Taste of Fall

September 12, 2010

Most people I talk to love fall. They’re excited to see the changing season and for the weather to cool off.
I so wish I could understand that feeling. I’m too much of a summer girl. Spring is the most exciting for me, I look forward to the first day of the year to hit 90 and to take naps on the beach. I’d honestly be perfectly happy to have that all year round, but I somehow find myself in the northeast year after year dreading having to pull out coats and layer up.

Then I remembered how I get through fall…

Pumpkin

I goodness, I love pumpkin anything. If there’s one trait I got from my dad it would be the love of pumpkin and ability to finish off a pumpkin pie in no time at all. I suppose there’s worse addictions, right?
So, to kick off fall, here’s a little recipe for some perfectly pumpkin, and super soft scones. Perfect for breakfast with a cup of tea, if I do say so myself.

Pumpkin Spice Scones
Adapted from Pinch my Salt

1 C. all purpose flour (I use Whole Wheat)
1 C. cake flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3/4 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground ginger
6 T. unsalted butter
1/3 heaping C. pumpkin puree
1/3 C. Milk (I used 2%)
6 T. brown sugar
1 t. vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Get out a baking sheet and line with parchment paper (not required but makes cleanup easy!). Cut the butter into small pieces, put it in a small bowl and put it back in the refridgerator. In a medium bowl, combine both flours, baking powder, salt, and all spices. Whisk together well. Place bowl in freezer (refrigerator is fine if you have no room in freezer).

2. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, heavy cream, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together well. Put this bowl in freezer (or refrigerator) and take the other bowl back out. Get the butter pieces out of the fridge and dump them into the bowl with the flour mixture. Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry blender or rub it in with your fingertips until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins if you are using them.

3. Get the liquid mixture out of the freezer and pour into the flour mixture all at once. Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is just moistened. The dough will be very crumbly, this is the way it should be. Turn the mixture out onto the counter and push the pile together with your hands. It should stick together fairly well. Knead it just a couple of times until everything is together. Don’t knead it too much or the dough will get too sticky.

4. Pat the dough out into a rough circle, 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Cut it like a pie into 8 pieces. Place pieces on the baking sheet so that they are not touching. Bake scones for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees. They should be light brown on the bottom, the tops will darken as they cool.

For cinnamon icing, mix together 1 C. powdered sugar, 2 T. milk, 1/2 t. cinnamon (to taste). Adjust the amount of sugar or milk to make the icing the consistency you want. It should be pretty thick. Icing can be brushed on or drizzled.

A Winner

September 4, 2010

I enjoyed everyone answers to the giveaway question so much and am feeling so inspired to try a few new things and can’t wait! thank you all! but now it’s time for a winner!

I know theres newfangled websites that will pick winners randomly for you, but I prefer the old fashion way:
strips of paper stuffed in a mason jar!

And the winner isss……

Ana from imadeitso!
Congrats! I’ll be getting your info and shipping them off this week:)

A hundredth and a first

August 31, 2010

Do you celebrate a 100th post when all 99 before have just been ramblings and unimportant photographs and craftings? heck, why not? And to celebrate properly I decided its time for a first… my first giveaway!

so, remember my photograph envelopes? I made a special little set for the giveaway! It’s a NYC envelope set, and they came out pretty darn cute if I do say so myself! It’s a set of 5 in varying sizes and cuts.

All you have to do to enter is to tell me your name and your favorite thing(s) to make (whether its food, craft or whatever!). Winner will be chosen randomly on friday!

Oh, Summer.

August 28, 2010

I look at the date on the bright, beaming screens each day and can hardly believe my eyes. It seems that time escapes me, like it has countless other unknowns, drifting right through my hands like steam over a pot of boiling water, only leaving the faintest amount of moisture to remind you it was even ever there at all.

Why does it seem that summer is the shortest of seasons? Winter always drags its feet, kicking and screaming until tulips push through frosted grounds, but summer seems to be gone in a fleeting moment, leaving you with pumpkins and crunching leaves. Maybe it doesn’t help that I’m not even a fan of Christmas, and snow makes me cringe, but what’s more sad than the end of summer?

This girl needs out of the north east!

Mini Burger Bento

August 25, 2010

I have a confession.

My lunches are boring.

ah, I’m so glad I got that out (I know I’m crazy). Maybe it’s my insanity that tells me I’m just not allowed to be normal or lazy in any way. Most days I just throw a Chobani yogurt, an apple, and a granola bar in my bag on my way out of the house in the morning. Sure, its pretty healthy, sure, it’s just lunch, but heck, its boring! Most days one of the other managers pops his head in while I’m zoned out watching tv and asks what flavor yogurt I have that day. Yep, my lunch is a bore.

But I just adore how crazy people get with bento-box style lunches. I also love how healthy they’re meant to be. I love the themes and the funky little boxes you can find. I am a severe planner and ADORE this weekly planner from JustBento. So I’ve been packing my lunches the night before all this week and have enjoyed having more “diverse” mid-day meals:)

Heres my favorite so far this week…

Mini turkey burger with turkey bacon, mini “burger” cookies, grapes, carrots&PB (not shown)

I got those little burger cookies when I took my brother and a few of our friends to Philly’s Chinatown to celebrate his birthday monday. Aren’t they just too fun? hehe
you should totally check out pictures from out trip over at Demi-Brookes blog:)

Vegan Chocolate Cookies

August 13, 2010

Sometimes I have my fancy-pants cooking days, but most of the rest of the time I just want to throw together something, simple, basic and, most of all, delicious. I’ve found that vegan cooking and baking for me is not basic enough. There’s usually some funky ingredients that, unless your an actual vegan, you probably won’t have on hand. This is the second time I’ve used The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur’s recipe for Double Chocolate Chip Cookies and they absolutely fit the criteria of basic, simple and completely delicious! They’re easy and quick to whip up plus they are so tasty!

Dougie the Dino quite enjoyed them…

Tea Time

July 31, 2010

Despite working together and living within ten minutes of each other, me and Miss Demi-Brooke have been penpals since this spring. And while I have to admit we’re both not so good at keeping up on responding super quick – I still get so excited when I see an envelope from her. One little “gift” that was tucked in with a letter was this little floweing tea ball. How lovely to watch it grow – I couldn’t even bear to drink the tea but just left the whole cup on the table as our new centerpiece:)