Wednesday, December 8, 2010

you were strong and you believed

 Yes, my friends, it is finals season.  Which makes me want to eat things like what is pictured above :)  I shotty the M&M one.  And the green frosting-Oreo cookie-topped one for that matter.

   
I want to go to there instead of this library.

I want to stand in awe in front of a magnificent scenery rather than a magnificent colored-coded 4-page study guide.

And this is a good finals song to get you motivated.




Be strong, believe.

Monday, November 29, 2010

lucky

Rawr.  Can't sleep.  Again.  This time I am blaming it on the 2.5 hour nap I promptly took at 6pm today.  However, I am thankful that this does not happen on a nightly basis like it does with some people.  So I consider myself lucky.

In other news, yesterday was my good friend's bachelorette party.  It was a ridiculously great time with some girls I am lucky to call my closest friends for over half of my life.  Half of my life.  Isn't that crazy?  What also is crazy, however, is how much older my friends and I are all getting.  No, we're not sportin' the walker yet, but just the fact that one of us in our group is getting married.  Married!  That's forever!  And forever is a very, very long time.  It feels like yesterday when we were that group of high school girlfriends who sustained themselves on scrapbook parties, Disney movies, laughing so hard it hurt, and downing insane amounts of food.  Now, we talk about college, new jobs, boyfriends, our friend's wedding, someone's crazy weekday night at the bar.  And we still laugh so hard that it hurts.

Oh.  Yeah.  And down insane amounts of food.

I look back to the high school days and reflect on our friendship today.  While we have all slightly changed since the day we first met, we really are the same people, the same personalities as we were in the past, only older.  The main change is confidence, and that confidence has interwoven itself into molding our young adult personalities.  It's a cool thing, really.

And I am lucky to have these fabulous young women in my life.

happy birthday to you

About a month ago, I made this for Matt's 22nd birthday:

WOW WEEEE SUGAR OVERLOAD!  Where did this concoction come out of my brain?  I just don't know.

So what exactly is in this puppy?  Oh, let me tell you.  In list form, because it is just that complicated.

Bottom to top....
Chocolate chip cookie
M&Ms
Peanut butter swirled into cookies and cream ice cream
Crushed Baby Ruths
Pumpkin Peep border

My greatest fear for this ice cream thing was that it just wasn't going to taste good.  Just by the fact that everything under the sun was in it.  BUT LO AND BEHOLD it was delicious.  Served in small portions, of course, unless you are like Matt and have the world's greatest sugar tolerance.  Make it for that special someone today and watch a grin spread across their face.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

it's wonderful, and I want you to realize it.

I can't sleep.  Why why why am I sleepy in the day time and awake when I'm supposed to be going to bed?  Was it the iced green tea I promptly downed circa 8pm?  Was it the cool fall breeze that snapped my senses into full throttle gear as I walked home?  Who knows.

This is one of my favorite things.  And this.

Not gonna lie, I think this all the time.  Even as I was walking home tonight, all I could see was the beauty of the night, the moon, the stars, the shadows of life scurrying through the cold to their warm beds.  Does any one else ever feel that they want to shout things to the world at the top of their lungs and just feel their insides smiling?  And are just happy to "be"?  And are just amazed that they are a part of this huge ginormus world?  Of which we are part of this even more ginormus galaxy?  Yeah.  Simple things like that blow my mind far too often.

I suppose it is life that blows my mind.  How certain people come and go, in and out and sometimes even back again into our lives.  Over and over again.  And how some of those people will be there forever, watching you age, and grow, and learn, and fail, and succeed, and live.  Over and over again.


I think sometimes about the people who have came and left.  What did I learn from them?  Did I learn anything from all of those comers and goers?  I hope so.  I think so.


And all while this coming and going and staying happens, the world stays the same.  The seasons, the days, the months, the holidays, one after another, over and over again.  And it really does go by quicker as you grow older.  And it continues to blow my mind.


I don't know what I'm getting at.  But possibly, maybe, you know what I mean.  I know what I mean.  And it's wonderful, and I want you to realize it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

shitballs


I don't usually have a crude sense of humor, really.

But c'mon, you have to admit....they really do look like shitballs.  And I also call them this because I just threw a bunch of....errrr, shit....(but delicious things, mind you) together to make a ball o' sugar deliciousness that held it's shape.  Kinda.

So yeah, they are hanging out in my freezer right now in hopes of them keeping their shape better.  We'll see how the housemates like 'em.

Monday, October 11, 2010

mmc

While I have baked something delicious lately, I will post about the chocolate-peanut-butter-Resee's-cupcakes-of-deliciousness later.  By the way....happy birthday SHOUT OUT to Raluca, Emily, Edgybeth, and Jen.  There have been on obscene number of birthdays in the fast few days.  Am I complaining?  Not at all.

So this post isn't about cupcakes, nor yummy bread, nor chocolate, nor turkey a la king - bear with me on the a la king, I've felt spaced out for the past few days, people.

This post is about my cousin.  It's about how awesome she is, funny she is, level-headed yet teenage-y, down to earth she is, truthful she is, and how proud I am of her.  It's about how she's the closest thing I have to a sister and how much I love her.  Even though she is six years younger than me, she is wise.  And though she is wise, she speaks her mind with frankness and fervor.  And she has a wonderful mind that can think pretty damn well.  She is motivating, inspiring, and a hard-worker.  Actually, she is one of the hardest workers I have ever known.  She lives and loves with a passion and has this infectious zest for life.

So, Marianne, I am honored to be your cousin, confidante, fellow giggly-gossiper, pseudo-sistah, and friend.  I love learning from you, and I hope I have taught you some important things, as well.  You rock, girlfriend.

:)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

sprinkles + chocolate cupcake = a happy mouth

 Yes, hold on to your hats, it is time for a Midnight Baking Session.

 GET EXCITED

 



Eye-in' up that delicious vanilla-y goodness.  All ready to be schmeared onto a chocolate chip cupcake.

 Ohhhhhh, ahhhhhh, oh me, oh my.

And there they are.  All I did was bake chocolate cupcakes, poured in some chocolate chips in the mix before dividing the batter up into muffin tins, and frosted and sprinkled them with happiness.

Nom nom nom.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

you think it's a pizza....

 


Once upon a time not so long ago, there was a guy named Matt.

He was a sweetie and helped a girl named Patti set up for a farmers market one rainy Thursday.  She decided to bake a GIANT chocolate chip cookie to thank him.

 
It turned out fabulously.

Matt loved the chocolate chip cookie pizza, and even tore a huge chunk of it off and devoured it with a grin on his face.  However....little did Matt know that his suspicious-looking housemates were lurking around the corner, waiting to snatch up his delicious cookie pizza when he least expected it.

In the morning, when Matt wanted another chunk of cookie pizza, to his dismay, it had VANISHED!!!  His housemates had devoured it behind his back!

Matt was sad, but Patti promised to bake him more delicious things.  And the housemates were very full of delicious cookie pizza.

The end.

good corn

Bahhhh, I'm realizing that I haven't blogged in about forever and a day.  Okay, more like a month.  And I don't even have a good excuse for not blogging.  Is laziness a good excuse?  I suppose not.

However, I did manage to eat the best ear of corn in my twenty-three years about a month ago that I've been meaning to post.


It melted in my mouth.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

strawberry swing

Yes.  I have stolen song lyrics from Coldplay.  Sorry, Coldplay, but it just goes oh so well.

And aren't these strawberries just oh so pretty?  They make me smile for some reason :)

cake mix brownies

 

So today, I was in a pickle.  I had a brownie-making request from The Madre, and there was not a brownie mix in sight!  Yes, yes, I could have concocted my own delicious creation, but alas, I was feeling quite lazy today.

So a-Googling I went, and looked up "cake mix brownies".  And lo and behold, I found them!  And they were delicious!  Okay, not better than ooey, gooey homemade brownies or these Brownies of Amazingness from a month or so ago, but for a quick fix, they were pretty darn good.  I kicked the recipe up a notch and added a generous portion of chocolate chips into the batter.  I'm sure other things like M&Ms, peanut butter chips, peanut butter, cream cheese, walnuts, and coconut would be delicious in them, too.  Use your imaggot-nation.


Lazy Girl [or Guy] Cake Mix Brownies
1 chocolate cake mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 egg
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Mix up all of the above, after preheating the oven to 350 degrees, of course.  Spray a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray, plop the batter in, and cook 'em up for about 20-25 minutes, or until top is set and a toothpick comes out clean.

Frost, if desired.  Devour.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

happy things

I want to be here.  Eating these.  Yes, one of each might be nice.

And this is cool. :)

Oh, and it's my birthday on Monday!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

creamy crab biscuits

 
So a few weekends ago, a few of my girl friends and I got together for one of our (many) bake-dates we've been having this summer.  We made these ah-mazzzzing "sausage biscuit things" that were just plain epic.  Seriously?  Words fail 'em.  And they're super super easy, but look quite nice even as an appetizer for a fancy smancy dinner party or even just a potluck with friends.

 
I decided to change 'em up a bit, though, and used crab instead of the sausage.  All you do is slap that slab on cream cheese in a bowl and mix it with a spoon to make it soft.  Then, dump in your bag of crab (yeah, yeah, I'm lame and cheap and used imitation...) and stir it all up.

Then, place the biscuit rounds (from a package...mmm, saturated fat) into cupcake tins, and form them to the pan to make a well in the middle.  Fill with the cream cheese and crab mixture, and then set it in the oven (350 degrees, please) for about 15 minutes or so, or until the edges of the biscuit are slightly browned.

I'm actually about to take these over to my friends' house this very instant for a girls night of girly drinks, desserts, appetizer-y foods, and swimming.  Nothin' like girl friends who you've known for nearly half of your life :)

sunny days sweeping the clouds away

Hi all. Just saying hello via non-food blog post from my little corner of the world.  All is good; still baking, still happy, still loving life....yes, like that cute little fur-ball :)

 
The summer's definitely in full-swing, even though I am still knee-deep in biochem and microbio-lovin' and my internship.  As busy as it all is, I'm strangely happy with it all and enjoying every minute....especially my internship, and especially when I get to work with the kiddies.  They are just so so fun, and they make me so happy without fail every time I visit them at their YMCA camp to pass around lunch-y things and play games afterward.  I love talking with these little people and they just put a gigantic grin on my face when I leave them for the day.  Favorite quotes so far?

Cutie-pie girl: "I like your face.  I think it's cute."

Boy: "Are you two sisters?"
Me: "Ummm, no...do we look like sisters?"
Boy: [shakes head] "No.  But you both have the same skin color!"

Another girl kept calling popcorn "pop-pop-pop".  Another boy with wildly curly hair is nicknamed X-Man.  Another boy is a pain in the ass and asks me to give him too much food.

Sorry, pain in the ass-boy....

I've also got a vacation or two coming up and visits from fun people!  Can't wait, can't wait.

Also...isn't this beautiful?  And this is crazy to think about.  And most importantly, these days are beautiful days to be alive. :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

dinner. yes, believe.

  I fear for my future nutrition clients, I really do....



Do I warn them that their dietitian ate grilled peanut butter and M&M sandwiches during her grad school days?

It was quite the epic sandwich.  The creamy peanut butter, the crispy bread, the crunchy M&Ms.

Nahhhh....they don't need to know. :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

nutella cupcakes

 
So a few weeks ago, I discovered a (quite large) jar of Nutella hanging out in the depths of the kitchen cabinets of home-home.  Lately when I'm there, I've been eating it by the spoonful for dessert or putting a spoonful in a little bowl along with a spoonful of peanut butter.  And yes, just eating the two of them together.  Straight up.

And, yes, it is quite delicious. :)

 
However, I decided to get a little more creative this time.  So off to foodgawker.com I went, typed in "Nutella", and feasted my eyes upon delicious Nutella-y things that I wished were right there in front of me so I could devour them without shame.

Have I mentioned that I've been in a ten year love affair with desserts?
Now the strange things about these cuppy cakes is that there is zero frosting.  Yes, you heard me right.  Zero, zip!  Usually, I would be strongly against this, but the Nutella actually bakes right into the cupcake and kind of makes its own frosting.  However....I am fairly confident that if you chose to frost these puppies, that you would make friends for life with whomever ate them.

And by fairly confident I mean very confident.


Mmmmmm, so here is the recipe.  They're actually not too sweet.  And...I'm feeling an epiphany coming...I have a sneaking feeling that these would be downright delicious with some peanut butter chips stirred into the batter.  Note to self: Must try this next time.

Make them!  You'll love them!  I promise. :)

Nutella Cupcakes
Taken from daily doses of sugar, who took it from Baking Bites

1 stick butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (sifted)
1/4 salt
2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Spray 12 muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray, or line then with paper liners.

With mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light.  Add in eggs one at a time.  Beat the mixture after each egg until fully incorporated.  Add vanilla.

Mix in flour, salt, and baking powder until batter is uniformly mixed.  Divide batter evenly among 12 tins.
Now...this is the fun part.  Top each cake with a spoonful of Nutella.  The original says 1 tsp, but I think that is ridiculously ungenerous, but I heaped my Nutella up and slathered it on.  Swirl Nutella in with a toothpick, and be sure to fold a bit of batter over the Nutella.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.  Cool and devour.

Nutella on FoodistaNutella

Monday, June 21, 2010

chocolate cake adventure

 
Let's just say that this was my first adventure cooking in my new subletted apartment for the summer.  When I moved in, did I remember to bring the essentials?  The toothpaste, the clothes, the laptop, the fuzzy fleece blanket...just in case it decided to get cold in the middle of summer? (hey, it is Michigan, you know, it could totally happen)  Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

But did I remember essential kitchen utensils?  Oh, of course not.  I figured the kitchen would come supplied with, you know, things like...spatulas and mixing bowls.

WRONG.

And let's just say it was quite the adventure.

 
So the purpose of this adventure was to make a cake for a girls night with two of my girl friends.

WAHOOO GIRLS NIGHT! HELLZ YEAH!

We were hitting up my place before hand to create and drink girly drinks and eat cake.  So I scavenged around in my cupboard, found a cake mix, a jar of frosting, and this marshmallow bunny...who I decided was going to go into the cake batter...and starting whipping things up.

 
But first, I had to play with my food. :)

 
Hmmmm, someone has eated a bite out of his ear....

 
Ahhhh, Marshmallow Bunny MASSACRE.  Poor, baby.

 
So before we start here, let's take a quick tour of the new kitchen.  Hello, stove, nice to meet you.  And how nice that your insides hold the pots and pans while you are off since there is limited room in the cupboards.

Hello, burner, that looks like it is falling off. BUT!  It still works great.  If I've learned anything from living in Ann Arbor student housing, it is that appearances can be deceiving.

Side note: However, let me note that while the kitchen utensils are slightly lowly, the person (Totten's Tunes) who is currently on my shared iTunes is absolutely making my night.  They have 8021 songs!  That's insane!  I'm currently going through their collection of John Williams songs.  There's nothing like the Olympic Fanfare to make you feel on top of the world.  Even if you are just in your PJs, lying on your bed, blogging.  I CAN DO ANYTHING, RAWR.

Dear Totten's Tunes,
Whoever you are, I LOVE YOU.
XOXO, Patti

And, ah yes, my pseudo mixing bowl!  It's actually kind of fun to get creative in the kitchen.  However, things took a turn when I realized that....

 
....NO SPATULA was to be found!  As you can see, I was quite sad about this fact.  Now, pot as a mixing bowl?  I can handle that.  Taking all the pots and pans out of the oven before turning it on?  Sure, bring it.  But no spatula???  What about all of that batter that stays on the side of the pot when you go to scrape it out with a spoon?  It was quite sad.  However, I made it work.

 
And, TA-DA!  A bea-you-tiful cake!  Complete with M&M topping and cream cheese icing.  And it was quite delicious.

But......a week and a half later, I realized I hadn't eaten all of the cake leftovers.  Whoops.


BEHOLD: SCIENCE EXPERIMENT. For some reason, I've always gotten a kick out of moldy food that's been unearthed from the depths of the fridge.  Maybe the fuzzies on it make my first instinct to want to reach out and cuddle with it, but then the stench stops me dead in my tracks.  Well, whatever the reason, it cracked me up tonight. :)

BAKE DATE

A week or so ago, three friends and I got together to.....BAKE!  And cook.  We each contributed ingredients to make two pizza and one tray of WICKEDLY RICH brownies.  Oh gawd.  I start hyperventilating just starting to think of them.

 
So we made two pizzas....onion-pepperoni and olive-pepperoni.  My friend, Sheila, had sauteed onions before we came over and they were just so so good.  And this pepperoni she bought was just so THICK and delicious.  And the bread dough Katie brought was just SO LIGHT AND FLUFFY.

Can you tell that I like to eat?

Here are the finished products!!  Gawwd, I love cheese.  And bread.  And pizza, in general.

And we didn't stop there.  Then we made this outrageous brownie...yes, using a mix.  What you do:  make the brownie batter, and then when you pour it in an 8x8-inch pan, pour in HALF, then layer Heath bars over the batter, and then top with the remaining batter.  And because we just didn't think that there was enough chocolate in the brownies, we made a chocolate ganache to go on top.

And then we topped the night off with not one, but TWO chick flicks!  It was a good and delicious night :)