A Hungry Dino Comes to Visit

My good friend Andy flew across the country to visit me at home before we head back to school in a few days. Because he also harbors a love of baking, it’s been a dangerous partnership; he’s completely fueling my addiction. My grandparents invited us over for tea tomorrow and we promised to bring the baked goods.

We might have gone a bit overboard for just the four of us…

and then we couldn’t help but whip up another batch of Apple Cinnamon Granola for us to munch on.

Be sure to check out Andy’s baking blog: The Hungry Dino!

The Leibster Award

I was flattered the other day to receive a comment notifying me that Sue at Cake Balls, Cookies, and More had given me a Leibster Award. This award is given to newer blogs (with a following of fewer than 200 people) by their fellow bloggers. Liebster is a German word that means favorite or dearest. Thank you, Sue!

After being given the award, the recipient is supposed to choose 5 of their favorite blogs and pass along the Leibster love. I’ve realized that while I read a lot of food blogs, they’re generally pretty well established and have FAR more than 200 followers (or don’t post their follower count). Because the ultimate goal of this award is to bring attention to new blogs, I’m opting instead to ask anybody reading this post to recommend any good blogs that deserve more traffic so I can check them out!

I will offer a few plugs:

1. Colleenie McCupcake is the blogging home of one of my closest friends.

Colleen is a wonderful baker/cook and I’m lucky to have personally tasted many of her creations (her cupcakes are amazing but she posts all kinds of recipes). She falls into the category of folks whose follower count I do not know, but you should definitely check her blog out!

2. Another great blog you should head over to is PalmHeart.

It’s great inspiration for anyone looking to pursue a sustainably healthy lifestyle, especially through food and fitness. (Again, I have no idea about follower count, I’m assuming it’s over 200, but worth a recommendation anyway.)

3. Another one of my best friends, Andy, was finally pressured into making his own baking blog: The Hungry Dino.

He bakes amazingly decadent and delicious cakes and is one seriously talented food photographer. You should go give his blog some love!

4. Though not an actual recipe blog, Ude’s Food for Thought can offer you some witty musings to fuel your mind!

Judy’s blog offers glimpses into her life and interests, with a healthy dose of sarcasm. You should definitely check out her page.

And please leave your blog recommendations in the comments!

Lots of Friends and Lots of Food!

I’m lucky to have a large group of wonderful people back home in Vermont with whom to spend time during these long inter-semester breaks. I decided to organize a party to gather everyone together and catch up after a few months at school. I was so happy to see some of my favorite faces after being apart for far too long.

And of course I had to make enough food to feed everyone…

One of my good friends is vegan and many more are vegetarian (including myself) so this was a meat-free and mostly-vegan spread.

Here is a list of the new recipes I tried out for the occasion:
I couldn’t be more satisfied with how everything worked out and I have just enough leftovers for a yummy breakfast this morning.