Saturday, May 21, 2016

Alaska Carfted






Tim came to me today with a look of concern and said: "you've been sick for too long, have been in bed for three days, and you've taken time off work. You never take time off work. I'm worried about you, so I'm taking you out. Come on, we have tickets to Alaska Crafted."

And with a pat on the butt he got me in the shower, dropped Benjamin off with his grandparents, and to Alaska Crafted we went.

What is Alaska Crafted, you ask? Well, it is the first ever festival to feature 20 brewers and distillers from across the state. Complete with tasting, local music, eats, and games.




I'm a fan of funny beers. El guapo. Hehe.


This one's for my British brother from another mother, Pete. The man who taught me to love mead.





"Every girl needs her morning coffee before a day of wrecking ships and drowning men" #mermaid


And of course, leave it to me to find whiskey at a beer tasting. Well, I'm my father's daughter.


Laura from The Mint Chip makes the best ice cream, you guys.


G - I - A - N - T - J - E - N - G - A


What can I say, when he's right, he's right. Sometimes all a girl needs is a beer, a hottie, and a good time {wink}.





Location:Alaska Crafted

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Round Up


#merightnow
Well, this week is shot. 
I tried so hard to work while the illness ran through my body, but turns out that when bronchitis and a sinus infection take possession of your breathing organs, there is no working through that. The only way out is with meds, and a lot of rest.
Six days {three in bed} later, I feel a bit more human, I no longer get winded going down the stairs, I sound less like Darth Vader, more like a very manly woman {hot, I know}, I can almost breathe normally again, and now that my head doesn't throb every time it leaves the pillow, I have been able to catch up on some reading. So that's my silver lining.

On that reading note, I have rounded up some links for you, in case you're taking your 10 minute break at work, or you need a distraction while nursing that baby, or maybe you're sick as a dog too, and all you can do is move your eyes to read instead of passing out of boredom.

1. HOW TO TRICK YOURSELF INTO FEELING AWESOME I've done it, it works. I specially like the cheese trick, because I heart cheese.
2. HOW MUSIC CHANGES YOUR BEHAVIOR AT HOME "With music on, people were 33% more likely to cook together, 85% more likely to invite people over... 15% more likely to laugh together, and 18% more likely to utter the words "I love you"... plus 66% more intimacy when music is playing."
3. THE ANTHLEISURE OF UNMENTIONABLES  The fact that bralettes are are trending is hilarious to me, because I've been wearing them since I was 12. Yeah, I have an A cup, so they work for me, but mostly I love them because they provide little confinement and they are - dare I say -  sexy? They're certainly not for everyone, so you do you, but I left all underwires and push-ups back in my 20s, and I never looked back. 
4. WILD AND FREE I've been following Jess Connolly for a few years, and her walk with the Lord has left a beautiful impression on me. When I heard that she co-wrote a book for "the woman who feels that is both too much and never enough" I got on that pre-order list stat. I haven't finished the book yet, but so far is goooooood, and I'm going to leave you with my favorite paragraph yet and let you decide if it would be good for you too.
"Our standing has never wavered with our Father. Though the world has twisted what it means to be a daughter, His stance and His position toward us has absolutely stayed resolute. The world cannot dictate what it means to be treasured by our Father, but the love and relationship of our heavenly Father can help and transcend the damage done here on earth."
Have a lovely weekend!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fluffy Lemon Rosemary Cake




Let me begin by saying that I am not a fan of cakes, but before you close the browser let me explain. I am a pie kind of person, I enjoy fruity, creamy things much more than fluffy carbs, but I do understand the need for birthday cake, which is why I made this one for my son's second birthday.

I settled on lemon-rosemary, which admittedly sounded a little odd, but turned out as promised: fluffy and delicious, or as my toddler says: LICIOUS! Especially the cream cheese frosting. OMG.

The recipe here is straight up from {{Baker Bettie}} whose baking blog I dig.

FLUFFY LEMON-ROSEMARY CAKE
(serves 8) I gave some to my neighbors because I need a whole cake like I need a hole in the head.

Ingredients

for the cake
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour, plus extra for dusting pans

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar (divided)

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 TBSP lemon zest

  • 1 TBSP fresh rosemary, minced

  • 6 large egg yolks, room temperature

  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature


for the lemon cream cheese frosting
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 TBSP lemon zest

  • 2T lemon juice

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2½ cup confectioners sugar

Instructions

for the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two 8″ or 9″ round cake pans. Dust pans with flour and tap out excess any excess.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 1/2 cups sugar. In another bowl whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, lemon zest, rosemary and egg yolks.

  3. For the meringue: In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat egg whites at medium speed until foamy. With machine running, stream in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Beat at high speed just until stiff peaks form. Gently transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  4. Add flour mixture to the empty stand mixer bowl fitted with whisk attachment. With mixer running at low speed, gradually pour in butter mixture and mix for about 10 seconds. Stop mixer and thoroughly scrape down the bowl. Mix again on medium for 20 more seconds just until combined.

  5. Using rubber spatula, gently fold in 1/2 of the meringue just until incorporated. Fold in the rest of the meringue. Be very gentle to not deflate the air in the meringue. You will have a few white streaks in the batter. Divide batter evenly between your prepared cake pans.

  6. Place pans on a half-sheet pan and bake on the center rack in the oven at 350F for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through. The cake will begin pulling away Bake until cake layers begin to pull away from sides of pans and will no longer jiggle in the center when it is finished.

  7. Cool cakes in pans on wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a thin bladed knife around the sides of the pans to loosen cakes then invert on a greased wire rack. Allow to cool completely (about 1 more hour) before frosting.

for the lemon cream cheese frosting
  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until combined and creamy. Scrape down the bowl as needed.






Wednesday, May 18, 2016

And then he was TWO





I write this post as I die in my bed with some sort of cold/allergy/flu that has literally knocked me off my feet so badly I had to take a sick day. I cannot remember the last time I took a sick day, probably before Benjamin was born, because as we all know, mothers don't take sick days... So... Two years ago.

Great segue.
We decided to celebrate Ben's second birthday last Sunday because:
a) He doesn't understand the concept of dates yet.
b) He sings happy birthday 3000 times a day anyway since he learned the song. 
c) We were in the birthday spirit, since EVERYONE else's kid had birthdays last weekend.
d) My motherly instinct* told me that I'd be sick as a dog on his actual birthday, and the thought of baking a cake would make me want to curl in child's pose** forever and ever.
Happy birthday sweet boy of mine. You have made our house messier, our drive greater, our hearts softer, our sleep shorter, and our lives larger and fuller than ever before. May God bless you and keep you all the days of your life. We love you so, so very much!
And now a video of the birthday boy!

A few thank-yous  are in order here:
1. Thank you Papa {Tim} for taking pictures, filming video, and taking Ben to the park for the eleventh time that day so I could bake the cake. You're the best papa who ever lived!
2. Thank you Brenda {mama B} from {{HATCHERPRESS}} for the lovely I AM TWO t-shirts.
3. Thank you Tamar for passing down the lovely Jewish tradition to put an extra candle on the cake for good luck :)

Footnotes:
* When I say motherly instinct I mean I got lucky. I have no idea if I got one of those or not in my bag of goodies when I left the birth center, and if I did, I probably misplaced it, what with a newborn and all. Surely it will show up some day.

** Since I'm back to doing yoga these days, I like to drop yoga vernacular like it's hot. My favorite poses are child's pose and savasana, of course. Basically anything where my whole body is resting on the mat is my fave. #yogi

P.S. If you are in the mood for a {{birth story}} check out that link. Two years later I am still in awe.
                                      

Sunday, May 15, 2016

S E V E N T Y D E G R E E S


I cannot prove this, but I am pretty sure that Ben and all his friends got together and were like:
Shroyboys: Dude, Ben, what are you doing this weekend, man?
Ben: I don't know, the weather's supposed to be sick!
Schulgasser Bros: I think we should all throw parties. Our mom makes a legit rainbow cake!
Shroyboys: Oh we got the pizza's yo.
BoMalley Bros: We're down.
Jack Price: Me too.
Ben: Oh I'll wake up my parents EXTRA early so I can make it to everyone's cribs. Literally.
And that's how we ended up chauffeuring our toddler around to his social events, but we are not complaining, I mean, those kids are cool!
We did manage to take time to ourselves though, because when life gives you 70 degrees in May, the sensible thing to do is to ditch work, have lunch on a patio, get lots of plants at the nursery, and then dine with people who love design as much as we do.
Note: Thank you Anna for taking over babysitting duties when out sitter left us high and dry. You are the best!
Thank you friends for inviting us to party with your babes, thank you Tim for a legit weekend, and thank you Lord for giving me an incredible view for a long run.
Everyone cross your fingers for more weekends like this the rest of the summer!!!!





























Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gift Guide for the Mother Runner


Tim asked the other day what I wanted for mother's day and all I could come up with was running paraphernalia. Don't judge me, I just really like running, and it so happens that I am training for a half-marathon, so the sport is on my mind.

On that note, I have collected a few things for the mother runner in your life. Trust me, any of these will be well received, except the power shower wipes by themselves... you might want to buy her some flowers to go with that.

RUN THE WORLD I love this tank. We run our days, our lives, ourselves.

POWER SHOWER BODY WIPES In case you gotta squeeze a run in the middle of the day.

A SUPER COOL GARMIN Because I'm sorry Apple, your iWatch does not compare to a real running watch.

A PACEBAND For that long distance runner in your life. Knowing your splits is vital if you're trying to run a certain time. I used one on my last half and it was super useful.

THEY KEEP YOU ALIVE Best tank ever.

RANDIES Cheeky sayings on your butt. Enough said.

:)



Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pistoriophile



PISTORIOPHILE (n) a lover of baking or baked goods.

I was just seriously jokingly telling someone that since I am going to start training for a half marathon next week, I feel like carb-loading this entire week is absolutely justified. And I may or may not have followed up with that threat, I guess you'll never know. But what I will tell you is that I made a killer apple crisp because it's Saturday/cloudy/rainy/I'm hungry/I'm sad... As if I need any excuses! And I have written verbatim the recipe down because you need this in your life/apples are good for you/you look lovely while baking/you need something to go with that ice cream... Take your pick, I will not judge. Bake that son of a gun and enjoy every crumble {raises fist}.

APPLE CRISP

(taken from The Kinfolk Table)

For the topping
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 teaspoon ground all spice
5 tablespoons unsalted butter/melted and cooled

Combine the flour, sugar, oats, and all spice in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Add the butter and mix with your fingertips until crumbly. Reserve.


For the apple layer
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 tart apples peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2" slices
juice of 2 lemons {I used one orange}
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
coarse sea salt

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375F.

Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with 2 tablespoons of the butter.

In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice. Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt {I added a dash of cardamom} in a small bowl, then add to the apples and toss until they're evenly coated. Transfer the apples to the prepared dish, then sprinkle with the reserved topic. Sprinkle the topping with a pinch of salt.

Cover the crisp with a piece of parchment paper, then with a piece of foil {I completely skipped this step because I ran out of foil}. Cook for 25 minutes or until the apples begin to release their juices. Cut the remaining 1 tablespoon butter into small cubes. Remove the parchment and foil, then sprinkle the crisp with the butter and lightly still into the topping to incorporate.

Cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until the crisp is golden. Transfer to a rack and cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

Serves 6.




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