SALTED ESPRESSO CARAMELS + PRETZEL TURTLES FOR PROCRASTMAS

Salted Espresso Caramels // Wit & VinegarYou guys, we need to talk about Procrastmas but first I just want to say that the alternative title for this post was Turtle Time because Ramona is my spirit animal but it’s close to Christmas and I want to help you guys out with da gift giving. We need to focus on Procrastmas.

It’s now less than a week until Christmas hits and if you’re anything like me (super fabulous) then you’ve probably done approximately zero presents shopping. It’s a combo of me always procrastinating and me working in a mall and having shopping at the bottom of my have-to list.

We’re calling it Procrastmas.

Salted Espresso Caramel Pretzel Turtles // Wit & Vinegar

I’m helping you/me out this year by giving a project for this weekend that involves hot sugar, butter, pretzels, all the love, maybe a bottle of wine, and some ribbon. Procrastmas shopping is OVER. An afternoon of some quality caramel time means a lot of edible presents that nobody will turn away unless they’re vegan/gluten free/allergic to nuts. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The caramels are just the ever so popular fleur de sel caramels from Ina with a fist bump of instant espresso powder that I always have in the cupboard to boost the shit out of desserts. Caramels are a little daunting but don’t let the caramel smell the fear, get a good candy thermometer, and everything will go smoothly.

Salted Espresso Caramel Pretzel Turtles // Wit & VinegarTruth be told, these turtles actually happened because I hate wrapping caramels. I needed a vessel that didn’t require precision and baby squares of parchment paper. Enter pretzels and chocolate and cue the love making music.

If you aren’t feeling the turtles then go ahead and just give some really good salted caramels! parchment paper is a good wrapper material, you just need to cut it down. Also I wouldn’t kick you out of bed for making some salted caramel cups. Maybe we can tackle those on Monday?

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COCONUT MACAROON BROWNIES

Coconut Macaroon Brownies // Wit & Vinegar

DECEMBER IS HERE CHESTNUTS ARE ROASTING AND CHRISTMAS WILL PROBABLY BE HERE TOMORROW.

JK but seriously where has this year gone? This post is loooong overdue because it comes from Izy‘s beautiful book Top with Cinnamon that came out a couple/few months ago. I seriously love the book and I’m not just saying that because Izy’s my friend, but because it is legit beautiful, the recipes are great, and the quality of the paper turns me on.

Coconut Macaroon Brownies // Wit & Vinegar

I went through the wholed book and did my post it note thing to mark all the options for the blog and there were just sooo many, one was the ever popular swedish chocolate cake, but the one I ultimately landed on was the coconut macaroon brownie. YOU GUYS, IZY COMBINED A BROWNIE AND A MACAROON. I’ve made them 4 times since (first time was a test, second I tried sweetened coconut, third burnt up) and finally managed to show you guys. Fourth times the charm.

Coconut Macaroon Brownies // Wit & Vinegar

It’s an easy one pot deal with the brownie, then it’s topped with a quick macaroon topping and broiled with a close eye so we don’t have burnt coconut. It’s a simple dessert that has some bam and it’d be a great thing to give someone as an edible gift, as long as they like coconut. If they don’t like coconut then you should either a. burn the friendship contract or b. gift them Izy’s book with pink post it notes that let’s them know what you like.

But seriously don’t trust anyone that doesn’t like coconut.

I’ve got plans to give your cute faces some edible gifts over the next couple weeks but until then we’re gonna have to make 4 batches of these brownies.

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GROCERY LIST 40

Grocery List 40 // Wit & Vinegar

Before we get started with this weeks list (FINALLY) I want to give a huge shout out to all the love and hugs and face touches you guys gave with the announcement of the book. I managed to keep that secret long enough where I think that might be more of a triumph than the book itself (LOLJKYOUGUYZ).

Now, we can continue with this weeks post thanksgiving grocery list and dance to Bruno Mars and  pretend I’m not doing this at Target every day.

First up is mah girl Adrianna with super easy soup for those super difficult days where you wish someone would just make and shovel food in your mouth for you aka my M-F. (via A Cozy Kitchen)

Megan went and recapped her thanksgiving with some serious light/taxidermy that turns me on maybe a little more than the BABY BOURBON MOUSSE PARFAITS. (via Take a Megabite)

Molly has some cutest tootesy timez with GINGERBREAD TERRARIUMS. Everything in there is edible and I stared for way too long at the first shot soaking it all in. (via my name is yeh)

Cindy is on the beverage train with some next level hot chocolate that I want to bathe in. I want to bathe in a lot of foods. (via Hungry Girl Por Vida)

Stephanie went and grabbed her own round up of grilled cheese sandwiches because I guess she knows that is like one of the holy grails for my mouth. (via i am a food blog)

Side note: I just got distracted by a jersey shore where are they now slideshow.

Graham went and made me an entire sundae with crazy ingredients and named it the salty pilgrim and I’m like, I’ll be your Pocahontas? (via Glazed & Confused)

Dana and John managed to slam a gingerbread cookie into a granola that actually might get me to be semi-healthy at breakfast. (via Minimalist Baker)

I’d flashdance water scene this apple cinnamon infused bourbon from Tracy. (via Shutterbean)

I’ve been feeling my oats lately when it comes to chicken thighs and these wine and mustard braised thighs from Jon sound like they’d be perfect on my face/maybe some rice. (via The Candid Appetite)

Sarah likes big bundts and she cannot lie and she made us one with maple and ginger, and I’m not talking about a couple of strippers. (via The Sugar Hit)

I hope to get you guys a little edible gift to hand out soon for christmas but until then Melissa’s got us covered with a stunner of a bark. That first glamour shot has me feeling things. (via The Faux Martha)

Erika has apple cobbler that looks crazy supreme with a topping that looks just like my grandmas (a recipe that I’m more than happy to have in the book) and I want a whole pan to myself. plus a quart of vanilla ice cream. duh. (via Southern Souffle)

Ending all of this weeks madness is Phyllis over on Food52 with 4 variations of brown butter blondies. I would like to eat all of them, even if the one I have in the book has all the walnuts in the world and then some. Don’t tell the others. (via Food52)

For music this week it’s dance central USA with Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. I no joke listened to this about 50 times after I saw their SNL performance and got all the kool and the gang tower of power gives me life vibez. This has powered me through so many batches of chocolate chip cookies I can’t even handle. Also how do I move into this music video?

PUMPKIN PIE WITH PECAN PRALINE TOPPING

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Praline Topping // Wit & Vinegar

Oh, hello.

It’s just me showing up fashionably late to the thanksgiving blog scene but it’s cool because I brought this ‘rustic’ dreamboat pie and my ass looks flawless in these jeans. Priorities.

Truth is, I didn’t drum up a whole buffet table for you guys because a. my book is one of those babies that throws up everywhere, and b. I only plan on making this pie and enough stuffing for a small family, aka me myself and I. Steve’s claiming to roast a chicken but all I really care about are those two staples plus maybe some gravy. Basicbitchgiving for the win.

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Praline Topping // Wit & Vinegar

Growing up pumpkin pie with a big-ass dollop of cool whip gave me all the thanksgiving feels. It still does, and I really can’t do thanksgiving without some pumpkin pie or cheesecake and some sour cream laced whipped cream.

This pie though. This pie is basically pumpkin pie 2.0 supreme. Classic but creamy pumpkin pie underneath with a gooey blanket of pecan praline on top. Kind of like a mullet pie if someone with a mullet was lying down? Idk, let’s think about it.

The recipe comes from Joy‘s new babe of a book, Homemade Decadence. It’s beyond insanely great, I want to make all of it, and I might have already bought my sister a copy for christmas. If you love sweets and baking and being a decadent cool dude then this is da book for you. Go out, buy it right now/right after we make some pie.

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THE POM POM POW & A BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

Pom Pom Pow // Wit & Vinegar

So I guess the best way to start this off is by announcing to the world that I. AM. WRITING. A. COOKBOOK.

Writing/photographing/designing because I want to have my grubby hands in all of it?

I’ve known about this whole shebang since February, when I got an email from Hardie Grant (Izy and I will be book sisters, heyyy) asking if I was interested in doing a book and I ramona eyed the email for about 5 minutes before replying back with a yes let’s talk (hidden excitement and heavy breathing).

Fast forward a few months and a contract and this journey known as birthing a cookbook had begun. I think there’s still a part of my brain that grasps that it’s actually happening, even though shit’s definitely getting real and there’s still work to be done. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had a meltdown, maybe it’s because I haven’t written this post.

Hardie Grant’s been beyond great to work with and supportive of my crazy brain/use of colors/maybe glitter and acrylic nails. I’ve still got some recipes to finish up, but my goal is to have a piece of work that gets people excited about cooking. Fun and easy food for fun not so easy people. I don’t want to give too much away but there’s definitely a taco night road map situation, alcohol, ice cream, and a dog section because I think we all know how I feel about dogs.

Until I get a full frontal for you I’ve compiled a basic super professional mood board for your eyes to get what I’m going for:The book’s due out in July, just in time for a summer party with all the ice cream, and I’ve only got a few more months to finish up. I’ve been helping Adrianna with her book, which has been super helpful for me to see, and I’m super excited to have Jon helping out with the shooting of the book/wrangling the crazy. Teamwork!

Before we move on from the ramblefest I just wanted to give a huge thank you to all of you that read and give me the good vibez and all the feels. Also keep your eyes peeled for #wvcookbook over on instagram. It’s like keeping up with the Kardashians but instead of Kris Jenner’s dominance it’s just my book.

Now we can get to drinking.

This cocktail is great because there’s only a few ingredients. I’m not a fan of cocktails that take too many steps for me to get from zero to tipsy, and this one delivers with pomegranate juice, tequila, sparkling water, and pomegranate seeds that kind of act like crunchy boba.

Here’s to not exploding over the next few months!

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BBQ ROASTED CHICKPEAS + A SERIOUSLY DELISH GIVEAWAY!

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas // Wit & Vinegar

Look how nail painting emoji I’m being with a BBQ theme in October. I feel totally fine because truth is it still still feels like a perfect toaster here in Southern California and truth is I couldn’t not share this recipe from Jessica’s new book.

I’m showing up fashionably late to the party because Jessica’s book came out a few weeks ago but it’s fine because I’ve got these chickpeas and a copy for you to win! Plus maybe I just needed to make sure I looked extra good in my party dress.

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas // Wit & Vinegar

This book is everything you’d expect from Jessica. It’s funny, bright, semi trashed up and it feels like I’m sitting there talking with her drinking some sparkly ass drinks. It’s fabulous. I do this nerdy freak thing when I get new cookbooks or magazines where I post it note all the recipes I want to make asap. Those up there were just noting the recipes I could make and shoot for you guys.

Obviously there’s more now.

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas // Wit & Vinegar

Now we can move on to what I’m calling faux-rn nuts because I can, plus that shit was big in middle school and it’s all I could think about while eating these. Camp BBQ/Ranch/Nacho Cheese if I was feeling good that day.

These chickpeas are crunchy and addictive and a little spicy, like me, and there’s bonus points for the little bit of leftover spice mix that I want to maybe throw on some tater tots. Sexy, sexy that’s all I do.

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