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~ having my momma for another year

~ all of the blackberry cheesecake was eaten

~ having a fabulous hair stylist

~ crazy waves

~ good pilates class

~ dinner and talk with misshay & j
sernin: (grateful)
~ my own swim lane

~ blackberry reduction

~twitchy dreaming kitty next to me
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I had a full week back at work, with a training trip to Louisville, Kentucky on Monday through Wednesday. I had the first post-spring-break class on Thursday. Saturday had a yard sale, yard work and house washing with momma and RB, and a very disappointing square dance jubilee down in Pine Bluff.

Today, I'm doing some work (big project has review comments and corrections due tomorrow), baking (cinnamon struesel coffee cake), and trying to satisfy a squawky black and white kitty.

I'm tired, even napping for a few hours yesterday and having decent (but short) sleep last night.

My dvr is filling up with tons of stuff that I just don't feel like watching.
I need to call the doctor tomorrow. One bottle of medicine ran out yesterday, and even though I could renew the current prescription, it's the wrong dosage. Foo. I thought I was more on top of this kind of stuff lately.

I'm loving the changes to my back yard. I need to give away the canopy/gazebo. If you want it, it is free. You just need to be able to break it down and transport it. I'm looking for a big tilting umbrella as the solution to my patio glider problem.
sernin: (bake)
this week I have made:

coconut cake

oatmeal white chocolate cookies

risotto

garlic shrimp

cornbread

and thanks to a great girls' night, I'm inspired to get out a baking book I purchased at the Leisure Arts sale
sernin: (bleu_sit)
stirring together ingredients for oatmeal white chocolate cookies

while listening to accoustic Indigo Girls (Poseidon and the Bitter Bug)

napping kitties within sight

anticipating seeing friends in a few hours

not worrying about going to work tomorrow
sernin: (bake)

I did some baking last night, to the delight of my coworkers.
(I have some reserved for [profile] pearlbeachlady.)

Martha Stewart Hummingbird Cupcakes

 

 


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 large)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.with rack in center. Line cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
    2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, vanilla, and sugar until combined, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating each before adding the next. Beat at medium speed until mixture is pale yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
    3. In a medium bowl, stir together banana, pineapple, walnuts, and coconut. Add to egg mixture, mixing until combined. Stir in flour mixture.
    4. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 28 minutes.
    5. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    Cream cheese frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar, sifted

    1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and vanilla until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add butter, beating until incorporated.
    2. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add sugar, beating until incorporated. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before using.


    Oatmeal Crisp cookies with white chocolate - adapted Smitten Kitchen's adaptation of Cook's Illustrated recipe

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon table salt
    14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
    1 cup sugar
    1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    6 ounces good-quality white chocolate bar, chopped (not “white chocolate” chips)

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and table salt in a medium bowl.
    2. Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Scrape down bowl with rubber spatula, then add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Scrape down bowl again. Add flour mixture gradually and mix until just incorporated and smooth. Gradually add oats and white chocolate and mix until well incorporated.

    3. Divide dough into 24 equal portions, each about 2 tablespoons. Roll between palms into balls, then place on lined baking sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart. Using fingertips, gently press down each ball to about ¾-inch thickness.

    4. (I skipped the step where she uses flaked sea salt)

    5. Bake until cookies are deep golden brown, about 13 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack to cool.



  • sernin: (bake)
    Cooks Illustrated recipe for cinnamon swirl bread is great success.  3 1/2 hours of rise is worth the end product, and all ugliness caused by rolling/pinching loaf was forgiven by last rising.  Sad that the recipe only made one standard loaf.
    sernin: (bake)
    from now on, I'll just buy cinnamon rolls in the "whop'em" cans in the grocery store

    attempting to bake 8 cinnamon rolls has turned into a kitchen disaster

    guess I won't be taking warm tasty rolls to work in the morning

    and now I have to clean up the mess in the kitchen
    sernin: (bake)
    It's nice to be baking again.

    I like being able to measure, and use a list (recipe) that someone else made.

    I like having a partner-in-crime ([profile] pearlbeachlady), who laughs when I spatter flour-pineapple-potatoflake batter everywhere.

    I like the smell of the yeasty-coconut smell coming from the oven as the loaves are rising.
    sernin: (bake)
    I brought pie to work for pi day.

    Buttermilk pie.

    3 eggs
    1 c sugar
    1 c buttermilk
    1 stick butter, melted
    2 T flour
    1/2 t vanilla extract
    1/2 t lemon extract
    1 crust

    Bake at 325 until set.

    Incapable

    Feb. 4th, 2007 07:25 pm
    sernin: (Default)
    I can not make a decent batch of sugar cookies.

    apple pie

    Jan. 25th, 2007 10:29 pm
    sernin: (Default)
    I baked an apple pie tonight, from scratch (pie crust and all).
    Thanks to SmittenKitchen's easy instructions I'll hopefully have a tasty pie to take to work tomorrow.

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