Monday, April 14, 2014

Strawberry Balsamic Cheesecake Bars

While I'm an autumn person through and through, it's hard to deny the beauty and warmth of spring. Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising, allergies are thriving and my heat bill is going down. Also, berries are in season. Yay spring!

With berries becoming sweeter (and cheaper!) I was inspired to bake these bars. Balsamic vinegar and strawberries might seem strange to some, but it's a flavor combination that I love (example: this sandwich). Cooking fruit with a little sugar and vinegar brings out the sweet and tart flavors all at the same time. Throw in some cream cheese and a buttery crust...yup, it's good.

Really good.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Banana Oat Donuts with Chocolate Ganache

Sometimes I feel really guilty for wishing time away. You know, when you're sitting at work and think, "God I can't wait for the week to be over." Or, "I just want it to be summer." These feelings are often valid because the future has the possibility to be better than the present. Sometimes it is better, sometimes it's not.

Instead of pining for the theoretical future, I need to start embracing the present. Because when embraced, the here and now can be pretty damn awesome. This thought dawned on me while outside on a sunny afternoon, dipping donuts in chocolate while my cat and curious neighbor watched from the window. That moment was small, it was silly and it was great.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Sometimes when attempting a new dish, magic happens. The planets align, you get in your groove, and the dinner gods smile upon you. This is what happened when I made this macaroni and cheese. Then again, when a dish is full of blue cheese, buffalo sauce and macaroni're setting yourself up for success.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Iceland via Instagram

Hi all, I hope you're having an awesome Sunday so far. Mine has been full of coffee and catching up on some blogs. So far so good.

Tommy and I returned from Iceland on the 8th, and it was honestly the best trip ever. Returning to real life was tough because we both had so much fun. Iceland has always been a destination I wanted to visit, and I'm so glad we made it happen. The country is beautiful, the people are incredibly nice and the food was amazing.

I will make a larger update about Iceland soon (I have about 500 pictures to go through, ahh) but in the meantime, here is a peak at our trip via Instagram! You can find me on Instagram @Amandakerz

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Guest Post: Chocolate Chip Donuts with Blueberry Glaze

Today I'm really excited to have Lauren from Love Lola here to share with you this amazing recipe for Chocolate Chip Donuts with Blueberry Glaze. Holy yum! As you may know, I'm a huge fan of blueberries and love throwing them in my recipes (ie: Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Blueberry & Peanut Butter Green Smoothie, and Red Velvet and Blueberry Ice Cream), so these donuts are right up my alley.

If you haven't checked out Lauren's blog before, what are you waiting for? Not only do her recipes look awesome, Lauren is an expert when it comes to sneaking healthy ingredients into a dish! This Blackberry and Beet Chocolate Cake looks incredible, and she even has a whole collection of tasty gluten-free recipes.

Take it away, Lauren!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Lazy Sunday Links

While I love a good lazy Sunday, that is not in the cards for me today and I couldn't be happier! This afternoon I'm boarding a plane to go to ICELAND! Ahhhhhh, I'm so excited. I have never been overseas before, and Iceland has always been one of my top travel destinations.

It's amazing how easy it is to travel when you simply decide to do it. You just decide to save your money, buy a plane ticket, then hop on that plane. Sure, it's a little more complicated than that...but not by much. So after you check out all these fun links, go make some travel plans! :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lemon & Cream Cheese Rolls

Last weekend I decided to make some cinnamon rolls. But then I opened my fridge, and saw a jar of lemon curd calling my name. Lemon curd is one of those condiments that sit in your fridge for a long time, because it's hard to use on a regular basis. This recipe is the perfect way to use up lemon curd, or a great excuse to go buy a jar because it's awesome!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spiced Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Is there anything better than a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie? The answer is yes of course...two warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk nearby! 
These cookies were inspired by the flavors in a pepparkakor cookie (aka, swedish ginger cookie). Pepparkakors are a light, crunchy cookie full of orange zest and spice. I thought these flavors would be great in a soft chewy chocolate chip cookie, and I'm happy to report that I was correct :).

Monday, February 17, 2014

Out & About: Drizzle Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room

I have been putting balsamic vinegar on just about everything lately, and part of this is due to Drizzle Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room. Located in Fairhaven Village in Bellingham, Drizzle carries a huge variety of vinegar, olive oil, spices and pasta. Shopping at Drizzle is a lot of fun, because you are allowed and encouraged to taste anything you'd like!