The last day of April brings some of my favorite things. Not surprising, two of my favorites were birthday gifts I received at the end of March. I hope you enjoy my favorite things as much as I do, just a few things that make me smile....
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
My Beef Bourguignon (adapted from Fresh Taste) might not be the most delicious dish but the slow cooked beef & crispy potatoes was a worthy attempt at a classic. Luckily, I had the afternoon at home to give this dish the required time to simmer for hours and it was worth every minute....
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Almost Famous Cinnamon Rolls the key diference being: Brown Sugar! I have never made Cinnamon Rolls before. The closest I've come is popping open a Pillsbury can. I thought it was time to give it a try, I made sure I had a few hours to dedicate to the process. The dough is what worried me the most, I pictured a burnt outside and completely doughy center or hard as a rock, rival only to the worst of Christmas fruit cakes. Luckily, for me and my taste testers these fears were not realized.
What do you like to add to your Cinnamon Rolls?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Artichokes, but I've even started eating those with Olive Oil instead. I tried to come up with a few substitutes to turn the idea of a sandwich in to one I would actually eat. I decided to switch them out for Baby Bok Choy (for the fresh crunch) and Greek Yogurt (something creamy but a little healthier). I shared a sandwich with my boyfriend and he forgot I made the substitutions, he liked it just as much and I was saved from the dreaded Celery and Mayo.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sometimes craftiness doesn't go as planned. I was watching an episode of Restaurant Impossible, the designer on the episode described how to transfer an image to plywood using gel medium. She made it sound so simple. Apply acrylic gel medium, place image, let it dry, dampen the paper & rub away the pulp. Sounds easy enough. Here's my attempt at what should have been a simple craft.
Monday, April 15, 2013
My adorable niece is almost 2! This picture is a a little outdated but it's one of my favorites. Her birthday is coming up this summer and I've had the chance to work on some fun projects these past few years (her mom is the lovely Michaela at Covered in Mod Podge, and my bestest friend from high school). I started with her birth announcement, a little nursery decor, her dedication, family christmas card and her first birthday invitation.
I thought I would share a few of the things I've put together for Miss Emma Madison in her first year!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A Handful of Spinach
1 Pear, Thinly Sliced
Walnuts, Roughly Chopped
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Burgers and you want to make a fancy Steak Sandwich with Brie? A BBQ Brie Burger!! This was a delicious compromise that came together in the grocery aisle. It was a nice sunny day, perfect for grilling Burgers, and with the start of baseball it almost feels like summer!
Monday, April 8, 2013
Covered in Mod Podge, the Grant life & Covered in Grace.
I was paired with the darling Jaimie @ ROXYLOVE. We've been writing back and forth and I've really enjoyed my big kid penpal time. I did a little research on her blog to figure out what to send her. I adore the Jewelry she makes, she has such a great eye for putting pieces together. Her 'Life Lately' posts frequently feature a very handsom little man. And, I noticed a recent post where she showed off her latest craze: scrapbooking! This seemed like the perfect choice for this creative exchange. So, I began gathering supplies....
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Did you know you can make risotto like rice?! Like bring liquid to a boil, add arborio rice, lower heat, wait 20 minutes....and DONE! It's not glamorous but there's no laborious stirring and adding just the right amount of liquid each time. It's less likely to burn this way as it cooks over a lower heat, stir it a few times just to be sure. I made this in about 30 minutes this week when I got home late one night and it hit the spot!
Serious Eats post and used it as inspiration. Add as much or as little Sweet Chile & Sriracha, I like it hot but I err'ed on the side of mild with this recipe. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
There's a delicious new post up at The Breakfest Hub this morning. Go take a look at the Mascarpone French Toast & Mixed Berry Syrup I made last weekend for Easter!
Sunset Magazine (May 2012) and it's a lovely combination of creamy mascarpone, berries & bread (mmmm bread). I didn't find the bread I was looking for at the grocery, so I made this loaf the night before. The majority of this recipe can be made beforehand (this works well if you like sleeping in!) all I had to do in the morning was reheat the syrup, assemble & panfrying the French Toast. I can't say this is a particularly healthy meal but it was so good, the plates were licked clean.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
On Easter Sunday the San Diego looked a little like this, blue skies and sunshine. My day started with some French Toast, and I honestly thought that was going to be the highlight, it was really good French Toast. My boyfriend suggested a bike ride in La Jolla, there's a beautiful beach and a whole lot of ocean to see. The only problem, small problem really, is the BIG hill between my apartment & the sandy shore.
View from the top of the hill.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography & Caroline's Seaside Cafe.
A few reflection pictures at the bottom of the hill.
Lunch at Puesto, Mexican Street Food on top of another hill.
After lunch we sat on the grass and enjoyed the sunshine a little more.
The only downside was the up hill required to get back.
(Notice there are no 'after' pictures showcasing our sweat, exhaustion and my sunburnt arms.)