Monday, August 26, 2013

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Caramel Girl Grows :: Organic Celery & Scallions

Ha! When I typed the first part of the title...I was actually dreaming of growing a few inches myself. Considering I haven't grown an inch since I was 11... : sigh : Follow along in our new blog series : The Caramel Girl Grows : where I attempt to grow a few veggies...

Celery and Scallions
Before I embark on the true outdoor veggie growing landscape, I tested my green thumb indoors! Perhaps you've seen on Pinterest the "veggies you can grow from scraps" pins? No? Really? You haven't seen it? It's ok, I've got you covered! Take a peek here! More about my attempts after the jump!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Recipe :: Restaurant Style Salsa

Yep, it's officially spring and I'm longing for a bit of sun ripened tomatoes. Honestly, I'm longing for more than just sun ripened tomatoes...but my dream of said tomatoes and other nostalgic wants {biking, hiking, margaritas, and warm sunshine} will have to wait until July/August. Until then, I'll keep dreaming while running my fabulous handmade caramel shop!

Perfect companion to tortilla chips, tacos, breakfast Burritos!
During the winter months, my go to salsa is : homemade : from a can of tomatoes! Nice and simple - just a food processor or blender will do!

Take a peek at the recipe and photos after the jump!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Recipe :: Forgotten Kisses

Anyone remember these meringue cookies? When I was young, my Mom would make these for the holidays tinted a festive shade of pink and green. Trust me, I was a girl in heaven if I could score a few of these babies off a cookie tray! And when I grew up, there was often a tin of these ready for me to take back to college after my breaks. This my friends, were the golden years! Skip scoring off a cookie tray and fast forward to girl hoarding a tin of cookies in her dorm room at Hamline! Oh yeah!

These cookies are light, crisp, airy and have chocolate. Yep, chocolate lovers, this one is for you!

Forgotten Kiss Low Fat Cookies!
I couldn't find my Mom's recipe, so I adapted Emeril's! Photo and recipe after the jump!

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Caramel Girl Cherishes

Recently, a few of my friends have suffered unimaginable losses. My heart breaks for them. It reminds me to stay true to myself, do what I love, be kind, cherish those around me, and love fiercely.
Husband doing what we love to do...hiking in Maine!
This weekend, I head back to NYC for a weekend of learning at the Hello Etsy Conference and spending time with my all time favorite person...husband. 

Have a great weekend!


Your Caramel Girl

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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Caramel Girl Tag Along Travels :: New Haven : Guilford

Tag along. I remember wanting to tag along with my big brother, because of course everything he was doing was "way cooler..."
We made a pit-stop for tasty Chorizo Tostada in Newburgh, NY
Well, some things never change. Husband has been doing a fair bit of traveling this spring and I'm tagging along. Trust me, it's "way cooler" to be in New Haven, CT than in Danville, PA! A few highlights of my tag along trip to Connecticut after the jump!

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Experience is How the Caramel Girl Travels :: Seattle

For those that are following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it's old news that I'm traveling a quite a bit this spring. My husband has a few work obligations, I have some personal travels and business adventures, so I'll be on the road about every 10 days. I thought I'd share what I love about traveling.
Famous, yet quiet!
When I was studying in Finland ages ago, I read a book for a sociology course called the The Tourist Gaze by John Urry. One thing he touched on was how often we let others guide us to 'seeing' things that someone else has indicated are important and "worth our time" to see. Let me mention, I'm not saying that curated historical installments, art exhibits and other monuments documenting events, people, or places are not important. However, {I, the caramel girl} prefer to take matters into my own hands, and experience v. seeing without direction.

Not a person in sight. Surreal.
Why experience v. see? It's really simple for me : the memories :  I remember delicious meals with friends where we laughed until we nearly burst. I remember the people watching, the smells, sights and sounds of the back alleys of Istanbul. I remember skiing and the view from the top of the Canadian Rockies and whimpering when I realized how fast and high the gondola was. And I remember hiking with beer for the weekend loaded on my back to a rustic cabin in the woods outside of Tampere, Finland for a weekend of sauna, music and food. Irreplaceable and interpreted by me, for me.

So toss the guidebook aside next time you're on the road and see what memories you capture that you'll hold near and dear to your heart. Encourage your friends and family to ask, "What did you experience? v. What did you see?"

The photos capture a highlight of our late night adventure searching for food after our very long flight. The Public Market is empty, absolute solace, with only us on the street. Unforgettable.

Until next time,

Your traveling Caramel Girl

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Recipe :: Homemade Crunchy Granola

Yep, I was on a healthy kick yesterday! Homemade banana chips, white bean & chicken chili and granola!
Dried Blueberries, golden raisins, toasted coconut and flax seed!
Some of my dearest colleagues "ahem" are focusing on improving their daily eating habits, thus it rubbed off on me. While I embark on a few trips in the next few months, the thought of road trip and airplane food is serioulsy depressing me. {I'm not a fast-food kind of girl} So, I figured if I bulk up on my healthy eats before each trip, that my advance efforts may erase offset damage done during each excursion. Yeah yeah, I know, this is not true and I should eat moderately and healthy all year round...

If you're like me and trying to incorporate a few more healthy eats/snacks in your daily routine, here's my favorite granola recipe that I adjust based on the staples I have on hand. This is a super crunchy granola that doesn't clump and has just enough sweetness to enjoy with milk or topped on your yogurt!

Full recipe and photos after the jump!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Recipe :: Banana Chips

Quick little recipe for all of our healthy eaters! Yes, there are a few, I like to consider myself one of them, but it's a struggle being surrounded by these.... This recipe is merely so I can detox from my bacon, avocado and tomato sandwich binge. I almost forgot about the fried chicken on Sat. lol

So easy and delicious. The sweetest banana ever!
My relationship with these little sweet morsels stems from middle school. I had a friend that was on the swim/dive team with me that would make me buckets of them! Let's just say, one road trip to Duluth, I'm pretty sure I wolfed down enough bananas to get my fill of potassium for a year. Maybe two.

A few more pics and recipe after the jump!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Still here!

Ikes - it's mid Feb and we've been radio silent.

I think we have great reasons...

1. Launching new blog soon! So over the moon excited!

2. Recovering after the holidays! This takes some time. :)

3. We're crazy busy with some new and exciting products for The Caramel Jar!

Here's a teaser of what's to come!

Korean Fried Chicken!
Pan roasted Cauliflower, Lemon & Capers

Your Caramel Girl

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