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Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Pumpkin Recipe... in January

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Cookies:
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, 
cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. 
Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl 
until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg 
and vanilla extract until smooth. 
Gradually beat in flour mixture. 
Drop by rounded tablespoon onto 
prepared baking sheets.

Glaze:
Combine...
2 cups sifted powdered sugar 
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter 
1 teaspoon almond extract 
A drizzle of spice
...in small bowl until smooth

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until edges are firm. 
Drizzle Glaze over cookies.


A couple days ago a woke up wanting to bake something... more specifically something with pumpkin. Who says pumpkin flavored treats only belong during brisk Fall months? So out came my apron, bowls and spoons. Glad to have had a chance to try this recipe again. Definitely a favorite. 



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Garlic Cheese Pull Apart Bread


Darlings,
We have officially entered this year's Christmas season.
However, I feel I must share this recipe I used for our 
Thanksgiving dinner this year. I promise this is the first
and last post having to do with our Thanksgiving festivities.

I present to you the Garlic Cheese Pull Apart Bread...

-Ingredients-

16 frozen white dinner rolls
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dry parsley flakes
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves

-Instruction-

1. Remove frozen rolls from freezer and loosely wrap them in plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 45 minutes.
2. Cut rolls in half with a clean pair of scissors.
3. Combine melted butter and seasonings together (save the rosemary for step 7).
4. Pour over dough and gently mix.
5. Add ½ C of grated cheese and combine.
6. You want each piece of dough to be coated.
7. Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with the piece of dough and then top with remaining grated cheese.
8. Allow to rise in a warm place for 1½ – 2½ hours.
9. Cover bottom of pan with foil to prevent butter from leaking out.
10. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until center is completely done

Enjoy!



Sunday, November 3, 2013

Apartment Tour: Living Room Edition 2.0


Darlings, 
The last time I posted something on this blog of mine 
was three months ago and the last time I gave you all a 
little tour of my humble little home was almost a year ago

So here it is!

It is definitely a work in progress but one that 
I'm so happy and feel blessed to have.

Can't wait to start setting up for the holiday's. 
I promise to take pictures of that too.


Friday, August 16, 2013

May 25, 2014


Darlings,

As of right now May 25 is becoming more and more real for us.
The dress has been bought, venue and photographer are booked, website is up
save-the-dates have been mailed, tickets have been purchased, and invitations 
designed. The fact that we got engaged last September has definitely helped 
with the pace of things. 

Destination weddings are so fun to plan but also a bit nerve wrecking. 
Good thing for friends and family in the island. They are definitely my 
eyes right now. 

More updates to come!




Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Exploring Wisconsin Pt. II

(BEFORE)
Doing my slowmo run... sexy, I know
(AFTER...together we were more powerful against the rabid raccoons)

Darlings,

This time we headed north for a river adventure.
Located in the middle of the Menominee Indian Reservation 
there is the perfect place for just that. 

After driving almost four hours we arrived and found the perfect spot
to set camp. That's when we realized that we were missing a VERY
essential part of our camping equipment. The tent.
(I blame my third-shifts and his 12-hour shifts this weekend this event)

Despite our knowledge of black bears in the area we decided to be adventurous 
and sleep under the stars. Turns out bears should've been the least of our worries.
That night we both woke to some serious growling just inches from my head...
raccoons... very fat and very RABID raccoons (I stand by my last assumption).

I fell asleep right away but S made sure the fire burned all night... the poor
man only slept three hours that night but he did an amazing job keeping me
safe from those not-so-little critters.

The next morning I woke up extra early, made some breakfast while S got some 
much needed sleep, and truly admired my surroundings. There is something about 
the sound of the river just mere feet away, the wind gushing through the leaves, 
and birds welcoming a new day that truly brings you peace. Not quite the same 
as the sound and smell of ocean waves but definitely a close second.



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Exploring Wisconsin


Darlings,
I've had the pleasure to call Wisconsin home for almost eleven years now.
However I can count on one hand the times I've been able to explore its
countless breathtaking parks. So before I move on West or abroad for 
outdoor adventures I figure I should start right here at home.

Thus began our mission to backpack our way through as 
many of these Wisconsin parks as possible.

Good thing S thought it was a grand idea because having him as 
companion through this small adventure was indeed a blast.

Our first stop was Governor Dodge State Park.
Just an hour west from Madison and absolutely gorgeous.





Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer at its best


Darlings,
Yesterday was probably the first day this year that felt like summer to us.
We jumped on the bikes for some errands around town and on the way 
back home we passed the lake and we just couldn't wait to resist heading
on another small summer adventure. We  are now seriously thinking about 
getting our very own tandem kayak or canoe.  How fun would that be?


PS. Now on Instagram and Vine!