We flew down the coast and across the plains

Scurrying through DC traffic we crossed the lanes

 

And with a surprise tears filled her eyes

as we the unexpected guests arrived

 

We came from afar for one special day

filled with cupcakes, gifts, and games to play

Take a look for yourself to see how well it was planned

a Dr. Seuss baby shower designed by the best in the land

 

Welcome to my sister-in-law’s Dr. Seuss Baby Shower. (Stacy and Amy…wow! The shower looked Amazing!)

These were the best cupcakes I have ever eaten!!  Stacy…tell your friend to go into business :) I will order from Boston.

A note to little baby Thomas…

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…their imagination…their joy…their freedom



“Oh the places you will go.” ~Dr. Seuss

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Simple. Healthy…and Quick.  Dessert please come early tonight :)

Recipe from Sprouted Kitchen

4 Tbsp. dried cranberries or golden raisins, chopped
4 Tbsp. unsalted pistachios, chopped
4 Tbsp. slivered almonds, chopped
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup apple juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract or one vanilla bean
zest of one lemon4 apples such as pink lady, winesap, liberty
3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp. turbinado sugar

Preheat the oven to 350′.Combine the dried fruit, pistachios and almonds in a small bowl. Stir in the cinnamon and set aside.
In a saucepan, combine the apple juice, vanilla extract or seeds of the vanilla bean and lemon zest. Bring it to a simmer for 5 minutes for everything to infuse. Turn off the heat and let it cool.
Core the apples and cut about 1/4 of the top off, reserving the tops (I used a melon baller to scoop out a bit of a pocket in the apple core, this is optional).
Put the apples in an ovenproof dish. Divide the nut stuffing between the apples and cover them with their tops.
Pour the infused juice and oil over the apples and sprinkle with the sugar.
Bake for one hour or until the flesh is tender, regularly drizzling with the cooking juice. Remove from the oven and serve warm with the juices and plain yogurt, whipping cream or ice cream on the side.

Note: I couldn’t find coconut oil…so I used a little butter.  I also didn’t add any sugar and they were perfectly sweet.  Right out of the oven I thought these were just okay but day 2 out of the fridge was a completely different story. So… if you can hold off…bake them and put them in your fridge over night.  They will soak up all of that goodness in the pan and taste Amazing :)  Enjoy.

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I was running low on chap stick…so I put it on my Christmas list.  I now have enough chap sticks to last me at least 2 years.  This one is my favorite…

 

Have you seen this style around? I am loving the blazer and jeans look!!!  I got this one for Christmas from J.Crew.  Unlike my other blazers…it is so comfortable and has a little give to it.

I am really enjoying granola for breakfast.  I am learning how to make it naturally sweet, full of protein, fruit, and  whole grains.  This vanilla one is next on my list.

If you are looking for sugar substitutes…check out this post for alternates at Sprouted Kitchen

Take your favorite granola recipe and lessen the amount of sugar…learn how at Leman and Wife.

This has been my latest project!  Our Boston apartment doesn’t fit your typical coffee table.  So I am making these…tree stump tables transported all the way from Michigan!!! Blog post to come soon…I am still in the sanding and scrubbing stage :)

 

Normally I am a tea drinker…but lately I have been craving hot chocolate. To satisfy my desert craving after dinner, I have been warming milk and mixing in Ghiardelli dark chocolate chips.  Sooo good.

I have been test tasting the Boston’s coffee shops…so far the Thinking Cup is winning with their French vanilla hot chocolate.  My only change would be to serve it in a bowl.

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These books are OLD!!

The first person to leave a comment below with the correct location and their prize choice receives either:

1. $70 gift card to Cassandra Plummer Photography

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2. A Bakers Dozen of the best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies you have ever tasted

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