We are 37 days away from Christmas and I’m giving you a blueberry pie. I know, I should have made something like a cranberry or a pumpkin pie tart (wait, I already did that—ha! shameless plug for a few old posts). But seriously, I had to make this. I love berry pies of any sort and I had a plethora of blueberries just on the edge of turning, so there you have my true reason for making this.
As it turned out—perfect since I’m still working on my pie making skills. Along with that, I wanted to try this double-crusted blueberry pie with a streusel topping.
How can you wrong with a hot chocolate brownie torte? You can’t, but you can make it better with a hit of cayenne for a little bit of spice.
This Hot Chocolate Brownie Torte is a recipe from Clabber Girl. Of course I couldn’t turn down making it—one can never have too many brownie recipes and variations. And even more so, once I saw that it was a one-bowl brownie recipe—fast and easy.
You know what I’m finally figuring out? Creativity takes a back seat when you overbook yourself. That’s because all I can think of are all of the pending deadlines, past deadlines and the new deadlines. Who has room to think about things like lighting and composition? And as you can see—it shows.
You know I’ve written on many occasions how creativity has stood me up here and there—well, I’ve learned to deal with those pockets of time. But let me tell you, being plagued with sickness and tiredness is incapacitating and those around me are learning to deal with it. Forget creativity, simple everyday thoughts becomes a patch-worked effort. Nothing is seamless.
And sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. Lucky for me, Matt’s learned to translate my half thoughts. And Cole has finally forgiven me for getting his middle name wrong while I was explaining to him about how the baby’s middle name will be Grace like his is John—my bad, that is not his middle name (close but not quite).
Have you ever thought you were coming out of something, only to be set straight with a punch to the stomach? Okay, so I’m being dramatic (what’s new). But really, being pregnant is really cramping my blogging style.
All this food aversion and scent sensitivity is keeping me from eating all the sweet deliciousness. But the upside—Matt has become the official kitchen taste tester. While he may not love sweets, he definitely knows what’s good and what’s not.
Let’s do this: cake and Halloween. It’s not my best work. The web piping is a bit jagged, but I probably could have avoided that by thinning the buttercream some. Or better yet, solicit advice for best tips before I started, but forever impatient—I jumped right in.
After a cramped hand and some stuttered piping, I finally did solicit some advice. My favorite tip: use melted chocolate. Makes perfect sense, right—next time I will.
Another pumpkin recipe? I’m really sorry guys, I had no idea I was baking one pumpkin recipe after another like I have been, but I guess that’s what happens when you are sleep deprived and your body doubles down on hormones. If that wasn’t enough, apparently my brain fades at higher commands, like keeping my postings straight and avoiding repeats. It’s during moments like these, that I guess I revert to to cravings (remember in yesterday’s post in which I mention I’m on a pumpkin kick).
Lucky for me this recipe is not demanding and doesn’t command an arsenal of instructions or complicated steps. Nope, you don’t even need a mixer for the cake—just a little elbow grease and a whisk.