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pb+j

This past weekend, I celebrated a good friend’s 25th Birthday.  Now that we have graduated and passed the Bar, I don’t see my law school friends nearly enough and I know it will only get worse once we all finally find jobs and begin our careers.  I knew that I wanted to bake something for Susan and that I didn’t want to make a cake because I learned that it can be a tad difficult to serve up over beers at a bar.

When I turned 25, I remember thinking that I really should now think of myself as an “adult” and I desperately wanted to hang onto my youth.  Since Susan was also approaching this quarter-century milestone, I wanted to bake her something youthful and a little bit whimsical.  And then I remembered just the cookies: peanut butter and jelly thumbprints invented by my good friend Andrea at Bella Eats.   Continue reading

crunch time

I truthfully don’t have a lot of time to talk (or spare brain cells to be creative) but it feels weird to not post for over a week.  Stupid Bar Exam.  Anyways, I made a batch of these cookies this afternoon as a study break because they are the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  The first time I made them I made the frosting that Andrea suggests and it is wonderful, but if you just want a cookie, the cookie is quite wonderful on its own.   Continue reading

Banana Date Bread

Andrea was right, this really is some of the best banana bread out there.  I was lucky enough to have my first loaf sent by Andrea herself, but thankfully, I have been able to make a few loafs on my own.  This recipe is also pretty healthy since it uses applesauce instead of oil/butter and sneaks in some white wheat flour. Continue reading

One of those weeks

[Warning: I am doing a little bit of complaining in this post]

Do you have those weeks where you are just apathetic about doing anything?  And when you actually summon the energy deep inside to do something, it doesn’t go as planned?  It has been one of those weeks.  Dave has been in San Fran for work since Wed which has made me not want to cook (cooking for one, is just not as much fun).  No desire to cook, has kept me away from grocery stores.  My past two training runs have been filled with crazy side stickers (felt like my whole  diaphragm was on fire) plus shin pain for the first time ever.  And to top it all off, they are predicting 1-2 inches of snow for the first time in weeks,  for the Shuffle tomorrow morning (and I sorta ran into a pole-like thingie, digging through my goodie bag to pull out a some what disappointing shirt at the Health and Fitness Expo yesterday and now I have a painful bump on my nose). 

It has been on of those weeks.

However……I came home on Thursday to a “See Doorman” sticker on my mailbox and this was waiting for me.

Andrea at Bella Eats asked for my address after I sent her a bag of my granola because she wanted to send me a treat. (I really wasn’t expecting anything out of my granola sharing, I just really loved the way it turned out and love to share with friends-even those that I only know through the internet and really hope that I can meet some day).

Banana Date Bread! Let me just say that this is some of the best banana bread I have ever had. It is incredibly moist and flavorful. I have been slowly enjoying it, trying to not eat it in one sitting so that Dave can have some when he gets back today.

I will be making this again when the banana bread craving strikes. It really is that good. I really is amazing how writing this simple blog has given me the opportunity to meet so many interesting and sweet people. I need to jump in the shower because I am actually meeting two local reader/bloggies at Argo at 1.

Thank you Andrea for being so sweet and really giving me a smile during one of those weeks. 🙂

PS-I currently have some Rancho Gordo‘s soaking for an appealing recipe that I hope to share tomorrow after the snowy Shuffle.