February 2018 archive

everything cream cheese pastries

Back in September, my family spent a weekend in Delaware for my cousin’s wedding. One of our favorite things to do when we visit new places is to find a good coffee shop, and that we did.

Everything Cream Cheese Pastries | Pass the Cookies | www.passthecookies.com

Everything Cream Cheese Pastries | Pass the Cookies | www.passthecookies.com

We popped into a cute college-town coffee shop on rainy Saturday morning to grab warm drinks. While we were at the counter the bagel selection caught our eye, and on a whim, Lane and Carter, the bagel connoisseurs of the family, each got a toasted everything bagel with cream cheese. Before that trip bagels had just been so-so for me. They were fine, but I didn’t love them. But, out came these piping hot bagels, golden and seasoned to perfection. One bite into them and I was completely sold. They were the best bagels I have ever had and my siblings were geniuses for ordering them. (more…)

everyday cookbooks

As the millennial that I am, I get most of my dinner recipes from some of my favorite food blogs online. I’ll let you in on a little secret that might sound blasphemous to many people: I don’t look for recipes on Pinterest. To me, Pinterest, like Instagram, is a place for pretty photos that inspire me, not necessarily day-to-day tips and tricks. Pinterest gets overwhelming, and isn’t organized enough for me to be able to find recipes that I want, so I stick to blogs and cookbooks.

Everyday Cookbooks

I have a great arsenal of cookbooks that are focused on baking, but not many that are for cooking, or for easy, healthy dinner recipes, which is typically what I’m looking for when I meal plan for the week. In the past year, I received Molly on the Range (thanks, Carter!) and Love and Lemons for my birthday (thanks, Mimi!), and have loved having a couple of great cookbooks on hand to turn to when I’m stuck in a meal-planning rut, or just to gain inspiration for new recipes when the seasons change and new produce is fresh and available. Since then I have had my eye on a few other cookbooks to use for the same purpose.

Everyday Cookbooks

A bunch of great cookbooks have come out in the past year, and a few are coming out soon, so I thought I would share some of the ones that are on my radar. Again, since I already get most of my recipes from food blogs, I tend to gravitate toward the cookbooks that are written by food bloggers who create recipes that I like, or recipe developers and contributors for prominent food publications.

Recent or upcoming cookbooks:
Pretty Simple Cooking by Sonja and Alex Overhiser of A Couple Cooks
The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, coming out March 20, 2018
Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor of Cookie & Kate
The Minimalist Kitchen by Melissa Coleman of The Faux Martha, coming out April 10, 2018
Dining In by Alison Roman
Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen
Half Baked Harvest Cookbook by Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest

Slightly older, but great for healthy, tasty dinners:
Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker
Love and Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons
Molly on the Range by Molly Yeh of My Name is Yeh

Do you have a well-loved cookbook that you use all the time? I’m all ears!

This post contains affiliate links. First photo via A Couple Cooks, second photo via Fairing Well.

blood orange bundt cake with cinnamon caramel

Last week we covered wine and chocolate as a delicious Valentine’s Day treat. This week, in honor of the month of everything pink and red overlapping with wonderful winter citrus season, I’m excited to bring you this blood orange bundt cake covered in cinnamon caramel!

Blood Orange Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Caramel | Pass the Cookies | www.passthecookies.com

Blood Orange Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Caramel | Pass the Cookies | www.passthecookies.com

While I love citrus on its own, my appreciation for blood oranges in drinks, meals, and baked goods has grown throughout the years. The vibrant jewel toned ruby red insides of the oranges combined with the bright orange peel are enough to warrant attention on their own, but the amazingly fresh flavor and the gorgeous pink color that the juice provides makes this the perfect cake for this time of the year. (more…)

february goals

Thank you for all of the feedback on my 60 before 30 post! I am so excited for all of those fun challenges, and have already started working on a few of them!

2018 february goals | Pass the Cookies | www.passthecookies.com

While January was filled with lots of travel and change, I feel good about the goals that I accomplished. I got a good start on my goal for the year – simplifying – by purging my closet of the items I don’t wear anymore and by getting back to meal planning and meal prepping. Looking ahead at my schedule for February, I feel like the short month is already so full. In order to make sure I don’t overcommit myself, one of my goals this month is to do something fun. I don’t know what that will be yet, but I’m determined to stick to that one!

January Goals
– Clean our apartment
– Purge at least one bag of things I don’t use or need
– Build in free time on our trips to make them relaxing rather than overwhelming – There was some free time on all of our trips, some more than others. I’m never good at building in time to relax on trips – I usually want to go, go go – but, I did find that down time helpful.
– Wake up early enough to enjoy a slow morning before work at least two days a week – I can’t say this one was easy, but I really enjoyed the slower mornings! I’m adding it to my February goals list and hopefully the number of slow mornings can grow in the next few months.
– Get back to meal planning – I’m so glad we got back to meal planning! It helped our grocery shopping and our evening schedules. We are implementing a new way of meal planning to make the process even simpler that I’ll share soon!

February Goals
– Celebrate a wedding and mini reunion weekend with college friends!
– Stay on track with race training (more on this later)
– Do meal prep at least two weeks of the month
– Wake up early enough to enjoy a slow morning before work at least two days a week
– Finish editing photos from Paris and post at least one Paris post
– Watch some of the Olympic medaling events!
– Complete our annual budget review
– Do something fun!