All Things Thursday: Back In the Game Edition

All Things Thursday: Back in the Game Edition by I bake he shoots |

I know what you’re thinking…

All that talk about your one new year’s resolution and here it is, April 17th and you’ve only written 4 All Things Thursday posts…for shame!

And you’re right. I had a pretty decent start and then things started falling apart-all-things-thursday wise. Then Dave left his studio, we stopped working on the site, and things got a bit worse. I’m not going to lie to you. I wasn’t into I bake he shoots at all. For me, it was a non-entity…something I used to do. I compartmentalized the experience because it just made me sad.

Recently, about 2 weeks ago, Dave and I got back in the game. Dave started shooting again and the results have been amazing! If you put him in the right environment, he will do incredible things-like these Waffles of Insane Greatness. I’m just glad that we’re back; and I feel lucky to be able to work with such a fantastic photographer.

What I’m trying to say is…I’ll do my best not to leave you hanging in the future.

Now…onto the food.

Apparently, you can get amazing Chocolate Mousse with just chocolate and water. Are you freaking kidding me? Food52

If you’re craving a truly decadent dessert, make this Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Caramel Tart and be satisfied. Martha Stewart

Lamb, Arugula, and Feta Tacos. Make it! Food52

Chocolate Meringue Cake. It’s happening. Donna Hay

If someone could have these Orange Rolls ready for me Sunday morning, I’d be over the moon. Tutti Dolci

Whew! That’s a lot of goodies, right there. I better get started.

Thanks for checking in…and giving me some time to get it together. Until next time, my friends.




If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.
Lemony Snicket


All Things Thursday: Prison Wine Edition

All Things Thursday: Prison Wine EditionHappy All Things Thursday!

How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you stuff your face with a 1 lb assortment of nuts and chews from See’s Candies? Afterward, did you walk 4 miles because you felt a wee bit guilty? After that, did you completely negate your workout by stuffing your face with pizza and chocolate cake at your bestie’s daughter’s birthday party? No? Um…me neither.

So…Time Magazine named Kit Kat as the most influential candy bar in the world. Apparently, it was the first candy bar marketed with the idea of sharing, as it has four pieces that you can easily break apart. I get that it was named most influential. I mean, who’s not influenced by crunchy wafers covered in chocolate? What I don’t get is the concept of sharing. If you try to get some of my Kit Kat, you will lose a finger. (LA Times)

Get ready to get excited, wine lovers….Italy’s got something very special for you. Are you ready for prison wine! Yeah, man…50 of Italy’s finest criminals got together to make alcohol for ya. It’s called Gorgona and it retails for $95. Here’s hoping they didn’t make it in the toilet. (FoodBeast)

Speaking of wine…I’m digging these Wine Fruit Snacks. Alcohol + candy = yes, please. (Thrive-Style)

Just give me the whole batch of Crispy Cornmeal Sweet Potato Fries. (My New Roots)

Yes, please, and thank you. Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Caramel and Peanut Butter. (Bakeaholic Mama)

Let there be Lemony Pull Apart Bread and I will rejoice. (Eating Yummy)

Vegan Banana Oatmeal Pancakes. Sugar free and dairy free…color me intrigued. (Colourful Palate)

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits is really the #1 reason why everyone goes to Red Lobster. (Damn Delicious)

I’ve missed you guys. Let’s try to keep in touch, shall we?


The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
e.e. cummings

All Things Thursday: The Happiest Meal Edition

All Things Thursday: The Happiest Meal EditionHello Good People! Welcome to All Things Thursday!

It’s been an interesting week. I visited a highly questionable Burrito Box, made some reduced fat buffalo wings, and read up on some ridiculous food news. Wanna know what I found? Lean in closer and I’ll tell ya.

Apparently, there’s a McDonald’s in Pittsburg of the “highest” caliber. It seems that if you went through the drive thru and uttered the phrase “I’d like to order a toy,” your bag would contain a burger, fries and a side of heroin. Now, that’s some kind of Happy Meal! But don’t expect McDonald’s to do everything for ya…needles and lighters are not included. (Huffington Post)

As you might know, the Super Bowl is just a few days away. If you’re having people over perhaps you can impress them with a Snackadium. What’s that, you ask? A Snackadium is a collection of snacks and appetizers made to look like a football stadium. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to put in that kind of work but if you do, be sure to send me an invite. (Pillsbury)

On the recipe front…

Been thinking about making some Homemade Toffee for a while. I see a bacon version in my future. (Damn Delicious)

I might’ve mentioned before that I’m crazy about peanut butter. If you are too,  join me in exploring 11 Recipes to Honor Peanut Butter. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes look amazing! (Food52)

White pizza has never been my favorite, but this one has bacon. Perhaps, the tides are turning. (How Sweet It Is)

Chicken Fried Potatoes. Why didn’t I think of that? (Spoon Fork Bacon)

I love to snack on chips and dip not just on Game Day, but any day. Shake it up a bit with 11 Game Changing Chips and Dips. (Food52)

That’s it for me, folks. Report to your Super Bowl battle stations. Here’s to hoping your Game Day eats are better than the actual game.


I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.
Bill Cosby


All Things Thursday: Christmas Cookie Edition

All Things Thursday: Christmas Cookie Edition

Hey there. Happy All Things Thursday!

Remember me? I know, I know…it’s been a minute. Please forgive my tardiness. I just woke up from a 4 hr nap. Naps are very necessary when you’re crazy busy. Crazy busy doing what, you ask? Making cookies, man…tons and tons of cookies.

Typically, during Christmastime, people are making cookies as gifts or for general snacking purposes. I get it…’tis the season. The thing is…I bake cookies for a living so during the holidays, when I’m baking thousands of cookies for corporate parties and the like, I’m not really into making cookies for myself.

That being said, I do love the holidays and the cookie celebration it brings. If I weren’t up to my eyeballs in dough, these are the treats I’d put on my Christmas table…

When I’m in the mood for sweet and crispy, I reach for these Chocolate Star Cookies. (Williams-Sonoma)

Little clouds of joy topped with icing? Yes, please. Italian Anise Cookies (Food)

Ah…the genius of Dorie Greenspan. Speculoos Buttons (Bon Appetit)

The perfect Sugar Cookie.

Sometimes the perfect sugar cookie needs Royal Icing. (Cupcakes and Cashmere)

What would Christmas be like without Gingerbread Snowflakes? I don’t wanna know. (Martha Stewart)

How cool would your mantle look with this Gingerbread Men Garland? Pretty freakin’ cool, man. (Donna Hay)

That’s it for me, friends. I’m taking my ginger-honey tea and heading back to bed. I hope your holiday is filled with family, friends and Irish Whiskey…and cookies, of course.


Nothing wins you friends faster than a full cookie jar.
Mary Hunt Altfillisch