December, 2014

lemon ginger shortbread cookies
December 15th, 2014 Mary, Recipes mary 4 Comments

This year was my first year participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! I don’t get to do a ton of cookie swaps but I sure do love giving away cookies. I was able to “practice” on a potential Christmas cookie this year. I really wanted to make a shaped cookie – but NOT do sugar cookies – and finally decided on doing some shortbread.

More specifically: Lemon Ginger Shortbread!

The cookies have a ground up pecans mixed into the flour …

claire’s on cedros / solana beach
October 15th, 2014 Mary, San Diego County, Solana Beach mary 8 Comments

Last week I was up quite early to take my folks to the airport. 4:30AM to be exact. By the time I got back home I felt pretty awake and decided to get ready and then take myself out for breakfast. I hadn’t visited Claire’s on Cedros since 2011 and I had a strong urge for their pancakes again.

[coffee / $3]
It was quite early and I decided to get coffee for some reason, which was kind of a dumb idea …

ham n scram / westminster, ca

Over Labor Day weekend this year, Jake, T, and I made our way back up to Orange County to check out the Civil War Reenactment once again. But first… we had to stop for breakfast. Breakfast is very important after a long drive and a little Yelp research led me to a little place in Westminster called Ham n Scram.

It’s not a big spot. There’s about four tables inside and the place was full that morning. We were worried we’d …

lemon ginger ice box cake for alex’s lemonade stand & melissa’s produce challenge
July 24th, 2014 cake decorating, Mary, Recipes mary 8 Comments

This week I’m partnering with Melissa’s Produce and my awesome blogger friends to support this wonderful cause, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation for Childhood Cancer. I used some beautiful produce provided by Melissa’s Produce to create a simple, easy and delicious summertime dessert: Lemon Ginger Ice Box Cake! This requires no ovens so your house gets to stay cool while you prep!

cinnamon coconut oil ice cream sandwich cookies
July 3rd, 2014 Mary, Recipes mary 8 Comments

My plan was to make my Root Beer Float cookies for the Fourth of July this year. Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t find the root beer extract I was so sure was in the cabinets. It wasn’t in the drawers or in my special set of drawers for all of my baking stuff… maybe I used all of it and just don’t remember? Maybe it’s hiding out somewhere behind a big bottle going, “I’m right heeerrrreeeeee!” Oh well. I …

San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale: Get Your Goodies On
May 14th, 2014 etc, Mary mary 2 Comments

The San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale is coming up VERY SOON – like, this Saturday, May 17th, 2014! Our little group decided to branch out and we are now supporting the local San Diego Food Bank and their Foods 4 Kids Backpack program!

“The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program provides weekend food packages to chronically hungry elementary school students from low-income households who are at risk of hunger over the weekend when free school meals are unavailable.
Every Friday afternoon students …

supernatural sandwiches / miramar – san diego, ca
April 11th, 2014 Mary, Miramar, San Diego County mary 12 Comments

A few months ago, my co-worker cohorts and I tried to come to this plaza off Miramar Rd. for lunch to visit a place called Dave’s Cafe. But it had been closed down and a new spot was revamping it for an eventual move into the spot. Fast forward a few month’s and the place has finally opened and we went last week to check it out. The place? Supernatural Sandwiches.

I think they’re still working on their signage since the …

[recipe] strawberry lime cheesecake bars
April 4th, 2014 Mary, Recipes mary 8 Comments

With the rest of that 2lbs. box of strawberries I decided to make dessert this weekend – Strawberry Lime Cheesecake Bars.

The original recipe I based this on called for lemon – but I wanted to use limes from our tree since we had those in abundance. I’m also trying out various key lime recipes to see what’s the best before our trip to Tampa/Key West this month (woo).

First thing I did was to make the strawberry compote for the middle …

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