How a Friday Night Should Be

Sitting at work today, at 3pm, I decided I was going to have a lazy night. I don’t care if its a Friday, I’m staying in. Seeing as I work Weds-Sunday, Today is more like my mid-week anyhow. Fast forward to 10pm: the “Aaah!!! Real Monsters” I was just watching has seeminly disappeared off Netflix. I needed a pick-me-up.

A few days ago Shawn and I had a joint birthday party (ours are only 6 days apart! Happy Birthday to us!) at the bar we both work at. On top of some delicious treats I made (and totally forgot to take pictures of. D’oh!) a bar regular made his incredible carrot cake as a truly wonderful gift. There were some leftovers in the fridge, and a slice was calling my name.

For Shawn’s birthday I got him an ice cream maker for his KitchenAid stand mixer. The other night was our first attempt at making ice cream. We went for simple vanilla; dipping our toes into the water instead of jumping into the keep end (don’t worry…cannonballs, belly flops and jackhammers are soon to come in the form of Garlic, Chocolate Cherry, and Alcoholic Apple Cider Ice Creams). It turned out pretty darn good. Especially for a first try. Once again, there were some leftovers in the fridge and a scoop was calling my name.

Leftover carrot cake+ homemade vanilla ice cream= heck yeah!

xo

Claire

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Salted Caramel Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

This summer I decided I was going ot take on baking . Franky, I sort of suck at it. I can’t make a cupcake. But I decided I would be patient and learn how to make delicious, delicious goodies. This recipe for Salted Caramel Brownies looked like a winner, mostly because I really wanted to eat them and they appear to be within reach for a relatively new baker.

Long story short, they turned out awesome. I’m not usually one to toot my own horn but they’re truly delicious. The prep time is pretty long on these when you combine all of the time for each layer. If you time it correctly you can do most of the prep for the next step while theĀ  brownies are baking/cooling.

These have proven to be a hit with everyone I’ve forced them on (force being use very loosely here) and were well worth a little patience. I plan to try various recipes all Summer. The site I got the recipe from seems like a great resource. I think my baking adventures are off to a great start!

Original Recipe:here

-Claire