I Drooled & Creating Masterpieces


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I’ve spied some great food around the sphere the past week.  And then I drooled.

Here are a few of the gems I’ve been salivating over:

1. Marla’s Very Blueberry Layer Cake

Very Blueberry Layer Cake


2. Jess’ Balsamic Honey Tofu

Honey Tofu


3. Katie’s Creamy Cauliflower Cheeze

Creamy Cauliflower Cheeze


4. Emily’s Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints

Stacked Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints


5. Jenna’s Oatmeal Cream Pies with Cinnamon Buttercream

Oatmeal Cream Pies with Cinnamon Buttercream


6. Angela’s Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Almond Buttercream Frosting & Raspberry Glaze

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Almond Buttercream Frosting & Raspberry Glaze


7. Bitt’s Creamy Basil Raw Lasgana

Creamy Basil Raw Lasgana


8. Jessica’s Peanut Butter Stuffed Hot Fudge Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Stuffed Hot Fudge Cupcakes

I could go on and on and on with what I’ve spied lately that makes me drool me really excited.

It makes my food seem far less exciting.

Do I need to justify this?  No, but I will:

I work full time, I have a family, I have a blog.  I am not always Mrs. Masterpiece.  And you know what, millions of other working mom’s aren’t either.  Or millions of college students who only have a microwave, a small space, and no expensive appliances in which to create their meals or recipes.  And that’s ok!  We all do the best we can!

So in honor of that sentiment, today’s “masterpieces” are a couple Microwave Recipes…

1. Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake

Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake

2. Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars

Three Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars on white plate

3. And a No Bake recipe:  No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

Overhead of No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

Notice a theme here: Simple, fast, not a lot of dishes, microwaveable, no-bake.  This is my speed lately.

I didn’t always used to be this way. 

Raw Vegan GF Girl Scout Samoas-Inspired Cookies were quite an undertaking.  As in a multi-day cooking affair.

Raw Vegan GF Girl Scout Samoas-Inspired Cookies

But now, I try to create masterpiece-looking and masterpiece-tasting recipes that are fast and easy.

Like Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls with 2 Minute Peanut Sauce

Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls in clear container
Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls dipped in Peanut Sauce


From my last post about having a productive day, it was fun to read what you’ve done that made you feel productive.  And just how often you change the sheets on your bed.


1. What have you spied lately that’s made you drool? Do you think you’ll actually make it or just admire it and drool over it from afar?

I admire all kinds of recipes and cooking.  I can admire beautiful food, and a wonderful recipe for just that even if I have no intention of ever making it.  I don’t intent to take up painting but I still admire great art and am moved by it.  Same with great food.

2. Would you describe your cooking style as KISS (Keep it Simple, Sweetie) or more along the lines of Mrs. Culinary Masterpiece?

I can create masterpieces, and if I had time, I would love to just fritter around in the kitchen just for the sake of cooking, creating, and relaxing.

But life has changed.  And life is always changing, and for now, I love to drool over all recipes.  But what I will end up creating in my own kitchen is going to come down to the time investment.

But I don’t know any women with small children and full time jobs out of the home who have ample “kitchen fritter time”.  If you do, have them email me because I need to know their secrets!

Young girl in bed sleepingIf I can make sure a hot bowl of oatmeal is waiting for her when she wakes up, that’s just as important as anything else in life to me.  Oatmeal as a masterpiece.  Isn’t that what the blogosphere was built on, anyway?

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  2. When I first started my blog I was able to do a lot more baking and create more of my own recipes even though I had 2 kids, a house, husband and full time job. Then Noah started palying hockey on a travel team last year and I just couldn’t fit it all in anymore. Heck, lucky if I can post once a week these days!!

  3. I have been drooling over ALL kinds of foods from blogs … I bookmark a lot of recipes and then organize them into categories, and then print them and set aside ones to make each month …

    I like simple recipes, but I also love a challenge!

  4. I have seen most of these recipes and drooled a bit myself, LOL. I didn’t see Katie’s Creamy Cauliflower Cheeze, though. Wow, that looks DELICIOUS. I was thinking about making cauliflower cheez (nooch) sauce just yesterday. Yum!

    Awwww, Skylar teepies is so adorable. And yeah, oatmeal… blogs… indeed. :)

  5. That blueberry layered cake looks CRAZYGOOD! I’ll tell you though, that picture of your spring rolls and the peanut sauce makes me drool a bit every time! :)

  6. SUPER sweet pic of your baby, momma averie! she is such a doll <3

    I didn't read your blog for a day and look at all these goodies you've left me to drool over!!! I will definitely be giving some of these recipes a shot in the near future!

  7. KISS is pretty much my motto for everything!!

    Angela’s cupcakes looked totally delicious to me too! Now I have to look at all of those other recipes. Yummm

  8. Hi Averie!

    I like to KISS in the kitchen but do go out of my way for special occasions (working full time, I baked 3 dozen mini cupcakes on Tuesday evening and prepared meringue buttercream icing and iced the cupcakes on Wednesday for a Thursday morning work event. Do I do this regularly no? Do I have to plan for this? You bet!)

    I have a busy life, so don’t have too much time in the kitchen, but just enough to create healthy, whole-food, delicious meals (no complaints from my husband!).

    I enjoy your one-pot meals, 5-minute-prep meals, and simplicity of your cooking. With your busy life, every meal you make is delicious and healthy. Kudos!


  9. I’m totally fine with waiting until AFTER college to become a culinary master. Thanks for the microwave recipes! Spring rolls have been on my to-make list forever; hopefully they’ll happen soon.

  10. Yummm all your pictures look delicious. Good gathering of favorites.
    I would call myself a Miss Culinary Experimenter Wanna-Be Masterpiece. ;) If that makes any sense. But I definitely have Keep it Simple days too. However, I don’t have any kiddos just some kitties… which makes thinks A LOT easier.