Thursday, April 17, 2014

thursday things

1. Playing (slash babysitting) a 20 month old means tons of bubbles, tons of swings, and tons of playground time. Definitely worse ways to spend your time :)

2. Other than that, my favorite candy store in the world opened in LA! Whenever I was in NYC I would go to Sockerbit and they just opened (as in Tuesday night) their LA location. Literally SO EXCITED AND HAPPY. Going to eat all the candies.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let's Do Lunch: Veggie Quinoa Sliders

I made adorable little crispy veggie quinoa sliders.

It's a fact that everything is cuter when in miniature. Babies? Way cuter than most adults. Plus even their tantrums could be considered cute. Once you grow up it's just pathetic. Puppies and kittens? Generally cuter than dogs and cats (except for Molly - she's always adorable). Mini cakes and cupcakes? Pretty darn cute. Miniature bowls and spoons? Cuter than huge dishware. So, by that logic, little quinoa sliders are definitely cuter than big burger sized patties.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

When I try and think what sort of baked goods I want to share with all of you, I can get a little overwhelmed. There's SO much out there I want to create and share. I literally have pages in a notebook with recipe ideas separated into categories - cakes, cupcakes, donuts, muffins, breads, glazes, etc. But when it comes down to actually making something? I can't decide. I'll sit staring at all my cookbooks, at all of the lists, and I just can't pick something. I want it to be something worthy, something that maybe you wouldn't think about or something that I've never done before. Sometimes it can be something I've done a thousand times before and want to share a personal favorite. It's different every time.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Chocolate Cake for Two with Salted Caramel Frosting

I love cake. I don't make them a lot because they can be pretty time consuming with the multiple layers, the crumb coat, the frosting, the chilling, and all the steps. I've become a fan of the rustic look, where you see the cake layers and just frost the tops so it doesn't have to be perfect. Even so, having a 3 layer cake can be a little excessive sometimes. Mostly because I will eat the whole cake, regardless of size.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

thursday things

1. I've had a very social week. Last Thursday there was a Wesleyan event at a Beer Garden with all sorts of sausage, french fries, and delicious free beer served in Mason Jars. And this past weekend, I was in Vegas visiting Ryan and one of my best friends who was in town for a work conference. That picture up there? Minions were on the Strip which I thought was hysterical and also loved, because I love minions. We walked around, split one of those Fat Tuesday margaritas, watched the fountains, and   walked through a ton of the hotels/casinos (she had never been).

2. I watched the season 4 premier of Game of Thrones and I'm so excited for this season! Reading this article on buzzfeed about 49 things you never knew about Game of Thrones was definitely interesting.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let's Do Lunch: Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese

Spinach and Artichoke is one delicious combination. It's most notorious in dip form, but I've put it on pizza, I've put it in pasta, and now I've put it inside a grilled cheese sandwich. And let me tell you, it was a wonderful decision.

If I'm going to be honest, I haven't had a grilled cheese sandwich in god knows how long. I don't think I've made one for myself since moving to Los Angeles over a year ago, and before that? I'm not sure.. We used to have these amazing grilled cheeses at school in the dining hall and it was definitely a treat to have one because, well, they were COATED in butter. I love butter but still.. I couldn't do one of those every day.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blueberry & Lemon Brown Sugar Muffins

This week has been an interesting week. First of all, How I Met Your Mother is over. I watched the finale Monday night after work and I liked it. I know the reactions have been pretty divided, but I liked it. I've always liked and appreciated how the show, despite being a comedy, also kept it real. They never shied away, like with getting left at the altar, Marshall's dad dying, Robin being infertile, etc. While I wish there was more of a storybook ending, I can like the way they ended it. Obviously I wish that it wasn't over and that the last episode turned out to actually last over many more episodes, but what can you do.

I also started my quest to shop for cute blog props and promptly spent an hour in TJ Maxx staring at all the cute little pots, pans, plates, accessories. I kept it simple, but it's fun looking at things and imagining what I would put in there. So many choices!