stocking the freezer

stocking the freezer | Solano's Kitchen

Things are about to change again around here.  In just 2 short weeks, I’ll be headed back to work I’ve really loved the time I’ve had to spend at home with Aria, and I wish there were some way we could extend it.  Unfortunately, financially that isn’t really feasible for us, as much as we […]

basic pie crust

Pie Crust

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and you know what that means – lots and lots of pie!  Whatever pie you might choose to make, one thing you definitely need is a recipe for a delicious pie crust.  I’ve seen lots of recipes out there that call for all kinds of things, like shortening or […]

baked sunday mornings: campfire cookies

campfire cookies

When I saw these cookies on the schedule for Baked Sunday Mornings, I had really high hopes for them.  They seemed like an odd choice for a holiday cookie – I think of them as more of a summertime type of treat – but they sounded delicious nonetheless.  Who doesn’t love s’mores, and these are […]

confetti sprinkle sugar cookies

Confetti Sprinkle Sugar Cookies | Solano's Kitchen

Every Wednesday afternoon, Aria and I go to a “new moms” group at The Birth Center, where she was born.  We always have a great time, and we’ve made lots of new friends! In an effort to keep up with my baking and to have some material for new blog posts, I’ve started baking various […]

chocolate malted brownies with chocolate ganache

Chocolate Malted Brownies

About a month ago, the newest version of the Baked cookbooks – Baked Occasions – came out.  The recipes in the Baked cookbooks are some of my favorites, and luckily I had pre-ordered this latest one so I got it right on the release date!  It was gorgeous as expected, and I couldn’t wait to […]

baked sunday mornings: election day palmiers

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Oh man, these were good.  I almost didn’t make them, even though I’ve been waiting for the past month to dive into Baked Occasions with Baked Sunday Mornings.  The week slipped away from me, as it tends to do, and when I saw this was a laminated dough I was like ehhhh… it’s going to […]

4 ingredient white chicken chili

White Chicken Chili | Solano's Kitchen

  Crockpot cooking.  Perfect for busy days, and for making nice warm comfort food on a cool fall day.  One way to make crockpot cooking even easier than it already is? Make a dish that only has 4 ingredients in it. Seriously people. 4 ingredients.  And from those 4 ingredients you get a surprisingly tasty […]

cinnamon sugar apple muffins

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Muffins | Solanos Kitchen

When Aria was born, we were lucky enough to have Daren stay home with us for the first 2 1/2 weeks.  His paternity leave is actually better than my maternity leave in terms of pay, believe it or not – but that’s another story.  His being home with us was a huge help to me […]

sausage and peppers sandwiches

Sausage and Peppers Sandwiches | Solanos Kitchen

This is a meal left over from back before miss Aria was born, that in my late pregnancy haze I never got around to posting.  I’m really glad I got a photo of these sandwiches, though, because they were AMAZING! You’d think sausage and peppers, no big deal, right? Relatively standard fare (although generally pretty […]

the best thing we ever baked…

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Is finally here! Aria Rose was born 2 weeks ago, on September 11.  We had a bit of a tough labor, but everyone is home and happy and healthy, and we are having a great time with her!  Here are some of our favorite pics so far from the past 2 weeks… Please bear with […]