Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday Ramblings

Do more of what makes you happy.  Simple and to the point.  I like that.  (Source.)  I think I will take that as go bake some cookies.  Any requests?

I’m absolutely in awe that Monday is Memorial Day.  Wasn’t it just New Year’s Day 20 minutes ago?

I guess it is upon us regardless of whether or not our brains have caught up to the seemingly lightning fast speed of time these days.  So, to celebrate, let’s talk about food.  (Because what else would we talk about?!)

I am fairly certain that I will be making Caroline’s Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake because I can’t quit thinking about how gooey the center looks.  Yes, I constantly dream about cookies.

Paul and I will be spending the weekend at home, hopefully relaxing, catching up on housework, cooking and baking and photographing food, etc.  Well, at least that’s what I’ll be doing.  I have my eye on this pizza from Confections of a Foodie Bride.  I’m such a fan of veggie pizza and the goat cheese and broccoli are absolutely calling my name here.

We had black bean quinoa burgers for dinner on Monday night.  Last night Paul used the leftovers to make a black bean burger quesadilla.  He suggested that I do a “leftover week” similar to “sandwich week” that would showcase what we do with leftovers.  Weird?  Or cool?

And lastly, I am making some Crack Pie for a potluck that I have next Wednesday.  I am going to need some major self-control to be able to make these and not dig into them until then.  Send prayers!

What are your Memorial Day plans?  If you are going to a cookout, here are some simple take-along ideas:

Broccoli-Zucchini Slaw
Mango-Peach Salsa
Corn & Black Bean Salsa
No-Bake PB + Butterscotch Bars
Strawberry Crumble
Crab Rangoon Dip
Brown Butter White Chocolate Chip Pretzel Blondies
Olive Tapenade


36 Responses to “Wednesday Ramblings”

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    Kathryn — May 23, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    I love the idea of a leftovers post, I’m always looking for new ideas.

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

      Thanks Kathryn! what do you have leftovers of most-often?

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — May 23, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Dooo it! 😀 It’s so good…especially warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Just sayin’. 😉

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      I am going to…I just hope I don’t eat the whole thing by myself! 🙂

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    Heidi @foodiecrush — May 23, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Baking cookies? COOKIE CRAVINGS my friend!:) Looks like you’re going to have a relaxing go of it and what’s wrong with spending the weekend cooking? Absolutely NOTHIN’!! Have a great time!

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      It’s funny you mention Cookie Cravings because I have been brainstorming an adaptation for the maple brown sugar cookies that I am pretty excited about!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 23, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    Yes, bake cookies! I just did :).

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

      I always love cookies!!

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    Therese — May 23, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    Leftover week would be AMAZING! Also, good to know I’m not the only one who bakes when happy. (Or when sad. I’m not picky.) I have my eye on de-glutenizing these:

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

      Ooo! I saw those this morning. I will taste-test for you! 🙂

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    Chrissy — May 23, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    I love that quote. So simple and so true. I saw Caroline’s cookie cake and thought the same thing! Reminds me of a pazookie! Yumm…

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    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — May 23, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    I think I’ll make some crab rangoon dip! But not to share…just for me. Please don’t judge. 😉

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

      No judging here. My husband dubbed it crack dip because he couldn’t stop eating it!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — May 23, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    Yes, leftover week sounds awesome! I am a leftover queen, and new/innovative ideas of how to use mine would be very much appreciated. Have a wonderful holiday weekend! 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

      Thanks Tara, same to you! What do you have leftovers of most-often?

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — May 23, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    Hmm. I usually make a big batch of rice or quinoa at the beginning of the week and then try to find fun ways to repurpose it. I also tend to have extra chicken breasts (if I only cook up one) or beans, especially if I make them from the dried kind. But I’m so open to any and all leftover ideas! 🙂

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — May 23, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    I can’t believe its Memorial Day weekend either! How about some sort of S’mores cookie? I totally have S’mores on my mind and when you mentioned cookie requests I couldn’t help but put the two together! Have a great weekend! 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:56 am

      You can’t bean s’mores, especially on a holiday weekend. I will have to work on a s’more cookie!

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    Liz — May 23, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    Love the saying, Cassie! Our world might be a more peaceful if it were full of happy people 🙂 I love the idea of leftover week…my hubby would suggest a chocolate chip cookie week :/

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:57 am

      Ooo, I love the idea of chocolate chip cookie week too. I’m adding that to my list!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 23, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    Leftover week sounds amazing, just like that black bean burger quesadillas you guys had. And awesome quote. Doing something more of what makes me happy involves eating cake. And lots of it! 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:57 am

      Cake = happy for sure!

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    Laura @ GotChocolate — May 23, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    Any and everything CHOCOLATE!!! 😀

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:57 am

      Of course! Hope you had some fabulous chocolate over the holiday Laura!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — May 23, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    I haven’t really even begun to think about Memorial Day yet! I feel really behind the 8-ball this year. I guess there’s always tomorrow!

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

      Hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend Jen!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 24, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Such a wise little sentiment! Thanks for sharing, Cassie! Sounds like you have a bunch of delicious dishes and desserts up your sleeve. For Memorial Day, I’m doing ZILCH but preparing for my trip to Spain and France the first week in June. Hope you have a wonderful one!

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:58 am

      I hope you are feeling prepared for your trip, have a wonderful time Georgia!

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    Ashley@BakerbyNature — May 24, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    Cookies make me happy as a clam – I think I may just go bake some right now. Hope yours turned out spectacular!

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:58 am

      Cookies always make me very happy too! 🙂

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 24, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    I love this!! I’m going to cook, craft and TRY to get some tan!

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:59 am

      Yes, a nice tan is always a good thing this time of year! 🙂

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    sally @ sally's baking addiction — May 24, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Yes…….. it was new years eve like… yesterday. How is 2012 almost halfway OVER?!

    I love that quote… do more of what makes you happy. Baking makes me happy! and running! and connecting with people. 🙂

    Love all of your suggestions for memorial day, CAssie. Especially those brown butter white chocolate pretzel blondies!

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:59 am

      I’m not sure, it’s definitely flying by!

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    Reem | Simply Reem — May 24, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    What a wonderful Quote!!!
    All the dishes sounds wonderful and inspiring..
    I think I will pick strawberry crumble… Yum!!
    You have a beautiful long weekend.

    • Cassie replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:59 am

      Hope you had a wonderful long weekend too!

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