Friday, November 19, 2010

Practically Perfect in Every Way

I long to feel this again.  That things were possible made everything sparkle with newness.  Where did it go?  I'd like to enjoy this holiday season, and I refuse to allow anyone to take that from me.  I'd like to be able to whistle a song and move the job along.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mom knows best...

Scare tactic to prevent young boys from letting the whole world know just how gay their mom is making them by sewing in some lace-y details to the hems of their shirts. Most gay boys should be so lucky - few moms would do this in general!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

You Did What?

I marinated milk with chai tea bags. Excuse me... I infused milk with chai tea bags. Gotta not make it sound as basic and easy as it was. But the result was a little taste of Autumn, smothered in vanilla bean cream cheesey goodness. This cupcake was so full of itself that it wanted to check out its rearend in the mirror (see above). Cheeky ass cupcake... But if you got it, flaunt it, right?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A place for everything...

I've been intrigued by bento boxes over the past year. Very little inspires me to want to take my lunch in from home (though it would be cheaper and much more interesting for me to do so). But tonight I think I might have found a few bentos that might just push me over the edge into bringing my lunch to work every day. Like this one. There's just something about the cute peach shape, the wood grain, and the weird little rabbit face thing in yellow... The cuteness factor alone would make lunch-fixing every morning worth it. I mean, tiny little sandwiches nestled next to little piles of couscous, snuggled up to vegan octopus hotdogs? HELLO.

Ginger Spice

It's not easy baking, these days. There are so many distractions, what with Facebook, Twitter, texts, television, e-mail, work... you know, stuff that steals your attention away from what's truly important. Today was my day off, and I decided to devote my time to what I love dearly - baking.

My mission was clear: cookies for work and cookies for friends. The former ended up being what I can only describe as the quintessential 2010 holiday treat- Ginger Molasses Cookie. My ENTIRE APARTMENT smells like what I would assume Mrs. Claus' B.O. would smell like. Gingery, molassesy, baked goodness is what her pits would smell like, and I get that in my very own kitchen. Stellar!

The following is a way for you to also get into the swing of things, and impress yourself a little bit by breaking out of the mold and doing something other than Pillsbury cookie dough in a tub/tube/tray. That's child's play right there.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar (the darker the brown sugar, the richer the flavor... just sayin'), packed firmly
1 egg
1/3 cup molasses (I used dark molasses for the same reason as the brown sugar... you do what you like, kids. I'm no dessert dictator)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsps baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
a pinch of nutmeg

1. Prep your baking sheets with parchment paper and rip your oven on to 350*F.
2. In your electric mixer set on medium speed, cream together your butter and two sugars until smooth and creamy. Add your egg and molasses and beat the snot out of it. I mean... seriously smooth, people. In a different bowl, put all the rest of your ingredients together and stir. Add slowly to the stuff in the mixer, put the plastic guard on (provided you didn't lose yours), and set it on "stir" until blended. It. Will. Smell. A. Mazing. I promise.
3. Now I don't want to get too nitpick-y... but I just discovered this is the best thing to make your cookies come out as annal-retentively perfect as they can get. And it's WAY faster using this method. Space your dough balls (hehe) about 2 inches apart (like... two thumb widths) on your parchment paper-lined cookies sheets, and bake until firm to the touch (10-12 minutes). Let them cool their heels on a wire rack after they've rested for a second on the pan and then enjoy with a glass of milk. Which I just did. Three times already. YUM.

And there you have it. The Spice Girls AND Mrs Claus would be so proud.