I am writing this from my in-laws’ house. Being away from home generally means I have more time to do random internet browsing because I can’t/don’t need to do some of my regular activities I save for Fudgelet’s sleeping hours. Unfortunately, we have been here for four days now, and today was the first day he decided to nap. Ugh. I am hoping the napping trend will continue and that his jet lag gets better, but I should also add that it is 9:40 pm and he is still awake (he is usually asleep by now at home). The one saving grace on his sleep has been that he is still mostly sleeping through the night here, and since I am right next to him (his mattress is on the floor), I generally just have to hand him a stuffed animal or tuck him back in if he gets distressed, then return to bed. I’ve been waking and struggling to fall asleep myself this visit, so it’s not just him.
Welcome to the final days of September! The final days of summer are here, and I am sharing a few sweet treats to round out your summer. Or maybe you’ve already moved onto Autumn and are ready to have rich chocolate cake. I have that, too. Either way, enjoy your Friday!
Welcome, April! I know, it’s already a week in, but Spring deserves extra welcomes. We’ve been keeping busy running around as much as possible since there is always so much to do in so little time, and the Fudgelet loves running errands so that he can scout out new places. One of his favorites? Asian grocery stores for the fish tanks. He loves seeing the crabs, tilapia, and other critters swimming around.
I recently got a new phone. And it’s not just any new phone. I actually switched operating systems with this phone switch, which is a big deal. If I had my wish, my old phone would join forces with my new phone and have all of the parts I like in both. Unfortunately, that isn’t happening. In the meantime, I am trying to enjoy some of the perks that come from the new phone, including a much better camera (great for when I want to take a picture of something I’ve made and want to be able to share it on social media, but also on the blog later), and the ability to do some spring cleaning.
Whenever I move, I always go through a period of clearing out a bunch of stuff. Whether it’s old clothes, papers I don’t need anymore, or other random items that I have kept for way too long, I find that a move helps motivate me to pare down. With this phone move, I have finally started deleting some old emails that I don’t need. My old phone didn’t let me do this easily. Yes, I could do it on my laptop, but do I want to spend my limited laptop time deleting old emails that aren’t really hurting anything? Nope! But, if I’m nursing, waiting around, etc., I can take a few minutes to delete some emails easily on my phone.
As I’ve been sorting through the emails, I have found my emails of links I want to save for myself, and share here. It’s crazy, but the list of links has gotten way too long. I clearly need more Friday Favorites posts! I’m going to try to do more of them going forward.
So, here we are…
The Fudgelet has been really into building with his blocks, but also loves playing with his Daddy’s set of blocks (K is a big Lego fan). His favorites are “IrwonMan” (as he says it) and some other Avenger sets that K has. When he doesn’t have those, though, he will build towers with me and his own stash of blocks.
- Let’s start with something sweet. These bars have candy and combine brownies and cookie dough into one sweet treat. At the same time, I could finish the sweetened condensed milk can with this recipe for fudgy chocolate chip bars.
- I like that this recipe is fried, but it doesn’t seem like the really messy type of frying that includes a whole vat of oil. And, we are a fan of Mexican/Tex-Mex food.
- I have a recipe for no-bake granola bars I enjoy, but they aren’t the easiest to eat. I am thinking that this similar recipe that requires baking (and a technique for getting the bars to hold together better) would be fun to try.
- Sweetapolita has some gorgeous cakes. This one is more simple compared to what she normally has, but still impressive. It also sounds delicious!
- I actually made these cookies but never got around to blogging them. They were delicious!
We are coming up on an anniversary for the blog…year 4! 4 years of sharing recipes and rambles. I’ve been trying to plan something for it, but I really don’t know what to do. Maybe I will just throw some sprinkles in the air like confetti. I am proud that I’ve been able to continue even after having a kid. I wasn’t sure how posting would go, and I don’t post as frequently as I used to, but I am glad I still find time to cook new recipes and share them with you.
Goals for the coming year?
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some favorites. I thought I had done one recently, but it’s been two months! What with the holidays and trying to get certain recipes to post in a timely fashion (which doesn’t always happen…I’m looking at you, rugelach!), here we are with a delayed one.
Today I am bringing some Fall recipes, desserts, side dishes, and main courses. Some great variety to make you hungry. I was fine before I started writing this, but now am hungry. So, I will make this short so that I can get a snack. 😉 I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, if you celebrate, and aren’t super nuts with your Black Friday shopping (I never got into that, but I’m not a huge shopper anyway).