Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fig Dark Chocolate Walnut Bread

Good morning! I am sorry that I was absent from blogging last week, unfortunately I had a lot going on just could not find any extra time to blog or visit blog friends. I am back today though and looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up too.

This past week we had family in town and it is always fun to show them the sites, go to the beach, make and of course eat lots, and lots of food and just have fun. It was the perfect way to end the month.

One of the things that we made were a couple of loaves of quick bread using the things we purchased at the farmers market. 

This fig, dark chocolate and walnut loaf was a favorite so I thought I would share the recipe. 

Fig Dark Chocolate Walnut Loaf

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

6 ounces unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar

2 large eggs, at room temp

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup chopped fresh figs

1/2 chopped dark chocolate

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325F. Spray 8x4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and line with parchment on the bottom.  In a small bowl sift together flour and baking powder then set aside. 

Stir butter and both sugars until combined. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Fold in figs, chocolate and walnuts. 

Pour batter into pan. Bake until toothpick comes out clean about minutes. Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes  then cool on wire rack. Serve warm or cooled.

I hope that you have fabulous week! 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Friday Favorites from Closet Cooking, Wisconsin Cheesetalk, Epicurious and More

Good morning! I am so looking forward to the weekend. I want to go to the farmers market and get some of the last of my summer favorites, take a walk at the ocean and just relax. What about you? 

Image from Closet Cooking

I am having guests in a week and am searching for something new to try, I think these Caprese Stuffed Avocados would be perfect.

Image from Wisconsin Cheesetalk

Cheese is on of my favorite things to eat and if it is on a grilled cheese sandwich all the better. This week Wisconsin Cheesetalk announced the winners of the Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown. Oh my goodness, I could eat them all.

Image from Epicurious

If you love cookbooks as much as I do you might want to check out The 30 Most Exciting Cookbooks of Fall. I cannot wait to get my copies of several of these books. 

Image from Style at Home

I am in love with this Coastal Style Home Tour from Style at Home

France is a favorite place of many and while there Versailles is at the top of the list of places to visit. On many of my visits there I have often wondered what it would have been like to stay there. According to Conde Nast Travel you may soon get your chance as there will soon be a luxury hotel there. I might have to put this place on my list. 

Did you find anything interesting this week to share? A book, a movie or something else? If so please let us know. 

I hope that you have safe and wonderful weekend. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Good morning! I hope that you had a great weekend. I had a nice relaxing weekend and am feeling a lot better. I read a few magazines, a book and pretty much laid around doing nothing. 

I made this delicious Blueberry Lemon Loaf  last week and wanted to share the recipe so you can use up some of your summer bounty.

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 butter, melted
1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 320. Grease a 8 x4 inch loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Then stir in the lemon peel. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, st aside.

In a medium bowl combine the eggs, milk and melted butter. Then add lemon juice. Add egg mixture all at once into the flour mixture. stir until just combined. DO NOT OVER MIX. Fold in berries and spoon into prepared pan. 

Bake for 60-75 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. If necessary to prevent over browning, cover the top loosely with tin foil for the last 15 minutes of baking time. 

Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes the remove from pan and cool completely.

This bread is moist, a little sweet, a little tart and would be perfect for breakfast, a snack or a light dessert.

I hope that you have a grew week! Enjoy the waining days of summer. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Friday Favorites from The Lisa Porter Collection, Sally's Baking Addiction, Scott Mecham Wood and More!

Good morning! I am so happy it is the weekend. I have felt terrible the last two days with chest pain, neck pain and a host of other symptoms. In fact I felt so bad I went to the emergency room at 11:00 Wednesday night and had a battery of tests to see if I was having a heart attack. Thankfully I did not but I  am not feeling much better, in fact I am worse. Now have a host of appointments to see what what is actually the culprit. 

So this weekend I am going to rest, relax, catch up with my favorite blogs and that is it, Hopefully I will be doing it outside in the sun. 

Image Heather Bullard

There are still a few weekends left before Summer officially ends and if you are looking for something to read while you catch the last rays at the beach check out this great reading list from Heather Bullard. And if you don't finish them all at least you will have a head start on your Fall reading lists!

Image from The Lisa  Porter Collection Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

Pizza is one of my favorite foods, in fact I like to think of it as a food group all of its own. This scrumptious Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza from The Lisa Porter Collection 

Image Sally's Baking Addiction

If you are feeling like something a little sweeter check out this Rustic Strawberry and Peach Tart an "oldie but goodie" from longtime blogger Sally's Baking Addiction

Image Scott Mecham Wood Home Nicolas Smith Photography

Are you as "mad for plaid" as I am? If so then you need to  head over to  Scott Mecham Wood Home and check out the fabulous new textiles, pillows, throws and vintage finds.  If you are not familiar with Scott Mecham Wood, he is Scott is an incredibly talented designer and blogger among other things. 

Image from Scott Mecham Wood, Photo by Nicolas Smith Photography

"Scot Meacham Wood is delighted to present his luxury lifestyle 
brand, Scot Meacham Wood Home. Inspired by the romance of the Scottish 
countryside and his own Southern heritage, Scot has curated a one-of-a-kind 
collection of textiles, custom-dyed trimmings, upholstered furnishings, antiques, 
artwork, Victorian tartanware, and home accessories. Scot Meacham Wood Home features 50 
sumptuous fabrics imported from a historic Scottish mill highlighting 
traditional tartans as well as modern interpretations of this classic textile.  
SMW Home also includes a beautiful assortment of accessories for the home as 
well as treasures gathered from around the world.  Modern.  Classic.  Fresh.  Traditional.
Welcome to SMW Home."

You GO GIRL! Every woman and man for that matter struggles with something, family issues, weight, etc. This post is an inspiration to people to stick up for themselves and not let bullies, and nasty, insensitive jerks affect how they live their lives.

That's it! A few of my favorite finds this week. I hope that you found something you liked. Pleas remember to share your finds with us as well, we all love new movies, books, recipes and more.

Have a great weekend!

If you feel like a little chocolate, come over to Once Upon a Chocolate Life and check out these fabulous brownies!

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