Rain, rain, go away. Seriously rain, GET OUT OF HERE! Normally I love the rain. I love staying in and baking, or watching a movie, catching up on life, finally doing those little errands around the house you keep putting off. However, a super gloomy day or days in this case, gives you almost no lighting for pictures. And a downpour makes it impossible to take fun outfit pictures that go with any of your upcoming recipes! For shame. I had a great dress I wanted to feature with these lemon bars. But with crazy windy, cold, and now rainy days recently, it didn’t happen. But I’ve been wanting to talk about these lemon bars for so long I can’t hold off anymore. And what better way to brighten up these cloudy past few days than these sunny and tart and slightly gooey lemon bars?
I’ve been wanting to use beets in a dessert for a while. Because it’s weird. And it’s stupid Black Friday so that’s weird. I think Black Friday is ridiculous and I can’t imagine camping out for a TV, it’s beyond me. So you know what else it a little beyond me? Beets! In dessert! So I’ll try and at least understand one of them. I even used beets two ways! The conclusion? While there is a little sweetness added to these desserts via the beets, I think the advantage is either a bold natural color in your dessert, or getting in some vitamins (especially for veggie haters) into what basically tastes like normal chocolate. I made homemade Oreos and pudding. I wasn’t mad at them.
It’s Thanksgiving Eve and I am in full prep mode. In the span of last night I made the layers of a pumpkin cake, the hazelnut crust for a cranberry curd tart, and a pecan gooey butter cake. Anything that has the word “gooey” before “cake” has got my attention. And the smell alone has convinced me to make this cake over and over again. I’m lucky enough to enjoy a Friendsgiving tonight, and Thanksgiving evening with my husband to cook dinner tomorrow. I’m usually someone who has to work Thanksgiving evening, and while I love sleeping in, there’s something disheartening when you have to serve other families on a holiday that’s supposed to be centered around your own loved ones. This year I’m working during the day. I’m so grateful this year I don’t have to run after 9 or 10 pm to a friends left over festivities or find my husband on the couch patiently awaiting my arrival home after having to enjoy Thanksgiving stag at a friend’s how who was kind enough to have him over. We get a Thanksgiving night together. And no matter how the mashed potatoes or the glazed carrots turn out, I am immensely grateful for that.
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