Sunday, March 27, 2011
Let me tell you, after hours of working on this sucker, I really appreciate those who have sewed the items I own. It fits a little weird in a few places, but I figure that just gives it character. Anyways, my goal is to keep practicing away and we'll see what sorts of creations I come up with!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
It's Women's History Month! To celebrate, I'm reading THIS little gem. I'm learning about the good (Betty Friedan, Alice Paul, Gloria Steinam, Michelle Obama, Jeannette Rankin, Pauli Murray, Sherri Finkbine), the bad (Phyllis Schlafly, Anita Bryant) and the ugly (this doesn't matter at all, because feminism is all about not judging anyone by the culture's standard of beauty!). Raise your glass to all the women who have worked so hard to get us where we are today (even though textbooks don't cover very many of their accomplishments...)!!!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Yesterday, my friend Rachel and I were lollygagging through Whole Foods and low and behold we happened upon a Guinness tasting--that's right people, tons of foods where Guinness was the main ingredient. So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled upon a "Chocolate Stout Cupcake." People, I've eaten a LOT of cupcakes in my day, and let me tell you, I think this may be the best one I ever had. So I went home and tried them out. SO FREAKING GOOD. Moist, dense, heaven. DO THE GUINNESS!! I always have more appreciation for my Irish heritage when cupcakes are involved. *Sidenote: I was really impressed because I thought Whole Foods invented this delectable recipe, which wouldn't surprise me because their stuff is awesome (that's why we pay so much I think)...yeah, definitely googled it and found the recipe--plagiarism?! Did no one teach them academic integrity?! I will expose them for the frauds they are...but quickly get over it because their food is just so delicious! I am so easily pleased. P.S. I'm counting this as my new thing of the week--new cupcake recipe! Duh!
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, plus more for dusting finished cupcakes
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups all-purposeflour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch fine salt
- 1 bottle stout beer (recommended: Guinness)
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
- 3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt.
In another medium mixing bowl, combine the stout, melted butter, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, 1 at time. Mix in sour cream until thoroughly combined and smooth. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
Lightly grease 24 muffin tins. Divide the batter equally betweenmuffin tins, filling each 3/4 full. Bake for about 12 minutes and then rotate the pans. Bake another 12 to 13 minutes until risen, nicely domed, and set in the middle but still soft and tender. Cool before turning out.
To make the icing:
In a medium bowl with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the heavy cream. On low speed, slowly mix in the confectioners' sugar until incorporated and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Icing can be made several hours ahead and kept covered and chilled.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
My neighbor posted this challenge on facebook the other day: http://40days.bloodwatermission.com/. Basically, it's this campaign that's going on where you drink only water (except Sunday because it's the day of feasting) and then any money you normally would have spent on another beverage you track and then donate that amount of money to help those who have no water in Africa. Oh GREAT I thought to myself as I sat there internally struggling at the prospect. I'll admit, I'm all about social justice, but like any human being when it means having to give up things that I don't want to, it always takes a wee bit longer to jump in. I LOVE my morning coffee (yes, people who knew me in Seattle know this is a new love in my life), and have recently for some reason obtained an affinity for ginger ale (?)--and I was immediately irritated (albeit not necessarily shocked) by my selfishness in the whole matter. Here I actually have a CHOICE of what beverage I choose to consume--my brothers and sisters in Africa do not share such luxuries. If we all give a little bit of those things we love most (money, power, consumption, coffee), we can make huge changes. It'll be an interesting adventure, as I already had a mild detox caffeine headache today, and I'm really saddened that I'll only be able to have one or two lattes the Sunday I go home over break at my favorite coffee shop, but so be it. PLUS, and this helps the green side of me--I learned that drinking less coffee actually SAVES more water (because of how many gallons of water it takes to produce it). Win-win, and I love that! I say all this not to sound self righteous, but to hopefully inspire you to jump too! So sign up NOW!
"When you know better, you do better." --Maya Angelou