In a world that makes very little sense right now, we can all count on one thing: Doughnuts are delicious. Especially when they are Maple Vanilla Cream Stuffed Chai Doughnuts. A-men.
These yeasted doughnuts are fluffy and soft and chai-spiced and rolled in cinnamon sugar and then filled with a simple homemade maple vanilla bean pastry cream that you’ll want to spoon straight into your mouth (thank goodness you’ll have extra so you can do so). All you have to do is get up off the couch, get into the kitchen, bake and believe in the healing powers of sweet dough and spice. I know I do.
Greetings from sunny, gorgeous, mountainous Denver! It’s where we’ve been the last couple of days and will continue to be for another day and a half to visit friends, climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow till we find — a beer and a burger, probably, because at that point we deserve it.
I wouldn’t be mad, though, if instead one of these homemade soft pretzels made its way to my face as a reward for all of this mountain-ing (and by mountain-ing, I basically mean we did one hike and then looked at a lot of mountains. It’s HOW I DO). I wouldn’t even be picky: cinnamon sugar, garlic Parmesan or za’atar sesame-topped, I would take any or all of them. Till I fiiiiind myyyy dreammmmm (please don’t leave I’m done I promise and hey look at these pretty pretzels!).
When I think about these chocolate chip muesli bagels, I think about all of those times in my past when I would eat plain whole wheat bagels for breakfast, and I weep. Because I could have been having a chocolate chip muesli bagel instead.
These bagels, my friends? They are the business. The bagel business. They will up your breakfast game like you wouldn’t believe, they’re satisfying and delicious, and the best part? They’re easy. I mean it! I even have a video in this post showing you how to shape them so you’re ready to roll into bageldom without fear.
So let’s do this! (No plain whole wheat bagels lovers welcome.) (JUST KIDDING.)
The school bell might be ringing soon and the sun might be going down sooner and yes, it might even feel a little chilly at night (which I secretly but not-so-secretly love) but you know what? Summer isn’t over until we say it’s over. For me, there are still several weeks left before we can officially say goodbye to this carefree, bountiful season and hello to apples and pumpkins and colored leaves and chunky scarves and eventually to the Season That Shall Not Be Named – though department stores would have you think otherwise with their Halloween decorations and Christmas music already (TOO SOON) — so while we still have these last few precious weeks, let’s soak them up.
Let’s put our feet in the water. Actually, let’s jump in the water with our clothes on.
Let’s drink all the iced coffees and lick all the ice cream cones and get our hands sticky with popsicle juice.
Let’s run through sprinklers and roll the windows down and feel the wind in our hair and perfect our farmer’s tans and check off all the things left on our summer bucket lists. For me, it’s all of the above plus making and eating a few of my favorite summertime-lovin’ recipes from the blog. I’ve got my work cut out for me but hey! There is still time. Will you join me in making the most of it?
First up on this recipe version of a summer bucket list: Blueberry Lemon Muffin Bread. It’s sweet and full of juicy blueberries and fresh lemon and it’s just like eating the season, but with a streusel topping. GOALS.
I used to hate sandwiches. No really, like HATE. It’s a strong word but it completely sums up my former feelings for them.
That’s because my dad used to make our sandwiches for school lunches in the following manner: White bread. Yellow mustard. Meat (usually ham). American cheese. The end. And so it went every. single. day.
That’s not to say my dad always makes terrible food. We do know and love his chilirecipes, after all. But Dad? Your sandwiches of yore have nothing on this spicy Thai veggie sandwich.
I need you to do something for me: DROP EVERYTHING. And make this grilled mushroom pizza immediately.
OK, maybe that’s too pushy, considering I just had my first sip of coffee and am myself nowhere near the energy level to, like, get off the couch, but in about an hour or two? It’s pizza time.
The reason for my haste is this: This pizza is good. But like, really good. Like, really really good. Like, really really really real — it’s just good, OK? And you need to get it into your life as soon as is appropriate for your schedule (which I’m hoping is maybe, definitely, today).