Tuesday, September 28, 2010

pizza and smoke

Tonight my wife made a homemade pizza from crust she prepared the night before. She was very excited about this pizza, as the crust was very similar to that of a Punch pizza. However, it required that the oven be set at a very hot temperature, and since she didn't have a "pizza slip" she used parchment paper instead which, as you can tell, didn't fare as well as the pizza. Our smoke detector was constantly warning us of this dangerous task loudly and obnoxiously, but it was well worth it in the end, as it was most delicious.

Monday, September 27, 2010

almost autumn

My wife had the great idea today to climb to the top of the nearby observation deck to view the Fall colors. It was a beautiful day, but unfortunately the trees aren't quite in full transition yet. A little splash of color tried to peek through here and there, but for the most part we just enjoyed the sunshine and the Fall smells instead.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

waffles and tarts

After serving up some homemade waffles this morning for a delicious breakfast, my wife got busy working on her next creation only minutes later. A dark chocolate and made-from-scratch-caramel tart made for a sinful mid-day dessert. Sprinkle some French sea salt on a slice of this, and you're in for a treat lemme tell ya. She used a recipe in Saveur magazine, and I was able to find it on their site!

Friday, September 24, 2010

drowning in nyc photos

I've failed to highlight another of my wife's hobbies, one that she is very diligent at and also very good at. She enjoys taking pictures, and loves Photoshop-ing them. She even asked me only to get her a set of Actions for her birthday last year.

This last Spring she took a trip with her mom and her good friend to NYC to see Oprah at the Live Your Best Life weekend event. They stayed for a week, and my wife took hundreds of photos. Here are a few of my favorites I grabbed from our Snapfish account.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Roasted French Chicken and an Apple Tart

Another superb dinner was in the making earlier this evening, as my wife found a recipe for roasted chicken and vegetables. She had been excited to make this all week long. The chicken was stuffed with garlic and thyme, and the vegetables on the side included carrots, onions and fennel. And now I get to eat chicken sandwiches for lunch using the leftovers which is my absolute favorite sandwich.

A meal wouldn't be complete without dessert in this family of two, and today she made a crisp, sweet, perfect-for-fall-time apple tart. Trying to dig up the source, I asked where she got the recipe from, but her reply was simply "from my recipe box."

I almost forgot, while I sat in the kitchen and visited with her while she cooked I prepared my belly with an appetizer that simply comprised of cream cheese paired with jalapeno jam spread over crackers. A great little snack.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

best candy ever combined with sugar and butter

My wife makes killer cookies. They're like crack. Her most recent discovery is a Reese's Pieces peanut butter cookie recipe from Hershey's. IMHO Reese's Pieces are the best candy you can buy in non-bar form. Combine that with her cookie making abilities and it's impossible to not gorge yourself, even before bedtime. She made four batches this week in preparation for her younger brother's high school football party, and though they weren't for me, I couldn't help but drop four into my belly the day she finally put them all into the oven. Divine.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

love those boots

My wife and I own some property outside of the city where we plan to build a home someday. Today we stopped out there so that I could hang my deer camera (hunting season is coming soon). Passing the time for herself, she snapped a few photos of her own for me to smile at later. She may have been a bit bored, but I know she was happy to have a reason to wear her Liberty of London galoshes from Target.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

first creme brulee attempt

After searching and searching for creme brulee ramekins, (the shallow kind) my wife made her first batch. She finally was able to use the heart-shaped ramekin I bought her back in college during a post-Valentine's Day sale, and the creme brulee torch I gave her for her birthday last year.

After mixing, simmering, baking and scorching, her attempt at this delightful dessert was a success. It was a little too delectable though, as she realized that she halved all of the ingredients in the recipe except the sugar!

She was frustrated, but it still tasted amazing.

Monday, September 6, 2010

what falls from our walls

Our apartment has cement walls with a couple of layers of paint over the top, so we are unable to poke nails into the walls to hang our pictures. Instead, we are forced to use the 3M Picture Hanging Strips, and in the humid state of Minnesota they don't seem to hold so well. We can only deduce that the humidity is the problem, as our hanging objects only seem to fall down in the summertime, but the breeze from the open windows could also be an issue.

Anyway, stuff falls off of our walls. It's a bummer. I gathered up just a few of the fun things my wife has tried to tack to the wall, only to watch them fall and break in most cases.

-On the left is a hand-sewn fabric piece with a cork back that was fit into an antique frame we found, which my wife used to post random notes, pictures and other fun items to. It fell and broke off a few pieces of the ornate wood trim.

-In the middle is my wife's anniversary present to me a couple of years ago. The frame contains a single quilt square from the ratted up picnic blanket we sat on in the park when I asked her to marry me. The word "love" simply written below it, it was a wonderful present, but it fell from the wall and broke as well. A new frame will make this as good as new however. Still, a bummer.

-The letter "Q" fell from an arrangement of random letters of random sizes and colors on the wall in our sun room. All that remains is a white spot on the wall where the paint peeled away behind the 3M strip.

-On the right is an anniversary gift from me to my wife. Just a simple print she always adored in a magazine, but that had to ship all the way from England! This frame actually was never hung, as we feared that the glass would break if it fell. So it just sits, propped up on a shelf now, until we move from this apartment to a place where we can hang pictures like normal people.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

pizza from the farm

My wife has been excited about a "pizza farm" she found online, so yesterday she and I took off of work to take a road trip with her family to the farm where pizzas are made and served to flocks of people looking for fresh ingredients on homemade crust.

The pizza was quite good, though my wife said the dough needed a little more salt. The farmyard setting was fun, but to be honest it didn't really live up to our expectations. We didn't see many animals, fields of wheat, or rows of vegetables that you would expect from a pizza farm.

All the same it was a fun trip, and I was able to sip on a local beer and watch as my wife strolled around the farm taking pictures.