Friday, December 31, 2010

Progress and New Year's Eve!!!

Posted by Juliana at 10:01 AM 0 comments
Good morning! I have made so much progress this week (pictures to follow)! This week I have made chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip muffins both from scratch (are you detecting a theme here?! CHOCOLATE!!!) I will have to post recipes because I can surely not take credit for these masterpieces of deliciousness. One problem though... cupcake liners are not all you need when you make giant deli style muffins... you also need non-stick cooking spray! I was literally bent over my stove scraping the side of the pan (alternating between a giant spoon and a knife- both pretty much sucked) trying to get the crazy muffins out of the cupcake pan. What I was left with was a disappointing, sad looking lump of muffin that was pretty much heaven in my mouth- thank you Nigella from Food Network- it was the first recipe I have written down while I was watching a show... I am pretty sure I missed some sort of ingredient though.  But hey... it is not the looks that count... it is all about the taste!

Last night I tried my hand at homemade Chex mix... oh my goodness... that stuff is not only delicious but really addictive! Tip for you- make sure to cook the Chex mix on 250 degrees for an hour- stirring every 15 minutes. It really makes the mixed nuts toasty and everything really crisp. The recipe typically calls for microwaving the mix for 5-7 minutes... don't do it! Doing it in the oven may take longer, but you will be so happy you did. The best thing is that I have enough ingredients to make another batch once my husband demolishes this batch!

New Year's Eve... well it is a time to reflect on the past year and all the good, bad, and/or ugly things that have happened and be determined to make this next year better. This past year was insane for me. I started a new job, bought a house, got married, and adopted a kitten and a puppy! What was I thinking?! Resolution #1: No more adopting puppies... they are way too much work even though they are adorable... and 1 is more than enough!!! So what are all my resolutions you ask... well let me enlighten you...

  1. Already written... no adopting puppies... never... ever... again. I think I can stick with this one.
  2. Lose 15 pounds... haha... that is such a lie... never gonna happen! I just started a cooking/baking blog!! How about I resolve to gaining 5 pounds... nothing feels quite as good as success!!
  3. Make an awesome blog that people love to read and want to emulate... I am well on the way to this one already.
  4. Smile more... laugh more... love more! Everyone could do this!
  5. Stop complaining so much... this will be harder to do because now I have a public forum to complain!
  6. Live each day to the fullest and make time for romance!
  7. Exercise... I wonder if stirring cake mixes and washing dishes counts for this?
  8. Bake like there is no tomorrow!!
This year is going to be so much fun!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Martha Stewart... I am not!!!

Posted by Juliana at 10:19 AM 1 comments

Do you ever wake up and wish you were Martha Stewart (minus the whole fraud/prison part)? I mean I would love to be able to wake up, make a homemade meal for my husband while packing him some scratch made fabulousness for lunch, feed my puppy and kitty some organic fancy food, take a bath, go to work with goodies for all my coworkers with my handmade scarf, then come home and cook, clean, and cuddle with honey. Okay, so I think that the only way that will ever happen would be if I were to go to sleep at 2 am and wake up at 4. Oh yeah and I would need a second job and would need to learn how to fold a fitted sheet- which no matter how many times I look at the directions on Martha Stewart’s website, I just cannot figure it out!

Well… since Martha Stewart, I am not, I have decided to create a blog with all my attempts to create works of art out of sugar, chocolate, and all other brands of yummy-ness!!! You see, I love to bake... and what do I love more than baking… eating sweets!! I know, terrible… blah blah blah… need to exercise… kiss my butt (yes I know, it would take you all day!). So as I try (and I really do mean try- don’t judge) to bake and have fun and decrease my level of stress, I would like to share with you (yes mom… I think it might just be you) my attempts at Martha Stewart greatness.

Yesterday was Day 1 of Martha Stewart greatness!!! Okay so I think it might have just taken 45 minutes to write the list and I was pretty much dumb enough to think that I would get everything done. I woke up at 5 am and started my list and got to work without crashing on the left over ice from the recent snow storm. I got pretty far surprisingly. Well… I did finish making a batch of scratch made sugar cookies that I rolled, cut out, and iced. I was going to go all fancy and flood the icing- yeah I was tired, I pretty much slapped some icing on and sprinkled some sprinkles and quit- not very Martha Stewart of me… I know. I took down my Christmas tree, rearranged my furniture, cleaned dog pee from my carpet (she looked right at me when she did it!), I even did some laundry. I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. So by 11 pm last night I was EXHAUSTED. I collapsed and went to sleep… how does Martha Stewart survive?!?!

Day 2- I don’t like being Martha Stewart… it is hard and stupid and I am really sleepy! I woke up every hour with a dog that had diarrhea… probably the result of mixing stuff from the top of the trash can and a half a roll of toilet paper. Then diarrhea on the rug… by the door... in my living room!! Needless to say, I needed to stay home and take care of the puppy so my house would not be ruined. My puppy is Sasha and she is really sweet and cute… but good gracious she is a pain in my butt! So right now the plan is to make Chex mix, muffins, and maybe some chocolate chip cookies today- wish me luck.

So… I hope you enjoy reading my blog… all 1 of you (thanks mom!)!!!  Please let me know if you are dying to try a recipe but don’t feel like actually doing the work- I will do it for you!! I will probably spend a small fortune and all my family and friends will have a couple extra pounds to show for all my wonderful baking skills and I will enjoy every minute of it!!!

Happy Baking!!!

PS.  I am officially not trying to be Martha Stewart anymore… I have decided that she is either an alien or a robot and who wants to be one of those?!

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