Monday, August 27, 2012

quick bread

thanks to the fabulous farmer's market there has been an abundance of plump little blueberries at our house this summer. so many in fact that i've been looking for new ways to prepare them. this recipe, blueberry oatmeal bread, from betty crocker turned out delish! it's a delicately sweet and super easy quick bread.

xo,
carly

Thursday, August 23, 2012

funny little project...

have i mentioned i love pinterest? LOVE it! there are so many fabulous, wonderful and silly-good-fun project ideas that i'm collecting. during these last days of summer i'm trying to complete a few like this...

pool noodle boot stuffers

kinda hysterical yes? i found this funny little project on pinterest, it comes from here. to complete my pool noodle boot stuffers, i used an electric knife (great for turkey & pool noodles apparently) and there wasn't even a mess to clean up. super awesome!

before the cut

after
 and by the way, sorry about the terrible photos. it was soooo dark & cloudy today, which i actually loved. i wore a sweater, yay! bring on the fall weather!!!

xo,
carly

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

cookie #4: caramel refrigerator cookies

hi friends!
it's been a while since my last post, seems i've lost track of time a bit. i've been busy in the kitchen and busy checking off my summer-project-to-do list so i have lots to share but let's start with my latest cookie from the cooky book...

caramel refrigerator cookies
recipe:
-1/2 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
-1 cup brown sugar (packed)
-1 egg
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-1 3/4 cups flour
-1/2 tsp soda
-1/2 tsp salt

mix shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla thoroughly. measure flour by dipping method or by shifting. stir flour, soda and salt together; stir in. form in roll 2 1/2" across. wrap in wax paper. chill until firm.

heat over to 400. cut in 1/8" slices. places slices a little apart on ungreased baking sheet. bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. makes about 5 dozen cookies.

my notes:
broken record here but once again, i'm all butter, no shortening. these are sooooo easy! i made the dough in seriously 5 minutes, chilled overnight, sliced and baked while i was making pancakes in the morning. and besides easy, they taste awesome! i like mine a little softer in the middle with crispy edges so i might cut a little thicker than 1/8" and still bake just 8 minutes.

xo,
carly

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

fall colors

just a quick, happy snapshot...working on my fall wardrobe. loving polka dots & stripes, bright lipstick red, mint, ultramarine, navy and gray.

happy tuesday!
xo, carly

Monday, August 13, 2012

pretty little hand pies

i love sweets...candy, chocolate, cupcakes, especially cookies, the list could go on...but i don't really care for pie. not sure what it is, the crust maybe. usually if i'm going to have sugary cooked fruit, i would choose a nice crisp. however i have been obsessed with the idea of cute little hand pies. maybe i like portable sugar. anyways...

saturday i came home from the farmer's market with a whole bunch of lovely blueberries, chandler variety, the lovely lady who sold them to me said. thanks to pinterest i found a blueberry-specific recipe from the super fun blog, camille styles, find it here.

i sugared a few and glazed most (for an extra sugar kick). they tasted fabulous, the crust was flaky and i do believe it lives up to camille styles' claim of world's best. but...do you see how pale my pies are? anyone know why that might be?

well until i get it right, i'll be baking pretty little hand pies. i'll keep you posted and i'll get back to my sewing/t-shirt project soon.

xo, carly

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

cookie #3: cinnamon jumbles

we've been having a "seattle heatwave" around here (read: not nearly as hot as the rest of the country but out of character in the pacific northwest). 91 degrees the other day...much too hot to bake. today however, was a chilly 74 at my house and i really needed a cookie so i tested out recipe #3 cinnamon jumbles!

recipe:
-1/2 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
-1 cup sugar
-1 egg
-3/4 cup buttermilk
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon

mix shortening, 1 cup sugar and egg thoroughly. stir in buttermilk and vanilla. measure flour by sifting method or shifting. blend together flour, soda and salt; stir in. chill dough.

heat oven to 400 degrees. drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough about 2" apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. sprinkle with a mixture of 1/4 cup and cinnamon. bake 8 to 10 min. or until set but not brown. makes about 4 dozen 2" cookies.

my notes:
do i need to keep saying that i used only butter and no shortening? right, so butter works great. the cookies are like super-soft-cakey snickerdoodles, very tasty.

xo, carly