Friday, October 29, 2010

the pumpkin doesn't stray far from the patch

My mother-in-law made this little pumpkin craft and gave it to my wife to add to our Fall decorations. It has a real pumpkin stem, but the body consists of fabric around some type of heavy stuffing. My wife loves it, and I have to give my mother-in-law credit (yes, you heard it) for instilling the creativity and pride that my wife values in everything that she creates herself.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Anthropolgie kitchen timer

While I was away hunting last weekend, my wife went shopping. (I need to stop going away) She picked up this little item from her favorite store, Anthropologie. It's about time she bought a timer- previously she was constantly eyeballing the minutes on our wall clock when baking her creations. But like most things, she doesn't settle for just any run-of-the-mill timer, she waited until she saw the perfect one for her. I found the link to it on Anthropologie's website too.

Monday, October 25, 2010

that didn't take long

This weekend my wife bought her 8" cake pans and didn't waste any time making a delicious and petite cake that she could keep in the cake stand she picked up last weekend. And we didn't waste any time eating it. The recipe came from another of her recent exciting purchases, Baked Explorations, and the Caramel Apple Cake was a perfect Fall-time dessert. I believe my quote last night after taking my first bite was that "I feel like my whole body is tasting this right now." It was so good.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lord almighty

This is often times what I look forward to during my lunch break when I walk home from work- washing the dishes. We don't have a dishwasher in our apartment, which would be fine, except that my wife bakes so much that there is a never ending stream of dishes to clean. We aren't messy people, mind you. The pile of dishes you see here amassed literally over only a day and a half due to my wife making tomato soup, granola bars, homemade caramel, with a couple of bowls from breakfast to round it out. The sink contained every measuring cup and spoon we own.

I really can't complain because washing the dishes is really quite a small price to pay for eating delicious foods all my life. I just wish somehow they weren't caked with flour, butter, chocolate, and everything else that she bakes with that doesn't exactly come off easily with a wash rag.

C'est la vie.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

homemade granola bars

These are the most delicious granola bars I've ever had, easily. And that's saying alot because my wife has made some excellent homemade granola bars before this as well. She used a recipe this time that didn't require baking anything in the oven. I watched her mix some solid stuff (granola, cranberries, etc) with some liquid stuff (which kinda looked like caramel on the stove) and then just let it sit and firm up in the pan. They go great with my coffee in the morning at work.

Monday, October 18, 2010

cart before the horse

My wife likes cake stands. I mean, she really likes them. She's been on the lookout for a small one for small cakes. I came home last night after a weekend-long pheasant hunting trip to find that she had finally found one she loved at a vintage store she frequents. Now, she just needs to buy a pan to bake a cake this size. I can't wait!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

post-vacation post

We just returned from a great trip to San Francisco! We checked out all the sites, including Fisherman's Wharf, Little Italy, China Town, the "crooked street" on Lombard, The Painted Ladies (or 'Postcard Row'), the Castro, Mission (where we had the best burrito of our lives), Union Square shopping, Ferry Building- all by foot! This caused my wife to strain something (tendons maybe?) in her feet and cause quite a bit of pain the last half of the trip, but she wouldn't let that stop her from seeing everything there is to see in the bay area.

We of course snapped a few photos of Alcatraz from the peninsula, took in the Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Park, and jumped on a trolley car for a few blocks. San Francisco was ripe with cliche's for us to take part in! My brother-in-law and his girlfriend (who live in Oakland, where we stayed) drove us to Napa Valley for an afternoon of wine tasting as well.

One of our favorite parts of the trip was spending a simple day in Oakland, eating Soul Food (chicken and waffles) downtown for brunch, hanging out by the marina, and eating and drinking in the restaurants all afternoon up on Piedmont. We also paid the Pacific a visit at Ocean Beach in San Fran with a nice afternoon nap in the sand.

All in all it was a fun trip. The bay area has a little bit of everything, that's for sure. My wife finally now has a chance to rest her feet, although she'd want me to write that she NEVER has trouble walking miles and miles on our travels, and she doesn't know how it happened (she made sure I was aware of this fact multiple times during the trip).

Friday, October 1, 2010

baked oatmeal

We can now add "baked oatmeal" to the list of foods my wife has made perfectly. I didn't know you could bake your own oatmeal. Leave it to her to find out that you can though. I found the recipe she used on I came home last night to the scent of cinnamon and baked goods, and I instantly knew that goods things had happened in the apartment while I was gone. Sure enough, a loaf of baked oatmeal sat cooling on the oven. At the time I didn't know what it was or what do even do with it. My wife instructed me the next morning to scoop some out of the bread pan into a bowl, heat it up just a bit, pour in a little milk and add some raspberries. It was a great change of pace for breakfast instead of the kids' cereal my wife teases me about eating.