Game Day….Pretzels

pretzel game day

Several things happened this weekend that were very exciting for me…

1.  Sophies first soccer game: This is probably the best activity we had this weekend but also very sad because I cannot believe my first baby is already 3 and playing on a soccer team.  My husband and brother in law were the coaches and I would have to say, I am ready to see them play again next weekend.  Other than the heat at 3pm in Texas, the kids and coaches did great and are starting to get the hang of running towards the goal and “do not pick up the ball”.  This is true enjoyment!

2. Pumpkins season is here:  We were out shopping yesterday and my daughter started screaming because she saw her first pumpkin patch of the season!  She loves pumpkins and I love pumpkin desserts, so it is a win win for the whole family.  Pumpkin dessert recipes coming soon!

3. The first weekend of professional football started on sunday:  Lets be honest, I wasn’t really that excited about the games (my husband was) but I love all that comes with football season.  Fun parties with good food and just a reason to celebrate and get together with friends and family. Since this was a late game, we put the kids to bed after a delicious dinner together and sat and watched the Dallas Cowboys play while we ate these buttery soft pretzels.  

I am and have always been a huge lover of pretzels of any kind.  I like to dip them in chocolate, buttercream, mustard, cream cheese or just about anything else, but I really love SOFT Pretzels.  Like the ones you can get at any sporting event, fair, or while you are shopping at the mall. This pretzel recipe is probably one of my favorites and can be made savory or sweet.  I made these classic salted, but you can add rosemary, cinnamon sugar, or gruyere cheese (which I love on everything).  

Soft Pretzels
Yields 12
yummy soft buttery pretzels...savory or sweet
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  1. 4 tsp active dry yeast
  2. 1 tsp sugar, granulated
  3. 1 1/2 cups warm water
  4. 4 cups all purpose flour
  5. 1/2 cup sugar
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 tbsp butter, melted
  8. 1/2 cup baking soda
  9. 4 cups boiling water
  10. kosher salt, topping
  1. In a small bowl dissolve the yeast and 1 tsp sugar in warm water, let stand for about 10 minutes
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar and salt
  3. Make a well in the center and add the melted butter and yeast mixture
  4. Mix and form dough into a ball (add flour if needed)
  5. Knead dough until smooth
  6. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place for 1-1 1/2 hours
  7. After dough has risen dissolve baking soda in hot water
  8. Once dough has doubled in size turn out onto lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces
  9. Roll each piece into long rope and twist into pretzel shape
  10. Once all dough is shaped, dip each piece into baking soda solution and place on a greased sheet pan
  11. Sprinkle with kosher salt
  12. Bake at 450 degrees F for 8 minutes or until golden brown
  1. you can use a mixer attached with a dough hook, but do not over mix!
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I love this time of year and I can’t wait to share some great fall recipes with you!



Butterscotch + Figs

butterscotch panna cotta 1 I am not really sure how this recipe came about, but all I know is I went into West Elm for a lovely stroll and came out with some kitchen accessories and this amazing butterscotch sauce called Brooklyn Butterscotch by Spoonables.  After tasting it the second I got home, I knew I had to make Panna Cotta with it.  Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert that means “cooked cream” and that is truly what it is.   This Italian custard is not overly sweet, but the addition of this rich butterscotch sauce makes a great flavor profile for such a simple dessert! 

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Butterscotch and fresh figs is now one of my favorite combinations.  If you want, you can incorporate the figs as a fresh element, roasted or caramelized…whatever makes you sing for joy!

 figs and panna cotta

Thanks again West Elm and Spoonable, Brooklyn Butterscotch for the inspiration!

Have a Happy Thursday!

Butterscotch Panna Cotta
Yields 8
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  1. 2 cups heavy cream
  2. 1/2 cup milk, whole
  3. 1 TBSP gelatin powder (1 packet)
  4. 1/4 cup sugar, granulated
  5. 1 vanilla bean, split
  6. 4 TBSP butterscotch sauce
  1. Combine milk and gelatin and let sit
  2. Combine heavy cream, sugar and vanilla bean into saucepan
  3. Turn on high and remove right before it comes to a boil
  4. Pour milk and gelatin mixture into heavy cream mixture and stir until fully combined (make sure all gelatin is dissolved)
  5. Remove vanilla bean
  6. Add 2 TBSP of butterscotch sauce to the Panna Cotta
  7. Pour custard into 4 ounce ramekins or glass dishes
  8. Let set in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until gelled
  9. Once the panna cotta is set add the remaining butterscotch sauce to the top of each ramekin
  10. Garnish with fresh fig
  11. Serve cold
  12. Enjoy!
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Blueberry + Bacon


Did you know that the Saturday before Labor Day is National Bacon Day?  To be totally honest, I was not aware of this fabulous day, but learned about it when I was getting my haircut this week, and I found it very appropriate that I celebrate with the all of you!  It doesn’t take a national holiday for us to include bacon in our breakfast feast on Saturday or Sunday mornings, but it just gives me an excuse to have a little fun with it.  I have always liked bacon, but when I married my husband 5 years ago I learned how much I really love bacon and we are always on the hunt for the best ways to include bacon in our everyday life!  I want to share with you one of my favorite classic scone recipes from Sarabeth’s Bakery cookbook that I have adjusted to add blueberries and BACON!!!  I hope you all enjoy this day as much as we will?  How are you going to celebrate today?


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Blueberry Bacon Scones
Yields 14
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  1. 3/4 cup whole milk
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 3 cups all purpose flour
  4. 1 TBSP baking soda
  5. 3 TBSP sugar
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 10 TBSP butter, cubed and chilled
  8. 1/2 cup blueberries
  9. 1 egg (for glaze)
  10. 1/4 cup bacon sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. cook bacon (however you prefer) and chop
  3. whisk milk and 2 eggs together and set aside
  4. combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt
  5. slowly add the cubed butter and mix until it looks like crumbs, the size of small peas
  6. add the egg and milk mixture and mix just until combined, do not over mix
  7. flour the surface and knead the blueberries into dough
  8. roll out to 3/4" thick and cut into triangles
  9. egg wash each scone and sprinkle with fresh bacon bits
  10. bake at 400 F for 15 minutes
  1. optional: drizzle with maple syrup
Adapted from Sarabeth Bakery, From My Hands to Yours
Adapted from Sarabeth Bakery, From My Hands to Yours
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Simply Sweet


I know we are still in the middle of Texas summer heat, but September is quickly approaching which means fall in on its way!  As the last hoorah of summer, I created an all white dessert buffet for my daughters baptism this past weekend.  I love everything white and although I cannot wait for fall weather and all fall flavors, I will miss my summer whites, including my white jeans…maybe we can transition quickly into winter whites.001 facebook_cover (1)1. lemon drop cookies 2. raspberry shortcake 3. salted caramel French macaron 4. vanilla bean cupcakes 

This was a special day for our family, so I wanted to share some of my favorite desserts for the season!  I incorporated lemon, raspberries, salted caramel and vanilla bean into the dessert buffet!

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The Art of The Pizzelle


These little cookies look like a piece of art, but they truly do taste as good as they look!  When I was making these last night, I could not stop eating them and either could my 3 year old daughter, so great for the whole family!  What I love about these Italian waffle cookies is that you can add so many different flavors to appeal to everyone’s taste buds. 

My Favorite Flavor Add Ons:
Lemon Lavender
Sprinkles (for Sophie)
Almond Extract

So what is a Pizzelle and what does the word mean?  A Pizzelle can be hard and crisp or soft and chewy depending on the recipe that you use and comes from the Italian word Pizze meaning round or flat. The original recipe from my Nanny creates a crispy cookie that can be enjoyed all by itself, with ice cream, coffee or dipped in chocolate!  I hope you all enjoy these as much as our family!

The Art of The Pizzelle
Yields 18
Classic Italian waffle cookie
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  1. 3 Eggs
  2. 4 Tbsp Sugar, Granulated
  3. 2 Tbsp Butter, Melted
  4. 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  5. 1 Cup Flour
  6. 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  1. heat pitzelle maker (follow instructions of machine)
  2. combine and whisk eggs, sugar, melted butter and vanilla extract
  3. slowly add flour and baking powder
  4. whisk until combined and all lumps are gone
  5. add 1 Tbsp of batter to pitzelle maker and bake until golden brown
  6. serve immediately or save for later!
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Watermelon + Lime


If I could eat watermelon for every meal, I would (and so would my husband and daughter)!  In our house, we really love popsicles.  The Texas heat requires always having something refreshing around! I chose to add lime juice and zest to these, but you can add a variety of flavors to these scrumptious cold treats.  Popsicles are definitely not only for kids, but I use it as a good way to incorporate some of our favorite fruits, herbs, and/or vegetables…be creative and enjoy!




Watermelon + Lime Popsicles
Yields 12
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  1. 6 cups watermelon, cubed
  2. ½ cup water
  3. ½ cup sugar
  4. 3 tbsp lime juice
  5. Zest of 1 lime
  1. Cut fresh watermelon into small cubes
  2. Boil water + sugar
  3. Combine watermelon + sugar water + lime juice + lime zest in blender
  4. Puree until all chunks of watermelon are gone
  5. Pour fruit puree into popsicle molds and freeze overnight
  1. Enjoy!
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