cream scones

cream scones | the thoughtful plateToday we had friends from home visit (!!) and I made scones. So I’m popping in on this fine Saturday to share the recipe. Also, I just really wanted to post these photos because, see that serving board? My brother made that for me for Christmas! Isn’t it gorgeous? I love it.

I had so much fun arranging a bunch of mini scones on it and setting it out next to the coffee cups and little plates and forks. Continue reading

roasted squash seeds

IMG_7899Two Saturdays ago at the farmers’ market, Micah and I picked up a delicata squash, among other things. As I was preparing it to be roasted one night, I decided to set the seeds aside. I had just read an article on Food52 about things to do with them, and I hate throwing away edible food. Continue reading

kale chips with garlic olive oil

IMG_2227Look at this! Two green recipes in a row… can you believe it? There would’ve been three, except the day I picked to make one of my favorite pastas ever, natural light was being SO uncooperative. Uncooperative as in, ugh these clouds are making it feel like 8pm at 3pm, why is this happening to me??

I’m sort of over it now, having reconciled myself to the fact that I’ll just have to make the pasta again really soon, and hopefully pick a more suitable day.

In the meantime, let’s discuss kale chips. Continue reading

browned butter granola

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHappy New Year! I hope your 2014 is going along quite well, as mine is.

On the first day of the year, I celebrated my 20th birthday. Today, I am currently experiencing my first ever “snow day”… the college is closed because of weather. When I woke up this morning, the temperature was -7 degrees and felt like -23 degrees. Those are numbers I have a hard time wrapping my mind around, especially when they relate to the weather. Continue reading

chocolate almond coconut chewies

IMG_6683There’s this cookie in the baked goods case at Whole Foods that I kind of have a thing for. It’s very similar to this cookie I’m sharing with you today, but no frills. Just plain chocolate, topped with walnuts. I think it’s the only thing in the case that’s gluten free, but I’m not complaining because I’d buy it anyways, even if I had a choice.

The “Cocoa Chewy” at Whole Foods is very chocolatey, very chewy (you’d hope so, right, since it’s called that), and almost brownie-like in texture. Kind of a brownie/cookie hybrid. An obvious choice! Continue reading

gluten free banana bread

IMG_6514I’ve been snacking on this bread for almost a full week now. The first loaf I made last Saturday was gone like lightning, and we wanted more, so I’ve made two loaves in one week. Maybe that says something about how yummy it is?

With a gluten free loaf this good, you won’t want to make any other kind. Continue reading

gluten free chocolate cookies

chocolate-cookies-01As I plodded through my “Foundations of Education” textbook this afternoon, reading about the Sophists and Socrates and Plato and Aristotle and all of their different approaches to education, my mind wandered. I was 30 minutes away from being done for the day, but my mind was obviously ready to get a head start on the weekend.

First it (my mind) wandered to chocolate. (Obviously.) From there it wandered to ice cream. (Nothing new here.) Following a highly logical pattern, it wandered to chocolate cookies in vanilla ice cream. Cookies and cream! Continue reading

brussels sprouts salad

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Do people really eat Brussels sprouts raw?

That was my first thought when I saw this salad for the first time over on Shutterbean. As I thought more about it, I realized, Why not? Brussels sprouts are kind of like mini heads of cabbage, and you eat cabbage raw!

Up until about 2 hours ago, the only way I could really enjoy Brussels sprouts at all was if they were roasted. This salad permanently changed that. In fact, I might even prefer them this way instead! It’s that tasty :) Continue reading