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About wallflourgirl

Hi! I'm Ala, an English grad student who loves to tell stories through half-baked ideas and fully-baked treats. My motto? The plot thickens. Just add cornstarch.

10 Failproof Ways to Tell If You’ve Met Me in Real Life

You’re speeding down the dried fruits and nuts aisle with a shopping basket in one hand, a bag of oversized tortilla chips in the other, and a bawling five-year old hanging off your arm. You just whip round the pumpkin tower display near the front when your heels skid to a halt. You backtrack, slowly. You squint your eyes down the yogurt aisle, paying no attention to the increasingly hysterical wails coming from that wonderful $500,000 investment called Your Kid.

It isn’t. It couldn’t be. Or is it? Is that…Ala?

If you’re a normal sociable human being, which I’m betting you are, you’d probably come right up to me and ask. But on the off chance you’re plain stalker stranger-shy like I can be when I know someone who doesn’t know I exist, the following is a list of 10 failproof ways to know you’ve met the real deal.

1. I am making the most intense small talk you have ever witnessed, be it with a cashier, fellow customer, or random kitty cat.

Some people hate making small talk. I have some friends who dread it so much, they’d rather face the terrors of a dysfunctional self-checkout system than allow any cashier to thrust them into a doomed discussion of how hot it’s been lately.

I am not one of these people.

love small talk. Probably to a fault, though most folks brighten up when we get a good conversation about their day or some new event going. I’ve actually scored some pretty awesome friendships and date nights just by showing that I’m interested in the other person as a fellow human being. Yeah, I’m one of those people. My friends make fun of me every time we go shopping together because for about 2 minutes, I will inevitably become BFF’s with whichever stranger I am conversing with at the moment.… Read more

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Friday Wallflavourites: Edition 18

I’ve been saving up four weeks’ worth of blog goodies for you guys (because I erm, sort of missed the last installment, oops)…so you’d better bet you’re going to love what I’ve rounded up for you all today!

APPLE FRITTER PIE. WAIT I KNOW RIGHT. I could seriously eat apple fritters for the rest of my life (or at least for every day of it).  The Domestic Rebel is a GENIUS.

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I can’t wait to make this a holiday staple. I’ve always wanted to make a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll like this delicious one via Neighbor Food!

This fluffy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll is a staple on our Thanksgiving menu!

I’ve never tried making Green Tomato Jam, but you know what they say–there’s no time like the present, and John from Kitchen Riffs has got a great recipe for it!

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Tell me that these Chunky Pecan Pie Bars via Brown Eyed Baker aren’t to DIE for. Tell me that to my FACE. I triple-dog pecan dare you.

Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars - Perfectly portable Thanksgiving dessert! | browneydbaker.com

Other fun features:

 Almond Poppy Crackers via The Iron You

Apple Buckwheat Cake via Joanne Eats Well

Apple Crisp Sweet Roll Coffee Cake via Barbara Bakes

Black Sesame Rolls with with Yuanyang Coffee Tea Glaze via Two Red Bowls

Caramel Apple Pie Cookie Cups via Blahnik Baker

Cauliflower Cheese via Smitten Kitchen

Chai Spiced Apple Coffee Cake with Chai Crumb via A Cookie Named Desire

Cream Cheese CookiesI’v via Averie Cooks

Fudgiest Chocolate Cookies via Deliciously Yum

Garlic Hasselback Potatoes via Feasting at Home

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls via Life Made Sweeter

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Granola Espresso Cookies via Deliciously Yum

No-Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream via Kitchen Riffs

Pumpkin Kale Mac and Cheese via Cooking with a Wallflower

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake with Salted Caramel via Blahnik Baker

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake via Half-Baked Harvest

Salted Caramel Buttery Crumb Bars via Averie Cooks

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Cornbread via Life Made Sweeter

Warm Honey Fig Dip with Blue Cheese and Garlic Pitas via How Sweet Eats

My recent posts:

Deep-Dish Tiramisu Pie with Coffee Crunch Crumble

The Best Blondies Recipe

One-Minute Coconut Granola

Rocky Road Brownies

The Writing Process Blog Tour

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Deep-Dish Tiramisu Pie with Coffee Crunch Crumble

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Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy…

But here’s my pie–follow me maybe?

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I love food festivals for many many good reasons, the best of which are 1) food, 2) eating, and 3) more food. In close fourth comes the company: there’s something oddly liberating about connecting with new people through the miracle of face-stuffing, ith delicious globs of cream dribbling down the side of your face as you and the stranger standing next to you rave over the ah-MAY-zing pie you both just tried.

Do you love coffee too? you ask. Cream pies are the best, right? he responds. What about that coffee crunch though? Isn’t it amazing? Are you going to finish that slice?

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A few weeks ago, my friend sent me info on a pie contest that a local radio station was going to host. Of course, I was 110% excited, because I love pies. Eating an entire cake sounds like a terrible idea, but there is nothing more comforting on an autumn evening than snuggling up in your loveseat, inviting an entire Costco-sized pumpkin pie onto your lap,  and eating the whole thing right up after a long swim meet.

Topped with a general scoop of homemade Biscoff meringue ice cream, if you fancy like dat.

After tons of debating and wiffle-waffling and probably more anxiety than necessary, I finally decided to adapt one of my favorite dessert recipes and create this Deep-Dish Tiramisu Pie with Coffee Crunch Crumbles. I slapped in a vegan shortbread chocolate chip crust, whipped up some rummy tiramisu filling, layered it with store-bought ladyfingers, dusted the top with cocoa powder, then topped the whole shebang off with this tricky but mind-blowing coffee crunch crumble, which was inspired by this famous Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake copycat recipe.

GOOD IDEA, ALA.… Read more

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The Best Blondies for #SundaySupper

Quick Etsy shop announcement: this month’s new featured item is my Coconut Rum White Chocolate Blondie: perfect for pre-holiday season gifting! If you’re looking for other thoughtful gifts, you can browse my whole selection and learn more about the shop’s history here!

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It’s clear what kind of a spinster I will be: not an old batty cat lady (I’m allergic to cats), but a decrepit little woman who bakes Coconut Rum Blondies at 4 AM after finishing a terrible Ginnifer Goodwin rom-com alone on my couch.

On the bright side, there are worse things. For example, I could be an old hag who runs around on her neighbor’s lawns scattering apple tree seeds and shouting at the top of my voice: “The British are coming! The British are coming!

Or I could be without these blondies, and that’d be a crying shame, don’t you think?

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Thankfully, a few nights ago I was chatting with one of my best friends and unofficial psychotherapist H, who finally talked me out of my three-week shlump. To celebrate my release from the fetters of romantic comedy films, I decided to start a dedicated Me-Time journal for the next 21 days, where I can write my scattered thoughts about the day’s events. However, it’s only Day 1 and I’ve already filled 8 pages with musings on life! Who knew anything actually buzzed in this tiny brain of mine, right?

One thing I realized over the course of those eight pages was that a) I’ve actually had a really amazing week, and b) I love the feeling of meeting and keeping in touch with new people. There’s something incredibly liberating about getting to know someone who has no preconceptions about who you are except what you show them while you’re chatting–in the past 3 days alone, I’ve met & become (at least Facebook) friends with 2 folks in Starbucks, 2 guys from an international siblings program, and at least a handful of really wonderful people from my friend J’s recent PhD graduation party.… Read more

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1-Minute Coconut Granola for Two (No-Bake)

Okay, so deal: why am I baking making granola for two when I’m only one?

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No, I’m not preggers, you sick Sherlocks, I know who you are and this isn’t a British teledrama episode called The Sign of Three.1-minute Coconut Granola 4--102614It’s the start of a new swim season around these parts, where outdoor pools reign supreme and the scent of chlorine wafts off my saturated skin in noxious waves. Our greatest fear is that winter is coming and heaven forbid the temperature drops below a chilly 68 degrees at night.

So naturally, I’m following Manatee Survival Rule #1 and storing up body fat for the winter months. Duh.

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Life has a funny way of crumpling all our life plans into a wad of week-old newspaper and chucking it in a whole new direction. I started swimming when I was 3, but it wasn’t until 9th grade–right after I quit my competitive swim club–that I actually fell in love with swimming as a sport.  As luck would have it, I failed to make the school volleyball team (in hindsight, a good thing) and then I got cut from soccer tryouts (a very good thing–I loved playing soccer, but oh dem soccer Mean Girls), so I ended up in normal-people fourth-period PE instead.

Gym was–there’s no way to say it nicely–a waste of time. I was an athletic kid in a pool of floundering, I-don’t-do-movement types–literally. During our swim unit, they forced us to stand in the shallow end of the pool and swim across the short length of the pool, which is like asking a cheetah to sprint across a sandbox. Not that I’m a cheetah, because then cross-country would probably have wanted me and that’d be a whole different story, but you get the point.

And in that lackluster, dingy family pool was where I first met Mike

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Mike found me as I was streamlining underwater.… Read more

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The Writing Process Blog Tour on #wallflourgirl

Writing Process Blog Tour 1Okay. So this isn’t a chocolate post. This isn’t a cookie post, and I’m sorry for that. This isn’t even a no-bake vegan salted chocolate chunk oat bars made from heaven post, though my hand is crammed into a bowl of them as I type.

This is a writing post and I am dancing a little jig around my computer because I love lurve love talking about writing. It may be one of my favorite things in the world after eating peanut butter from the jar with a spoon while binge watching Sailor Moon episodes like I’ve been doing for the past two weeks.

What is the Writing Process Blog Tour?

It’s basically a knee-slappin’ good excuse for me–a blogger–to share how I write (duh) what I write (duh) and why I write it (triple duh!).

Ever wonder what my food of choice is when I’m toiling away over a midnight post?

Ever consider the fact that I’m naturally a lot fonder of writing than I ever was of baking? (Don’t worry, I’ll explain!)

Ever ask yourself, What in the name of holy huckleberries does that girl put in her brownies, because her last post was so wacked out, she must be on something!

Yeah, welcome to my life :)  

This is an especial treat for me because as you may know, I have always been a writer first and baker second, so any excuse to share a little piece of my dark writing corner with all of you is good enough for me! I was nominated by the uber, ultra-talented and super-sweet Kelly from Life Made Sweeter. Thanks, girl! And you can read her own Writing Process Blog Tour Post here.

So sit back, relax, enjoy the food porn I’m including for funsies, and read on!

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 1. What am I working on?

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Rocky Road Brownies for #SundaySupper

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These brownies aren’t the only crazy thing happening around here this week, though they are insanely fudgy and I made boxes of these for friends who loved them and I’m selling them online here so if you want them without so much as stepping a toe into your kitchen, I can make that happen now.

Crazy? I love crazy.

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Just about 45 minutes ago, I got off an epic long late-night phone call (yes, it’s 3 AM and I manually pressed the Publish button on this post) with my friend. I’ve been prone to lots of anxiety and high-stress nights lately for seemingly no reason, so catching up with her (instead of spending the evening wringing my wrists to a pulp) was a pleasant change of pace.

At one point, she mentioned rereading this blog post I published back in June about defining self-worth–if you haven’t read it yet, I spill a whole bunch of juicy confessions in it about my life and insecurities that are interesting and probably mildly entertaining. From there, we started talking about just about everything: about the difficulty of living up to expectations, feeling burnt out from Life, piecing together bits of our life through expert stalking social media surfing, the recent guys in my idiosyncratic love life, and, oh yeah: my recent tendency to eat my feelingz.

Mostly because #school. And maybe some of the aforementioned guys stuff. (Thankfully none of them think big-picture enough to actually read my blog #middleschoolalloveragain)

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With these brownies just schlumming around the house all the time now and getting wrapped up for Etsy orders, I shouldn’t be surprised I’m eating my weight in feelings these days. Thick, fudgy, gooey, crunchy feelings.

However, one of the best reminders to come up in our conversation was the importance of taking time to reflect on our own lives.… Read more

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Friday Wallflavourites: Edition 17

Congrats to Carolsue, who won this week’s Etsy sampler box giveaway to celebrate my brand new Etsy bake shop–the oven has been running non-stop all this week and I can’t wait to add your box to the queue. Thank you all for your support, especially the  INCREDIBLE bloggers who have helped me spread the word!

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If you missed the giveaway, no problem: you can still order directly at my shop. Okay, that’s all for shameless plugging (er, for now). On to this week’s blogosphere favs!

Kathi from Deliciously Yum always gets me with her fab desserts. Always. I mean, check out the moistness in this Pumpkin Coffee Cake she shared last week! Right? I die.

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And okay, I rarely do double features from the same blogger (variety, people, variety!), but I really can’t help it. I just couldn’t. You need these Pumpkin Churros in your life as badly as I do right now, I know it. Kathi, you’re a genius!

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 Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blondies via Averie, who’s a total pro at this bar-mastery thing. I mean, seriously though. ARE WE LOOKING AT THE SAME THING HERE BECAUSE I AM DYING.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blondies - Soft pumpkin bars, cinnamon-sugary snickerdoodles, and buttery blondies rolled into one! Super good!!

I can’t believe it’s one bowl! Seriously though–how many times have you cringed away because that cinnamon roll recipe looked sooooo complicated? Totally not the case with this One Bowl Banana Bread Cinnamon Roll recipe via Minimalist Baker!

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If you want cute packed into a cookie, look no further–my finger actually frozen on the mouse when I saw these Apple Pie Cookies via Foolproof Living!

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Recipes I’m digging this week: Almond Butter and Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cake with Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Frosting via Veggie and the Beast Baked Pumpkin Donuts via The Burmae Kitchen Breakfast Pizza with Hash Browns, Spinach, and Eggs via Joanne Eats Well with Others Coffee Cake Waffles via Real Food By Dad Creepy Crawly Coffee Cake via Gotta Get Baked Double Chocolate Muffins via Top with Cinnamon Fudgiest Double Chocolate Cookies via Deliciously Yum Homemade Parmesan Garlic Herb Breadsticks via Will Cook for Smiles Inside of a Peanut Butter Cup Cookies via Averie Cooks Mini Apple Pie Grilled Cheese via Buns in My Oven Peanut Butter White Chocolate Popcorn via Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Pumpkin Cheesecake Egg Rolls via I Wash You Dry

Pumpkin Tiramisu via Tasty Kitchen Shashuka via A Cookie Named Desire Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Maple Marshmallow Frosting via Blahnik Baker Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream via Minimalist Baker Vegan Soba Noodle Bibimbap via Cooking with a Wallflower

In case you missed my recipes:

Inverted Graham Cracker Cheesecake Bars

Wallflour Girl is now on Etsy: Grand Opening + A Giveaway!Read more

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Inverted Graham Cracker Cheesecake Bars

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As students trundle to their first classes of the quarter, laden with heavy backpacks filled with books they will probably never finish, for classes they will soon find no time to attend;

as school swings back into high gear with the sound of familiar chimes ringing from the campus bell tower, tolling its stolen set of pipes recorded from another university tower;

as I lug my brick of a laptop to my office under the unnaturally blazing October sun, I think vaguely to myself that if I chance to encounter a mad Sasquatch on my unlikely path to school, at least I carry a dense projectile with which to defend myself, my expenses spreadsheets be damned.

New beginnings are always an adventure, and Fall is a beautiful thing…

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This–the late start of a new school year–is when the sun sets at an abysmally early hour and all the poetic heebie-jeebies jittering around my body just want to leap off onto the page illuminated by burning midnight oil. Call it my inner Donne or just an English grad student’s whimsy; but this is also the season of  warm, comforting flavors of cinnamon-infused graham crackers in my treats, which must all be baked now that the temperature has dropped below 90F: and there’s something special about graham crackers that makes me ask them in their lurid blue cardboard box, blithely, What the heck is a “graham” anyway? Why didn’t we reunite earlier than this?

On that rude self-interruption: I don’t know what a graham is. The phrase “graham cracker” reminds me oddly of the joke that goes, “If olive oil is made of olives, then what is baby powder made of?” Enigma central. I could probably Wiki this in a second but Bruno Mars’s “Lazy Song” just came up on my Spotify and I am not one to argue with divine intervention.… Read more

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A BIG Announcement: My Etsy Shop Launch + Giveaway! #WGshop

For a while, this announcement was a fat secret, which obviously means it’s not secret since I have been leaking you little hints on Instagram and Twitter and over here about this moment for weeks now (subtle, right? right). This is probably one of the most thrilling, nervous, weirdly satisfying moments of my meaningful adult life since I started blogging, so I’ll just say it:

Guys, I’M SELLING HOMEMADE TREATS ON MY NEW ETSY SHOP!!

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Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy: but here’s my Etsy…so order maybe? ;)

 

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What is the Wallflour Girl Etsy shop?

It’s a new online marketplace where you can order my most popular homemade goodies and get them delivered right to your doorstep in just 2-3 business days! Customized just for you & your friends and made to order, the WG shop offers a rotating selection of fresh, flavor-twisted, WG exclusive treats: perfect for a thoughtful gift or just your own snacking enjoyment.

What makes your shop unique from other bake shops?

It features popular recipes you already know and trust–like my Favorite Puffy Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe–but with some brand new twists & flavors you’ve never seen before! Best of all, you and your friends won’t have to do your shopping cold turkey (I mean, it’s a treats shop–why would there be meat? Get it? Haha because cold turkey……..never mind), because you know so much about me and my baking philosophy already. So you’ll know I only deliver the best, the most addicting, the most reader-reviewed, and the freshest baked/raw treats around the country! Plus I’ll even do my best to customize them if you send me a really nice pretty please note with your order. Word.

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What items do you feature?

My selection of treats is constantly rotating, with an emphasis on delivering my most raved-about goodies alongside some refreshing, healthy, vegan/gluten-free/allergy-friendly/raw options to suit every eater in your life.… Read more

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