friday links

Happy Friday kids!
Christmas is next week!
Who knew?
Are you ready?

Images from around my cape cod world.....




No more bare feet for a while....

Blessed to live with such beauty....


I love hanging with these guys....

And I love hanging with these guys too...they are waiting on chum scraps from the boats.

Waiting for my lunch scraps....

This took about 4 minutes.

My own personal Christmas shopping got done. Progress.

I know! I know!

around the web:

probiotics for high blood pressure
5 wine pairings for junk food!
signs your hormones are out of balance
scottish university creates fabric that smells like whiskey
the art & science of breathing
calgary's worst driver (ever!)
8 natural recipes for amazing skin (from a plastic surgeon)
mission 26: the big endeavor
4 ways to manage depression naturally
guinness gingerbread
20 of the whitest things ever overheard at whole foods
powerfoods for sinus infections
foods to stop bloating
macarons almost too pretty to eat
men who like spicier foods are 'alpha-males'
man drinks 10 cans of coke a day for 3 months
what are cherries good for?
eating at night does not make you fat
has anyone tried "oil pulling" for teeth? Heard mixed reviews
salted caramel nuts (great holiday gift idea)
sugar cookie 7-layer bars
worlds longest burning lightbulb on for 113 years kids!
taming the ticking mind
who ate the ornaments?
one of my favorite de-stressing videos ever
dogs who fail at fetching
best biographies, memoirs & history books of 2014
I have no words for this story..I'm sorry
10 signs the woman you love will make an amazing mother
at what point are you actually dead? (brain pickings)
worrying may be a sign of intelligence? (sign me up!)
dreaming of a white Christmas? Here's the forecast
the truth behind charles dickens' christmas story


Have a wonderful weekend!


homemade Christmas food gift ideas + friday links

Need some ideas for holiday gift giving?
I truly believe giving homemade food gifts are the best.
Here are a few of mine and below are a few from other food bloggers.

coconut cream truffles

espresso bars
espresso bars

peppermint cream melt-away bars

eggnog crumb cake (bundt style)

espresso-chocolate butter creams

homemade peppermint Nestle crunch bars

cheez it bark
cheez it bark

pb twix bars!

gingerbread crumb cake

cinnamon spice & everything nice cookies

pumpkin butter crunch bars

cookie butter cream cheese truffles

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sea salted cookie butter caramels

ginger peanut caramel chews
ginger-peanut chews

cheddar & cranberry cookies
cheddar-cranberry crackers

smoked gouda & walnut shortbread
smoked gouda & walnut crackers

other DIY holiday foodie gifts:

DIY homemade 'everything' butter logs
scandinavian snowball truffles
cowboy cookies
mulling spices
english chocolate crisps
limoncello liqueur
raspberry cordial
chocolate covered pink peppermint patties
homemade chai tea concentrate
german egg liqueur
fruitcake truffles
norwegian almond bars
cranberry salsa
peppermint fudge bites (dairy free)
clean eating popcorn seasoning
maple sriracha nut mix
eggnog truffles
rosewater-pistachio marshmallows
lemon-chili olives
honey-almond loaves
mexican rice pudding
golden gingerbread with hard sauce

around the web:

11 idioms only Brits understand
8 makeup artist tricks to look younger
low magnesium plays a role in insulin resistance & diabetes
simple exercise will pull you out of sadness
Mediterranean diet has marked impact on aging
glitter pills? oh boy I might eat one, just for fun!
6 tricks for healthier holiday cookies
Saying "goodbye at the door" a photographic journey
10 easy ways to get over that weight loss plateau 
taste test: eggnog
meet Zeus, the rescued blind owl with starry eyes
know these 12 citrus varieties
no you're not sleeping enough & its a big problem
7 things men want in a relationship
Richard III DNA shows British Royal Family may not have royal bloodline
cats needed exercise, owners came up with this brilliant idea
baby sleep positions: the biohazard
nearly 100 brains missing from the University of Texas
really bad professional photography


Have a wonderful weekend!


friday links

Our beaches are complete ghost towns now.
It's beautiful this time of year, but I truly miss summer; I miss the bright sunshine.
These photos were taken at cape cod national seashore, lighthouse way.
Oyster digging. Good catch. Oysters rockefeller on tap!
How was your Thanksgiving food feast?
Mine was all about the pie, yes.
This tweet by the US Navy made my day.
They asked Naval families to #ThankASailor and I thanked my Gramps who was a survivor of
the USS Franklin when it was bombed 1945; it was one of the worst bombings ever, and my Gramps was one of the few survivors. The U.S.S. Franklin received four battle stars for World War II service. You can imagine how much this made my day.
PicMonkey Collage (2)
One of the most creative gluten free baking books I've come across in a while.
Baking You Happy by Allison Lubert
I had no idea it was also 100% vegan; I was very impressed.
This is a really good Christmas present for you gluten free friends & family.
"...over 50 recipes for delicious desserts & breakfast treats that are not only gluten-free, but are also 100% vegan (without animal products), and free of soy, peanuts, corn, refined sugars, and artificial ingredients.  Since opening in 2010, Philadelphia's Sweet Freedom Bakery has been dishing out its delicious cupcakes, donuts, cookies, muffins, and more, to thousands of dedicated fans. The business recently expanded with a new location in Collingswood, New Jersey, and, with the growth of its online business, it's become clear that people outside of Philadelphia & New Jersey want a taste of Sweet Freedom, too!..."

around the web:

10 grocery sales you didn't know to look for during the holidays
7 food ingredients destroying your mood
make your own cookie butter? say what?
secret life of an oysterman
how to grind coffee beans perfectly
just put the f*cking turkey in the oven
this is the best idea ever for quick & easy charging your smartphone
5 ways to de-stress and help your heart
crazy ass man pets a great white shark! (yep)
kim kardashian snow blower (not for kids)
6 year old girl couldn't speak until this pitbull came into her life
in case you ever wanted to know if there was an Instagram for cheese curls
'text-neck' is becoming a real thing--sit up straight!
10 things you need to do again before your too old
creating pain-sensing neurons
please help us end the dog meat trade in thailand; they need your help!
the app to quiet all apps
if guy best friends acted like girl best friends (hilarious!)
pardoned turkeys: where are they now?
10 things you didn't know about oysters
surfing in the Arctic: the ends of the earth
pills to make your farts smell like chocolate (I kid not)
how to stop fearing the worst
awesome cut-out cake designs
how long can you subject your family to leftover turkey?
the cinnamon you're eating probably isn't cinnamon
great roundup of best Irish Cookbooks of 2014
lost in translation: catalog of beautiful untranslatable words
I don't knit, but these are knitting good patterns
precancerous stage found in blood
pecan crunch pie
a really bad month
featherbed eggs from ATK
maple gooey butter cake bites
spicy cheddar gougères (aka cheese puffs)
butterscotch peanut butter bark


Have a wonderful weekend!


gingerbread crumb cake

As luck would have it, when I re-posted the crazy-famous eggnog crumb cake last week on my Facebook page, someone asked me if I had a gingerbread crumb cake.
I don't but wow, did I love the sound of that one.  Challenge accepted!
I mean why not have a little bit of buttery crumb topping with your gingerbread...right?
I love gingerbread, but why not kick it up a notch?
A little buttery, salty crumb on top.
It's really good.  Trust me.
Friday Links will be back and live next Friday!
I'm a little behind in life these days.
Have a wonderful weekend!

gingerbread crumb cake
print recipe

crumb topping
1 ½ cups flour
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
¾ ts salt
1 ts cinnamon (or any other spices you wish)
10 TB unsalted butter, melted & cooled a bit

2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 ts baking soda
¾ ts baking powder
½ ts salt
1 ts fresh ginger powder
1 ts cinnamon
¼ ts cloves
1/8 ts nutmeg
12 TB unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup PLUS 3 TB sour cream
4 TB molasses

cook notes:
Grease up your bundt cake pan well!
Make sure to taste-test your batter before baking to see if you want more molasses flavor; I didn’t make it too strong.
The cake batter is very thick.  It might be a nice addition to add some chopped pecans to the crumb topping mixture; a hint of texture is never a bad thing.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray or grease up with butter. Set aside.
For the crumb topping:
In a medium bowl, mix the sugars, salt, and flour.  Add the melted butter and stir with spatula until combined. Set aside.
For the Cake:
Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and all the spices into medium bowl.
Using electric mixer, or mixer or by hand beat the butter and sugar in large bowl until smooth.
Add in the eggs, beating until well blended after each addition.
Next add in the sour cream and molasses; mix until just blended.
Lastly add in the flour mixture in batches—I did two batches, until all is just combined. Do not overmix once the flour is added; remember lumps are good!
Pour the batter into the greased pan, spread batter evenly.  You might have to use a spoon or knife to spread mixture around evenly.
Next add on the crumb topping by dropping clumps (2-3 inch clumps) of it on to the top. Just a gentle push down on the crumbs, not too hard.
Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes or until tester inserted into center comes out clean (mine was done at the 37-minute mark).
Please rotate the pan halfway through baking time.
You will know cake is done when there is no more jiggle in the middle of the cake.
Once cake is cooled, remove from pan carefully and place on a large plate or cake stand.
Keep cake well covered.  Should only last 2-3 days at room temperature.


friday links

Happy Friday!
I can't believe it's Friday already!
This week flew by, yes, no?
I have to ask, did any try out my healthier chocolate chip cookies?
Dying to know what you thought. They are just so good, I'm curious if anyone noticed what I noticed and that they were almost exactly like regular chocolate chip cookies.
The light has been breathtaking on cape cod lately. I want summer to come back...
Brand spanking new tugboat. I watched him get used to the new maneuvering in the cape cod canal the other day. Apparently the newer ones are quieter--now you know!
Last time I took a photo like this it was 90 degrees and I almost jumped in with the others.
And now it's 35 degrees; ocean temp maybe 48-50?

around the web:

man successfully sues woman over ugly children (unreal)
school teacher wears same outfit for yearbook for 40 years
16 foods to help you sleep
mind-body therapies to ease insomnia
chocolate chip cheesecake on brownie crust
a dear friend of mine found me my most favorite video ever: more cowbell baby!
greatest moments in Boston sports history (BOSTON STRONG!)
movies & their food pairings
everything you don't know about tipping
40 ways to make creative mac & cheese
5 hearty rice dishes
wet chocolate cake + minute boil fudge frosting
sitting is unhealthy unless you're physically fit
30 simple ways to help prevent cancer
another good reason to eat avocados
bride of paraplegic vet gets surprise of her life on their wedding day (get the Kleenex out!)
laughing owl
which apples are best for cooking, baking & eating raw
wearable feedbags for humans!
peanut butter cream pie
logos with hidden messages
sweet potato casserole cupcakes!
baby block cake pops (how creative is this?)
asian portobello tacos
6 things to do today to help you grow as a blogger
surprising news about your eyes
foolproof pie crust
how do probiotics help the brain?
defending against the flu: is vaccination the best policy?
how to get more good brown fat
seasonal affective disorder: how to overcome the disorder


Have a wonderful weekend!


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