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Blueberry-Cherry Buckle

The end of summer brings blueberries and cherries, which pair together in this blueberry-cherry buckle with a crumble topping. Served with fresh whipped cream!

Blueberry-Cherry Buckle

When I was first trying to figure out how/where to store all my furniture and excess stuff upon leaving Memphis to live with my parents while continuing my job search I did not imagine I would need storage for more than 3 months, or at least I hoped I would not. Here I am 6 months later thinking that maybe I should have taken my uncle’s advice to sell most of my stuff. It would have put money in my pocket and saved money on storage, but over the years I have slowly accumulated big-person furniture and really didn’t want to sell furniture I really liked just to buy more again later. After 6 months of paying for storage however, it would have made more sense to do so. Especially since as summer creeps to and end I am remembering that most of my fall and all of my winter attire is in storage. But surely someone will realize how awesome I am and snatch me up before I need to worry about buying a new wardrobe.

In the meantime, let’s soak up the summer. The best thing about summer is all the fantastic fruits which are in season. It started out with the berries but later in the summer, such as now, we get things like cherries and peaches which are only good this time of year. You will find me in a corner making myself sick eating those fruits as fast as I can get my hands on them. After picking 9 pounds of blueberries my dad and  I were on a mission to find the best ways to use them (besides going straight into my gullet). After picking sweet cherries the deal was sealed as my dad pulled out this recipe for a blueberry-cherry buckle. Don’t forget the fresh whipped cream!

One year ago: Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars

Two years ago: Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Burgers

Three years ago: Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins
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Strawberry-Rhubarb Granola Crumble

Strawberry season is here and so is the spring-time baking. This strawberry-rhubarb crumble is topped with a gluten-free, crunchy cinnamon granola made from five sugar grains.

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Strawberry season is my favorite, not just because it’s finally spring but simply because of all the fresh strawberries. I have already gone picking 3 times this month and let me tell you, fresh-picked strawberries are infinitely better than anything you can get at the grocery store. These berries dissolve in your mouth like cotton candy. In Rochester, I grew up a bike-ride away from the best U-pick farm I’ve ever seen (Green Acre Farms) and I would eat as much as I picked – I took their approval of testing them out seriously. They should have weighed me pre- and post-berry picking!

My three berry-picking adventures this season resulted in about 6 gallons of strawberries. About two went into the making of strawberry syrup and strawberry jam and the rest, well they were for eating! Of course some of them did make it into the oven before being devoured. The first was this strawberry-rhubarb granola crumble, with a simple granola topping. I specifically used the KIND Cinnamon Oat Cluster Granola made with gluten-free oats, brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa, and flax seeds. It was excellently crunchy and I loved the addition of cinnamon to this fruity crumble.

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One year ago: Blue Velvet and Lemon Cake Pops

Three years ago: Pomegranate-Goat Cheese Ball
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Avocado Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Have salsa for dessert with homemade cinnamon tortilla chips and a berry-cirtusy salsa with kiwi, mango, blackberries, strawberries and avocado. Or change it up and make it your own!

It’s tornado season, and it’s the first in 7 years where I don’t have to worry about such things because east Tennessee usually just gets the aftermath-huge rain storms (as I write this one is currently making a lot of noise outside). Oddly enough it makes me miss living in Memphis, but let me explain. Obviously the destruction tornadoes cause is not something to yearn for, I just enjoy a good storm. As a child I was terrified of thunder storms and would run into my dad’s room in the middle of the night to make me feel safe. Somehow as I got older I grew to love thunder and lightning. But when it comes to tornado season in Memphis it means it’s time for Memphis in May festivals (which I pretend is a month long party for my birthday) and that’s what I truly miss about tornado season. And I cannot wait to return in a couple weeks for my favorite festival – BBQ Fest!

But unfortunately tornadoes and festivals have nothing to do with this recipe today. So thank you for listening to my rambling and let’s just get on with it…

Fruit salsa. I know this may not be the first thing you think of when you are trying to come up with a dip for your next gathering by hang on for just a second. For starters these are not just any old tortilla chips, they’re cinnamon-sugar chips! Which makes them the perfect candidate for dipping into a fruit concoction such as this berry-citrusy salsa with kiwi, mango, blackberries, strawberries and avocado. But you change it up to include whatever fruits you prefer.

One year ago: Spring Salsa

Three years ago: Funfetti Month Recipe Round-Up
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Giant Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Cookie For One

It may not be a full-time science job, but I may have a part-time job soon at a golf course in my parents village. Something to pay the bills at least because that POD with all my belongings in it is not going to pay for itself. Obviously I will continue my “real job” search as usual but maybe I’ll be able to afford a weekend road trip now!

Giant Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Cookie 1

Let’s celebrate such possibilities with a nice big peanut butter cookie. But not any old peanut butter cookie (not that it isn’t enough on it’s own), but a peanut butter snickerdoodle cookie. Oh heck yea. This cookie was so good I actually wished I had made a full batch instead of just one big one. But I managed to share it, which made me wonder why I didn’t just bake the 4 regular sized ones instead. Oh well big cookies are more fun even when shared.

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Two years ago: S’mores Molten Lava Cake

Three years ago: Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Layer Pie
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Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix

Every winter I whip up a new hot chocolate mix. This year I decided to try two kinds, white hot chocolate pods and now cinnamon mix. This version was made on the fly while my parents were in town for my graduation. We were getting ready to go to a drive-thru Christmas light show and I realized I didn’t have any hot chocolate mix to prepare and bring for the show. So I pulled up my favorite mix recipe and added cinnamon. If you haven’t had cinnamon and chocolate together before, you’re missing out!

Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix

Two years ago: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix

Three years ago: Bacon and Cheese Egg McMuffin Cups
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Eggnog Snickerdoodle Blondies

It is post PhD graduation week, and a short week at that with only 3 days left before I no longer have a “work” to go to. I’ll be whisked away for the holidays and return for just one last month in Memphis before packing up and moving in with family. Hopefully with the new year will come responses to all the jobs I have applied to but have yet to hear from. I am really excited/anxious to see where I end up next!

But on to these bars. After I became addicted to the snickerdoodle blondies that Alex sent me last month, I decided to make my own with eggnog in order to continue my eggnog streak. These bars turned out to be just as magical as the traditional version with some added holiday spirit, making them a great treat to make for your upcoming holiday parties (or a way to use up any leftover eggnog).

Eggnog Snickerdoodle Blondies

Three years ago: Brownie Covered Oreo Pops
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Cranberry-Walnut Oat Bread

In case you live under a rock, it’s the day before Thanksgiving! I hope you have your menus planned and prepped or know what you are bringing to help supplement someone else’s feast. If you happen to still be hunting for the carbs, I highly suggest my Greek yogurt-rosemary dinner rolls or this bread. Because what’s more festive than cranberry bread?

Cranberry-Walnut Oat Bread 1

Oh but there’s more than just cranberries in this gorgeous loaf. How about some crunchy walnuts, hearty oats, and the usual fall suspect of cinnamon? I knew that would catch your attention. Not only is this bread visually appealing, it will also satisfy your nose with its wonderful aromas. With a swipe of honey butter on top you may not even need dessert – but who am I kidding? Bring on the dessert to seal off this food celebration fit for a fat kid.

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One year ago: Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats

Three years ago: Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini
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Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Mini Cakes

One of my favorite bands, Paramore, is playing in Nashville tonight. Originally when I had planned on going out of town for Thanksgiving, I was going to stop and see that show on my way out. Unfortunately that is no longer my plan as I decided to stay put and save money. I did see them with No Doubt a couple years back and with Jimmy Eat World before that so it’s not too heart breaking – except that they are the headliners this time. You better believe I will be cooking dinner tonight while dancing around to their music, pretending I’m there. Not that that’s different from a normal day in my kitchen…

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In other news, today is National Cake Day! With Thanksgiving nearly upon us I am throwing as much pumpkin at you as I possibly can, including these mini cakes. These individual cakes are made by cutting rounds from a thin sheet cake. The rounds are layered and frosted with a caramel cream cheese frosting and then topping with caramel sauce and candied pecans, resulting in eyegasms. Who wouldn’t want their own personal mini cake?

You can use the leftover cake scraps to make cake balls or if you’d prefer to avoid scraps, make these into cupcakes instead.

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One year ago: Arugula Pesto Pasta

Three years ago: Caramel Apple Pie
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Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies

We need to sit down and have a serious discussion. These cookies? Yea you need to make them, like right now. Don’t make excuses, just go to the store to buy any ingredients you don’t already have on hand and get your oven ready. Why am I so demanding? Because the holidays are just starting to creep up on us and I already think I found my favorite cookie of the season.

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These cookies use fresh cranberries whereas usually cookie recipes use dried fruits. I have only made cookies two other times with fresh fruit (another with cranberries and one with blueberries) and they nearly caused the same reaction as these did. There must be some strange magic that happens when fresh fruit is used or my weakness for fruity desserts is showing. Yes, this peanut-butter-loving-fiend would have a difficult time deciding between a fruit or peanut butter dessert.

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In addition to the cranberries there is browned butter, dark chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg. I think those last two spices were the real kicker, adding an especially festive feel to these cookies and making them smell irresistible while baking. Of course you can never go wrong with browned butter either. Just be warned, the dough does need to be chilled which is why you need to whip them up asap!

Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies 2

One year ago: Sweet Potato Pie Oat Bars

Three years ago: Secret Ingredient Sugar Cookies
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Pumpkin Baklava Bars

After making peanut butter baklava bars I immediately knew I wanted to try it out with pumpkin for the holidays. As much as I loved the peanut butter version, how could it not be just as good if not better with pumpkin? With the cinnamon, honey, and nuts floating around in there it was meant to be.

The result is what I imagine would happen if pumpkin pie and baklava got together and made babies. With a sugar cookie base, pumpkin-walnut filling, crispy fillo topping and completely coated in honey, it’s two deserts in one. As a bonus it’s easy to make and  therefore should definitely make it for your upcoming festive gatherings.

Pumpkin Baklava Bars 1

As far as the job search is going, I have applied to many, but no hooks just yet. I just have to keep applying for those which interest me and I am qualified for and hope for the best. I probably should track down contact numbers to HR or whoever I can find to inquire about my applications. Unfortunately several to which I have applied explicitly say that calls are not welcome. Ugh… Thankfully I have a couple little projects to fiddle with in the lab to keep me busy in the meantime and will be resubmitting my paper now that I have finished addressing reviewers comments. Having that paper in press will definitely improve my CV!

Pumpkin Baklava Bars 2

One year ago: Baked Purple Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Marshmallow Glaze

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Cake Batter Pancakes
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