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A Little Night Pumpkin Bread

Published November 1, 2011 by Cassie

This weekend, I made pumpkin chocolate chip bread and by the time I was done, we had loaves coming out our ears. Next time I guess I’ll cut the recipe in half, but this time I wanted loads and loads of pumpkin bread to share with friends!

I used this recipe, although I add 1/2 cup more chocolate chips than the recipe calls for. I also use mini chocolate chips instead of full size ones, because I think they distribute a little better in the batter.

I made a few mini loaves as well, because everything looks and tastes better in miniature.

I love pumpkin chocolate chip bread. If I had to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life, it may very well be this bread. Or goat cheese. Close call.

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“A boy’s best friend is his mother.”

Published October 30, 2011 by Cassie

Last night, I went to my friend’s Psycho-themed Halloween party. What better way to get ready for Halloween than pay homage to one of the best horror/thriller filmmakers of all time?

"Oh, we have 12 vacancies. Twelve cabins, twelve vacancies."

I love Hitchcock, and I loved the attention to detail my friend Amanda put into the foods and decorations! She even splattered her shower with chocolate sauce to look like blood from the famous shower scene–dedication. It smelled amazing in there.

"You eat like a bird."

These red velvet cupcakes were fantastic, by the way.

And of course, no Psycho party would be complete without at least one photo of someone wrapped in a shower curtain.

Poor Marion Crane

Happy almost Halloween, everyone!

October: The Best Month

Published October 3, 2011 by Cassie

The first day of October was ushered in by beautiful 70 degree weather. I think this means Mother Nature loves October as much as I do.

It’s the best month, hands down. Soon there will be the Micanopy Fall Festival, Halloween parties (who doesn’t love a good costume party?), and lots and lots of pumpkin chocolate chip bread. Loads of it. I’m not holding back this year. Even better, my fondness for decorating the apartment with pumpkins is totally appropriate for the next two months.

I guess March is pretty great, too (month-wise), but it doesn’t have apple cider, mini-pumpkins, and Halloween movie marathons going for it. I’ll wait at least until the second week of October before I break down and watch Hocus Pocus for the 117th time.

October 1st also marked the day that it is now officially okay to start baking (and buying…) Halloween-themed desserts! Fresh Market had some adorably festive cupcakes on display.

On Saturday, my friend Amanda came over and we feasted on two different kinds of pasta, mini-cupcakes, and 6 episodes of Parks and Recreation, also known as The Best Show on Television.

A pretty fantastic start to October, if I do say so! This weekend, I’m heading home for my father’s birthday, and I’m looking forward to that. While this year has been busy in a good way, I am definitely ready for a bit of a breather. And for animal cuddles.

Here’s to a wonderful October!

Saturday: Soup and Sweets

Published September 25, 2011 by Cassie

Today was a lovely Saturday! It was a bit hot, and yet it felt like a perfect fall day even though I spent most of it running errands. I ended up at Fresh Market, Target, Publix, and this adorable French bakery in Gainesville, Uppercrust.

 

I love Uppercrust. Its one of those places that I often go to just because I haven’t been there a while. They’ve got loads of gourmet pastas, olive oils, various sauces, and of course, wine. Lots and lots of wine. But my favorite part is the bakery aspect, of course! I often buy their rosemary bread and their chocolate bread (though they’ve not been making that lately and I’m desperately in need of a loaf! No, really. I’m not sure how much longer I can go on without a chocolate bread + peanut butter sandwich, and I’m not being at all overly dramatic about this).

Anyway, they sadly were still out of chocolate bread, so instead I decided to get a little pastry for later and moved on to other errands. After an unsuccessful hunt for red lentils, I decided to make this delicious-looking soup that my mother sent me. The recipe can be found here, on the blog How to Be Chic (links straight to recipe).

Its a lentil + tomato soup. Super easy to make, and it was absolutely wonderful! Very filling, and now I’ve got lunch covered for the next few days. My favorite kind of recipe. I added in some garlic and a yellow zucchini I already had, and the flavor complimented the lentils nicely.

Then, after a long day of errands and work, dessert in the form of a raspberry cream rose from Uppercrust and a cup of tea. A lovely end to a busy day!

 

What’s better than raspberry jam and cream cheese wrapped in flaky pastry dough? Nothing, I tell you.

A little supper

Published September 8, 2011 by Cassie

Back in school two weeks and already I’m neglecting my poor, sweet blog. My schedule has been pretty hectic, and I’ve not had the time nor inspiration to write a proper post in a while. Hell, this isn’t even a proper post, I just feel like I need to write a little something before I go straight to the posting of food pictures.

With that said, I made a light dinner tonight: veggies and rice! I sauteed squash, sweet peppers, onion and garlic in olive oil, then plated it over a bed of white rice. Easy, simple, and delicious. And I got to use my new Anthropologie bowl with it (which I totally got on sale–makes me love it even more). A good dinner all around, if I do say so myself.

I was feeling pretty proud of myself for actually cooking a healthy meal instead of giving in to the temptation to go to Steak and Shake for fries and a milk shake. I was thinking, “Good job, Self. Way to buy sensible groceries and cook real dinner like a real adult.”

Then I ruined it all by eating half a box of Frosted Flakes in one sitting.

Baby steps.

P.S. Like my fancy green table cloth?

Now I’ve got “Fancy” stuck in my head.

I love heirloom tomatoes

Published August 7, 2011 by Cassie

I think its time to make this salad again.

Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad. An easy and flavorful summer salad. The seasoned mozzarella was from the Fresh Market, aka the Second Best Grocery After Publix.

I know some people will argue Fresh Market > Publix but…let’s be real. Publix is fantastic. Their bakery is my life force. An existence without Publix would be bleak indeed, at least for me. I lived in North Carolina for two years and I’m sorry, Kroger + Harris Teeter just didn’t cut it. Although Harris Teeter is pretty damn nice, I will admit. It’s just no Publix.

I take my grocery stores very seriously. Clearly.