Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Tart

Displaying IMGP0178.JPGSo I am a VERY creative individual. Growing up everyone told me I should be an artist. Drawing was my thing. In high school, if something needed designed, I was the go-to-girl. Backdrop for the Homecoming float? I’m all about it. Run-through for the basketball game? Count me in! As I’ve grown into adulthood, though, I’ve found my time to sit down and draw has rapidly diminished (minus a 30 day sketch challenge with my granny two-years ago). Although, it has evolved in other directions. My creativity has spilled out into other arenas of my life. Into my fashion and wardrobe. My make-up. My hair. My apartment and interior design. Into my booth at the Farmer’s Market. And the biggest arena: my FOOD. My artsy, creativeness has flowed into my kitchen most of all, clearly since BAKER is my job-title. This week at work, my bosses gave me the green-light to make pies. I LOVE making pies, it seems like one of the most creative desserts to me. Making the crust. Fluting. Toppings. Flavors. I was in my own personal Heaven to say the least.

As I stood at the market two weeks ago, I kept seeing these gorgeous blueberries coming from Ernie’s booth. I was determined to get me some of them. My gears sped into over-drive with ideas on what I wanted to do with those blueberries. As the market went along the recipe kept evolving. As I talked to customers, I kept conceptualizing. Finally, last Tuesday, I made the recipe. WOW! There is this unbelievable high I get from creating food. From making something that I’d spent so long thinking up. From making something that I just KNOW is delicious and amazing! This photo is evidence of said amazingness. Just look at my mom and nephew. Look at the plate. Notice how the tart was absolutely destroyed and gone. So now my website, my booth, my job, and you reading this get to benefit from my creativity. Although, my artsiness has been on the upswing lately. I had my friend Julie over a few weeks ago to work on painting a table cloth. My other friend Mary had given me one to be a wind-blocker, but like my car, it looked boring so I decided to paint on it. Here is the result: Continue reading “Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Tart”

Cashew Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am so sorry for all the hit-and-miss, absences lately. As you can see, last week I was tucked away in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains for a beautiful little wedding. Family time and exploring took president. Have no worries, a trip to Colorado has inspired me. For when I am in Nature, I am most in awe and most creative. Besides that Colorado knows what’s up. They are hot on the Paleo/Gluten-Free trail. Therefore, I did some taste-tester, some sampling, and some comparisons. Many restaurants ordered gluten-free menus (a plus for our crew since we have at least 2 with Celiac’s). And the Cute little coffee cafe we frequented, also had gluten-free offerings (like cookies made in Boulder and Gluten-free bagels to be made into breakfast sandwiches)

Also before leaving town I was in the mist of changing jobs. Just when my life seems routine, I will have a big change. Last winter market I was moving. Now at the first market, I am in the middle of a career change. Needless to say I busted my butt for two weeks previous to leaving by working BOTH. Now you can find me residing at Fifi’s in Terre Haute. Local baker, and some of my gluten-free items 🙂 (I Continue reading “Cashew Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies”