Friday, October 29, 2010

I'll Admit...

I'll Admit...

That I really do like Taylor Swift

That my eyebrows need a good wax or a pluck in a BAD way

That caffeine is my drug of choice

That I sing really, really loud when I'm driving by myself

That no matter how well I know a song, I get the lyrics confused

That I have argued multiple times that Kanye West is a Christian

That if I can't find one of my belongings I'll accuse people of stealing...and then I'll find it under my bed

That my hands are currently stained purple

That the song "Yeah" by Usher really makes me wanna dance...and I do know all the words.

That I made some delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup this week.

Yeah, yeah, yeah...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bagels

Last night I had a dream that I ran a 5k. Like my other running experiences, I was left running by myself. And then...I got lost!  I couldn't find the finish line. I was all by myself, walking (at this point) around trying to figure out where I was. This makes sense because one of my running fears is that I won't make it to the finish line...I'll just keel over... or stop at the nearest Panera to get a bagel.

Bagels are delicious.

Especially when you make them yourself.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Good Fall Hair Day


I'm not sure if you've caught on yet...but I LOVE Fall! I am ready for it! The Fam (this is a direct reference to What About Bob? "The Fam's" favorite movie)  came for a weekend visit and my home was turned into an Autumn meadow.... (couldn't think of an autumn equivalent to "winter wonderland")
To continue the festive mood...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The War of 1812

The other night I was awoken by my cute husband rambling on about the War of 1812 and all the peace treaties that were involved. Huh? Who knows anything about the war of 1812? And who sleep talks about it? Halfway through his personal dialogue he stops, touches my knee and says, "And you need to shave in the morning." Are you kidding me? Say that to my face, when you're awake.

I've got to tell you, one concern I have living in Florida, is that I'll have to shave an entire year...straight through. I really need a winter break where my pale, unshaven, dry legs can hide under jeans and leggings. And, no matter how hard you work at shaving, whenever you get in the car and look down at your knees there is always little pricklies (I made this word up) that somehow escaped your razor.

Oh Florida, where art thou seasons? (Old English makes everything more dramatic).

Regardless of the lack of seasons, the weather is perfect here. So to celebrate "fall" you decorate your house, and make season appropriate foods. Like...

Caramel covered candied apples!

But why stop at caramel?

Why not cover them in milk chocolate and sprinkle with nuts and white chocolate?

Why not?

It's delicious.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fall Break

Since I am in school again, I get a Fall Break again! Now that is good stuff. Here are a few highlights from my trip to Tennessee...

S'mores

Hayride through Cades Cove

The Smokey Mountains

A lot of fall decorations

Blake Shelton Concert

I saw Sherry from The Biggest Loser!!  And she was wearing pink too. She looked right at me!

And a lot of time with family and friends! I love fall break.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pumpkin equals Fall, or so I've heard

"The color, smell and taste of pumpkin equals fall." Says Jamie Lothridge, random person and avid baker, who evidently was in quite a panic at the thought of another year with a shortage of canned pumpkin (from USA Today Article).  Jamie stockpiled over 25 cans of pumpkin and her ration was about up when the shortage finally came to an end. Phew! Crisis adverted for Jamie the avid baker. Now, I don't mean to make fun, because poor Alexa Gallagher, random person and Philadelphia resident, was forced to make her favorite fall desserts with butternut squash last year, and that's just wrong. 

Now, I don't consider myself an avid baker. But I do agree with Jamie, pumpkin equals fall (not butternut squash). And Thanksgiving with no pumpkin pie would be a travesty. As Pia Rappaport, random person and pumpkin ravioli eater (?) says, "I would be worried if there was a shortage, it's not like there is this huge market you can turn to for canned pumpkins."

Well put Pia, well put.

So, to celebrate the ending of the pumpkin shortage and the beginning of fall, I made Pumpkin Cupcakes. And can I please tell you, these were the BEST cupcakes EVER! Please have a fall party and make them (since its been confirmed, in case you missed it, no pumpkin shortage).

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
From Brown Eyed Baker and Martha Stewart


Cupcakes:
4 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2½ cups packed light-brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1½ cups canned pumpkin (not pie filling)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and brown sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and beating until just combined. Add pumpkin; beat until just combined.

Pour batter into cupcake pan, each about three-quarters full. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from Oven and let cupcakes cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pan and place onto racks and cool completely.


For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound (4 cups) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract


With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add sugar, a little at a time, and then vanilla, and mix until smooth and combined. Try not to eat the entire bowl.
Die of happiness. Be thankful for the end of the horrible pumpkin shortage.

Happy Fall!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

No Baking Required

I woke up early today.

I made coffee and 6:30 a.m.

I poured my half and half in my coffee as I was ready to head out the door at 6:50.

There were lumps in my coffee. 

I poured my coffee out.

The expiration date was October 25th.

That's just not cool. 

I took a ridiculously hard midterm.

I left my brain in a pathetic puddle in the library.

Bradley is suppose to pick it up for me tomorrow.

I wanted something sweet with minimal effort.

No-Bake Cookies.

My day just got better.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sushi Time!

So I was studying hard when I stumbled across this little video and I thought I'd share!





If this video has inspired you to make sushi...here is an a easy, step by step guide by yours truly.