It’s been forever since we last chatted on a Saturday!
How’s your weekend so far? Staying warm? I’m trying to! I’m up in Vermont with our friends for a snowy weekend near Killington. We brought the dogs, so it’s a packed cabin. We hit the slopes yesterday and I only fell 4 times. So, I consider it a successful day! I was going to try snowboarding but felt I’d slow down our group by my heinous skills on the board. So, skis it was!
Today the boys are going snowboarding and I think us girls might hit up the spa and sauna and definitely the champagne. Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday? Excuse me while I sink into a puddle of bliss.
Let’s chat about some book tour updates! It’s hard to believe that the tour is picking back up after my Houston stop back in December. I’ll be in Boston, NYC, San Francisco, and San Diego. And now there are two new stops added that I’m super excited for: Newport Beach, CA and Philly! A couple of these February stops require tickets, so make sure you head over to my book tour page to learn more.
I’m hoping to add Atlanta and Salt Lake City to the tour this spring and once I have dates and locations, I’ll be sure to update the page and make an announcement. Looking forward to meeting so many of you!
Speaking of Salt Lake, you DO NOT want to miss Everything Food’s inaugural year held in Salt Lake City on May 19-21st. It’s a food blogger conference with an impressive lineup of speakers, and I’m pumped to be one of them! I’m going to get messy in the kitchen with 60 VIPs and then be a panel member with other incredible panelist. It’s going to be a blast! And Everything Food Conference just announced an incredible one-day, one-time only 2016 sale. It begins today at 2:16 pm MST and ends 2:16 am. 216 full conference tickets will be heavily discounted to $216! Use promotional code EFC2016. Here’s the registration page.
And finally! 7 recipes on this chilly Saturday that you’ve gotta try right this very second. Or at least this weekend. To start is my beloved slow cooker apple cider. Oh man. I just had a cup of hot apple cider on the slopes yesterday and it’s just the ticket to warm up when the weather is extra frosty. Plus, the whole slow cooker thing. Smell and savor it all day long!
Whole wheat flour leaves me extra frustrated in the kitchen. You can almost never use it to replace all-purpose without sacrificing a soft and tender texture. Usually the results are much too heavy, dry, and dense. It took a little tweaking, but last year I finally made a super tender (yet lovely banana bread dense) banana bread with whole wheat flour. I also sub in applesauce for butter. My whole wheat banana bread is the perfect treat for the winter AND healthy eating resolutions.
Speaking of banana! Skinny banana blueberry muffins to the rescue when you’re craving something warm and comforting, but don’t want to break the calorie bank.
Only 130 calories!
Do you need playoff game and Super Bowl recipe ideas?? Fiesta corn & avocado salsa is ridiculously easy to make and you CAN’T stop eating it. Omg.
More game day eats: roasted garlic and bacon spinach dip. Love my dips. The bacon is an obvious must!
Sorry for doing this to you: s’mores chocolate chip cookie cake. Wonderfully soft and gooey as all giant cookie cakes should be.
Let’s end with another chocolate filled recipe because it’s the weekend. Ultimate marble cupcakes! I’ve been craving these like crazy lately. Have you ever tried them before?
Q: Do you like to ski or snowboard?
Q: Have you tried any of these recipes before? Thoughts?