Snow Day: Butterscotch and Pecan Blondies

What an interesting week it’s been.

I know the UK is getting a bit grumbly because there’s not a lot of bread kicking about, but I’m all on board for an extended winter.

Five days ago the ‘Beast from the East’ made it’s grand entrance into Glasgow, causing the city to essentially shut down from Wednesday afternoon to Fridayish. I mean, I’m typing this now and it’s currently still snowing. The streets are still covered in a compact hybrid of snow, ice and dirty sludge. It feels like walking around in brown sugar.

Being from Texas, this is the probably the deepest snow I’ve ever stomped about in and I find myself constantly staring out the window like an excited puppy to gaze at all the snowflakes.

So, I welcome the Beast. It’s allowed me to work from home, watch some films, triple layer my socks and of course, get my home-baking on.

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Snowflakes and Butterscotch Bakes

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Fiesta, San Antonio, TX

Let’s take another journey into the past.

Part of the reason I decided to visit San Antonio in April was because of Fiesta.

It’s an annual ten day event celebrating all things puro San Antonio through parades, parties, pin badges, bright colours and of course, food.

San Antonio is party city already, but it really comes to life during Fiesta. I couldn’t possibly do the history of Fiesta justice, so to find out more about it have a look on their website: Fiesta!

What I can do is share a little of my experience of the celebration. Let’s go!

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Fiesta Fun!

Wurstfest Craft Beer Festival, New Braunfels, TX

Okay, here we go. Months later and I’m just finding some time to go through some photos and get motivated to sit and do a little writing. My head has been busy.

Seeing as my trip back home was in April and we’ve now reached mid-July all the details are a little fuzzy, but I still have things I want to share… and one of those things was my time at the 3rd annual Wurstfest Craft Beer Festival.

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A day outside drinking Texas craft beer, munching a few snacks and listening to music… why not. Here’s how I got on.

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Proust!

Scottish Street Food Festival, May 2017

It was a grey and wet afternoon… but I still decided to venture over to the Riverside Museum yesterday to check out the first annual Scottish Street Food Festival.

It’s meant to be a big gathering of the best street food trucks in all of Scotland, with added music, alcohol, boat races… and a Coors Light ice cave rave.

While the latter might not exactly be my bag,I’m always up for a munch. So, here’s a little look at what the day was like.

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More Street Snacks

Snacking Highlights of 2016

Well… Hello.

It’s now 2017 and I was so caught up/slightly tipsy through the holiday festivities that it was hard to find a moment to sit and type about all the food and fun being had.

 

I don’t feel like I can properly move into the new year without officially closing off 2016.

 

And there’s no better way to do that then a recap in list form!

 

So, here we go… My favourite new food findings of 2016.

It’s better late than never.

Happy Turkey Day!

So, it’s official. The holiday season has finally arrived.

It is my very favourite time of year. Cold weather, lots of food, lots of booze all wrapped in a big bow with ribbon curls.

I can hardly contain my Christmas cheer, genuinely. Today is Thanksgiving and I feel like I can now speak of the season without getting eyerolls and groans from the less-excited.

This year I’m preparing a big and rather traditional meal for me and Mr.Snacks. I’ve been slaving away all day and the turkey is still cooking as we speak… so there’s still even more work and more dishes to be done.

This year’s menu:

Citrus and Herb Turkey + Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole (oh, those little fried onions!)
Sweet Potato Casserole
Roasted Parmesan Broccoli and Cauliflower
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Mini Pumpkin Pies with Cinnamon Cream

I do it all for the leftover turkey sandwiches.

Now, Scottish winters are far too dark to get any decent photos of my dinner, but this way you can just assume it turned it good, just incase it doesn’t. I’ve already had a bit of drama this morning.

Part of that is around the pie. I like pie, I don’t love pie. And well, pie crust hates me. Even store-bought pie crust hates me. Look…

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I don’t know how I manage to mess it up, but I always do. And, it even has a soggy bottom.

But, you need pumpkin pie at a Thanksgiving feast regardless of how you feel about it- and luckily the pumpkin pie filling I whipped up is pretty damn delicious.

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I vow to brush up on my pie skills in the future. It’s definitely a work in progress and something I’d like to be good at… but tonight I’m all about the turkey.

2016 has generally been a bit of a shiter, but I hope there’s been a couple of bright spots for you!

 

xx

Happy Halloween!

OoooOooooh!

It’s Halloween and to be honest, this year like so many before it I’ve made minimum effort. I really love Halloween and all the fun size candy, but I usually spend the weekend curled up watching scary movies and munching away.

This year I picked up some fun Halloween sprinkles and thought I would put them to good use with some homemade vanilla funfetti spook cakes!

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While they were quite tasty, I had to settle for some last minute Dr. Oteker food colouring. As you can see the cakes are not nearly as vibrant as they should be and that’s with an entire tube. A Pinterest fail indeed.

Still though, I tried and if anything it’s a good excuse to work on my food styling.

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I also made some cookies with orange chocolate chips. Now the light was a little too dark for the photos … but I like the cute little pumpkin Mr.Snacks carved.

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And, just because it’s adorable – Here’s my wee dog back in Texas dressed up in the costume I bought him. Doubles as an outfit for every Taco Tuesday – Bargain!dsc_3641

So, that’s all the relevant images!

Happy Halloween!

Now onto Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s the best time of the year. 🙂

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xx