Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Today is the day in which to express your noblest qualities of mind and heart, to do at least one worthy thing which you have long postponed, and to use your God-given abilities for the enrichment of some less fortunate fellow traveler."
Greenville Kleiser 1868-1953
Really like this quote.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
In the mean time... I have REALLY been enjoying the recipes over here. OOO!! And HERE! I love the pictures on this site.
(Just a side note: Awesome pic huh? There are TONS more on her blog. She's a great photographer!)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Well, actually it is working, but not how I want it to. So, I guess I'll just say that I'm getting some ramekins tomorrow and a new rolling pin.
Excited about that. NOT excited about blogger tonight. BOO.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Don't let the french name scare you. They are SOOO simple and quick to make.
1 puff pastry sheet thawed
1-2 cups sugar
cinnamon to taste
1 egg white
Pre-heat the oven to 375. Mix the sugar and cinnamon. Liberally dust your counter top with the cinnamon and sugar. Unfold the puff pastry, place on counter top and coat top with cinnamon and sugar. Roll out the puff pastry to around 17" by 13" (Or about the size of a cookie sheet.) Roll in both sides of the short ends until they meet in the middle. (It will look like a scroll.) Cut the scroll in to 1/4 inch pieces and lay on a cookie sheet. Brush each cookie with the egg white and put them in the oven for 12-15 min. Watch them closely! You want them to brown and have the sugar caramelize but, with all the sugar in them they can go from perfect to over done quickly.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
12ish oz spaghetti
3ish cups rough chopped tomatoes
1/4ish cup minced garlic
1ish cup fresh chopped mushrooms (I used cremini)
1/4ish cup parsley (or carrot tops...)
1 stick butter
1-2 tbsp dried basil
1-2 tsp red chili flakes
Salt to taste
Parmesan Cheese to taste
Boil a large pan of water, salt it WELL and drop your pasta. Melt the butter and saute the garlic on low heat for 3-4 minutes. Do not let it brown, you just want the flavor to really come out. Add the mushrooms, salt them and saute for 5ish minutes. Add the tomatoes, basil, and chili flakes. Cook until the tomatoes soften and give off their juices. Drain the pasta and mix with the sauce. Grate in the Parmesan mixing it in with the pasta often to create a nice cheesy layer over all the pasta. Add in the parsley and salt to taste. Transfer to your serving dish and top with with more Parmesan and parsley if desired.
Author, A. J. Jacobs puts himself through some crazy experiences. Like stoning an adulterer. Really he did. Not to death and only with pebbles... but stone the man he did. He also herded sheep in Jerusalem, grew he beard out to abnormal lengths, wore only white and observed the Passover by not only holding a Passover dinner, but also by painting his doorway with the drippings from his lamb roast. Basically he did everything he could to follow ALL the rules in the Bible. (Even the crazy obscure ones that most of us have never heard of like, not wearing clothing made of mixed fibers.)
The resulting story is both hilarious and touchingly insightful. He spends a lot of time fighting with his secular self and his religious alter ego that he calls "Jacob". In the end, it does seem that his year of living biblically changes him permanently. As living the Laws of God are wont to do.
It's a great read.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The pasta was SOOO easy. And easily adapted or copied. AND FAST!!! Love those kind of meals.
5 Italian Hot Sausages (You can use mild or sweet if you like... but the extra kick was nice.)
1 stick butter
8ish cloves minced garlic or ~ 1/2 cup
1 lbish de-shelled and de-veined shrimp
1 1/2ish cups rough chopped tomatoes
1/2ish cup minced parsley (or carrot tops like I used... they taste the same!)
1/2 cup shredded or ribboned Parmesan cheese
enough pasta for 6 people... I used a package and a half (~ 27 oz) of spaghetti
1 cupish reserved pasta water
As you can tell from my ingredients list I'm a "little bit of this and a little bit of that chief"... I measure NOTHING! Except of course when I'm baking. Measuring is a given when baking. No choice really. But! Feel free to adapt this recipe in anyway you like. That's what recipes are for in my opinion. Adaption.
Boil a large pan of water, salt it WELL and drop your pasta. Half the sausages, remove their casing and cut into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces. Put in a hot pan with the butter. Cook until almost done. Add the garlic, shrimp and tomatoes. Cook until the shrimp are almost done then add the drained pasta and most of the parsley (or carrot tops! :) ) Mix the pasta in with the "sauce" and add the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce and coat all the pasta.
Transfer to your serving dish and top with the remainder parsley and Parmesan. To make the ribbons: use your potato peeler and "peel" off ribbons of the parm!
That's it! You're done!
This dish really only takes as long as the pasta takes to cook. So 15 minutes or less! Woohoo! And it's so pretty done- it really is company worthy.
O!! p.s.: My mod podged picture frame from the other day? It unbubbled it's self as it dried. YAY!
Friday, July 24, 2009
I have gotten SOOO much inspiration from a bunch of different crafty blogs though. I've been so engrossed in them that, until today, I've done nothing about it. Finally, I decided to get up, get out my Mod Podge stuff and get to work on a picture frame project that I've had waiting for me for months.
Unfortunately, it didn't turn out quite the way I had hoped. It bubbled a little. I'll live, but when things aren't perfect it bugs me. Mod Podge is harder to fix then, say, crochet. With crochet if something isn't up to my specifications I can rip it out and start over from the mistake. Glue doesn't let you 'rip it out'. Because it rips. And then it's ruined. So BOO for not putting enough glue down in the first place. If I'd done that it wouldn't have bubbled when I put the 'Podge on the top.
O-well. I guess progress is progress. I've seen a couple sewing projects that I'm thinking about tackling... Hopefully I can use today as a spring board of motivation for tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thus the title. I happen to have a deep abiding love of ballet shoes and yarn and (crochet) hooks and books. So as a beginning:
My favorite things; a list.
anne of green gables
This list is by no means all inclusive...