Saturday, August 27, 2011

my most favorite cookies.

once again, chocolate chunk cookies.
this time with oatmeal & almond extract.
yummy little things.


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i aspire to be this creative.
so simple, yet incredible.

Friday, August 26, 2011

so long, summer cake.

summers end is quickly approaching.
time for pumpkins, spice, & everything nice.
goodbye to local berries & delicious fruits.

so long, summer.

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lemon yogurt loaf.

Ina Garten never ceases to amaze me.
simple simple simple ingredients + flavors
lemon zest, yogurt, fresh raspberries.

absolutely one of my new favorites.
the original recipe is only lemon
so i doubled it and made a lemon raspberry loaf too.
i like how versatile this recipe is.
next time ill add blueberries & brown sugar. yum!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

vegetable soup.

my love of soup has totally grown.
i love to cook, i always have.
but soup is especially easy, as long as you take the time.
this soup has all sorts of veggies;
mire a poix = onions celery carrots sauteed in butter/oil.
its the base of the soup and brings the most flavor.
zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, tomatoes
and of course, some pasta for some depth.

sometimes vegetable soup is pretty bland,
but it's a good place to start for soup-beginners.

my plans for fall include soup once a week, preferably sunday.
butternut squash, carrot & ginger, pumpkin
beef soup, chicken tortilla [my favorite]
cream of chicken, & many others.

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a vineyard wedding..

i had the privaledge of baking for another wedding last weekend.
i completely fell in love with the order the bride gave me...
lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream
red velvet cupcakes with maple cream cheese icing
chocolate cake, pastry cream & fresh raspberries with white chocolate buttercream

i love making someone's special day a little bit sweeter.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

onion soup.

a lovely bakery customer was talking to me about gardening the other day.
a few days later, she stopped me in the parking lot
& handed me 5 pounds of her garden onions. i was so happy!
onions are cheap at the store, so it's really not a big deal..
but the fact that some random person wanted to share with me,
just made my day.
since then, so many different customers have been bringing in treats..
jam, tomatoes, and a watermelon, all locally grown.

so for the onions, what else would i make
besides french onion soup!?!

yum! i can't wait to make this again during the fall & winter!

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

anniversary photoshoot.

click here to see some really beautiful pictures
that my friend jess took & greg edited.
we just love having talented friends
willing to do something simple
to make our one year
so special

thank you, jess&greghandmade. you're such a lovely team.

Monday, August 8, 2011

wedding flowers, redone.

Elliot & Danielle were wed August 6, 2011
They had a lovely wedding.
I was lucky enough to bring home their centerpiece,
& this is how I'm displaying it at home!

this is how the flowers were at the wedding...

& this is how I am displaying them on my windowsill.

such a happy day
with beautiful, simple flowers.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

you know I love you so.

one year ago today, I married the love of my life....

& walked down the isle to our pianist playing 'yellow' by coldplay...

exchanged our promises, vows, & rings...

danced the night away as husband & wife...

shared a delicious blueberry peach cobbler

& the rest is all history!

thank you! to everyone who was a part of our wedding last august.
we are officially done being called 'newly-weds!'
on to the next one....

Mr & Mrs. Finelli

Thursday, August 4, 2011

key lime pie, [continued.]

look at how cute my mom is!
i love her apple kitchen too
its so country and home-y
she is just so bubbly, she is my inspiration

a green plate to match the key lime pie.
only topped with the whip haha!
& freshly grated lime zest
so creamy and smooth
so simple.
thanks mom ,love you girlll.

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