{Recipes & Books}: Little Bee and Honey Treats

So  I finally finished Little Bee by Chris Cleave who I meet in May and talked about in this post. And WOW!

For this special book club we meet with one of the gals in our clubs mom’s club too. Whoa. Did that make sense? Basically two book clubs meeting together for one book. Ha.

And since I am sooooo clever (I like to compliment myself and beat everyone else to the punch) I of course had to make an appetizer that involved the use of honey. Little Bee. Honey. Get it?! Oh I just crack myself up!

And since you are probably NOT laughing….

Here’s the recipe!

And whoops! I didn’t take pictures of it and I’m going to change up the recipe from what I actually made to what we decided would be better!

Honey Pear Nut and Cheese Crostini adapted from Bon Appetit and Martha Stewart

Ingredients

  • Baguette ideally from a french bakery
  • Strong cheese of your choice-gorgonzola, brie or blue cheese
  • Pears
  • Walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts, chopped
  • Good quality honey
  • Olive oil for toasting crostini

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Slice baguette at an angle in about 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces and line on a baking sheet. Brush olive oil on each slice lightly. Place in the oven from about 7 min or until toasted and golden brown. Slice pears into thin pieces. Spread cheese on each baguette, top with chopped nuts and top with sliced pears. Drizzle with honey and serve to hungry book club women!

So simple and delish with a lovely wine!

Cheers!

Singles Awareness Day (SAD)

I saw this the other day calling it SAD…Funny thing is whether I’m single or not I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day!

But…

I do not like boxed chocolate or stuff animals. I like flowers but prefer roses any other day of the year but this one. Why? Because they are freakin’ expensive and I don’t want someone spending that much on something that will be dead in a week.

I had a red velvet cupcake the other day…

It was good…but it was from Cupcake Royale…and we ALL know how much I love cupcakes and hate Cupcake Royale. Trophy is superior in my mind.

Then at work the other day my co-worker gave me one of these gems!

How cute is that?! With the rose frosting in the middle! Which has now inspired me to make my first Whoopie Pie’s for my office on Heart Day!

First off, it didn’t make as many as I hoped and they were a little dense-but this could be because I have never had a Whoopie Pie or made a Whoopie Pie. What are they supposed to taste like?

After a fabulous brunch I made for Brad and I and before an amazing, fancy, romantic surprise dinner, I baked and when baking for Valentine’s Day you need these cute oven mitts…

A tip for making anything that uses a piping bag-Put the piping bag in a glass to hold it up! It saves so much time and mess!

And here they are!

I’m working on

  1. Taking better pictures
  2. Making my treats look more delicious in pictures

I have yet to accomplish either.

Here’s the link to the recipe Red Velvet Whoopie Pies from Better Homes and Gardens and if yours taste better or looks prettier it’s because you’ve made Whoopie Pies before! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!