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Food Photo Hoarder

Is it possible to hoard pictures of food? I pondered that question as I was scrolling through Amazon Prime’s TV show selections tonight and stumbled upon “Hoarders.” While I will never watch that show, it did get me thinking about this upcoming WIAW post. I panicked upon opening a draft when I realized that I hadn’t done a lot of picture taking this past weekend and (goodness forbid) there was the possibility that I would have to “cheat” again with just a recipe post.

Then I laughed. Who was I kidding? Just two seconds on my phone and I could find tons of food pictures to share. I must confess- it is entirely possible that I could be a “food photo hoarder.” Sounds safe, doesn’t it? But deep down in the depths of my Samsung Galaxy S2 memory card, I know I have a problem. A problem that can only be solved by sharing a few of those billions of pictures. “Getting rid of the junk” if you will. Except I would not call these photos junk. That’s just an allusion to what I can only assume is said about 100 times per episode on the real episodes of Hoarders.

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Actually I have seen a few episodes. Unfortunately my grandma loves the show and when I was living at home and visited, Hoarders would frequently be blasting on her television screen. Most of the time the professional organizers didn’t call the homeowner’s belongings “junk” though.  If I were (hypothetically) an actual “food photo hoarder” I would slap you silly for suggesting that I delete all of my pictures. That would just be plain rude.

The next step in overcoming hoarding after admitting you have a problem, I can only presume is to actually get rid of some of the offending/overabundant items. Here we go….

Starting off we have the steakhouse leftovers from a family birthday outing two weekends ago.

Bread and butter. Basically the epitome of eat-out treats. How can you resist warm roll pictures? Well, really they are cold in this one, but just imagine them all warmed up in the oven and topped with the creamy, melted butter. Perfection.

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Then we have the sweet potatoes. I had to order two because there weren’t any sides that my stomach could handle. My question for you is: Is there such thing as a too sweet sweet potato? My thoughts are yes. These were sweet to the point of ridiculousness. Sure, they tasted fine, but their overabundance of sugar made me start thinking about GMOs and how farmers modify crops to be their “sweetest.” Yep, that is what I pondered about during my dinner while the rest of my family debated about politics and sports. Frankenfood.

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My next group of pictures are from my coconut flour brownie photoshoot on Saturday. I showed similar pictures a few weeks ago and promised to share the recipe soon. Then I lost the recipe and had to make them again. I think all of the measurements are exactly the same as they turned out basically identical. Half of the batch was gone by morning and my mom admitted to possibly eating one too many. There is no greater compliment. This time I promise… Recipe will be really coming soon! 🙂

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I also have to throw in a picture of my dog. Just like I hoard pictures of food, my phone is chocked full of images of my pets.

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On my drive home Friday I stopped by the grocery store to pick up some produce as I had heard word from my parents that we were seriously lacking in any Madison-friendly food. While shopping I stumbled into the foreign foods aisle while looking for dried seaweed and found some coconut milk! Now, many of you are probably thinking to yourselves that coconut milk is in all stores these days. True. But 99% of storebought coconut milk seems to come with added gums, preservatives, etc. I found cans with only two ingredients: coconut and water. BAM. I  let it sit in the fridge overnight and the next day put the hardened cream part in our food processor with some peppermint stevia drops and in seconds had a delicious coconut whipped cream. My next mission is to find canned coconut milk at the store that is BPA-free, although it appears that the only option right now is online.

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On another grocery shopping trip with my parents on Sunday before I left, I spotted this post-it on a display of cookies. At first I laughed because honestly, it’s funny. Then the more I thought about it, I kind of became peeved. If someone wants to eat a cookie, you shouldn’t ridicule them. Maybe the mysterious post-it person was actually trying to be considerate, but it just seemed a little harsh. I would have preferred something like: “Instead of buying these cookies full of chemicals, try making some homemade cookies with REAL ingredients.” Just a thought.

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And my last picture is a little group of presents from my mom for my birthday. Have I mentioned before that I like pink? And anything cupcake-themed?

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I suppose I should feel some relief after getting rid of these pictures from my phone. Too bad they only make up about one-billionth of my stockpile. I should probably dig in some more, deleting the blurry ones. No need to rush though. One step at a time. Progress is the name of the game.

Sincerely,

Your Friendly Food Photo Hoarder

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Questions for you:

Do you hoard things? Photos? What?!

What is your favorite thing about eating out?

What are your thoughts on “Frankenfoods”?

If you were to put a post-it note on an item at the store, what would it be and why?

Birthday Cake Slutty Blondies

I figured it was only appropriate on the day after my birthday to post a birthday-esque treat. This was made a few weeks ago and I while I showed a picture, I never actually shared the recipe. Forewarning: This is not healthy or allergy-friendly in the slightest. It is just pure sugar and awesomeness.

Birthday Cake Slutty Blondies

Birthday Cake Slutty Blondies

Instructions and Allergy-Friendly Notes Below

Makes 12 blondies

Sugar Cookie Layer Ingredients:

from AllRecipes.com

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Blondie Layer Ingredients:

From Can You Stay for Dinner

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

Birthday Cake Oreos (About 16)

Birthday Cake Slutty Blondies

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream the butter and sugar together for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix again until incorporated. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix together. Spread the sugar cookie dough into the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Next take your oreos and place them on top of the cookie dough, pressing slightly as you do so.
  4. After you are done with the oreos begin making the blondie batter. Combine the butter and brown sugar in a bowl just as you did with the cookie dough. Add in the eggs and vanilla, then the dry ingredients. Leave the sprinkles for last and mix those in by hand. Pour the blondie batter over the oreo layer and smooth out with a spatula.
  5. Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. Check the blondies with a toothpick and add more time until it comes out somewhat clean (it will still be a little wet, but will solidify more when cooled. You don’t want to overbake them or they will be hard as rock). If the top starts to get a little brown before the middle is finished, cover it with aluminum foil to prevent burning. Mine took about 1 hour and 15 minutes to bake. Take them out of the oven and let them cool for about 15-20 minutes before removing from the pan to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  6. Finally you get to slice and enjoy!

Birthday Cake Slutty Blondies

Recipe Notes: I found the sugar cookie layer to be possibly too thick for this recipe and next time I will probably cut it down even further to half of the recipe that I have written (one-fourth of the original). This will greatly decrease the baking time as well. You can use any cookie dough, oreo and or/blondie that you like for this recipe and it should come out fine as long as the proportions are the same.

Allergy-Friendly Substitutions:

Sugar Cookie: Vegan Sugar Cookies, Healthy Vegan Sugar Cookies, Vegan Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies, Paleo Sugar Cookies, Almond Flour Sugar Cookies, Paleo Sugar Cookies, Allergy-Friendly Sugar Cookies

Oreos: Paleo Cookie Dough Oreos, Gluten-Free Paleo Oreos, Healthy Vegan Oreos, Homemade Cake Batter Oreos, Homemade Birthday Cake Oreos, DIY Allergy-Friendly Oreos, CopyCat Golden Oreos, Newman’s Wheat-Free and Dairy-Free Oreos

Blondies: Vegan Blondies, Cake Batter Blondies, Healthy Chickpea Blondies, Almond Butter Blondies, Almost Paleo Sweet Potato Blondies, Paleo Blondies, Maple Gluten-Free Blondies

Sprinkles: Homemade Sprinkles, Gluten-Free Vegan Sprinkles, Vegan Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Sprinkles, Raw Vegan Sprinkles, Paleo (Natural) Coconut Sprinkles

Birthday Cake Slutty Blondies

 

And if I didn’t need another reason to celebrate, Google decided to wish me a Happy Birthday. My day is complete.

 

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I didn’t have any chance for picture taking or cooking (other than my usual meals) so I have to cheat again on this WIAW with just one recipe. I’ll be back next week with a full day! Thanks Jenn for hosting 🙂