Sticky Sweet

GingerbreadLatteI am not a patient person. Especially in the kitchen. Not when I’m hungry and want to eat Right. Now.

One thing this year that I’ve started making is my own syrups for coffee. Mainly for iced coffee in the summer, but with fall, my favorite drink is a Gingerbread latte. Starbucks doesn’t start selling it (usually) until Thanksgiving, but again, there’s that not patient thing I’ve got going on.

So, I opt for making my own. I’ve made Vanilla Bean syrup and Caramel Vanilla syrup as well as straight up caramel syrup. And after I got the gist of it, I was pretty good. Gingerbread on the other hand, is going to be a bit more tricky, I’m afraid. See, it’s thick. And I need it a little thinner. The recipe I tried works. The flavors are good. The blend of spices good. But it’s still a little thick. I’m going to have to play with it.

Y’all know how much I love to play in the kitchen. A lot. I mean. A. Really. Lot. I haven’t spent as much time doing so this year as I had wanted or planned, but I do hope to remedy that in the coming weeks and months. This time of year inspires me. I just have to find a way to remain motivated at other times of the year.

My pictures are never as pretty as real food blogger pictures. But I use a cell phone camera, they use cameras that are incredible and have settings I have no idea how to use. Then there’s the photo editing and software. No, I just use my cell phone. If you click the links to get the recipes for the syrups, by all means, look at their pictures and how awesome they are. Mine are well, just mine…

Now, let’s start playing!

 

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I’ll be trying different Gingerbread syrups over the next few weeks until I find the perfect one. For now, this is the one I’m using.

~lissa

Baking Secret Weapons

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At least, I’m hoping they’ll become secret weapons in my kitchen.

Vanilla Bean Paste is something we all should have and I finally bought myself a small jar and love it. The smell alone is worth opening it up. I do love the flecks of vanilla beans when it’s mixed into frosting or cookies. (more…)

The Kitchen

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This is mine. My kitchen. Or at least part of it. It’s outdated to be sure. It needs new cabinets, new countertops, new floors, and a new light fixture. But, it does what I need, there’s plenty of space, and it’s the part of my house I fell in love with first.

I talk about food a lot. I cook and bake a lot. Sometimes nutritious food, sometimes gooey non-nutritious food. I follow a ton of food blogs and am never at a loss for something new to try. I’m a foodie. Self-proclaimed. I’ve taken baking classes and cake decorating classes and I’ve been cooking and baking since I was around 9 years old. It’s my happy place and it’s one of the areas in life where I can find my balance. And it can fuel my creativity if I’m blocked and need something to open my head. (more…)