Thursday Things


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Here are this week’s Thursday Things:

1. I was asked to be a contributor in Kelly Lester’s new cookbook, Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook, available in stores September 2012.

Cooking With Trader Joe's Cookbook

It’s the seventh book in a series of Trader Joe’s cookbooks and considering I love Trader Joe’s, this was a perfect fit for me.

My amazingly talented friend, Marla Meridith, did the photography for the book and it’s just stunning.

Kelly, Marla, and everyone who worked on the book did a stellar job with an extremely fast, aggressive, and tight timeframe to get this baby from concept to store shelves in months, which is unheard of in the publishing industry.

I’ll keep you updated with more details as the release date approaches. I’m so excited about it!


2. Mason Jar Drink Dispenser

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser

3. Fill it up with Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria

Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria in mason jars

4. Blueberry Slump – I’d hardly call this a “slump” – blueberries, dough, and vanilla ice cream doesn’t sound like a slump.

I’ve never heard of a slump, which is defined as: A sticky biscuit dough is dropped onto blueberries in this classic New England dessert, which is called a “slump,” “grunt,” or “cobbler,” depending on who you’re asking.

Blueberry Slump

5. I love NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia

It’s a must have in coffee.

NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia bottles

6. My order from just arrived and I’m restocked now on life’s little essentials.

iHerb has the cheapest prices on supplements, probiotics, vitamins, nutritional yeast, spices in bulk like cinnamon, white stevia powder, and protein powder


Enter code AVE630 to save $5 on your order

I love that site. A little too much.

7. Oh the fun I could have with 5 pounds of Scharffen Berger 99% Cacao Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

99% Cacao Unsweetened Baking Chocolate Petite Baking Squares advertisement

I’m thinking Oreo Cookie-Stuffed Brownies for starters.

Oreo Cookie-Stuffed Birthday cake Brownies

I use melted baking chocolate as opposed to dry cocoa powder for brownie baking because I think the resulting brownies are richer, moister, and just better.

All my brownie recipes are start out by melting chocolate in the microwave

Triple Layer fudgy mint oreo brownies

Stirring ingredients by hand in one bowl

Pouring into the pan

As easy as a boxed mix, really.

8. Pots & Pans Cupcake Toppers

Mini Pink and Blue Measuring cups and pans

I could have a field day on the entire Bake It Pretty site

Cupcake with coconut Shreds as topping and mini blue pan

9. Paisley Cupcake liners – so fun and vibrant

If they don’t bleed, run, or fade, that would be amazing.

Paisley Cupcake liners

In order to appear fade-free, I double up the liners for photography because the liners I actually bake muffins or cupcakes in tend to fade quite dramatically.

Case in point Cheddar Cheese and Olive Oil Savory Muffins – had to double them up

Cheddar Cheese and Olive Oil Savory Muffins

10. Thanks for the giveaway entries (there’s 2 going on)

PB Crave Peanut Butter Giveaway

Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor & Juice Extractor Giveaway

What are your Thursday Things?

If you’ve made anything, done, seen, or bought anything fabulous, feel free to link it up in the comments.

If you’ve read any new cookbooks, bought fade-free muffin liners, have a favorite chocolate, or any fun or handy baking products, I’m all ears.

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