Away We Went

April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

My family and I took a few days to get away to the North Georgia mountains at the end of last week. I had 3 whole days off from the cupcake-dom and enjoyed every minute of it. Almost got feeling back in my hands and the ball of my left foot. Then Dad made us blaze our own trail up a certain ridge. Anyway, I took many pictures with my old film camera that I hope turn out to be fantastic. But for now, here’s an iPhone photo of the beauty we saw.


Break for Breakfast

April 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Getting up near 4 a.m. most mornings leaves me longing for days when I have time to make breakfast. Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals of the day. Grabbing an apple/orange/banana and some yogurt/granola/fruit&nut bar on the way out the door doesn’t suffice.

Today I had the day off to actually try a tasty treat inspired by a Real Simple recipe.

One toasted blueberry bagel topped liberally with mascarpone cheese (leftover from making these raspberry gratins that will be made again) then layered with slices of Granny Smith apple and finally drizzled with tupelo honey, my favorite.

I scarfed the first half before I even though to take a picture. It was scrumptious, and it made me feel like I’d actually taken the time to feed myself, rather than fixing the pre-programmed bowl of cereal and milk. Spreading the warm bagel with the soft cheese, cutting the bright green apple into slivers, watching the honey pool and puddle its way through all the layers, and then finally eating the thing (!), I was struck by how important what we eat should be to our overall well-being. It’s a thought I find myself thinking about a lot lately when I’m cooking or when I don’t have time to cook.

I certainly eat mindlessly and quickly all the time, but I’m noticing how much more enjoyable it is to eat something not only good for me, but also interesting to me as well. Thankfully, there’s a new cookbook or food blog or magazine around every corner, so I’m sure I won’t get bored in this pursuit. This breakfast here has endless possibilities in and of itself.


April 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

One of my other loves…

Who doesn’t feel more peaceful watching their pet sleep? I’m pretty sure I went to sleep shortly after taking this picture.

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