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Apparently, I subconsciously made a New Year’s resolution and forgot to give myself the memo. I’ve cooked/baked something different everyday since January 1st. Since I’m now aware, I’m going to do my best to keep with that. I will not commit myself to making something EVERYDAY as I have been, but maybe 2-3 times a week. I love to cook and bake as it is, so this just gives me a chance to try a lot of new recipes and hone my techniques. I have been on Pinterest editing my “good eats.” board ever since I made the discovery of my new-found routine, so feel free to check the board out and give me suggestions. As for now, I’ll go ahead and catch you up on what I’ve made so far.

(By the way, now that I’ll be consciously making more new recipes, I promise to take better, more intentional pictures to post with the recipes. YAY!)

January 1: Devil’s Food Cake (from scratch) with GanacheΒ (courtesy of foodnetwork.com) I made this for my dad’s birthday, and it was the richest, but not too sweet, chocolate cake and ganache everrrrr. And, it turned out really moist (say it, mooyyyssstttttt)!

No picture, we were too busy taking turns sticking our faces in it… 😦

January 2: Pan-Fried Ribeye with Bleu Onion Sauce (courtesy of thepioneerwoman.com) I made this to celebrate Grant’s first day of teaching, and he said, “It took my breff away.” Exactly as I had planned. Muahahaha! Ok…sorry.

Grant eating said ribeye:

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January 3: German Chocolate CupcakesΒ (courtesy of yourcupofcake.com)Β SERIOUSLY, my whole family’s (my side and Grant’s side) new favorite cupcakes. It seems I’ll be making these for every occasion from now on…and I’m fine with that.

A solitary, independent, stand-on-her-own kinda gal:

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January 4: Cinnamon Coffee Cake (courtesy of lastingredient.com) Every Sunday at work, we have a mini-smorgasbord of food, so I usually try to bake something. I made this the night before, and it seemed to be a hit. Although, the young guys at work always tell me everything I bring is either “da bomb” or “on point”, so I’ll take that as a good sign.

Two layers of nutty, cinnamon, sugary deliciousness hugging light, fluffy cake:

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January 5: Hershey’s Single-Serve Homemade Hot Chocolate (whew!) (courtesy of hersheys.com) Grant and I have been hunkering down for the arctic blast the past couple of days, so it’s only natural for us to want some hot chocolate, man! You could add a dash or two of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cayenne for a little variety. I added cinnamon and it warmed my soul, and I added cayenne and it lit my fire in all the right ways. Grant’s boring so he added nothing.

No picture…I promise I’ll be better!

January 6: Pistachio Saffron Meringue (courtesy of turmericnspice.com) My mom bought me a little vial of saffron for my birthday this year, so I’ve been looking for any opportunity to use it and I thought these interesting little things were just the ticket. They take 2 hours to bake at 225Β°, so I haven’t tasted them yet. As soon as I do, I’ll edit my post and letcha’ know!

***UPDATE: These little meringue cookies or whatever you want to call them are heaven in my mouth. Grant said it was like eating fancy astronaut ice-cream, and I agree. It’s the texture. They are crunchy yet light, delicately sweet, and the saltiness of the pistachios rounds it out perfectly. I think I’ll make these for a fancy party or something! YAY!

Before heading on the long, warm journey that awaits them in the oven:

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If you’ve made it this far, thanks. Seriously, you make all of my dreams come true. Sorry, that might’ve been too soon, but I’m not ashamed!!

Tomorrow, I’m making a Lemon Rosemary Garlic Whole Chicken in the CrockPot, so check back to see if that sinks or swims!

-CZMB

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