Cranberry Maple Biscotti

I adore tea and coffee. Like a lot. I'm sure most people feel the same way, and I've been working on a few fall and winter snacks for tea time! Here's a first!

INGREDIENTS: 

3 cups flour

1 cup maple syrup 

2 eggs

1 cup organic cane sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup ghee or butter

1/2 cup cranberries

Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium-sized bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set mixture to the side. 

Beat softened butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and well mixed. Add an egg and beat thoroughly into mixture. After that's well combined add the syrup and final egg and combine. 

Add butter mixture to the flour and combine well into a dough. Fold in the cranberries. Separate the dough in half and roll each piece into a log the size of the sheet. Press down the logs until they're about an inch tall.

Bake for 30 minutes or until they're a light golden brown. Take them out of the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Cut width ways into 3/4 inch thick slices and place back on the sheet on their sides. Bake for another 8 minutes and voila! 

Cronkite Beach Trip

I had been missing the wild of Marin, and since I couldn't go too far, I ended up just over the bridge in the Marin Headlands. I had SO much fun driving around and getting out of the city!

Chapter Jewelry

I recently discovered my newest obsession, mixed metals. Seriously, It's gotten out of hand. I received a necklace in Blog Party's 'Party Box'. I wore it day after day, and then realized I needed more, because wearing the SAME necklace just wasn't okay.

So I went and checked out Erica's shop, Chapter Jewelry. Literally, every. single. item. I swooned over. I kid you not. Earthy tones, mixed metals, and delicate, clean shapes, Erica had created a monster. I pulled out all of the silver jewelry that I had hidden away to mix with my gold watches, and rings. There was no turning back.  I think that what I like most about Chapter Jewelry, is that it's not trying too hard to stand out. They make a statement while still staying quite elegant, and simple.

The way that Chapter got it's name is pretty cool, too. Erica saw that just as chapters are small yet quite important parts of a larger story, that our personal style was too a 'chapter' in our life story.

Touché, Erica, Touché. 

Thank you to Chapter Jewelry for sponsoring this post! No, but seriously. I'm obsessed, and all opinions are DEFINITELY my own.

November Goals & A Giveaway Winner!

I really have missed doing these goals posts. They are so fun to me, and I'm able to really hold on to them if I make them known to more than just myself! A lot of really awesome stuff happened in October, like Octoberfest (a bday bash with my best friends) and THE GIANTS WINNING THE WORLD SERIES! 

Here are some of my goals for November:

  1. Get my house back to living mode. Both Gabe and I have been so busy that we've been just throwing things in different directions and calling it 'clean'.
  2. Finish my new HUGE project! (Which you will see the fruits of very soon.)
  3. Go on a date once a week, even if it's just lunch on the roof or in the park for 20 minutes.
  4. Start up swimming again.
  5. Reorganize my office, and get shelfs for all my styling props!
  6. Read three books.
  7. Cook a Thanksgiving meal with my Dad.
  8. Reorganize my clothes and closet. My friend Jessica just recently did it, and I'm SO game to do it too! Here are the rules.

AND THE WINNER IS.....

Zucchini Lasagna + A Giveaway!

My passion for the Culinary Arts grows everyday. I learn more technique, do more things that I have a little apprehension doing, and I never regret it. One thing about experimenting with the Gluten Free diet, is I haven't had a good italian dish. All of the noodles I've found are sticky, and not very appetizing so when I found a recipe for a gluten free lasagna, I was like, Oh heck yeah. I mixed it up a bit, made it my own, and here it is! Oh, and do you see this dish? Yeah, you could be the happy owner of an identical one! Just enter the giveaway down below!

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

3 zucchini (thinly sliced longways)

Handful fresh basil

1 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced in quarters)

3 oz goat cheese

1/2 tbsp diced garlic

Salt and Pepper to taste

Coconut oil

Preheat your oven to 350º. In a medium frying pan, cook the meat, and garlic. Cut up basil, and tomatoes and after the beef is browned, add the tomatoes and basil to the mixture and cook for a few minutes more.

In another pan, add some coconut oil and lay down your zucchini slices. Sprinkle on some salt, and flip over to cook on the other side. When cooked through, lay down a layer of slices in the bottom of the casserole dish. Pour over some of the meat mixture. Crumble over some goat cheese, and do another identical layer of zucchini and then meat and goat cheese. Top with another layer of zucchini, salt and pepper, and bake for 15-20 minutes!!