Hello, remember me?

Hi! Let me introduce myself – my name is Jen. This is my blog. And I’ve been M.I.A. Life has been really busy and super crazy. We moved, and I swear to you I’m still stuck under about a million boxes. The boxes are never ending. I know it’s no excuse though. I shouldn’t have left for this long. Back in April I had the opportunity to judge the Cupcake Smash and it was awesome! There are so many talented bakers (both professional and amateur) and I was STUFFED by the time the Cupcake Smash was over. But we all paced ourselves so that we weren’t sick.

We love our new house. It’s in a quieter neighborhood and that makes us much happier. We were right in the middle of the hustle and bustle in our last place and it was always so loud. Constant sirens, car honking, doors slamming, fire trucks, people yelling outside, etc.

We will miss this view:

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But we really can’t complain since we have this BEAUTIFUL window in our living room:

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And we also have a balcony! This is what we get to enjoy when we’re outside:

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So there really aren’t any complaints from me! And my kitchen is much bigger at our new house too! I’ve been pretty busy in the kitchen making homemade ice cream and a few other treats. Here’s a sneak peak at what I’ve been busy with…

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Stay tuned for some of my favorite homemade ice cream recipes! I found one that is out of this world!

Love With Food | Help End Childhood Hunger

Have you ever heard of Love With Food? Love With Food is the easiest way to discover what’s tasty, delivered right to your door. Each month members will receive a box full of unique, hard-to-find delicious bites. Birchbox is for beauty product lovers; Love With Food is for Foodies!

For every box sold, they donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. Join and help them end childhood hunger one meal at a time! I’m so happy that I can feed my sweet-tooth as well as needy children. This is all for a good cause.

I just got my new box in the mail yesterday and I was so pleased to learn that every November and December Love With Food box donates TWO meals to NY & NJ Food Banks! How awesome is that?! Since it’s the holidays you may want to know that you can also surprise someone special and give a box as a gift!

Now this is the second box that I’ve received and I have to say I’m very impressed. I’ve really enjoyed sampling the different products and I’m even thinking of making a purchase. There are different monthly plans, so the price depends on whether you have a monthly plan, 3 month plan, 6 month plan, etc. I’m on the monthly plan and it’s only $12 per month ($10 for the box, $2 for shipping) and I’m very happy with the quality of the products. I definitely think it’s worth the money each month.

Your purchases and feedback earn you points. You can use your points to buy products for free! And let me tell you that once you taste some of these treats, you’ll want to purchase them! The Candy Cane Milk Chocolate Truffles were amazing. I can buy a bag of 24 truffles for only $10. The items for purchase are definitely affordable!

Check out all of the items that were included in this box! {click to make the image larger}

Click here to sign up and support a wonderful cause!

My Cookbooks love their new home!

I apologize for the lack of posts going on around here. I’m trapped in boxes and packaging tape over here. If I see a roll of tape I’m going to throw it out of the window! And boxes – I’m so tired of them! They are going to haunt me for quite some time.

The hardest part so far is trying to find room for everything. Our new apartment is smaller than our last apartment. It’s like trying to fit 10 lbs of sugar in a 5 lb container.  So I’m going to have to put my organization skills to the test and see what I can do! But in due time everything will be unpacked and have a place to go!

But our new place has a killer view. You have to see the beautiful view from my living room. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

I wanted to show you the beautiful home for my cookbooks. It’s the Lack Wall shelf from Ikea. And it’s a steal at $49.99!!  It’s like the perfect space for them. Although as you can see, I don’t really have much room to grow. If push comes to shove I can always find a new home for my Staub Vertical Roaster (that I absolutely adore!).

I mean seriously – wasn’t that Wall shelf MADE for that kitchen?

It’s funny because I bought that wall shelf when we lived in our old apartment. And Mr. Curly Fry kept going on and on about how I didn’t need that, it wasn’t necessary, blah blah blah. Well when we moved into our new place and I put it there, he said it looks great and we may need to get another one. What?! I made him repeat himself. That was music to my ears.

So that’s what I’m up to. Unpacking. And it’s really no fun. But what I am looking forward to is getting back into the kitchen! I can’t wait to cook and bake.

Something new for my kitchen is coming via UPS today, and I’m SO excited!!! Stay tuned to see what it is!

 

 

 

Are you on Pinterest?

In the past month or so I finally joined Pinterest. I had been holding back because I didn’t need anything else on the computer to suck away my time. Between work, my blog and other things I spend more time than I’d like to plugged in. But then I was hearing about all of the great ideas that people were getting from Pinterest. So I caved. I’m still a newbie, but I’m trying to expand my boards and all of that.  Leave your Pinterest username in the comments section so that I can follow you! Click below to follow me!

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My Thanksgiving Must Haves for 2011

Am I the only one that can’t believe Thanksgiving is less than one week away? Where has the time gone?! I just honestly can’t believe that we’re past the middle of November! There is already so much holiday stuff up, but after Thanksgiving it just all gets out of hand. I really enjoyed the holidays when I owned a house, but it’s a bit depressing now that I’m in a small apartment. All we really put up is a Charlie Brown Tree.

But in the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to share my Thanksgiving Must Haves (in no particular order) from everyone’s favorite store, Williams-Sonoma!

Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread Mix

I absolutely love Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread. It’s so easy to make and it makes a delicious breakfast for early on Thanksgiving morning after you throw the turkey in the stove.

Made with fresh pecans and an aromatic blend of spices, this mix makes an autumn classic easy to prepare. The quick bread emerges golden brown from the oven, ready to slice and serve warm with butter or jam.

 

Fall Piecrust Cutters

There’s a new item available for Bakers, and they are super cute! The Fall Piecrust Cutters come in a set of four including a Leaf, Pumpkin, Turkey and Acorn.

These cutters are an easy way to create piecrusts with decorative appeal – without overhandling your dough. Just press firmly to cut the edges, and then depress the spring to release delicate shapes embossed with fine detail.

Layer the shapes on top of a pie, or use the cutters to make cutout patterns in a pie’s top crust. This is the perfect decoration for your Apple & Pumpkin Pie!

iSi Gourmet Whip

Thanksgiving Dessert always involves Pie at my house! So the iSi Gourmet Whip is the perfect addition to your arsenal! Don’t buy any of that Cool Whip, Reddi Whip, or Whipped Topping. Make your own!

Dispense whip cream, soft cheeses and buttercream frostings in seconds with this powerful tool. Three different dispenser nozzles let you add a decorative flourish for garnishes, cake toppings and festive borders.

Crafted of dishwasher-safe brushed stainless steel. I love when things are dishwasher-safe! I don’t want to stand around and do dishes all night!

I love that you can dispense buttercream frosting out of this! I’ll definitely get my moneys worth!

Microplane Herb Mill

I love to make an Herb Butter to put all over the Turkey before it goes into the oven. So instead of having to stand there and chop up all of the herbs, this handy Microplane Herb Mill will save me time. And I can use it throughout the year!

Place mint, oregano, sage and other fresh green leafy herbs in this mill, then just twist the handle – the ultra-sharp scissoring blades quickly mince even large quantities of herbs for flavorful salad dressings, sauces and more.

And…it’s dishwasher-safe!

Acorn Twine Holder

I don’t know about you, but whenever I need Twine to tie up a Turkey or a Chicken, I can’t seem to remember where I put it. This super cute Acorn Twine Holder would solve my problem.

Borrowing the autumnal shape of an acorn, our Italian-made polished alder-wood holder keeps twine handy for kitchen and household tasks. It comes with a ball of sturdy linen twine that won’t turn brown or char in a hot oven.