Tuesday, August 5, 2008

going places

i've decided to move. i'm not really going anywhere far, but i have decided that my blog needs a little refreshing. a makeover, shall we say? I am staying with blogger, but from now on you can find me here, by the lakeside. i hope you'll come visit and join in the housewarming party.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

salted caramel love


Some people adore chocolate, but I prefer caramel. Throw a little saltiness in there, and I am completely smitten. I found Tartelette's recipe for salted caramel sauce ages ago, and every so often keep a jar of it in the fridge for summer sundaes.

While the kids weren't looking, we ate one of these for lunch, figuring the peanuts were protein, and the bananas a source of fresh fruit. Let me warn you in advance though, that making this caramel sauce should be limited as you will find yourself eating spoonfuls of it with or without ice cream.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

snacktime


The Barenaked Ladies have a new cd out. I spotted it on another blog awhile back, and pretty much ran to the store to find it. It is one of the best cd's. Ever! And not just because they grew up in my hood. Take a peak here.
I think they were meant to make children's songs. Although we've been listening to it in the car even when the kids are not there.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

sunday night cake, on a saturday

Oh, what a week. I keep meaning to capture more moments with my camera, and finish a million fun projects, but life is just not letting me at the moment. Some changes are ahead for me at work, and although they are good for me, they were a surprise. And anything unexpected throws me into a loop these days. Especially because my sweet little guy started his first 'real' daycare last week.

Amidst all of the changes, I found myself day dreaming about this alternative life, where we pick up the kids and move to the country. Where I spend my mornings baking bread and hanging clean laundry on a clothes line. The kids are perfectly well behaved (yes, this is a dream) and we find adventures in the country every day...fishing in ponds, climbing trees, exploring the woods. All the while, my small, yet charming country home is ultra chic, and I look fresh and stylish while sipping lemonade on the wrap around porch. Sounds nice, no?

Instead of putting a for sale sign on our front lawn, I decided to tackle some things at home that could not wait any longer. Laundry. Ironing. Bathroom scrubbing. Dusting, vacuuming. Pretty much everything I've been avoiding for weeks. And with all of this domestic success behind me, I felt some cake baking was required too. I turned to my absolute favorite book on baking: Richard Sax's Classic Home Desserts. I made my second attempt at Edna Lewis' Sunday Night Cake, but this time with a candy thermometer. It was a complete success! It's a plain white cake, with a burnt sugar topping that reminds me of fudge, or tablet. Exactly the type of old fashioned cake one would eat in my dreamland.Glen and I literally licked the bowl clean of that icing. We didn't even let the kids see it. I'd strongly recommend using a candy thermometer if you try it. Otherwise you may have a hard, brick like layer of burnt sugar that I had on my first attempt.

So with some successful baking behind me, and a somewhat tidy house, I think I can tackle this week with confidence. If not, at least I have the rest of that pan of cake.

Friday, June 6, 2008

june

Things I am loving this June......


hanging baskets of flowers are everywhere, I just can't decide which ones should make it home with me.

finally, a completed knitting project. Or half of one? Does one slipper sock count as 50% complete?


this favorite cookbook making it's way back in rotation.

and the sheer excitement brought on by slides and outdoor fun.