Foodie Fail on the Fourth!

Oh say can you see! 

Foodie fails happen, and today that's just what happened to me. The plan was to create a lush plate of patriotic french macarons. But, I drove myself crazy wanting them the way that I do...perfect.

The things that I thought could go wrong, did. Egg whites do throw tantrums and there is such a thing as too much food coloring. Oops!

I must say, the batter was beautiful, and my piping, pristine. The after? Meh. I guess it could pass as a new invention— an accidental almond cookie, perhaps. 

The thing is, macarons are one of the most delicate desserts anyone can attempt to make. Between the sifting, tempering the egg whites, and the waiting, is it really worth the fuss?

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For me, it’s not. Maybe I'll crack the code someday. After all, it was my first attempt.
French macarons are a temperamental treat I’ll gladly spend $20/dozen on! Sweet Lobby, anyone?

But if you’re willing to give french macarons a go, do so with this recipe! Or, watch this quirky video

Happy Fourth! 

#MyCrumble - Kale Yeah Smoothie

#MyCrumble showcases original recipes for you to sample. Whether suggestions from friends or derived from my quirky imagination, these recipes will be all you ever wanted, and all you ever needed in your life!

If you're anything like me, you've got kale spirit and you know it! 

Kale sweatshirt? Check. Preppy kale socks? Yup! Or, maybe it's just me. 

Kale gives you wings

Perhaps, you'd give everything you own for a taste of kale (or not). But, that's okay. Give cruciferous veggies a shot. This Kale Yeah smoothie derived from my quirky imagination is just the zinger you need to start your day!

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The delicious and nutritious 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 punch of kale, ginger, apple, banana, and lemon will leave you wondering why you didn't try it sooner. AND, who knows, you just might find yourself saying Kale Yeah!

Try the recipe below, and let me know what you think!

Kale Yeah Smoothie

The Crumble Recap - May Edition

There are a thousand words I could say about May but in all honesty,  it was gone in a flash. Here’s where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m headed…

WHERE I'VE BEEN... Livin’ the Life at VA Beach!

In the middle of May, my family and I traded in the locomotion of life to live the life at Virginia Beach! Once upon a time, the Beach was our fave destination. But once everyone’s lives started to fall into formation, the Beach couldn’t seem further away. 

Ocean views, dolphin sightings,  skydiving (albeit, indoors), toes in the sand, and great company are just a few highlights that come to mind. 20 years later and there we were! 

“If you don’t have photos, you don’t have anything.” - Mr. George Feeney 

WHERE I AM...Feeling happy! 
I'm happy that I decided to give food blogging a try. It's a strange, yet satisfying feeling to have a nook on the web to share my innermost foodie recipes aka my quirky crumbles. What was I so scared of anyway?

WHERE I'M HEADED...Delivering more crumbles!
I didn't just abandon ship; I've been knee-deep in planning mode. This month is all about delivering those scrumptious quirky crumbles! Here's what I've got in the pipeline...

Kale Yeah Smoothie
Tangy Mushroom Stir Fry
Ginger-Spiced Banana Bread


Guess what? It's gonna be May!

When contemplating the perfect date to launch Quirky Crumble, plenty of dates floated around my mind, but none was concrete. “Soon” became the de facto date. That meant any time. A date unquantifiable in time and space. But there was another factor — fear. I was terrified to set a date and not deliver.

But, whenever I’d mention the wretched “soon,” friends inevitably chimed in with their own urgencies…

“We need your blog right now!”

“When are you launching?”

“I need that recipe I saw on your Instagram…like today!”

So, why today? Well, I’ll be honest…it’s gonna be MAY!

Two weeks ago, after developing several concepts and an editorial calendar, I was ready. Soon became today! I flipped through the calendar and realized this week was, in fact, gonna be May.

If you don’t get that —that’s okay. I was done resigning myself to a perfect date. Because, frankly, there isn’t one. The time is today, not soon.

I figured why not capitalize on one of my favorite times of the year—the eve of May. Don’t know the significance? Let me drop some late 90s/early aughts knowledge on you…

If the POTUS is in on it, then you should be, too.

You see, there’s this often misheard lyric on a track released in 2000 by a multi-platinum selling group. Perhaps, you've heard of them. They tended to arrive or dance in sync for most of their chart-topping career. 

If my memory serves me right, the oft-misheard lyric goes a little something like this:

“…baby when you finally get to love somebody, guess what? it’s gonna be me..”

Wait, the word May isn’t mentioned. Ah, you’ve gotta listen for the vocal inflection that spawned hundreds of memes. It's so good, even the guy who sang the lyric embraced it

Yes, my launch date is intertwined with a historical meme. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Welcome to Quirky Crumble!

Embrace the quirks, stay for the crumbles.