It’s a cold day here in Vegas (that’s not saying much, anything below 80 is cold!) and all I want to do is curl up on the couch with a sick kiddo and that mug of delicious caffeine (the sicky poo gets warm peppermint tea).

Today is also my baking day. Yesterday I picked up everything I needed for the upcoming Tuesdays With Dorie and I’ve really been itching to get started on it. I used to really shy away from recipes that needed a lot of different steps, but they’ve grown on me and I look forward to them now.

Of course, there are four loads of laundry, dishes, vacuuming and dusting calling my name.

And still I sit.

How do you warm up on cold, stay-at-home days?


TWD: Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie is Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, chosen by Donna of Life’s Too Short Not to Eat Dessert First.

I had a lot of fun making this one, and even more so than usual because it’s got three of my favorite things – shortbread, chocolate, and coffee flavor!

It also involved a fun technique: Read More


Cold-Brewed Coffee

Cold Brewed Coffee

Last summer, Mike was having some reflux issues. We always like to see if we can’t help things out naturally before going to pills, so we did a little research to see what we could change in our diets first.

One thing we came across that could be changed was our morning coffee preparation, which we were doing with a regular old coffee maker. I had always assumed that coffee was acidic, no matter how it came to be. However, regular hot-brewed coffee is two times more acidic than cold-brewed coffee. And, in the last eight months that we’ve been doing this, Mike’s reflux issues have completely cleared up. It could be coincidental, but why mess with a good thing?

But what’s cold-brewed coffee, you ask? It’s exactly what it sounds like! Read More