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February 21, 2008

favorite non-food related bits of our trip:

shadow motel program contains graphic nature.

a little snippet blue drippages

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February 19, 2008

we’re back

we're baaaaaaaaack

The hubby & I spent the past weekend in Vancouver. We ate at some really good places!

Photos to come!

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February 11, 2008

in the past few days….

 I made us cinnamon sugar pancakes to celebrate a sunny Saturday morning:

happy saturday

I made a mixed berry sauce & topped them with maple syrup and butterrrrrrrr……..

pancakes are fun

so good!  i licked my plate clean:

a pancake was murdered here

-went to Ikea (bought mirror & awesome napkins)

-went to Home Depot for supplies

-had another frozen yogurt experience at Fraiche with my neighbors (yum! they loved it too!)

-went out for Indian food on Saturday night (so good! note to self- don’t eat Indian food that late AGAIN!)

-spent Sunday afternoon with a friend and had a little photo excursion while running errands

here’s some highlights:

no one talks to her

shoes

heart

painted over graffiti sometimes produces nice results

hi

color alley

and then we had some crepes at Ti Couz in the mission.  Love that place!

Here’s my mushroom crepe:

mushroom crepe

and a minty lemonade…..

lemon mint press

…and we stopped at Bittersweet and had some SUGAR:

mini cupcake

hardest ginger snap EVER

choco chai

It was a good/busy weekend.

We also watched most of the first season of 30 Rock (hilarious)

Did you have some good eats this weekend too?

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February 5, 2008

02.05.08

Three things that helped me get through the day:

1. Tea with an old neighbor in my old ‘hood

2. Dinner courtesy of my mom. I heated up frozen sauce & meatballs my mom gave me. Her handwriting on the outside of the ziploc was soo cute! She wrote the meatball count: 12

spaghetti & meatballs!

I love her. She makes us chocolate suckers and sends them in the mail!

These are for Valentines Day:

my mom makes us valentine's candy

3. I started my morning with some yummy coffee & watched the squirrels play around the backyard

a glimpse of sun today

just another sunday

the anticipation kills me

so basically—Tea, Coffee & Meatballs helped me get through the day!

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February 4, 2008

mmmbreakfast

note to self: make more breakfasts like this one!

ingredients:

honey/cinnamon kashi with raspberries, a splash of half & half….and a drizzle of wildflower honey:

sunday breakfast

the secret: I added frozen raspberries to help cool down the oatmeal.  They melt right away! mmm

honey!

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January 28, 2008

this weekend’s eats

JUICE!  I bought a juicer a few weeks ago- remember?  I’ve juiced every day since!  Honestly!  I love it.  There’s actually been several days where I’ve juiced in the morning & in the evening.  It’s the perfect toy for me to play with in the kitchen, as I am the type of person who likes to experiment!  (sometimes a little too much)

On Saturday morning I made a tangerine, beet, celery, ginger & carrot juice.  Tasty! Refreshing!

juice of the day

SOYRIZO!  I love soyrizo.  I’m pretty sure you will too.   It has wonderful flavors and it’s especially good when you burn it in a skillet. (at least I think so)

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January 24, 2008

Tiramisu!

i'll have a third helping, thank you.

Yesterday I spent about 3 hours trying to think of what dessert I was going to make for this week’s Project Runway Girls Night. It wasn’t until I was 3 minutes away from home that the idea came to me. TIRAMISU! And the best part…I had all the ingredients waiting for me in the kitchen!

I ran home and immediately started my online recipe search. I had less than an hour to pull it all together, so I went right to Martha Stewart’s EVERYDAY FOOD site and searched.

Below, you will find my version of the recipe. I decided to use mascarpone cheese instead of cream cheese to make it more authentic.

Ingredients:

  • 2 3oz. packages ladyfingers
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 8oz. container mascarpone
  • 3 tablespoons instant espresso
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 splash coffee flavored vodka (Kahlua would be fun too)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • a bunch of bittersweet chocolate shavings

Put the 3 tablespoons of instant espresso in a medium bowl combine with 3 tablespoons of boiling water. Stir until the espresso powder completely dissolved. Add the 1 1/2 cups of water and the splash of booze. Stir!

Meanwhile, whip the cream with the 1/2 cup of sugar. When you have made whipped cream, add the mascarpone and stir it up! Try not to take too many tastes, because you might get stressed at the assembly part and think you may not have enough! (I’m serious)

In the dish/bowl/serving container you are using put 3 heaping tablespoons of the cream on the bottom. Dunk each ladyfinger in the coffee mixture for less than a second. Layer them on top of the cream in the dish. When you are done with the first layer, add more cream on top. It’s like you are making a lasagna! Now continue with your second layer. Top that with the last of your cream. With the help of a potato peeler, and shave a hunk of bittersweet chocolate on top. If you do not have a hunk of bittersweet chocolate lying around like I do…. Dust the top with cocoa powder.

I let this sit in the fridge for about 45 minutes and then brought it over to my friends house. We ate it about 3 hours later and it was scrumptious! It took about 20 minutes to assemble (phew!).

Here’s a shot of the layering process:

i'm slightly ocd

Up close on the shavings-

sexy chocolate shavings

Here’s the layered dish:

layered with CREAM!