Foodie Friday: Baby Shower Biscotti

Today is a big day and I can’t believe it’s already here. It’s my last day of work before the big move. In fact, it’s my last day at a full-time job for an indefinite amount of time. It’s really crazy to think about it like that, but I’m really excited to have the option to explore new options when we move! [Know about any fun jobs in San Francisco?!]

Seriously, I can’t believe we’re moving in a week! Here comes the excitement/stress/anxiety.. take your pick haha. I really am excited though; this is an entirely new world of experiences and opportunities and I can’t wait to start exploring. I also can’t wait to share all of my new food experiences with you! There will be many.

Speaking of food, last week I shared some of my pictures of the food I made for my sister-in-law’s baby shower and today I’m going to start breaking out the recipes! Remember these bad boys?

Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti & Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Yea, they were pretty delicious. They were also pretty easy to make too! The Mexican Chocolate Biscotti recipe is straight from Martha Stewart. I swapped out half of the sugar for xylitol and because I was making mini biscotti, I halved the recipe and made 2 smaller loaves. They were a big hit! As were the snickerdoodle biscotti..

Mini Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Makes 24-26 Mini Biscotti

Ingredients
– 1 large egg
– 1/4 cup sugar + more for sprinkling
– 1/4 cup xylitol* [or more sugar]
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 cup pumpkin puree [not pumpkin pie filling!]
– 1 tsp cinnamon + more for sprinkling [this Ceylon Cinnamon is my new fave]
– 1/8 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
– 1/4 cup pecans; toasted
– 4 oz white chocolate
– 1/8 cup half & half

*You can find xylitol on iHerb.com. Use code ZAF482 to receive $5-$10 off of your first order.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

In a medium bowl, beat with a whisk the egg, sugar, xylitol, and baking powder together until the mixture turns a pale yellow. Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Continue to whisk and aerate the mixture. Next, fold in the flour. Once that is incorporated, fold in the toasted pecans.

Shape the dough into 2 flat logs about 3″ x 8″. Sprinkle each side of the logs with cinnamon and sugar. Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack for 15-20 minutes.

Slice into 1/2″ slices and place back on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with more cinnamon and sugar and bake for another 20-30 minutes, flipping half way through. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a cooling rack.

Finally, melt the white chocolate with the half & half and drizzle on the biscotti. Sprinkle with a little bit more cinnamon and sugar and let that set before serving.

Enjoy!

Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti Setup

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti & Snickerdoodle Biscotti

These biscotti are not too sweet and I found are the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of coffee. Because everyone needs a little something sweet in the morning, right? 😉

Nutritional Information

Per biscotti

59 Calories  /  2g Fat  /  12g Carbs  /  1g Fiber  /  4g Sugar  /  2g Protein

Food for Thought

Are you a crispy or chewy cookie kind of person?
I’m 100% chewy but if I have a cup of coffee or milk for dipping, I’ll go crispy 🙂

What I Ate Wednesday #62: Baby Shower Photo Dump

Work has been absolutely nuts lately. And let’s be honest, life has been too.. this week’s post is going to be a quick one! I’m so excited about how all of my food turned out for my sister-in-law’s baby shower on Sunday that I have to share it.

The theme was a Mad Hatter Tea Party so there were fun little hats for everyone to wear, tea cups for everyone to take home, and lots of little bites of food!

Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower

We even got my brother in a hat 😉 [Thanks for the picture, Brenna!]

On the Menu

  • Garlic hummus
  • Harissa hummus
  • Spinach dip phyllo bites
  • Mini caprese bites
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Mini chocolate cupcakes
  • Mini maple cinnamon cupcakes
  • Mexican chocolate biscotti
  • Snickerdoodle biscotti
  • Veggie and fruit platters
  • Cheese and crackers
Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti Setup

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti & Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti & Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mini Caprese Bites

Mini caprese bites

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies Biscotti

Biscotti plate and chocolate chip cookies

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies M&Ms

We made LOTS of cookies 🙂

While all of these recipes were, of course, found on Pinterest, I ended up making some substitutions to make my own creations! I’ll definitely be sharing some of my new recipes with you soon.

Until then, back to work!

Food for Thought

Have you ever hosted a shower [baby or bridal]?

A Whirlwind Weekend

Today is the last day to enter my thinkThin giveaway!

I’ve been trying to write this post for a little while now, but to be completely honest, I’m exhausted! This past weekend was planned to be a little crazy and as each minute passed and plans began to crumble, it took a turn for the crazier. Though that’s not to say it didn’t end up being great.

Friday was a bit rough; work was absolutely nuts and I was less than thrilled when Nathan called to tell me I had a screw in one of the tires on my car. Of course, we just sold his car on Tuesday. New tire it is! I could not have been looking forward to getting home Friday night for my big date with my kitchen. Sunday was my sister-in-law’s baby shower and I was in charge of food. With a day chock-full of plans on Saturday, Friday was my night to get it done! Until I was at work until almost 11. Strike 1.

Saturday was one for celebrations. Lunch and wine plans with the bride-to-be, the moms, and 2 other bridesmaids, followed by Jessie and Adam’s engagement party that night meant I was up bright and at 7am to bake! I made it through almost all of the baking, had just enough time to sit down for breakfast, and was finished getting ready when Nathan told me that I had a flat tire. The new tire. On our only car. Not to mention, when we were changing the flat tire to the spare, the jack bent. AAA to the rescue! And strikes 2 and 3.

Eggs Yolk Brussels Sprouts Mushrooms Sriracha

I think it’s time I share some good food.. Breakfast #1: mushrooms, leftover brussels sprouts, eggs, and sriracha.

But we weren’t giving up! Luckily for me, I have the most marvelous husband. He dropped me off to have lunch and wine with the girls while he took care of the car. We met at Golden West Cafe and they were only serving their brunch menu.. looks like it’s time for more eggs!

Golden West Cafe Mushroom Omelette Zekes Coffee

Wild mushroom omelette with corn tortillas. More eggs? Why not!

And then it was time for wine.. after driving in circles for 30 minutes trying to find a place that was 1. open and 2. not having a special event. Basignani it is!

basignani

Well I must have been happy! [I swear we didn’t drink that much..]

I made it back home not long before Nathan [with our perfectly fixed car] and with just enough time to finish my baking for the shower before we headed out to celebrate these cute kids.

Cheers!

Sunday was game-time. I was up early again to get in a quick workout, enjoy a marvelous breakfast thanks to a LOVE drop from Love Grown Foods, and head to my parents house to get ready for the baby shower!

Love Grown Foods Super Oats

Love Grown Foods Super Oats. My new fave!

There was a little bit more baking to do once I arrived and some other food to assemble but my mom and I knocked it out pretty quickly. Within a few hours, we had enough food to feed an army and the house was transformed into a Mad Hatter tea party! The shower went off without a hitch and we couldn’t have been more excited.

Caprese Bites Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies M&Ms

Speaking of feeding an army, check out that cute little army of caprese bites!

It was my first time being in charge of so much food [I didn’t even get pictures of all of it!] and I was really pleased with the way everything turned out. Maybe it’s something I should make more of a habit? 😉

I can’t believe it’s already Monday. The weekend absolutely flew by with everything we had going on, but like I said, it ended up being a good one! This week is for resting up, resetting, and getting ready for a big weekend ahead.. full of packing!

Food for Thought

How was your weekend? Did you have any big plans?

Have you ever been in charge of food for a party?

What I Ate Wednesday #36: It’s Really Real!

First things first, HUGEEEEE congratulations to our WIAW host, Jenn! If you didn’t see already, she spilled the beans the other day and I couldn’t be happier for her.

I’m less than 3 months away from my wedding and weekends have been completely taken over by plans. We have all of the big details done and now we’re just making all of the final decisions. It’s getting really real and Nathan keeps realizing he can’t back out anymore 😉 It’s already been over a year in the making and I can’t wait to see it all come to fruition. But really, I can’t wait to wear my dress, party, and go on my honeymoon. Hey, I’m just being honest!

And speaking of the dress, Saturday was my first fitting; it fits almost perfectly and I’m in love. But that’s all you’re gonna get from me 😉 Afterwards, I headed to a baby shower to spend some time with these lovely ladies..

Here Comes Baby V Shower

..and to celebrate the beautiful lady in the black flower dress. It was such a good time.. bellinis, good food, lots of chit chat, and most importantly, no games! Seriously, it was great!

Finally, I ended my day with a date night. Best part of all, other than the company, is that it was at Mr. Rain’s Funhouse; the restaurant at our wedding venue. It was a nice way to tie all of the crazy planning together to a nice, relaxing evening.

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Peas and Crayons Mr Rains Funhouse American Visionary Art Museum Baltimore Maryland MD Carrots N Cake Sweet Breakfast Scramble

[Breakfast]
Slimmed down sweet scramble with fat free ricotta cheese instead of squash. A new spin I’ve been doing for a little extra kick of protein.

[Lunch]
Baby shower eats! Mini crustless quiches, bacon spirals, beet & pecan salad, artichoke crostinis, & a couple pear raspberry bellinis. I’m sorry I didn’t snap a few shots of the food, the hostess with the mostess did such a nice job.

[Dinner]
Started out with an incredible drink.. unfortunately I don’t remember exactly what was in it, but it involved rye, black tea, blood orange marmalade, bitters, and more. Completely out of the ordinary for me but so delicious and accented my entree perfectly.

I always appreciate freshly baked rolls to start a dinner, but even more, I love freshly baked pretzel bites! We also shared a charcuterie plate.. it’s kind of our thing. And there will be lots of charcuterie on the honeymoon!

Nathan got the burger and fries; it was cooked perfectly which is so rare to find these days. My entree choice was decided almost solely on the fact that it included kabocha squash which I’ve been dying to try but can’t find anywhere! The rest included roasted eggplant, bulgar wheat, olives, and lemon. It was so light and delicious!

[Snacks]
We skipped dessert after dinner because we shared a huge Levain Bakery style chocolate chip walnut cookie earlier in the day provided by the host of the baby shower. She really outdid herself with the food and it did not go unnoticed! And you should definitely make that cookie!

Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie

Tempting, right? 😉

Food for Thought

What is your favorite cookie? Is it a homemade recipe or from your favorite bakery?