A Sad Palmier Is Still A Tasty Palmier

 I attempted the beloved French pastry classic, Palmiers, this week.   I was in it to win it from the beginning, but alas, they just didn’t form the way they should have. 

Palmiers?

Palmiers?

  Truth be told, I have been going back and forth on whether I should post my failures on this blog.  You see, my 20th high school reunion is coming up in a few weeks.  Stop calculating my age in your head…  I am 38.  Anyway, I share my blog posts on Facebook, so most of my old high school friends get to view my baking creations.  Do you see where I am going with this?  That means they’ll see my disastrous Palmiers, they won’t be able to stop thinking about it,  and I will be the laughing stock of the whole school!  Continue reading →

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Sugar Plum Tart With Puff Pastry

Sugar Plum Tart With Puff Pastry

Sugar Plum Tart With Puff Pastry

 Hi!  I have not been on Project Pastry Love in a whole month.  I missed it terribly.  I missed baking terribly.  My life got in the way.  Can you believe that?!  I mean, really.  The nerve!   But I am feeling renewed these days, so let’s get this bitch going! Continue reading →

Chocolate Chip Cookie Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches with a Salted Caramel Sauce Drizzle

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches with a Salted Caramel Sauce drizzle

Chocolate Chip Cookie Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches with a Salted Caramel Sauce drizzle

I want to hold on to summer as long as I can, so I made ice cream sandwiches.  I started with chocolate chip cookies that I studded with a little bit of coarse sea salt.  Then I made vanilla ice cream using a vanilla bean for a richer flavor.  Finally, I drizzled oh so yummy, salted caramel sauce to complete the look and taste.  It was heavenly.   These little beauties were made for my cousin, Aleks.  She jokingly told me to tell all of you that she is my most favorite cousin.  The truth is she is one of my most favorite people.  Continue reading →

Little Pittsburgh Doughnuts

 

Little Pittsburgh Doughnuts

Little Pittsburgh Doughnuts

My husband is still suffering with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.  We are going on 4 weeks now.  During this time he has been home from work, but I feel like we have hardly seen each other- I have been taking care of the kids and he’s been quietly suffering in bed.  Yesterday my parents (the wonderful grandparents that they are) swooped in and took my four year old for a Grandmommy/Grandaddy/Cameron fun time that included a sleepover.   That gave me and my husband some much needed time to relax together.  We put baby Wesley down for a nap, I made us some coffee, and I began to make these doughnuts while my husband kept me company.  Next to being with my children this is one of my most favorite things to do- I love working in the kitchen with Aron right near by.  I love our conversations.  Sometimes they are poignant and sometimes they border on the ridiculous.   I also love our silences.  It’s quiet and relaxing but I know that he is there.  He will get better… it may not be soon, but he will get better.  In the meantime, maybe we can share a few more of these lovely moments. Continue reading →