Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Let them eat.. pie!

Over the past week I have truly come to realize how important friends are.  Sometimes life surely does get crazy and hectic, sometimes you may forget to call your friends for a few weeks, and sometimes it may seem like you are on different pages, but at the end of the day it could have been months, or even years since you last talked, but you know you have a real friend when you reunite after those months and it's like a day hasn't passed.  The instant laughter comes naturally and inside jokes are spoken of like it was yesterday.  Those friendships you make are more valuable than any guy, gold, or chocolate cake out there ; ) 

So laugh a lot
Call each other
Have lots of girl's nights
& make plans
Because it takes a long time to grow an old friend.

So to celebrate my bestfriends birthday this weekend we went white water rafting, had our cake and ate it too, and partied a tad bit, in lieu of turning 20 and memorial day!  Happy Birthday Julie!! xox

& I don't know about you, but to me there is nothing more American that comes to mind than baking a home made apple pie.

So in honor of the beautiful Memorial Day weekend, I did what I do best with my mama, shopped, baked some pie! Which was completely A-Okay by me considering I could eat as much pie à la mode that my little heart desired, since the neighborhood pool party was yesterday and there were no worries of sucking anything in ; )
Recipe adapted from Janell

Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
5 to 7 tablespoons ice water

2 cups thinly sliced peeled Granny Smith or other tart apples such as Newtown, Pippin or Crispin  (1 lb)
2 cups thinly sliced peeled Braeburn or other all-purpose apple such as Empire (1 lb)
1 cup thinly sliced peeled Rome or other firm baking apple such as Baldwin or Winesap (1/2 lb)
1 cup thinly sliced peeled McIntosh or other tender apple such as Gravenstein or Jonathan (1/2 lb)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons fat free milk
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

To prepare crust, lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl; cut in butter and shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add vinegar and enough ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until dough is moist. Divide dough in half. Gently press each dough half into a 4-inch circle on heavy duty plastic wrap, and cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll one half of dough, still covered, into a 12-inch circle; chill. Roll other half of dough, still covered, into an 11-inch circle; chill.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

To prepare filling, combine apples and lemon juice in a large bowl. Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle over apple mixture, tossing well to combine.

Remove 1 sheet of plastic wrap from the 12-inch circle; fit dough, plastic wrap side up, into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray, allowing dough to extend over edge of plate. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Spoon apple mixture into crust. Remove 1 sheet of plastic wrap from the 11-inch circle, and place dough, plastic wrap side up, on top of apple mixture. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Press edges of dough together; fold edges under, and flute. Cut 6 (1-inch) slits into top of pastry using a sharp knife. Brush top and edges of pie with milk; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Place pie on a baking sheet; bake a 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 (do not remove pie from oven). Bake an additional 45 minutes or until golden brown. (Shield crust with aluminum foil if it gets too brown). Cool on a wire rack.

Dont forget vanilla ice cream!


Monday, May 23, 2011

USNA Ring Dance

I truly do not think words can describe how incredible of a time I had this weekend.  When Mac [my handsome date] told me how much fun this was going to be, my expectations were quickly blown away by hour one, which started out on a party bus leading us to Fogo de Chao... and the party did indeed start on the bus.
We then ate and drank the most expensive and delicious meal I ever had in my life.
I got carried away [no pun intended] and took pictures around DC and the Washington Monument

Then we took the bus back to the Naval Academy where I walked into the dance and was literally, speechless!  We danced, we drank wine, and had not one worry in the world. Life was good.
Oh but the fun didn't stop there...
We then continued to party on a yacht like rockstars. I know I know, I am one lucky girl.
"The Ring"
Then we fell asleep right away, and because I have the sleeping cycle of an 75 year old man that likes to wake up early, I was up at 7:30am going off of three hours of sleep, no big deal. So, this was my morning after bi-product of the party bus, dinner, DC, Ring Dance, & booze cruise.
sleeping = normal
 me = not normal
my night = way better than normal
it was completely unforgettable


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Think less, bake more.

Do you ever think about things so much you don't even know how to give your mind a break?  Call me crazy, but that's me right now!  Between thoughts of Rome, Barcelona, The Ring Dance, my social media campaign at work, and enjoying summer, I feel like asdkfjaslfjoiasdlkjoi....totally overwhelmed. There is just so much that is constantly running through my mind right now and the only thing that could take my mind off of all the madness in my life was obviously...

 Carrot Bread with Cream Cheese Icing
Bake at 350° for 55 minutes
2 cups all purpose flour [I used half whole wheat, half white]
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom or nutmeg
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups shredded carrots
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup canola oil
Whisk together 2 T cream cheese, 3/4 C powdered sugar, 4 tsp milk, until smoothe and glazelike. Drizzle over Carrot Bread
Candied Carrots
In a skillet melt 2 T butter over medium heat.  Add 1 cup shaved carrots and 2-3 T honey.  Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until carrots are glazed and tender.  Spread on paper towel or waxed paper to cool.
1. In a bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, soda, and salt.  In another bowl combine carrots, eggs, milk, and oil; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. 
**I added 1/2 cup of chopped Walnuts to mine to give it extra texture**
2. Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 55 minutes.  Cool in pan 10 minutes.  Remove and let it cool completely on a rack.
3. Get fancy shmancy with the icing, add some candied carrots! Then wa-lah. Masterpiece.

MAKE THIS. It's amazing, easy to make, and looks like you worked hard on it. This bread totally rocked my socks and was the perfect remedy for an overthinker like myself. But now as i'm typing this my mind is beginning to wander.. hmmm maybe that means slice two is waiting for me in the kitchen! ; )

But before I go I want to know what are your thoughts on
???Barcelona vs. Rome???


Friday, May 13, 2011

Just Do It

Working as a marketing intern has taught me a lot this week. 
1. If I am ever going to commute to NYC from home one day, I definately want to invest in a Porsche 911 twin turbo Black Edition [you can tell I haven't given that car much thought] because sitting in traffic is no fun
2. Watch your feet (I broke the computer on my second day, I didn't notice they put the hard drive right next to my feet and when I went to roll away on my spinny chair, it toppled over, Euniece = super embarassed)
3. "Only two things are certain in life, taxes and death" - my overly optimistic boss : )
4. Even though I am super tired after work and the last thing I want to think about is running, let alone running a race, sometimes you have to suck it up and just do it, because you just might get second place overall female in a 5k.. it had to be my lucky hot pink zebra shorts
5. Work hard --> play hard, friday friday gotta get down on friday
my week in photos <3

How do you balance your work, fitness, life routine???
Hope you all had a lovely week xoxo


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

forget love,

I'd rather fall in chocolate
I'm posting this recipe because I love you all, and want your tummies to love you back as much as I do!
Not only is this torte easy, but it is absolutely delicious
Recipe is curtosy of House of Fifty 

Chocolate and Rasberry Torte:
14 tbsp butter
7 oz bittersweet chocolate
4 eggs
3/4 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
For serving:
1 tsp powdered sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp sugar
8 oz raspberries

Preheat oven to 335°
1. Melt the butter and then place the chocolate into the butter to melt  Stir until combined, and let cool.  In another bowl mix the flour and baking powder together and set aside.
2. In a separate bowl combine the eggs and the sugar
 3. Mix until frothy
 4. Add the chocolate and butter mixture into the egg and sugar mixture.  Combine well.
5. Then fold in the flour and baking powder mixture. 
 6. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 15 minutes.  While waiting for it to finish, it is in your best interest to snack on a chocolate covered spoon from all that hard work!  When removing the cake from the oven it will be soft in the middle, but will stiffen after being refrigerated.
 7. When you are ready to serve, dust the cake with powdered sugar, and make your whipping cream.
 8. Spread on a layer of whipping cream and decorate with raspberries! 


Sunday, May 8, 2011

my best friend is my mom

She’s not awesome just because she had me at 17 and raised me on her own, and did a remarkable job doing it.  She’s not the best just because she’s an awesome runner who already completed four half marathons and a marathon, not to mention she just started running four years ago.  She’s not super cool just because she dresses better than Rachel Zoe, and I wear half of her wardrobe.  She’s not the bomb just because she jams out to Lil Wayne and can get down like no one’s business.  She is incredible because she’s my best friend, my running partner, my inspiration, and best of all, my mom.

Over the past 19 years of my life my mom has taught me to:
Do it for myself
Not care what anyone thinks of me
Drive a car
shop…..<--bad bad habit
Appreciate culture
Size is just a number
Be a good person
Keep in touch with family, even if they don’t try to keep in touch with you
Wipe my mouth with a napkin
Say please and thank you
Not worry about the past, and look toward the future
Save money
Doll myself up, because you never know who you will run into
Try new things
Do it like you mean it
Appreciate the little things in life
Stick with it when things get rough
Work hard
 That less is more
Leave things to the imagination
Wear sunscreen [still need to work on this one]
Act goofy, dance, and smile
Take care of my body
Do what i love, and love unconditionally
Be true to myself

 No matter how old I am, I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as your living, my mommy you’ll be.

I know you’re reading this mom so, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY BEAUTIFUL, i love you!