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November 2014

Baking

Top Ten Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

November 24, 2014

Top ten thanksgiving desserts

I’m all about dessert. If you have a mean sweet tooth like I do, these 10 recipes will surely satisfy it!

Classics:

1) Sally’s Baking Addiction The Great Pumpkin Pie Recipe 

2) Apple Pie by Grandma Ople with this crust recipe by the wonderful Smitten Kitchen and for my gluten-free peeps this Coconut Flour Pie Crust from Sweet as Honey looks good, I have not tried it (yet) but let me know how it turns out!

3) Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting II  – Best pumpkin bread ever!

4) David Lebovitz’s Baci di Dama Cookies – gluten free!

5) Russian Tea Cakes I – One of my favorite holiday recipes

The Fun Stuff:

1) This amazing Thanksgiving Turkey Cake by Hungry Happenings

2) These Snowy Chocolate Pinecones by Handmade Charlotte that made me do multiple double-takes

3) Rice Krispie Treat Turkey Legs by Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons these look fun to make and eat!

4) Oreo Turkeys from Our Best Bites 

5) Oat and Pistachio Crumble Topped Baked Sweet Potatoes by Joy the Baker

For pies, I am so in love with this pie decoration from The Story of Kat.

Beautiful Pie with leaf crust

 I plan on making at least two pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving next week, what about you?

Thanks for reading!

Kyla

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Travel

WIAW: Vegas Baby!

November 19, 2014

Hello!

Last week I went to Las Vegas (for the first time ever!) for work. I never thought my first time there would be for work but it was still a lot of fun. Also, this is my first post on this blog because last week I got a little overzealous with coding (which I don’t know how to do at all by the way!) and took down my whole blog in one fell swoop! Whoops! However, I am happy with this new theme I have and now I know better than to go tinkering where I don’t belong!

Please don’t let this graphic picture of my cheesy tomato soup dissuade you from reading!

Beecher's Tomato Soup

I was starving when I got to the airport so I grabbed a roasted yam wrap and a small container of Beecher’s tomato soup at Beecher’s. I know the picture isn’t beautiful but it sure tasted like a cheesy dream!

Four Seasons Treat

A lovely treat in my room upon arrival! After dropping my loads of luggage in my room I quickly changed into some sensible flats (or so I thought…Read on!) and scurried off to meet my co-worker in the lobby so we could head to dinner. I was walking fast down the long marble hall towards the lobby and I slipped and totally  ate it on the said marble. With bruised knees I looked around blushing but no one saw! Not my finest moment and all within my first 10 minutes of being Las Vegas ever!

Lavo Prosecco

Waiting for a table at Lavo, an Italian restaurant, in the Palazzo. My first impressions of Vegas? So glitzy! I get why people come here to escape the dullness of daily life!

Lavo sinks Las Vegas

Look how awesome this sink is! I just had to take a picture. Check it out in the Ladies room at Lavo.

Lavo Appetizers Las Vegas

Appetizers – Tuna Tartare for my friend & yummy garlicky bread with marinara sauce!

Lavo Salad

Mixed Green Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese

Lavo Lobster Special

My friend and I shared the Lobster Special — 1lb of Lobster with Lobster Pasta. It was exactly what I expected it to be! Creamy, tender, buttery heaven!

The Wynn Carousel

Beautiful carousel at The Wynn – all made from flowers!

The Wynn Jungle

I love the magical forest The Wynn has set up!

Four Seasons Snuggle

After eating all that food, obviously my first thought when we returned to the hotel was to eat my chocolate strawberries!

Four Seasons Salmon Salad

I woke up bright and early, headed to the spa after munching on some granola with yogurt I found at the coffee shop and then went upstairs to start working. For lunch we got room service  and  I ordered the Four Seasons Grilled Salmon Salad.

Olives Bellagio Butternut Squash Ravioli

For dinner we headed to Olives at the Bellagio. I had the Butternut Squash Ravioli, it was good. I like the sweetness of it!

Bellagio giant pinecones

I want one of those giant pine cones! But just one would fill up my entire studio apartment! (At the Bellagio)

Bellagio Water Show

Token Bellagio Fountain picture…It was cool to see for the first time, much more impressive than I thought!

Four Seasons Lunch Box

This is what is in a Four Seasons Vegetarian Lunchbox: grilled veggie and provolone sandwich (which was soggy!), an amazing giant chocolate chip cookie, some tasty Greek pasta salad and an apple that smelled really good like it had been perfumed. Just in case you were curious!

Mixx Menu 2

That night we had a work dinner at miX lounge at the Delano. Above is our set menu, picked out by my talented co-worker. I have never had Wild Seabream (a white fish) but it was amazing! As was the candy bar…Pictures below! Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the fish because I ate it too fast!

Mixx Candy Bar Dessert

The candy bar dessert. Like a thick layer of nutella over a twix! With a very cold and icy coconut lime sorbet.

Mixx Candy Bar Close-Up

Loved the food styling of the hazelnuts and the flick of gold–I ate it right up!

View from Mixx

View from miX

Four Seasons Press Cocktail

Post-miX cocktail at the Four Seasons teeny tiny bar called Press. I got a vodka press (or it is presse?), one of my favorites!

Four Seasons Robe!

I dragged myself into my room and found this kind gesture on my bed! A personalized Four Seasons spa robe! I’m never taking this comfy giant off!

Mount Rainier Plane View

Finally home for more than a week! It feels good!

What are your favorite places to eat in Las Vegas? I really wanted to go to one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants but didn’t get the chance! I have a such a crush on that lovably grumpy, wrinkled Brit!

What are your tips for being healthy at airports? At the airport on the way home from Las Vegas I picked up some hummus and also a bag of peanut M&Ms for a treat. I ate the whole bag and then looked at the wrapper and realized it was family-sized!

Thank you so much for reading this long post and thanks for hosting Jenn!

Kyla