July 16th: Host a BBQ

What a fun thing to do! Hosting a BBQ is quite the endeavor but such a fun time.

Owning my own house has been such an adventure and has enabled me to do so many things. 

I decided to have a house party this weekend. My friend, Jared, bought me a grill as a housewarming gift, so no better time than to host a BBQ.

So many great friends turned out and we had a fabulous time. I think there will be many more of these to come at this house.

We had cornhole, a keg, some tired pups and a great group of friends!


Next time I will step it up and make some great BBQ!

June 14th: Make Homemade Jam

This really is not as hard as you may think, although quite time consuming. I had some grapes in my refrigerator for quite a while and just could not seem to get rid of them, so I figured no better time than now to make some jam.

Started with fresh grapes:


Put into a pot with a little water and boiled:

Covered and simmered for 7 minutes and then too the cover off and began to boil:


When boiling the water from the grapes really emerges, so you have to boil for quite a while before much of the water had evaporated.

Then I added sugar, 3/4 of a cup for every cup of grapes:


I read to do a taste for doneness you place a plate in the refrigerator. Take a spoon full of the jam and place it on the plate. Put it back to cool for a couple minutes. Push on the jam, if there are creases it is done

So then just take it off the stove and pour into mason jars. The recipe I found said to let cool for a couple of hours, then lid and place in refrigerator.


So now, I am just waiting for it to cool. I cannot wait to try it!

I found instructions at this site: Snap Guide.

May 27th: Make Homemade Pizza

Mmmmm. Pizza. Ok, ok… I work in a pizza place so it is not usually my first go to when making dinner. But I was at the grocery store and came across this dough:


And figured today was a good day to knock this thing off my list. I thought about what toppings I wanted but decided to start simple and just go with cheese:


So first I assembled the dough in a pan with a little thickness on the edges to get some crust:


Added some sauce:


Parmesan cheese and mozzarella:



And then bakes at 425* F for 20 minutes:


Quite a delicious dinner and it only cost me 6$!


May 10th: Make Homemade Granola

Well, this was not too much of a success. I kind of burnt it. Crazy thing is I only cooked it for 1/2 the time it said… I’ll have to watch it more closely next time. If anyone has any tips I am happy to hear them…

Here was my process…

Mix oats, walnuts, cinnamon, clove and pumpkin seeds:


Simmer honey (I got to use that local honey I bought yesterday!) coconut oil and vanilla:


Mix together and lay out on parchment lined tray:


Bake for thirty minutes, take out, stir and cook for 20 more minutes:


I only did the first 30 because it was already burning…

Mix cranberries and bananas together:


Let granola cool and then mix with fruit:


And there it is. A little too crisp but not horrible.

May 5th: Make Cookies from Scratch

I remember when I was little I used to make cookies from scratch all the time! I used to love it and often my moms friends would ask me to make them some too! I was the neighborhood baker. 

It has been a while since I made cookies and I have to say it was quite reminiscful. Although I forgot that I used to make them in Florida and today (obviously) I made them in Denver… I forgot to change the recipe for altitude so they came out pretty flat, but they still taste delicious so that’s all that matters. 

My ingredients:


My mixtures:



In the oven:


And out of the oven:


I ate one… so now I have lots to take to work with me!

March 27th: Eat Dessert from a Fancy Bakery

Some things we do for ourselves are for our health. Others for our sanity. And others for our careers. Some for our families or friends. Or our pets.

But some days we just need to do  hints for ourselves that is just because. Just for us. Just to make our day a little happier.

Today was one of those days. I found this cute little cupcake bakery, Happy Bakeshop, in the Highlands.

I had two delicious cupcakes… that is right TWO.

One was banana nut with peanut butter icing and the other carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Both yummy!

January 3rd: Bake a Cake

I am not particularly a baker, although I do enjoy cooking. But today’s thing I chose to check off my list of 365 things was bake a cake. Nothing from scratch… That might be a disaster. So I started with this:


The interesting thing is, I’ve never baked a cake in altitude so I had to consider the elevation and add some extra flour and subtract some of the vegetable oil out. That was a little terrifying. I thought “this cake is never going to rise correctly”. But low and behold… Out of the oven it came, pretty darn perfect.

Making the batter:

Out of the oven:


Adding the icing to first layer:


And the second layer:


To finish it off I figured I’d add a new year message so when I take it to work it means something. Turns out, writing on a cake with icing is MUCH harder than it looks.

It may not be pretty but hoping it’s delicious. I’m no Homemaker but trying and completing something that I don’t often do feels like an accomplishment.