Mocha Crunch Macarons

Rant alert. But let’s get the food out of the way first, okay? You are looking at some Mocha Crunch Macarons. I threw some instant coffee granules in the batter and then flavored the filling with coffee – so yeah, super strong in coffee flavor. I served these at a little soiree two weekends ago along with a few other desserts and this was by far the biggest hit. Although one person complained they tasted burnt – obviously, not a coffee drinker (so says the ego-fragile baker).

Mocha Crunch Macarons via Bakers Royale

(image via iPhone)

And now the rant: If you are going to tell a white lie, please don’t involve me—especially, if it’s to support a what is obviously untrue.

No-Bake Cashew Butterscotch Pretzel Bar

After a week of mind-losing exercises, I decided to forgo making a cake for something fast and easy, like this no-bake butterscotch bar from Better Homes and Gardens.  The original recipe is peanut butter based, but since I have a peanut allergy, I flipped it to cashew butter and added a little bit of cayenne for an added kick to the sweet and salty combo. No Bake Butterscotch Cashew Bars from Delish Dish

Now that we have the food talk out of the way, let’s talk crazy: taxes, time management and socks. Yeah, what a cluster. Last week started with a panic attack about taxes.  Lucky for me my tax guy is kick ass and by the time my begging text for help reached him, and before I could put my phone down, he came back with “I anticipated that you would need an extension”. No joke or exaggeration, I wanted to kiss the man. Instead, I gave my usual texting gratitude of “You are awesome!!!”, followed by a series of smiley hugging emoticons suitable for a fourth grader, not an exchange between two professional adults.

Easy Apple and Apricot Crisps

Do you know how badly it sucks when you are all hazy in the head and you can’t even manage to punch out a 200-400 word post? It’s insanely frustrating. I’m not sure what is going on these days, but my head is trading off creative blocks between recipe developing, photographing and now writing.

Easy Apple and Apricot Crisp from Bakers Royale

Seriously, have  you ever asked yourself, “Where the hell did all my sensibility go on this, this and this?” No? Than you are way better than me. In fact, let me confess, there are many days I feel like I’m hacking my way through life. And yes, we’ve spoken about these career killing statements of mine. But despite that—or because of that—it keeps me hungry for discovery and drives me to create.