I baked these blondies today for my new neighbors. Since this is our first holiday in the new house, I wanted to do something nice for them. I wanted to bake something with a festive ingredient and also something that was easy to package. Chris and I sampled these blondies and were delighted to discover that they tasted like a pumpkin pie with eggnog. So if you dig pumpkin pie, bake a batch of these blondies today!
I recently discovered blondies. They’re all over the baking aisles at the market during the holiday season and for the longest time; I didn’t know what they were. I finally looked it up and found out it was a lighter version of brownies. And since I had some dark peanut butter cups lying around, which I’m not too fond of (I’m a milk chocolate fan), I thought —why not bake some and throw those in there?
I just got back from a 5-day family trip. We celebrated Thanksgiving in sunny Mexico! It was a good thing too because the week of Thanksgiving, it sucks to be at the grocery store. Anyway —there were ten of us on this trip and we all stayed in a 3-bedroom suite. Before we arrived at the hotel, we made a stop at the market to pick up some groceries. One of which was instant coffee since we didn’t know if the hotel would provide any. They did but only for a couple of days, as the coffee they provided were samples. The hotel wanted us to purchase coffee at their on-site market. Thank goodness for instant! We got a big jar of it which we didn’t finish so I volunteered to take the leftovers home. Since I wasn’t really a fan of instant coffee, I thought it would be great for baking. These muffins were delicious! You can really taste the coffee and the chocolate chips were a nice complement to the coffee flavor. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving (belated) to all!
My homemade vanilla extract is finally ready for use today –hooray! It’s been a long anticipated wait (I waited two months) and it’s finally here. So I decided to test it on a batch of banana espresso chocolate chip muffins. Why? Because I had some overly ripe bananas sitting on the counter. And who doesn’t like anything with espresso and/or chocolate?