Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Remember those chocolate croissants I made a while back?
Here's a refresher:
Here's a refresher:
Well, I am happy to tell you that my recipe was featured as a guest post over on the Tried and True blog! Because Vanessa is taking a little maternity leave from her blog, she is featuring tutorials from guest bloggers - if you have one you want featured just email her - it really was that simple.
Posted by Fudge at 11:55 AM
Friday, May 27, 2011
Is it summer yet? As far as I can tell, it definitely is. What I'm worried about is the fact that people keep telling me that this is the "nice season" here. 90˚ with 91% humidity is not nice.
Anyway, my favorite part about summer is camping. And I especially like to camp when our meals include more than just rice and oatmeal.
Sometimes when we are feeling extra fancy we pack marshmallows!
Now, if you're wondering what you should do with that buttermilk that you made, look no further! Mix up some biscuits, smother with that homemade butter and top with some raspberry jam.
recipe adapted from Alton Brown
2 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. shortening
3/4 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. heavy cream*
*You can substitute heavy cream and use full 1 c. buttermilk instead.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
But did you know you can make it? Yes, it's kind of a pain. Yes, it's easier to go to the store. But you can make it. Plus, you get the best byproduct ever: butter!
When I went home, I basically forgot about my "Paint the Moon; Let's do 52 Challenge." I was still taking pictures the whole time, they just weren't exactly directed at the themes. Anyway, here are two of the weeks that I missed. I am still a week behind but I'll get there :)
Week 18 - Mother/Story Week 19 - A Slice of Everyday Life
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
You know what's great? Sandwiches. You know what's better than sandwiches? Grilled sandwiches. Know why? 'Cause somehow the mere fact that the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy transforms this lunchtime option into a completely viable dinner choice.
Plus they're easy.
The other day when we were at the grocery store, I thought I got all of the right ingredients for a reuben. Turns out I got pretty much everything wrong except the sauerkraut. Anyway, here is my version that was equally delicious :)
Sliced Pumpernickel Bread
Deli Roast Beef
Thousand Island Dressing
Butter the outsides of the bread. Layer with meat, cheese, sauerkraut and dressing. Grill on a skillet until cheese is melted and the bread is nice and crispy!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sure, I like to make homemade cakes and cupcakes from scratch, but I also like to mix together a box that Betty Crocker has prepared for me with some eggs, oil, and water and have cake in 20 minutes that I know will come out well. Especially when I am giving the cupcakes to someone else for their birthday.
Monday, May 23, 2011
sister got to come to NYC for work for a couple of days last week and for less than the cost of her taxi ride from the airport to her hotel in Manhattan, I got a roundtrip bus ride from DC to New York. I do love the public transit out East. I am glad I didn't try to drive myself! Austin and I complain a lot about DC traffic, but it is really nothing compared to New York. Sure, our bus driver hit the toll booth but who's to blame him...that's a small hole for a big bus to fit through.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Right after I got off the plane from Utah, Austin picked me up and we headed back west. West Virginia that is. We spent the weekend at the New River Gorge climbing and camping. It was a completely different landscape than the areas that we are used to climbing in but it was beautiful in its own right.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Today is probably going to be the best Cinco de Mayo I've ever had! Yes, even though I have to sit on a train for an hour and then a bus for a half hour and then a plane for 4 and a half hours...it's still going to be great because at the end of the day I will be back West! Back West where people open doors for each other, and say excuse me and thank you...oh and they make eye contact! Can't wait!
Posted by Fudge at 10:42 AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Now that we've got that settled: I made a toy. Shaped like an elephant. For my cat. I filled it with catnip to make sure that she will like it. If you are as bored as I am click here to see how to make one for yourself.
After our day in Rehoboth, we found our campsite in Cape Henlopen State Park. The park was nice and we were happy to not be surrounded by RVs. One problem we had was with the campers across from us. Apparently, Smoky the Bear doesn't visit Delaware, or people are under the impression that "only you and your neighboring campers can prevent wildfires." So they just left their foot-tall flames a-blazing as they went to sleep on their big air mattress in their giant Coleman tent that was the size of our Salt Lake apartment.
Anyway, we didn't get burned alive which was a good thing or else we wouldn't have gotten to visit the secluded beach. Sure, we had to hop a fence to get there, but it was worth it! It was quiet, the sand was soft, there were good shells to collect, and we got to see at least a dozen dolphins swimming by!
Late morning, we left the campground and drove down highway 1 to Ocean City, Maryland. We read about a kite festival there for the weekend (supposedly one of the biggest in the world, which makes you wonder if the other ones are really just a guy outside with his kite). They did have this gigantic whale kite though which was later beached.
Once the storms rolled in, we headed back to the city this time ignoring Daniel's directions and cutting 1:40 off our estimated time of arrival.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Friday as I was sitting around doing nothing, I decided to look up the weather at the beach for the weekend, then I found us a campsite...then I found out if Austin was interested.