Happy (Birthday) Weekend

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It’s been fun being back on the blog this week…thanks for all of your support and sweet comments! There’s no sweeter to end a long week than with birthday celebrations. Good friends, heaps of pasta, hot pink nails, blow outs, bubbly. I feel so lucky to have such amazing people around me + such awesome internet pals who have stuck with me for five years. I’ve grown up so much on here since I was 22. And can’t imagine life differently. Merci beaucoup!

Have a great weekend, friends! Cheers! xo

{sparkle + champagne}

Spring Brunching

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Spring brunching

Still have breakfast on the mind. With the warm weather creeping in, I’m ready to load up on spring produce and bright flavors, especially in the morning. I can’t wait for my farmer’s market to be bustling again or start getting a weekly CSA. I really want to celebrate with brunch parties on a patio I don’t have, but I think rooftops and park picnics will have to suffice. I’ll bring the food if you bring the iced coffee.

baked eggs with spinach and tomatoes | beet and turnip gratin | blueberry pull-apart bread | lemon, feta, asparagus pasta, cold-brewed iced coffee

April Rules: Chocolate Chunk Brownies with Salted Fudge Frosting and Pistachios

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Chocolate Chunk Brownies with Salted Fudge Frosting and Pistachios

April 1st is probably my least favorite day on the internet. Why did anyone ever think pranks were fun? Like running marathons and tequila shots. Just don’t get it. But April 1st is also the beginning of my birthday week and the start of my favorite month. Things happen in April. Trees bloom and ramps grow and people get happier because they’re walking around drinking lemonade and eating fro-yo in the sunshine and how could that not make you happy?

On the note of happiness and birthdays, it’s not surprising I want celebrate with something chocolate and fudgy. While I prefer cake, these Chocolate Chunk Brownies with Salted Fudge Frosting and Pistachios would absolutely do the trick. Use whatever is your favorite brownie recipe, then add this salted fudge frosting – kicks them up a notch to be birthday-worthy. Chopped pistachios bring in one of my favorite spring flavors (and colors).

Don’t be gullible…April rules. Just add chocolate.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Chocolate Chunk Brownies with Salted Fudge Frosting and Pistachios

Chocolate Chunk Brownies with Salted Fudge Frosting and Pistachios

  • 6 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips divided in half
  • 8 oz butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Melt dark chocolate, half of the semi-sweet chocolate, and butter in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and eggs. Mix in cooled chocolate. Slowly incorporate the flour, baking powder and cocoa and mix to combine. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
  3. Pour into a greased cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until set.

Salted Fudge Frosting

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg with 1 1/2 cups sugar on low speed, add the cocoa into egg mixture. Add remaining 1 cup sugar, vanilla, butter and sea salt and beat to combine. Spread onto cooled brownies. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Chocolate Chunk Brownies with Salted Fudge Frosting and Pistachios

Denim Days

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Spring Denim Days

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This is basically going to be my spring uniform. Sure I’m excited about bright colors and dresses, but honestly I’m just happy to be a casual jeans girl right now. At work, on weekends. With comfy tees, with heels if I must but mostly loafers, with layered baubles, with denim on top too. On a farm, walking around the city, traveling, parked at a bar with a beer and a burger. Maybe not as interesting as my previous outfits on instagram, but I’ll try to share these too in a new way. Bring it, spring denim days.

Cinnamon Brown Butter Waffles with Maple Berries

Trying to regularly get back to this blogging thing. Something has been off for the last few weeks. Maybe it has something to do with not spending time here. So let’s try it again. We’ll start with something simple. The basics. Breakfast.

I’ve been thinking about breakfast a lot recently. Rumor has it, I might be cooking breakfast on a tv show with one of my all time favorite legends. I’m still afraid of jinxing it, so while I don’t want to over-gush just yet, I do want to talk about breakfast.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Cinnamon Brown Butter Waffles with Maple Berries

To me breakfast isn’t about starting the day off right physically. Sure, I try to eat mildly healthy so that happens. But for me, breakfast is about starting the day off with a feeling. Letting yourself feel maybe for the first time, getting yourself ready for all the other things you’ll feel that day. Nothing has changed since you were in bed…you’re still in your pajamas, your eyes are still a little shut because it’s bright out, you probably haven’t even spoken yet. But then there’s that first sip of coffee that makes your brain tingle. The sound of cracking an egg. The flavors of an everything bagel or cheddar cheese that remind you of breakfasts mom and dad used to make. Tastes and smells and little observations that make you feel. It’s your first chance to connect with something. Isn’t that what you get out of bed for? Those feelings, that connection, is what wakes me up. What gets me going in the morning and keeps me going all day long. It’s how you start your day off right.

I often fall into breakfast habits, so I’m trying to switch it up a bit. Stay in tune with what inspires me. Find new connections. A few weekends ago I had a friend over and we made these cinnamon brown butter waffles with maple berries. The thing about breakfast is that there isn’t and there shouldn’t be too much work to it. After all, your eyes might not even be open. A few stirs, a machine that does the work for you, and a new friend to talk food with. It’s simple. We should eat more breakfast.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Cinnamon Brown Butter Waffles with Maple Berries Cinnamon Brown Butter Waffles

  •  7 Tbs butter
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, room temperature

Preheat waffle iron. Brown butter over low heat. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon. Beat in eggs and milk until combined. Pour mixture over headed waffle iron and cook to your iron’s instructions until waffles are golden brown and crisp.

Maple Berry Compote

In a small saucepan, cook berries (I used raspberries and blackberries) with some good maple syrup. You could also add some bourbon. Cook until reduced into a sauce.