Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bake Sale Bliss

So. I need a kitty in my life.
I'm not entering the whole dog/cat which is the better pet argument.
I love my puppy.
Here's my puppy, Ollie.
Come on. He's so freakin cute. 
But picking up his shit on the sidewalks of New York @ 7 AM? Not so cute...
I'll continue to send love to him in Kansas.

SO I might start tweeting/status-ing/blogging/complaining about needing a kitty like...obsessively.
Instead of getting annoyed with this, why don't you help me come up with a name!
I want him to be grey. I want his name to connote food. ...because I love food...

Here's my ideas thus far:

So maybe leave a comment with a name? I don't even have to know you. Just close your eyes and imagine calling the cutest little kitty ever, then type down whatever you called him in your awesome 5 second imagination time andddd submit. HELP ME. please.

This day, last week I was doing something semi-admirable. I baked for a bake sale & all the proceeds went to the System Fibrosis Foundation. 
Yeah. Pat on the back for Morgan.
Double pat actually. 
You know why?
Because BAM! These sold out in the first 45 minutes! What?

You're right, I didn't come up with this recipe either.
This is turning into a blog where I just try out other peoples recipes...
Joy the Baker is the best friend I never had. & this recipe is decadent heaven.

Real Talk.
I'm here to talk to you about this recipe.
Not as aesthetically appealing...but what is?
I didn't make it home with any of these heavenly blondes from the bake sale... So I made another batch for just me and my boy that evening. 
True life: I like being in the company of butter, flour, & sugar.

It's a Martha Stewart recipe. I only tweaked it a little bit.
But I'm going to step-by-step you through it anyway!

Ingredients: 8 tablespoons of soft butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 3/4 cup of chocolate chips, 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts...that's it! 
(you know you have all these ingredients in your pantry, begging to be combined & baked with love. just go with it.)

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees...duh! Grab your 8x8 pan & grease it up realll good with butter. *tip-- I like to glob some super soft butter on the pan and smear it around with a paper towel* Then place a baking sheet on the bottom and 2 inches peaking up on each side. Butter this baking sheet up too.
2) Whisk together butter & sugars. This might be a task. But you'll get through it. When it's smooth, whisk in the egg & vanilla. Fold in the most of the chocolate chips & all the walnuts (save however many chips you like for the top).
3) Pour this mixture (which is ultra thick & scrumptious) into the pan and spread evenly. Then go crazy (or quite conservatively, like moi) with the choco. chips on the top!

4) Bake this for 25-30 minutes! Do not, DO NOT, follow Martha's advice. Martha, if you're reading, please change that. Merci beaucoup.

5) Pull out. Let cool. Dig in.

Try not to eat the whole thing. Or do. Whatevs. It'll make you happy.
Yeah I said it!! Stop denying it, baked goods make you happy.
Eeeespecially these blondies.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sunday, syrup, & love.

Sunday mornings...ahhh.
Seriously, "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5 made me love Maroon 5. 
It just may be one of the best songs ever written. 
& now Maroon 5 is pumping out shit like "Moves Like Jagger"?!? Come on!
okay maybe I secretly like that song...
Still! Not okay!

I honestly don't go out on Saturday nights just so I can enjoy Sunday mornings.
I like to sit in my PJs til noon with a cup of coffee & an awesome playlist (like this one).
Best part, I never feel guilty.

This Sunday morning was special.
It went a little something like this...
Boom. French toast. 
Jealous yet?
Just wait...
My boyfriend made it for me!
I'm sorry, too far. Bragging isn't cool. But tis true. 

& yes. I ate this on the floor.
Broke, no furniture style. 

But for reals-
This French toast was nooo orrdinnarrryyy French toast.
However it wasn't one of those 32,482,689 step, fancy French toasts.
Sure, I've made those French toasts that include orange zest & all that jazz.
But this French toast was the TASTIEST, EASIEST French toast.
How many times can I say French toast?

 Did I mention my boyfriend is Hawaiian?
Sorry again.

Yes, this my friends was made with Punalu'u sweet bread. 
Or Hawaiian sweet bread if you're not from Hawaii...
I'm guessing it isn't organic.... Shhhh.
Here's the deal:
1) Cut the rolls up like you would a loaf of bread.
*This bread was frozen, thawed, & still delicious*
2) Dip both sides of the bread into an egg mixture (about 3 eggs, 3 tbspns of milk, & a pinch..or dump..of cinnamon).
3) Place the bread in a pan w/ heated, melted butter.
4) Flip after 2-3 mins. Take off after 2-3 mins on other side.
5) Enjoy!

The main actor in this play is the sweet bread. Don't let nutmeg or honey steal the show.
Just let the sweet bread shine.
It's so amazing.