Wednesday, February 27, 2008
i made a ganomy hat for an awesome girl i never met.
she made me this super rad shirt.
we found each other on stylemob.
pretty awesome, eh?
(this is what she got.)
Has anyone heard of Kate Nash?
probably the cutest video ever, and @ 33 seconds in she's knitting a scarf!!!!!!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I love precipitation!
It snowed most of the day today.
I walked home from work in it, and it took every ounce of self control I had not to flop on the ground and make snow angels.
this video stars an amazing director/writer/artist by the name of miranda july. i'm pretty much obsessed with her.
Blonde Redhead - Top Ranking
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I like to make a special treat every Valentine's Day. I usually bake sugar cookies and toss some royal icing on them, but this year I wanted to go just a step further. I bought this Martha Stewart cupcake kit at Macy's, and then searched all of my cookbooks for the perfect recipe. After looking through all of them and the creepy box of recipes from the seventies my mom gave me, I decided Martha could once again save the day. I went to MarthaStewart.com and there on the first page was exactly what I needed, not only was there a recipe but a video for those of us with little kitchen confidence.
Billy's Vanilla, Vanilla Cupcakes (Makes about 30 cupcakes)
1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Billy's Vanilla Buttercream
Colored Sprinkles, for decorating, optional
Alternate frosting: Billy's Chocolate Buttercream
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
-In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.
-Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full (I used about 2 tablespoons). Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
-Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake (I used the buttercream icing recipe above, and Wilton's Color Gel in Pink). Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve at room temperature.
I know my pictures suck tonight, but it happens. It's been rainy and dark.
BTW... I finally have my crown!!!!!!! I forgot to let you all know. It's weird chewing on both sides now. I keep biting my cheek. lol.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
I've always been sort of book-ish. As a kid, we didn't have a lot of money. We didn't go many fancy places. My escape was the library. It was free, and I could check out a "ticket" to where ever I wanted to go. During vacations, while other kids were visiting Mickey Mouse or some exotic island, I was 20,000 leagues under the sea. I didn't appreciate it when I was younger, jealous of the other kids exciting stories. Now, as a grown-up, I love the person being bookish has helped me become.
I'll read pretty much anything (as long as it's not written by Dan Brown or Gregory Maguire); fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, zines, et al. I have tons of favorite books! My knitting and cookbook collections are insane. I'm not ashamed to admit I've read all of the Harry Potter series, and loved every second of it. Sometimes, I'll continue reading a horrible book, just because I have to finish it.
So, in conclusion, B is for Books.
Belle and Sebastian - Wrapped Up In Books