raspberry granola bars | a way to their heart

From our Creative Director Katherine

Every Valentine's Day my mother would cut out our toast in the shape of a heart and smear it with butter and strawberry jelly.  I do the same for my boys now, but they don't like jelly on toast. (Weird, I know.)  Melty butter just does not quite do it.  So, this year I thought I'd try something a little different.  I will *hide* the jelly beneath a layer of buttery, oaty, nutty goodness.  I heart fooling my boys into eating more adventurously.  I heart my boys.  I heart brown sugar and oats mixed up together.  

1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
1 cup raspberry preserves

Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper. Spread the chopped pecans in a pie plate and toast for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the rolled oats, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and pecans. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the melted butter until the oat mixture is thoroughly combined.
Press two-thirds of the oat mixture in an even layer on the bottom of the prepared baking pan and top with the raspberry preserves. Sprinkle the preserves with the remaining oat mixture.
Bake the bars for about 45 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until the top is golden brown. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the granola bars cool completely, about 3 hours. Cut into squares (or hearts!) and serve.

 

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins | Happy Chocolate Day

I suffer from chocohaulism.  And frankly, there are some mornings when I need to get my fix.  So divinely decadent, it calls for the scarlet ruffled napkins, the good china and silver, and my silk peignoir set with matching slippers (if by peignoir set, you mean flannel man jammies and uggs).

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup superfine sugar
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling
1 cup milk
1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions:
Preparation: Line muffin wells with paper liners. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, and 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Place the remaining wet ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk until combined.  Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined (do not over mix), batter will be slightly lumpy. Fill wells 2/3 of the way up and sprinkle 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are dark, risen and springy.

sweetheart dish

Sweets for your sweets.  A plate of treats, whether homemade or store bought, is a tasty way to convey your love.  Katherine, our Creative Director, likes to leave out a pretty plate of goodies around Valentine's Day for decadent nibbling.  Inspired by a saying in her family that likens stealing a kiss to "getting sugar."   Should we all get a little sugar on Valentine's Day?

We go Together | Chocolate + Waffles

A perfect pair.  How could you not pair a breakfast favorite with chocolate this Valentine's Day?  Present this delicious gift with a warm libation and our Mallory Cottage Dinner napkin in Scarlet.  You are sure to fall in love all over again.  

Ingredients:

Belgium Waffle mix
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Sea salt to taste

Directions:

Combine waffle mix.  Once waffle iron is heated, place a tablespoon of batter in the center of each waffle quarter cavity, and cook for 3 minutes, until golden brown. Carefully remove the waffle from the iron and place them on a wire rack until cool.


Meanwhile, in a small glass bowl, add chocolate chips and heat in microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring in between until melted.  Dip each waffle bite halfway into the melted chocolate and place back on wire rack.  Add Sea Salt to taste.

Enjoy.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Pomegranate Valentines cocktail love

Our office gal and resident newlywed, Christina, submitted this blog: I'm not often sentimental, so I was surprised when I found myself all giddy to buy Bryan a Valentine's Day card that had the word 'husband' on it!  I was bummed when I found out he would be away with work on Valentine's Day, though, so I decided to celebrate a few days early.  When he came home last night, I had this simple (key word here) drink concoction waiting for him with some fresh cupcakes.

Need:

  • Bottle of champagne or sparkling wine (1 or 2 you never know!)
  • Fresh pomegranate juice (thanks Whole Foods for this awesomeness)
  • Pomegranate seeds

 

I know, nothing outside the box, but it classed up our night and was a fun break in the middle of the work week!