Hey folks! Long time, no talk. I’ve been not really cooking as I have a tiny baby who needs my attention most of the time, but I’m hoping to fix that in 2018. In the meantime, recently I made some Peppermint Pop Rocks Bark and it was really easy and continues to be delicious, so I thought I’d share it with you.

So you take a pound of dark chocolate (you can get the pound bars at Trader Joe’s, so good) and melt it in a double boiler (aka take a sauce pot, add some water and boil it, then put a bowl over the pot and melt the chocolate in that. This helps you to not burn your chocolate.)

Then, spread the vegan drinking chocolate onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Let it cool for 15-20 minutes, then add your Pop Rocks. I used candy-cane flavored ones, and I used 6 of those little packets for the pound. Or use candy canes if you want – whatever floats your boat. Then, freeze for about an hour, and break it up using either a knife or a meat mallet or whatever you have in your kitchen. Eat cold or room temp – I am keeping mine in the freezer!

Moving on to next year – in 2018, we’re starting the year off in my family by doing a Whole 30 for the month of January. I’ll share recipes here of what we’re making and loving (or not) so you can have some recipes to try. I lost some weight last Whole30 around, and generally felt better, although it turns out I was pregnant and didn’t know it, so I’m wondering how this one will feel comparatively.

What are you guys up to? Anyone have Whole30 recipes they love?


December! Although you wouldn’t know it from the weather here in LA, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Our tree is up, the stockings are hung, and I’m ready to bake cookies and celebrate the season! One of my favorite holiday cookies is Gingerbread Men, and that’s what Siån brought to life in this design!

Here’s your tablet version.


November! Thanksgiving is here! I cannot wait to celebrate Evie’s first Thanksgiving. We’re working away around here getting this little human bigger, and soon enough we’ll be posting here regularly again. In the meantime, I know you guys need a Desktop Calendar for November – sorry it’s a little late!

PSST – here is your tablet version in portrait, and landscape!

 


October, one of our favorite months. Even more now that we have a tiny newborn to hang with! It’s still 95 degrees in LA, but hopefully soon the temperature will be going down and it’ll be time for this Lentil Pumpkin Soup. It’s the perfect soup for the month of Halloween, and squash and gourd and orange everything. Siån made us an awesome calendar for this month in honor of this soup, and you can download it below!

PSST – here is your tablet version in portrait, and landscape!


KAF Cheese Rolls | Garlic, My Soul

There’s something about homemade bread that feels so fancy even though it’s actually pretty easy, you guys. I made these last winter, but I thought you needed them again. These rolls are from the King Arthur Flour All-Purpose Baking Cookbook, and they are so, so amazing. I recently bought yeast in a large jar, rather than just in those tiny packets, and I don’t regret it.

KAF Cheese Rolls | Garlic, My Soul

I feel like making rolls or bread on a whim is now possible, and there is just so magical about baking – you feel like you’re creating something from nothing. One second you have a blob of dough, and the next you have a crusty bread ready to go with your dinner.

These rolls came together easily thanks to my mixer (which is a bonus, because I hate touching flour!) and the recipe made 16 rolls – so many that I had extras to use for a dinner party last night where they were a heat reheated (they reheat AWESOMELY.)

KAF Cheese Rolls | Garlic, My Soul
KAF Cheese Rolls | Garlic, My Soul

I tried to find the recipe on King Arthur’s website, but it wasn’t there, but I did find it on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. The crusty Parmesan breadcrumb topping is so worth it and adds a little crunch – my fave thing. I used cheddar cheese inside, but I suspect you could use any kind you had, and honestly I think you could even go without the cheese and these bad boys would still be a crowd pleaser!