Monthly Archives: January 2012

Florida the Beautiful

I’m going on day 5 of a lovely sinus infection. Instead of being cooped up all day, I try to get outside for fresh air as much as possible. Yesterday I snapped these:

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The rising sun splashed the blue ski with orange.

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Bright red leaves are all over the place.

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Perfect day for leisurely walks by the canal.

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Zeppelin was enjoying it so much, he didn’t want to go inside.

Today it’s going to get up to about 80°, so we plan on getting more shots today while enjoying Florida in January…in shorts!

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Don’t Shit Where You Eat

Today I fell back in love with my kitchen. For the last six months or so, I’ve become increasingly overwhelmed in it. I had purged a lot of things and nailed down some new organization systems (which my husband is really good at it ignoring), but still felt like I had too much in too little space. I also started to get paranoid that I could never get it clean enough (I grew up with a friend whose house was always really dirty, and it stuck with me), so combined with the crampiness, I started to lose some creative mojo.

Like any normal person, when I have an extra day off- like I did today- I clean*. This morning I took everything out of my kitchen and pantry. Everything. I swept, mopped, sprayed, wiped and scrubbed. Then, I spent the rest of the afternoon putting everything away- neatly.

I realized that there were still a lot of things I could get rid of, too. Like the big ass coffee pot my mom bought me to replace the small French press of mine that she broke. “I know you had a simple one because you rarely drink coffee, so here’s a fancy electric one you’ll never use.” Makes perfect sense.

Now I wish I hadn’t planned such a simple meal for tonight- steaks on the grill, baked potatoes, big salad-  because I finally feel at one with my kitchen again instead of wanting to find a way to bring it to life so I could murder it.

*I truly do get a kick out of taking my time every now and then and cleaning the hell out of the place. Other times, though, there are at least a million things I’d rather do than a couple of dishes in the sink, much less getting wrist deep in toilet.

Sunday Funday: Brownie Roll-out Sandwich Cookies

I was in a funk yesterday. Since I have a 3-day weekend, I figured, eh, I can afford to have an off day. But when I woke up this morning still feelin’ blue, I knew a pick-me-up was in order. Behold: these tasty little sandwich cookies, some filled with coffee cream and others with vanilla cream, were the perfect remedy. I start with these brownie roll-out cookies, and then make the cream fillings with powdered sugar, a little milk and either a little coffee or vanilla extract.

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The cookies are simple, but extremely chocolatey. They would also make a great base for ice cream sandwiches. Which reminds me, I’ve got some ice cream to make!