in short time  This is also my ‘base’ cookie recipe, so feel free to mix it up with the ingredients.  Makes 12.

  • 1 cup spelt flour (or 1 cup minus 2 Tbs whole wheat)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • teeniest dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup neutral flavored oil (like coconut or canola)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (what’d I tell you about dark chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (treat yourself to the no-added-sugar variety)
  • 1/4 cup nuts, pecans or walnuts are fab here

Preheat oven to 350F.  Now this is a super easy assembly – simply combine all ingredients in the listed order and mix.  And the BEST part about vegan baking (aside from being cruelty free, obviously) is that you can EAT the dough whenever you want… no raw eggs to worry about!

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Spoon dough in tablespoons size balls and flatten a bit on the cookie sheet.  Bake at 350F for 11 minutes.  Eat them as soon as you can handle it, without burning your mouth!

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cookies!!In other Super Sweet News….

Jonathan and I have a double date tonight with our friends Ed and Halle in Boston!  I’m not sure when this happened, but we suddenly all have responsibilities and commitments, so we don’t get to see each other nearly enough.  I am so excited!!

Tomorrow we are off to our friend Allyson’s wedding.  I love getting to witness a couple express their love.  Super Sweet is right!

And Sunday, I am meeting my youngest sister Eleanor’s new beau.  Love is in the air.

Oh, and to top it off, I’ve had the most Super Sweet day!  I was off work today… sweet!!  It was really sunny and warm (well, warmish for February), so I spent some time at the beach this morning… my favorite spot on earth… the ocean was kicking up some huge waves this morning…

waves crashingI jumped more than a few times and almost got soaked!!

When I got home, I mastered the elusive art of omelette making!  I can do a mean scramble but have NEVER really been able to figure this one out.  My dad makes excellent omelettes… I figured the gene skipped a generation.  But wait, today…

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Seriously, have you ever seen a better-looking omelette?  Could this day get any better?

Health and happiness to you all!  And have a Super Sweet day.

xox, Kristen

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