Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fun weekend in store. My birthday is tomorrow so I'll be doing a bit of celebrating and some relaxing.

such a perfect fall scarf (in red plaid)
made a big batch of apple butter this weekend and now want to eat it on everything
seeing people in a different way
fabulous cheese print that i'd love to hang in my kitchen
do room temperature eggs make a difference in baking?
fall premiere tv schedule
super mario bedroom
charlotte olympia made some amazing accessories out of archie comics
habits of happy people
real-life heroines

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Monopoly Properties in the Real World

Scouting NY recently put together pictures of what all the properties in Monopoly look like in real life, seeing as all the properties are named after street in New Jersey.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nintendo Bento Boxes

I find the art of the bento box pretty wonderful- whether perfectly separated types of food, or people who turn lunch into full blown artwork, it's a great thing. The Kitchn recently posted a roundup of some really amazing bento art inspired by Super Mario Brothers. 

Here are a few of my faves

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Sesame and Everything Bagels

Growing up, every Sunday morning my family and I would have bagels from the local shop in our town. They were freshly made and still warm when my dad got home with them. Yesterday I was feeling nostalgic for the Sunday bagels, so I made my own.

Bagels (from here)
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups bread flour
2 1/4 teaspoon yeast

3 quarts water
3 tablespoons sugar

topping and baking:
1 egg white
2 tablespoons water
sesame seeds
bagel spice (I used the original)
2 tablespoons cornmeal

Combine dough ingredients in bread machine in the order indicated by the manufacturer, set to the dough setting. After dough is ready, place it on a floured surface and let rest for about 10 minutes.

Cut dough into 8 even pieces, shape each piece into a flattened ball. Using your thumb, make a whole in the center of the dough, and use your fingers to stretch the dough out a bit so it's an open circle. Cover shaped dough with a clean towel and allow to rest for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375. Dust a baking sheet with the 2 tablespoons cornmeal.

While dough is resting, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar. When the dough is ready, put 4 bagels into the boiling water for one minutes, flipping them halfway through. Then remove them to a clean towel to dry slightly. Boil the second batch of bagels.

Mix together egg white and 2 tablespoons water. Brush the bagel with the egg white wash and then sprinkle on the topping of your choice. Arrange bagels on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, or until nicely browned, rotating the pan halfway through.

this recipe can also be found at some of my favorite food blog hops

Bagels- post boiling, pre baking 

b is for bagel 

Sesame and Everything Bagels

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blackberry Jam

My bread machine (which I still adore), has a cycle that makes fresh jam in small batches. I adore having the fresh jam, and since I'm the only one here who eats it, I only need to be canning tons of jam.  

Blackberry Jam
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons low sugar pectin
juice of 1 lemon
2 cups blackberries

Crush berries gently with a potato masher. Add ingredients to your breakmaker in the order directed by the manufacturer. Set to jam cycle. Pour into jars and refrigerate until fully set.

Blackberry Jam

  Blackberry Jam 

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