Boozy Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter!
Some people are so good at friending. They drop a thoughtful gift by your house out of nowhere. They buy those blank-inside cards to write you a letter instead of looking for the ones with a prewritten message. They’re superb at keeping in touch.
Then there’s me. I have about the same talent at friending that I have at crafting, which is to say: none. I try! I’m just missing some critical relationship-building link in my brain somewhere, I think.
Pumpkin Pie Shortbread Bars with Maple Cinnamon Whipped Cream
I love pumpkin so much that it’s basically my husband, but honestly? I don’t get pumpkin pie. What’s with that stuff? There’s always way too much custard to taste any crust. And the crust is usually just a soggy mess anyway. The whipped cream is always a tragically tiny dollop. And this is a Thanksgiving staple? It’s just sad.
So I fixed it for you.
Maple Brown Sugar Pastry Braid
Traveling alone always sparks tons of stories in my heart. I’ll be sharing some of them over the next couple of weeks. The following thoughts are from time in a suburb of Chicago.
I’m sitting in a coffee shop where the Wi-Fi password is “pumpkin spice” and the barista recommended a Nutella cappuccino to me when I walked in. There’s a dude baking muffins behind me. A few minutes ago, four adorable children wearing cat-patterned knit caps walked in with their Mary Poppinsesque Sunday school teacher. The littlest, who has not yet mastered the art of determining relevance, proclaimed to everyone that he is emphatically not afraid of the witch in The Wizard of Oz. Just when I thought things couldn’t get sweeter, a server brought the kids a huge tray of fondue: melted chocolate, strawberries, marshmallows, graham crackers.
What I’m saying is that I’m moving to Chicago. Actually, I’m going to move straight into this coffee shop. And these children can live here, too, and be super adorable all the time.