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Wednesday
Jan122011

It's about time.

 Seven months, one tragedy and two roosters later we finally have three healthy layers.

We were never really sure that Hermione had been laying. The only one remaining of the original bunch of three, her hawkish looks and goof ball demeanor didn't make us question why we were spending whatever ridiculous amount it was on organic feed, the occasional organic tomato, bunch of organic spinach or tasty chokecherry from our front tree for a seemingly sterile bird.  Well, somehow, againt nature's way (laying decreases dramatically during the short winter days), she finally started popping out some lovely blue eggs and hasn't stopped since.  After a few (many) insanely cold days and nights we finally got out to checking our laying box to find three frozen, cracked and otherwise wasted blue eggs.  Today is the only day since she started that she hasn't produced, leading me to believe she is on a six days on, one day off schedule.  I'm going to need a vintage metal egg basket to sate my inner photographic needs this coming summer.  Aren't all three gorgeous together?  Brown with spots come from Peggy Olson, pink fom Nina Totenberg and the blue from everyone's favorite Hermionie Granger.  I'll begin taking your pre-dyed easter egg orders starting next week*.

 

*USDA sidenote: I promise I won't sell anyone my eggs. Unless they offer me big bucks or trade for delicious meals, in which case, feel free to come raid my three hen establishment.  Cheers.

Sunday
Dec122010

Cure for the housebound blues

Unless you've been living in a cave, under a rock, or somewhere glamorous and warm, you are probably aware of the snowstorm we've all experienced here in humble Minnesota.  They predicted the snow on Thursday and for the first time in my 28 years, they were spot on.  Cold, dry snow started coming down in waves Friday night and didn't stop until after we shut our eyes at 10pm last night.  If being locked in my house for over 48 hours couldn't get me to blog, I'm not sure anything could.

 

Out with friends on Friday night, Kyle and I walked the mile home in what was at the time just the mild beginning.

 

 

Home at last

 

After a few hours yesterday at my good friend Rae's vintage pop up shop, Mighty Swell (where I scored some absolutely amazing clothes I can't wait to wear) I immediately wanted some spicy hot chocolate.  We almost always have milk and dark chocolate in the house, so Kyle gladly obliged my wishes and whipped up a batch.

 

 

 

Spicy Hot Cocoa for Snowdays

Serves Two

 

Ingredients:

2 cups milk

1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2oz high quality chocolate, broken into pea sized bits

 

Instructions:

Whisk together milk and all dry ingredients except chocolate and vanilla .  Over low heat, bring to a boil watching carefully.  Remove from heat, add chocolate pieces and cover, waiting one minute.  Stir together and divvy out into individual cups.  Serves two in large mugs or three in small.

 

 

Wednesday
Dec012010

Joining in on the holiday spirit

Every year around the holidays I am busy getting things ready for my clients, making christmas presents, shopping and all of the other things normal people do during this season.  What I normally DON'T do is spend the time making a holiday card.  I always feel bad when I receive other peoples fun christmas cards in the mail, but thanks to Shutterfly's 50 free holiday card promotion, I'M DOING IT!  Come hell or high water! 

 

We used Shutterfly for our latest holiday card... which came out approximately 3 years ago, you know, when we got married:

 

I still adore that card. 

I haven't put our card together for this year yet (surprise!) but seeing as they have Christmas, holiday and New Years card options, I'll be in good shape even if I don't get my act together by Christmas.  Seeing as they're so easy to make and order (not to mention I can pick them up at Target) as long as I can chose a picture, I'll be in great shape. 

 

If you're a blogger and want to get in on the 50 Free cards from Shutterfly Holiday Promotion, just go here to fill out the information.  Oh, and I promise I'll blog about food soon too!

Tuesday
Nov092010

No excuses

No excuses today, just a recipe.  I was inclined to bake yesterday, and I did. I knew I wanted a muffin that involved pumpkin and quinoa, but a bunch of the recipes I found had way too much sugar and would turn into cupcakes.  So I made up a recipe, baked the suckers, took pictures, and now I'm blogging.  Amazing how that works isn't it?

 

 

 

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Coconut and Quinoa

Preheat oven to 375F

2 C Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (available in bulk at the Twin Cities Coops)

1 C Cooked Quinoa (1/2 cup dry)

3/4 cup fine cane sugar

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 C. cooked pumpkin or canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 tbsp melted butter

2 tbsp vegetable oil (I used olive oil, as it was all we had on hand)

1 tsp fresh ginger finely grated (dry would suffice as a substitute)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut plus more for dusting

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In a large bowl, combine quinoa with flour until adequately separated (until balls are approximately the size of tapioca pearls)

Add remaining dry ingredients except coconut and stir until well mixed.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together all wet ingredients.  Fold wet ingredients and coconut into dry, until just combined. 

Spray muffin pan with cooking spray and fill cups threequarters of the way full. Sprinkle with remaining coconut.

Bake 20-25 minutes until tops have browned.  Remove from oven and eat immediately!  Oh, you can't eat 1 1/2 dozen muffins all by yourself?  Cool the remaining muffins on a rack.

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Oct032010

Cookbook!

It's here!  I'm so proud of the work I've done, and the stories that Stewart tell in the book are a great Sunday morning read, not to mention the delicious recipes.  Get your copy here: 

And speaking of cookbooks, Ikea has released a cookbook with no words (true to Ikea's furniture assembly directions, no?) I just love the photography.