week 51: hannah’s pick – French Macarons with Buttercream Filling


i’ve wanted to make macarons ever since i tried my first one at Ladurée this summer. i loved the light crunch of the shell, the soft chewiness of the inside, and the slightly sticky sweetness of the filling. of course we had to try and make our own macarons! it wasn’t easy–there’s a lot more technique to making them than i’d expected and we definitely hit a few bumps in the road, especially when it came to getting the feet of the shell. but it was really cool for me to get to try something completely new that went beyond just mixing ingredients together and sticking it in the oven. hopefully the next time we make macarons we’ll get them just right! 🙂
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week 47: stephanie’s pick – Pumpkin Spice Bread


i can’t believe thanksgiving is tomorrow! it is by far my favorite food holiday and there is so much i have to be thankful for this year.
in our family, we always eat lots and lots of food on thanksgiving and we do a pretty traditional american dinner. as good as the main course is, i always look forward to dessert. i’ve made this pumpkin bread so many times in the past couple of weeks because it is so moist and delicious and one of the fastest and easiest things to bake, which is especially helpful on school nights. it isn’t the most beautiful looking thing, but it sure tastes good and it captures all the warm and lovely holiday flavors. i hope you all have a happy thanksgiving!

week 39: stephanie’s pick – Apple Crisp

we went apple picking on saturday and came back home with an abundance of freshly picked apples. apple picking is definitely one of my favorite things about autumn. baking apple crisp was a natural choice to use up the 30 pounds of apples we have in our fridge. with six tests coming up this week (ugh) i wasn’t allowed to bake, so my mom made this for us last night. i helped preheat the oven Continue reading

week 5: stephanie’s pick – Cinnamon Rolls

yay it’s finally february! as far as breakfast foods go, cinnamon rolls are probably my favorite after pancakes and i figured i’d change things up since we’ve been doing all desserts lately. i woke my sister up early sunday morning to make these and they were so delicious (and also gone within 10 minutes). the recipe was super simple and quick to make.