Monthly Archives: September 2014

Things…

Alright so things that are going on as of late:

Rose Water. Never seen or have made or have ever needed it. But apparently, I can add it to icing to make goods even tastier. I want to try it, so I think I’m going to go all in and buy a few roses and see what I can make of it. Wish me luck!

Construction. They recently diverted traffic on the bridge over the major highway to one lane on both sides, and it is the absolute worst. If I decide to sleep-in in the morning, then I still have to leave for work an hour and a half early to make it there in time. If I leave 20 minutes later I’m just destined to be late.

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Muffins. I really want to make muffins. Healthy ones. Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon muffins. I want to make them on a weekend, you know. for the week. But I don’t think that something that simple was ever done. I don’t just mean muffins in general. I mean the task of getting-something-done-on-a-weekend-for-the-week is just never done in my apartment. I’ve been trying to return empties to the beer store now for 3 weeks (exhibit of me tripping over bottles that I have tripped over day after day because I put them near the door, to further help the escape of our apartment). Point and case.

Sailor Moon. I’ve finished watching the specific Sailor Moon episodes and it was wonderful, but I pouted at the end like a four year old. **Spoiler Alert** (So we’re just going to go back to the very beginning…so you can go ahead and watch it all over again). Grumble grumble. Oh well, at least there are many more episodes of Sailor Moon R, and Sailor Moon S, etc, etc. in the meantime to keep me occupied, and continually obsessed.

Nerdy Nummies. Speaking of sailor moon… Just when I was into it, she made Transformation brooch cookies! Definitely have watched this youtuber since I discovered it a year ago. You can watch this episode here.

Gym, bootcampy goodness. Apparently I like torture. Enough to keep up with my “bootcamp homework assignments”. Hello 7 am dumbbells. Also, we get this cute little booklet to write everything down in, and these are pretty much my thoughts on the whole thing.

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Thanksgiving. Also going to be known as how to keep a second year student busy for a week. My boyfriend’s sister is spending Thanksgiving with us, and is spending the subsequent reading week with us as well. Which firstly means that we need to clean up Nick’s Computer Room (oh yeah! said with waaaaay too much sarcasm). Secondly means that I also get to take a day off of work, and play hookey with her (that actual yay with no sarcasm…promise). Also turkey, and picky stuffing eaters. Like it HAS to be a certain way NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. It is the end of the world if this stuffing is not cooked to perfection (also no raisins, which is against my french canadian religion). Did I mention that we’re in a 2 bedroom apartment? With no kitchen table and a make believe sofa (fouton)? So turkey in front of the tv watching netflix it is!

Decorations. Not Halloween ones. No, I found Christmas lights, and Snowmen..

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

An oldie buy a goodie!

This week it got really cold here, and it was all of a sudden: Fall. Boots, Scarves, light jackets and pumpkin spice lattes. So instead of making soup or chili or anything with pumpkin (which I haven’t  been hit in the face with yet, thank goodness), I decided on traditional chewy gooey cookies. But as much as regular chocolate chip cookies are great, if you don’t add anything to the dough that is relatively healthy (read: yes instant oats are healthy…totally) then they are a little guilty. So in goes the oatmeal to help me with the my food conscious 😉

Anyways, the milk you see there is almond, unsweetened, and was really good with this cookie. I highly recommend the pairing! Also this is super easy, and by easy, I mean easy to make and easy to consume.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 vegan margarine (or butter)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp
  • 1½ cup instant oats
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In bowl beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture. Stir in oats. Stir in chocolate chips,
  2. Measure cooking dough to be about 1 tbsp, and roll into ball. Place on cookie sheet (parchement paper lined or baking matt suggested), and flatten with your hand, into little disks. Place about 2 inches apart for spreading.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees until edges are golden brown, about 8 mins (give or take 2). Let cool on baking sheet for at least 5 mins, and transfer to cooling rack.

 

Actual quote from nick after stealing a cookie:”I should have asked…but all I thought was cookie! and nom nom nom nom.”

Monday Madness

So I wanted to add some flavor to this space, besides just food. Not that food isn’t amazing, (I love it soooo much), but there are other sides to me than that of food and baking.

I wanted to show you what I do on my time off, and when I’m not dreaming up Oscar the Oven Mitt drawings and cleaning my kitchen, this is what you can typically find me doing.

I volunteer with a sports organization which takes up a lot of my spare time in the winter. Yay sports!

Also I am happy to say that I am a nerd/geek/science fiction enthusiast (whichever way you want to mention it.) For example you will find an entire bookshelf decked out with Star Wars/Mario and other franchise gear. Also I have a small obsession with tiny robots. I think they’re cute! Which is why, if you check out my Pinterest boards, you will find an entire board dedicated to cute little robots.

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See what I’m talking about? It’s so cute!

Also in light of the new Sailor Moon Crystal coming out, I have watched that, as well as gone back and watched the anime version from the beginning. Which at first always seems a little ridiculous, because you’re watching Sailor Moon, but I’m on episode 33 at the moment and it’s really drawing me in. Damn you Tuxedo Mask and your suaveness!

If you’re interested you can find episodes from the very beginning here.

But I love how it is classically animated (tear drops and cartoon animation alike). So find cute little Luna and Artemis earrings here.

 

Currant Sugar Cookies

So I know its been a while. But there are a few things going on from behind the scenes that I am happy to report about.

I will have a mascot soon! I am so excited 😀 He is going to be the most adorable little thing on the planet and he’s already made my week. That being said, I am hoping that with a little time I can have a better web design and also the little guy to show you. Props to my friend Toni and her awesome drawing skills.

In the meantime, I’m doing my best to make sure you guys get more content and more tasty things to make. I made some cookies. And these cookies were unexpectedly good. Like I made them because I had the things in my pantry, but I wasn’t thinking that these were going to be the most amazing things in the world.

These cookies surprised me big time. The little currants in the sugar cookie add a special little sweetness to them, that they are just a powerhouse of tasty flavor.

IMG_0329Sorry for the potato of a photo, but these were going in a container to be brought to work. And they were GONE!

Current Sugar Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter or vegan margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • pich salt
  • ¼ dried currants
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy, beat in egg and vanilla.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions.
  3. Stir in currants,
  4. Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or 24 hours make-ahead).
  5. Let stand at room temperature until soft enough to roll out (about 15 mins).
  6. Between waxed paper, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness. With a medium cookie cutter of choice (I chose a scone cutter because it was cute and round.) Place about 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake one sheet at a time at 375 degrees until the bottoms are a pale golden (about 8 mins).
  8. Let cool on baking sheet for 1 min, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

 

If you’re feeling like the sweetness of the cookies themselves isn’t enough, they could also work nicely with some brown butter frosting. Be albeit me to tell you what to do with your cookies. 😉