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Ah, that’s better…

After a week of driving myself crazy with nonsense, this week has been a breath of fresh air!  Great meetings, new starts, busy house, a happy kid, easy homework load. 

Granted it’s only a Wednesday, but I’ll take it.  Maybe the promise of fall has put a spring (no pun intended) in my step.  The thought of making pumpkin bread has had me excited all day…on second thought, I may need a bigger social life heh. 

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Putting this in “things I love” promptly…

I almost screeched out loud – such perfection! 

A stunner from Cake Lava

Love the colors and how it needs nothing but itself!  Possibly so shocking when I was enjoying some Wrecks.

On another baking note, I’m kind of set of visiting the Baking Institute in SF, though not sure how my chauffeur will feel about the detour.  I just want to absorb some perfection (and aroma of the weekend bread classes).

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2010 in Random

 

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Pearls and high heels.

Turns out I love all the things I ran from, and wish I could have. Go figure. I like being home with my kid. Happiest putting away the laundry, making a casserole, baking a pie.

Yes, a pie makes dinner perfect.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2009 in At Home, In The Kitchen

 

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xoxo

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Aren’t those the cutest candy hearts?  Too bad they all taste like TUMS to me.  I’ve been bitten with the baking bug – finally, haven’t made a thing beyond microwave popcorn in months –  I’m off in search of cute hearts. 

Hope your heart and toes are warm on this snowy Saturday.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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’twas the night before Christmas

And all through the house, not a creature was stirring but this night owl who slept in today.

The dryer was rumbling, a load of clothes I washed a Kleenex in and will get yelled at for in the morning dancing through my head…

After getting iced in with the family and stir crazy kids we decided to have Christmas a day early. We saved our stockings for morning so the kids can still get a sugar rush. Nothing like that at seven am (while I’m sleeping in again).

It felt nice to have the presents all bought and wrapped and now mostly handed out save a few for Hayden & Braiden.

My parents surprised me and got some good gifts – I’d given my mom permission since she knows I like to actually open gifts – though it’s always a bit unnerving. The Emster did good too, she’s like me circa 1998 on crack with a shopping addiction. But it was nice to get all her spoils – I’m so excited about Hello Cupcake! I’ve really been wanting that one.

Merry Christmas blogland, and to all a good night…I’m off to get a shower now that I think there might finally be hot water again.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2008 in Family, Personal, Thoughts

 

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Bake cookies, not children!

Who says you can’t do it all?  This is some serious multitasking, but I almost *have* to try it at work sometime before it gets cold! 

I’ll be honest, cookies are not something I have the best luck with…they come out squishy (“they just need to ‘firm up’ ” met with a horrified look) or burnt on the bottom. I have many excuses but honestly unless they’re cutouts, I just like to buy them. So, I think this is something I could get right.

A little stolen brilliance from Baking Bites:

Car-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, step by step

car cookies, pre-baking

Last week, I drew up some guidelines to follow if you wanted to try baking cookies in your car. This past weekend, since the temperatures were well over 100F out here, I decided to give the technique a try myself. I parked my car in full sunlight in the middle of the day, sliced up some cookie dough and started to bake.

I previously noted that most of the reporters and writers who tried this technique used refrigerated, slice-and-bake cookie dough. My guess would be that they chose to use that type of pre-fab dough because they might not be regular bakers and were looking for something that would be quick and easy, since the baking process using a car is not exactly fast. I went with a homemade dough, but decided that I, too, would use a slice-and-bake type of cookie  (the recipe is at the bottom of this article). This meant that my dough could be prepared well in advance and that I could control the thickness of each cookie with precise slicing. Drop cookies work, too, but this seems to be the best way to control spread and ensure even cooking.

car cookies, unsliced

I sliced my dough into 1/4-inch thick slices and placed them on a parchment lined baking sheet. I used potholders to support the baking sheet (and to prevent any damage to my dashboard from the hot metal) and placed both the cookies and an oven thermometer in my car. 30 minutes later, the cookies were beginning to spread slightly.

car cookies, 30 minutes in

The temperature inside my car reached over 180F during baking. Since my car is significantly larger than my oven, I didn’t want to open the car doors at any point during the baking. I recommend that you remove anything you think you’ll need before you begin. Here are the cookies after about 1 hour:

car cookies, halfway done

It took about 2 1/2 hours for the cookies to bake completely. I ended up opening the car door shortly before the end of the baking period to check for doneness. This check has to be done manually, as there are no color indicators (such as brownness) to judge by because the sugar in the car cookies does not caramelize and brown like that of oven-baked cookies. So, I gently pressed the edges of the cookies to feel that they were firm and even more gently touched the center of one of the cookies to see that it held together and was not gooey (the center of the cookie should not be entirely firm, unless you are shooting for a crispy cookie). Finally, I slid one of the cookies around on the parchment paper – a good test for this type of baking because a baked cookie will release easily from the paper, while an unbaked cookie will stick in place. If your cookies are not done, add more baking time in 15 or 30 minute increments, as opposed to the 30 second or 1 minute increments you might add to an oven-baked cookie.

car cookies, just about done

The finished cookies were very light in color, but smelled and tasted delicious. They were slightly crisp at the edges and chewy in the center. I think that they were best hot out of the car, and believe that my tasters did, too, since the whole batch was gone in under 5 minutes. My only regret is that I didn’t bake more at one time, since it’s a time-consuming process and not something I’m up for every day.

car cookies, finished and ready to eat
Car-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, soft
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Beat in egg, followed by flour mixture and chocolate chips.
Place dough on a large sheet of wax paper and roll into a log approximately 11-inches long by 2.5-inches wide. Freeze for 2-3 hours, or overnight.
When ready to bake, park your car in the sun on a 100F+ day. Slice cookies into 1/4-inch thick slices and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet on car dashboard (with protective towel underneath) and bake for 2 1/2-3 hours, until done.
If you have a big dashboard (or a friend with another car), you can do two batches at once, otherwise you can save half of the dough for another day.
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

 
 
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Posted by on September 18, 2008 in At Home, In The Kitchen

 

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Somehow my email always knows just what I need.

Relax, the TRACKSUIT of the season is HERE!

Good – I finished painting Braiden’s bathroom, at least for now, I reserve the right to change my mind a couple more times.  I also got the pièce de résistance for my bathroom wall that I’ve been waiting to buy on sale.  Maybe in a few more months, that one will be done too. 

Bad – Backed into someone’s car at the library. To sound cliché: she came out of nowhere, I looked all around. No one was hurt of course, except for my clean driving record with my insurance company. Guess I won’t be switching for a better rate this year *sigh* Oh and good thing she didn’t hit me (or anyone else) – she’s uninsured    That’s okay, my car needed a few marks on it to add to it’s “character”.

Frightening – Peepaw Jerry dancing a shirtless victory jig with his grandpa boobs flashing on BB last night.  Man am I really sick of him, so that means he’ll probably win.

Awesome – http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/ …To quote a commenter that really said it all: “Comguadulations on a great “blog”!”  I love the hilarity of stupid people.   I hope not see anything familiar on there

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2008 in Random, Thoughts

 

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