It’s Monday. It’s sunny and hot. I worked 7am – 7pm inside (half the day in a gym without windows!), taking a break only to go to physio. And yet, today flew by! I can’t help but think these cookies had something to do with that.
It was Canada Day yesterday, and we were lucky enough to get a perfectly sunny and hot long weekend in Vancouver! I got to visit with my parents (and mooch a few meals), check out Granville Island for beers and treats, lay in the sun, and see some fireworks!
Hope you had a great long weekend!
I survived Tough Mudder Whistler again this year! Weeoo!
I thought the course was easier this year than last year (or maybe I’m just stronger and more badass?), and enjoyed the course better overall. Some of the route overlapped with last years course, but as a whole, it was quite a different Mudder! Which I was glad for, variety is always good, and it leaves me optimistic that each returning Whistler Mudder will be unique!
Floral tastes in dessert. Thoughts?
Personally, I like a hint of rose or lavender in the right baked good. Done right, you get an essense of the ingredient, without quite being able to put your finger on it. Take this rosewater frosting for example. Just a touch of rosewater adds a light rose scent without feeling like you’ve taken a bite out of your mother’s prized Old Blush.
Sometimes in the world of baking, things just dont turn out the way we hope they will. I guess that’s why we have go-to recipes. To avoid disappointment. Case in point, this strawberry vanilla cake. It looks ok. Just ok.
Cream cheese frosting. Cream. Cheese. Frosting. I don’t understand how anyone could not love cream cheese frosting. It’s slightly sweet, slightly tangy, creamy, and rich. The only down side is that it is usually tacked on to carrot cake. Vegetables and cake have no business mixing. I eat my veggies, I’m not anti-veggie. I just don’t see any reason to put them in cake.
Caramel Macchiato Cake. Sounds fancy, right?
This started out as a simple vanilla cake for my dad’s birthday. But with the addition of espresso powder and Baileys to the buttercream (and maybe to my coffee), and a drizzle of caramel, the cake was transformed!
Things I learned this weekend:
- Always train for races. Always.
- Runs go by faster when marked in miles versus kilometers .
- A scenic but rainy route is still scenic.
- I love motivational speakers.
- Always train for races. Did I say that aready? It’s true.
I registered for the Whidbey Island Half Marathon waaay back in the fall. And then promptly forgot about it. Is this possible? Apparently. I knew it was coming. I just didn’t really realize when. I remembered 4 weeks before race day. But I thought I had 6 weeks, because I didn’t actually check the dates. Fail.