Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
We usually go out to breakfast on Saturday mornings but this past Saturday morning we stayed home and made breakfast instead. Sourdough waffles (from a starter I've managed to keep alive, more about that another day) and spiced coffee.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The new Christmas issue of Toast UK's catalog is also out. I want everything in this spendy, artsy little catalog. I decided to treat myself and purchase an ornament that was only 4 pounds, but I went to checkout and the minimum shipping cost is 25 pounds! That's almost 50 dollars! No Toast ornament for me this year.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
whether it was loading the apples, washing the apple, sorting the apples, cutting the apples, pressing the apples, or scooping up the cider and filling milk jugs through cheesecloth. It was a great social time, plus the potluck afterwards was one of the best that I had EVER been to. Especially the apple champagne, which someone had taken the apple juice from last year's pressing and added champagne culture, letting it ferment throughout the year. So crisp and bubbly!
6 cups apple cider
1/4 cup real maple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 allspice berries
1 orange peel, cut into strips or slices
1 lemon peel, cut into strips or slices
Pour cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel pan. Place the spices in the center of a clean square of cheesecloth, fold up, and tie with twine or string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture, and heat over moderate heat for 5-10 minutes. Remove cider from heat, discard spice bundle, and serve.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Andy had the weekend off to relax before the coffee shop grand opening next weekend and things get really crazy. We decided to drive down to Jville to visit the family, including the newest member, Charlie Samuel Houdini Lee. He has everyone smitten. And my sister is starting 7th grade! How and when did this happen? She is our baby-it's a little traumatic for us all.
Our in-laws situation is unique in the best kind of way. My parents moved in next door to Andy's parents when I had just graduated high school, so they have been friends from even before Andy and I were even introduced two years later. We had a BBQ in the Kimmelshue backyard with a full moon rising over the mountains.The last of Kay's hydrangeas - her yard is always beautiful.
Yaquina Head, half-mile hike up to the lighthouse...
What did I see? This...
Andy amongst the trees. Enjoying a beautiful afternoon beach stroll...
And a few leaps of joy!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Unfortunately I don't have a good spot set up for sewing at our new place just yet, so I attempted it on the floor. Although I couldn't do it for hours on end because it starts to give me a backache, it works out great for small batches or projects done in increments.
Speaking of Mason, here he is. Isn't he precious! I had to leave the hospital early before I got to hold him, but I'm going home on Wednesday and then I'll get in some high-quality-baby-cuddling time. I can't wait.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Out of all this I've learned that because I hate to fail so much, sometimes it's healthy for me to actually do so...but come on, not twice in a row, with the same food, with the same group of people! Now that's just cruel!
small ziploc bags
large ziploc bags
1/2 cup whole milk, 1/2 & 1/2, coconut milk, etc.
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 cups ice cubes
1/2 cup ice cream salt/rock salt/table salt
Combine the liquid ingredients in the small bag.
Securely seal the bag.
Combine ice and salt in the large bag.
Put the small bag inside the large one.
Seal and shake until thickened, about 5 minutes.
cocoa powder (add extra sugar to taste)
favorite fruits or berries, too.
Basil Ice Cream
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Dyed Sneakers How-To
2. Wet sneakers with hot water, and place in dye bath.
3. Stir for amount of time stated on dye bottle. Rinse as directed.
4. Air-dry shoes, or place in dryer.
5. Clean basin immediately to avoid staining.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Oh, and I promise I didn't sweat in the cookies. I think. But they're chilling in the fridge at the moment, so if I did, oh WELL.
Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies
(from Tiff's sister-in-law Jen's blog Wuthering Iris at www.wutheringiris.blogspot.com)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbsp butter, cooled until room temp
5 oz. cream cheese softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups coconut toasted
Whisk dry ingredients together; set aside.With electric mixer, or by hand mix butter and cream cheese together with a mixer until smooth. Add sugars and beat until thoroughly combined.Beat in vanilla until combined.Add dry ingredients & beat at low speed just until combined. Stir in cooled coconut.Chill dough for at least 2 hours.When ready to bake cookies preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 12 minutes.
Monday, July 13, 2009
The clafoutis party, that is. I made clafoutis for the first time after reading about it on a few different blogs - La Tartine Gourmande, Smitten Kitchen, Cooking with Amy, etc. The timing of it wasn't too good; just so you know, pork tacos and this custardy treat don't really go together that well, but luckily rhubarb and raspberries do! And I made a big batch of it so I ate it for breakfast and dessert, and once lunch, for the next few days. Fêtez ! I really like Béa's at La Tartine Gourmande:(http://www.latartinegourmande.com/2009/06/10/orange-strawberry-rhubarb-clafoutis/)
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Now will someone please give me an honorary degree in Philosophy or something? Book deal, anyone? Any takers? No?