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I didn’t forget to admire the tulip trees over the weekend. They were beautiful! This time I snapped a couple of pics in the morning as the sun was coming up. There are a few blooms left, but they come and go so fast I’m not sure they’ll still be blooming this weekend. I’m so glad I had the chance to see and appreciate them. Makes me smile!

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For those of you that know me you know I have an affliction to cooked fruit. I have no idea what came over me, but I got it in my noggin that I wanted to use some of the plums that we froze this summer. (It’s possible I really, really wanted to use my new baking dish). Anyhow, I decided to make a plum cobbler because it seemed easy enough thanks to this recipe at SimpleRecipes.com. It was super easy to make and smelled absolutely amazing. I decided I’d better take the tiniest of bites before sharing it just to be sure it wasn’t offensive. It was so good I nearly fell over in shock. It’s even better with a dollop of whipped cream. And also quite delicious with vanilla bean ice cream! I can’t wait to make another one and maybe just maybe share it with my Santa Rosa peeps?

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I saw this at a store recently and thought it was a super cute idea!

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My favorite trees are blooming in Napa! There is one in the front yard and one out back by the apple trees. I took this snapshot as the sun was going down on Sunday. There are more blooms and I hope to catch them in all their glory this weekend. So beautiful!!!

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I’ve been spending a lot of time in Napa lately and LOVING it. This past Sunday I went up to Yountville and had breakfast at Pacific Blues. It’s right in front of Vintage 1870 (now called V Marketplace) and across from Bouchon Bakery.  If you get there early and the weather is nice I recommend grabbing a table out front so you can watch the activity at Bouchon. By activity, I mean watch the line to the bakery get longer and longer by the minute…

As far as the food goes I can recommend the Blues Breakfast Burrito, the flapjack, and the Yountville Scrambled. All are incredibly yummy and the servings are huge. Which could explain why my jeans are feeling a bit snug lately…

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I made some sweet treats for work peeps. Mini vanilla cupcakes with Minute Fudge Frosting (posted about here) and a Hershey’s Hug shaved to add a little color and to top it off. I should have let the frosting cool a little bit more before dipping the cupcakes, but I was tired. The frosting seeped into the cupcakes overnight which is not ideal, but not disgusting. They look cute and that’s all that really matters. 

Have a great day!

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Chef Dominique Ansel created a croissant donut hybrid and it’s the Cronut. I don’t need another pastry in my life, but it’s too late now. I heard about them a few months ago, and this weekend I made my way to Fillmore Bakeshop to give one a try. They started making theirs last summer and after a few name changes have settled on D’s Nutz as the official interpretation of the Cronut. From what I can tell they create new flavors each week and this weekend they had Cinnamon Sugar and Lemon Meringue. I liked them both, but the Lemon Meringue was kind of AMAZING!!!

Everyone should try a version of the Cronut at least once. They are not terrible.

Cinnamon Sugar & Lemon Meringue

Cinnamon Sugar & Lemon Meringue

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Inside Lemon Meringue

Sorry about all the food posts. I recently had some time on my hands and got a little excited about cooking.

This Baked Ravioli recipe is awesome and super easy.  That Martha really knows what she’s doing! I cut the recipe in half and it will solidly serve 3-4 grown-ups on its own. Try it!

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My brother Dave (#3) told me about a twist on guacamole he’d had a while back. Last week I gave it a go and it’s awesome. Add pomegranate seeds to your existing guacamole recipe and it’ll change your life.  (They sell just the seeds in the produce section of most grocery stores so no need to bust those puppies open and create a mess in your kitchen).

LOVE IT!!!

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