I thought it would be nice to actually use the items I have stored in the kitchen rather than giving or throwing them away at the last minute.
I stocked up on baking items over the last year while Nick was gone. I found baking very therapeutic and loved having things handy if new neighbors moved in or someone was in need.
Today I was able to do away with two boxes of Baker's Semi-sweet baking chocolate squares. I used the recipe on the box to make these:
Recipe is here: Chocolate Bliss Cookies
I omit the nuts in the cookies because Nick and Callie are adament about NOT having nuts in their baked goods.
Dinner tonight was WAY simple. Salmon was already stuffed at the commissary and required only baking, rice was a box of wild mushroom rice (yummy) and roasted asparagus. Nick loves the asparagus and asks for it all the time now. I simply cut the tough ends off, spread on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. I roast it at 375 for about 10 minutes and it's delicious! I especially love the bite of spice from the red pepper flakes.
Watch for me to get creative with cans/boxes of stuff in my pantry over the next few weeks. It could be disasterous!