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September 28, 2008

halloween is in the air!

I was anticipating that I wouldn’t get the opportunity to decorate my house for Halloween this year since I have a little sprout on the way…but since I’m on maternity leave I was able to get the mantle done and a few things put up around the house.

There’s one week left til baby is “expected” to make his arrival!!!

Thanks to Martha Stewart’s Crafts over at Michael’s and a little help from Target…I was able to this off. It’s so much fun!

especially you!

overview...

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September 25, 2008

why i love living in the burbs:

cookbook + apples = apple crisp!

When we bought a house in the burbs two years ago, I REALLY REALLY missed living in San Francisco. It was extremely hard to not have access to all of the awesome restaurants, museums, shops, markets, and of course–my friends! It also was hard getting used to the fact that everything around here closes so damn early.

One of the many pros of living in the ‘burbs is that I have a neighbor who spends most of her day tending to her garden. She grows TONS of veggies & fruits and leaves us bags of her latest harvest in our side yard.

Yesterday I found a large bag filled with apples just waiting for me to pillage! What perfect timing…I was just pining over autumnal dessert recipes while resting on the couch!!!!

So last night I made an apple crisp for this week’s Project Runway get together!

I started with a recipe from The Joy of Cooking cookbook…then decided to add a oatmeal and walnuts to make it a little more hearty. The good part is that adding those ingredients made more topping- which to me is the BEST part šŸ˜‰

Apple Crisp:
serves about 8 or 4 REALLY pregnant women

-8 large apples (peeled & chopped into 1 inch pieces)
-10 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into small cubes)
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-3/4 cup flour
-3/4 cup sugar (lessen amount if the apples are sweet)
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash, peel & chop apples.
Line the bottom of an oven proof baking dish with them.

peelage

CHOP CHOP CHOP

2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add cubes of butter and with a pastry cutter (two knives will work if you don’t have one), cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have chunky crumbs. Add the walnuts and coat them thoroughly with the mixture.

cut in that butter

3. Spread crumb mixture on top of apples. Put in the lower 1/3 of your oven and bake 50-55 minutes until crisp is brown and the apples are bubbling.

i added walnuts..

Take the crisp out of oven and let it rest for a bit. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Oh HOLY YUM!!

I even had some for breakfast this morning!

can't think of a better breakfast

Now get up and make some! You won’t regret it!

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September 15, 2008

dear future child,

This is your mom speaking. You are due to arrive in give-or-take 3 weeks!!! Yikes. I am equally prepared and not prepared for your arrival.

This past weekend I ate almost a whole loaf of challah bread. I am TOTALLY convinced you loved EVERY second of it. Didn’t you? I know I did. How could you not? I felt guilty for 2.5 seconds and then realized that I have a bun (that’s you!) in the oven. A bun who will smile at me one day and be a carb addict just like his momma. So I guess it was worth the sacrifice. You will probably be the child who has eaten half the loaf of french bread before the clerk passes the barcode through the scanner…. Just don’t be that kid who eats all of the bread I was going to serve company! That kid makes mommies unhappy.

Besides the challah fiasco…you also went out to dinner with your grandparents, your dad, and your cousins Elaine & Bruce.

This is what you ate:

crab salad on a brioche

sweet corn soup

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September 13, 2008

food fantasy actualized:

dreamed of a turkey meatloaf sandwich...then made it!

I parked myself on the couch this morning and watched some quality Food Network TV. I NEEDED to make myself a Turkey Meatloaf sandwich STAT.

The Turkey Meatloaf sandwich with onions, lettuce, ketchup & mustard I dreamed of came to fruition!
Food Fantasy actualized in above picture! Damn that feels good.

So at this point…baby room is about 99% done.

Freezer contains:
-Cornbread
-4 bean burritos
-Turkey Meatloaf
-Chili
-a Loaf of Sourdough Bread

I hope to add:
-Sausage Soup
-Curry Zucchini Soup
-Green Curry with Shrimp
-Banana Bread (or zucchini if I don’t get around to the soup part)

perhaps by the end of the week?

Thanks for the food suggestions!

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September 10, 2008

i’m still here!

mobile i made

I’m around…but I’m nesting! Here’s a little snippet from the bebe room. This goes over his crib šŸ˜‰
Contemplating all the meals I should make ahead & freeze. Got any ideas?

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September 1, 2008

the “reveal”

the kitchen before photo

For all of you that know me…it’s obvious why I wouldn’t like this kitchen right? I am a high contrast- B&W with bold colors type of person. I am not a warm tone….autumn colored person. I consider a panda my “power” animal for obvious reasons- because not only are they cute, but they go with EVERYTHING!

(excuse the mess above…hubby took the picture…right before he took off all the cabinets….he doesn’t have an eye for these things)

and now we have the AFTER!!!!!!

shazam!!  new kitchen

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August 27, 2008

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

the last three!

(cute plate purchased over at www.frecklewonder.com–thanks jenny!)

Please believe me when I say that I am an aficionado when it comes to Oatmeal Raisin cookies!!!! I LOVE them!!! They are simply my all-time favorite #1 cookie. I would take one over ANY cookie…ANY day…Well…maybe if you put a huge chewy ginger molasses cookie in my face I might be tempted…

I was flipping through this month’s issue of EVERYDAY FOOD. They have a lot of the side dishes that I marked to try. Not a lot of the main dishes tempted me cuz we don’t eat pork chops in my household. Never have…Never will. The last page was OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES. HOLY SCHNITZEL. They were calling my name! I looked through the recipe and saw that I had EVERYTHING I needed to make them with. How awesome is that? Don’t you love it when that happens?

i actually ate raw batter! shh. don't tell anyone!

So below you will find the recipe. It’s really simple & classic. I am amazed that there wasn’t a whole stick of butter because they taste SOOO buttery. YUM. I confess that I prolly ate about 10 of them. What can I say? My baby likes them too. He gets that from his momma. I hope you try these because I know they will be a hit for you! Next time I might add some nuts to see how it goes.

Happy cookie making!
xoxoxo

fresh outta the oven.  you TOTALLY know I ate the missing one- right??

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Recipe- from EVERYDAY FOOD

-1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
-1/2 cup all purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
-1/2 cup raisins
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt (i actually made it 1 whole teaspoon because I love sweet/salty cookies)
-6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
-1/2 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
-1/4 cup granulated sugar
-1 large egg
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl whisk together oats, flour, raisins, baking soda and salt; set aside. Using an electric mixers, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until combined. Gradually add oat mixture; beat just until combined.

2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies are golden brown but still soft. (12-16 minutes) Cool for 5 minutes on the sheet; transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe makes about 24.