Bake Your Heart Out

Pie

Creation: Apple Pie

Location: My Kitchen

After-Taste: OMG!!!! Hell has officially frozen over!! I made a PIE! And a pie that actually tastes GOOD!! On this Sunday, I had a lot of time to kill, so I got a weird thought in my head to try and make a pie. From scratch. Yes, crust and all. Making the dough was one of the greatest parts of the experience – I was so proud! I used a wine bottle as my rolling pin because I’m classy like that. And I decided I was going to attempt a lattice crust. Holy moly. Shit is getting real. And you know what? Creating the lattice was my favorite part! It was really fun, and a lot easier than I was expecting. The recipe I used told me to pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust to have it seep through all the apples, but I decided to mix the liquid with the apples beforehand. Take note: if you bake a pie, make sure to put a cookie sheet below the pie in the oven. I made the mistake of not doing this and sugary liquid dripped all over the bottom of my oven that will be very difficult to clean. Oopsies! I’ve said many times I’m not very good in the kitchen and this mistake is a perfect example. But I’m getting better, and that’s all that matters. I’m very proud of my apple pie and I’m so happy that it looks good AND tastes good!

Link: Recipe

Cook Your Heart Out

Tom Kah Gai

Recipe: Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Coconut Soup)

Location: Your Kitchen

After-Taste: My New Year’s Resolution is to cook more, so my Mom and I decided to get a jump-start on the resolution by making one of my favorite soups ever. Every time I go to a Thai restaurant, I always get Tom Kha Gai – it’s a creamy, coconut soup with a bit of a kick. [commence drooling] It was a super fun adventure to do with my Mom because we went to an Asian market to get most of the ingredients. This recipe requires quite a few different ingredients that you can’t find in your local Safeway (for instance, kaffir lime leaves and galangal root). Luckily the recipe only calls for a small portion of these unique ingredients, so you can freeze the rest and use later…because trust me, you will want to make this soup again. The prepping of the soup is the hardest part – it’s pretty time consuming. But this is me talking, and I’m not a very great cook, so I’m sure it would take the average cook half the time it took me. Once you get everything prepped, you literally put it all in a pot, wait a bit, and it’s good to go! The soup was so delicious and it was so much fun eating it at home. It also introduced me to curry paste and now I’m obsessed! I want to put that stuff on everything! Going forward, you may start seeing a few more recipe posts since I really want to stick to my New Year’s Resolution…so wish me luck!!

Link: Tom Kha Gai Recipe

Craft Your Heart Out

Clothespin Magnets

Craft: Clothespin Magnets

Necessities: Clothespins, Magnets, Mod Podge, and Paper

After-Glue: Here’s a fantastic gift idea!! These work great as little gifts for co-workers or friends – they’re nothing grand, but they’re handmade and thought and effort goes into them. My friend Bri kept mentioning that she was going to have a craft night and make clothes hanger magnets…I couldn’t get in my head what she meant by that. She kept telling me all I need to bring was paper and gems. Done and done. All you have to do is cut the paper to the size of the clothespin, use a little Mod Podge and stick a gem on each one and you’re done! We had a bunch of paper and even coasters that we worked with. There were a couple coasters that had the University of Washington “W” on it, so I obviously had to make a couple husky magnets! (I kept one for myself, shhhh!) I made about 12 in about an hour – wish I could’ve made more! They were great additions to gifts – the best was when I had a wrapped gift and a card, I’d just clamp the card and taped the magnet onto the gift. Automatic decorative cardholder! I use my magnet on my fridge to hold recipes that I’m using. They are cute and definitely come in handy! Plus, people love handmade gifts. I mean, I LOVE my magnet I gave to myself! ;-)

Link: Clothespin Magnet Directions

Paint Your Heart Out

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Venue: Palettes and Pairings

Location: Issaquah (they also have a Kirkland location)

After-Art: Want an awesome new art piece for your place? Want to drink wine? Want to eat crepes? Want to do all that for $40? Go to Palettes and Pairings then! What a brilliant business model! Check out their calendar and decide what painting you want, then take a friend and be prepared to have a blast and walk out the door with a beautiful painting (great gift idea, too)! The couple that owns this franchise is SO friendly and welcoming. The woman leads the class and shows you every stroke you need to make on your canvas. Paint a stroke, take a sip of wine, paint a stroke, take a sip of wine. It’s simple, really. I am by no means artistic and I managed to knock out the masterpiece above. It’s proudly hanging in my apartment now. :) While you’re painting, her husband is cooking sweet and savory crepes to munch on during the break. It was so much fun for so little money! Check out the calendar and sign up quickly – classes sell out quickly…for good reason!

Link: Palettes and Pairings

Costume Your Heart Out

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What: CHIPOTLE BURRITO COSTUME

When: Every Halloween for the rest of my life!

After-dress-up: Everyone knows I’m obsessed with Chipotle. Seriously. Obsessed. I eat there all the time and I used to visit it so much in college that the manager would often give me free burritos as a “thank you.” When they announced Spokane was getting a Chipotle, I received calls and texts from several family and friends. I don’t hide my obsession very well. Well one day, I came home to a box at my door. I could tell it was from my Mom and usually when my Mom sends me something, I know what it is. This package? I had no idea. I open it and see a shiny silver fabric and was immediately confused. I unfold it and it is a giant Chipotle burrito costume!!! I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited!! I was shouting and tearing up (have I mentioned that I love surprises?) and immediately put it on. There’s fabric that wraps around my neck that has tomatoes and lettuce and cheese. OMG I was dying of happiness. My Mom gave me the most amazing surprise – I appreciate her putting that thought and effort into this kick-ass costume. She even included an embroidered Chipotle logo on the side! I wore it to Chipotle on Halloween and got my free burrito (and a lot of awesome admirers). But I couldn’t help but wonder as I was eating my burrito – would it be considered cannibalism?