Monday, August 31, 2009

Funfetti Cake

I think I've proclaimed my love for Funfetti on this blog before. Oh yes, here and here and even here.

I'm baking one tonight. For my favorite boy.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Lime

Baby B is the size of a lime.


Isn't that just precious?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Really Cute Boy...

...is about to turn four years old.

We're sending him to Grandma Honey's for a couple of days before his celebration so we can ready the house and his (extra large) gift without his knowing.

I'm hoping little sister and I can whip up one of these before he comes back:



from modabakeshop.com

September 1st 2005 was such a good day.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Just...Yuck.


Why?
Why would anyone want little, crispy, dehydrated berries in their cereal? It's so super nasty I just can't get over it.
If you like them, shame on you. ;)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Three Recipes

To go with my "Three" theme, I'm posting three new-to-me recipes for you to try (and promptly devour). I've made all of these this week. They were post-worthy. :)


Easy Cheese Danish
from Barefoot Contessa at Home

by Ina Garten

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
2 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream them together on low speed until smooth. With the mixer still on low, add the egg yolks, ricotta, vanilla, salt, and lemon zest and mix until just combined. Don't whip!

Unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured board and roll it slightly with a floured rolling pin until it's a 10 by 10-inch square. Cut the sheet into quarters with a sharp knife. Place a heaping tablespoon of cheese filling into the middle of each of the 4 squares. Brush the border of each pastry with egg wash and fold 2 opposite corners to the center, brushing and overlapping the corners of each pastry so they firmly stick together. Brush the top of the pastries with egg wash. Place the pastries on the prepared sheet pan. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry and refrigerate the filled Danish for 15 minutes.

Bake the pastries for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan once during baking, until puffed and brown. Serve warm.

note: I am eating one of these with coffee this morning for breakfast. Ah-maz-ing.

***

Garlic Croutons
adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home
by Ina Garten

1/2 loaf pumpernickel bread
1 large garlic clove
1 tablespoons good olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Slice bread into 1/2 inch cubes.
Crush garlic w/ side of a chef's knife and discard the peel. In a medium saute pan, heat the oil over medium heat and add the garlic. Cook for about 1 minute, until the garlic starts to brown, and then discard the garlic. Add the bread cubes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until browned on all sides.



note: I literally danced around my kitchen for joy when I tasted one of these. My taste buds made me do it.
confession: Ina uses regular white bread in her original recipe. Buuut...I was inspired by the lust inspiring croutons at this restaurant to make them with pumpernickel. You may use whatever tickles your fancy.


***


Baked Potato Salad
from a friend



red potatoes

green onion
bacon bits
shredded cheddar cheese
Ranch dressing
Ranch dressing mix (dry)
sour cream
mayonnaise

I don't have measurements for this one because a friend gave me the ingredients and just said 'whip it together!'
So I did. :)
One note for you is how to cook the potatoes (can't eat them raw...)
Place potatoes in and 2 T. salt into a large pot of water. Bring water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes are barely tender when pierced with a knife. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then place the colander with the potatoes over the empty pot off the heat and cover with a clean, dry kitchen towel. Leave the potatoes to steam for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender but firm.
When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them into quarters or halves.
Mix with other ingredients.
(potato instructions from Barefoot Contessa at Home)
If you make any of these, let me know! I love to share recipe turn-outs and see how you liked them!
P.S. Can I just say that I think Ina Garten has not made a false move in her delicious little life? "Idolize" would be the word.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Three Blooms

Emma Freemantle

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Back to School

I registered for school yesterday. On the schedule: Microbiology and Algebra [insert shrieking horror film scream here].

Not to worry, I'm taking a school break come Spring when baby is due. By the time I return I should be in nursing clinicals instead of just prerequisites! Excited.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pregnancy Perk #1

Kindly folks offering a chair.



Sooo...for the record? I'm showing. Already.

Proof positive: While standing and waiting for a table at this yummy pizza joint this weekend a sweet older lady brought me a chair and insisted I sit. Good thing, we waited an entire hour and 35 minutes!

But really? Showing at 9 weeks pregnant? Really??? I look to be a good 15 weeks along. We'll just pretend that's hot instead of scary.

At least the perks are kicking in.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blogiversary

I started this blog two years ago as a sort of escape.
It has come to mean a lot more to me and has opened up so many old and new friendships.
This is the 3rd August that I've been writing She's Star-Crossed.
Last year I celebrated the blogiversary with a drool-worthy parade of cakes.
This year, I'll celebrate with a theme: "Threes."
(I thought it was pretty fitting because of this too.)
Photos, thoughts, memes...all about three.
country living

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

They Come In Threes

Stooges, Blind Mice, Tenors. They all come in threes...




And now, my children will number three.
I'm thrilled to be expecting Baby B #3 in March 2010.

Wordless Wednesday 11

A cute, blogging Minnesotan asked for a favorite "from-behind" photo. Here's mine...hands down.
December 2008

Blogging More

Hello, fun friends. I think I'm about ready to start blogging more. I'm getting tired of this Summer weather, getting over a miserable summertime cold and generally disenchanted with the heat and sun itself. I'm ready for the brisk, bright days of Autumn. Thus, more blogging.
Just need a bit of feedback from you. I have these little featurettes that I like to do weekly (I try my darnedest to be prompt with them). Wondering which you like the best. I might only bring back one...I might bring them all back. Depends on my little blogging heart's desire.
So, on the table we have Frivolous Friday, in which I discuss celebrities, fashion and anything frivolous. I also do a Friday Fill-In that day.
Real Life Tuesday is a reader participation game. I post a photo (a dreamy, so-not-real-life photo) and you comment about what the situation is like in real life. Too much fun.
And then there's Floor-Plan Saturday. One I really love but slacked on in the last months. I post a fabulous home floor-plan and we all discuss the pros and cons.
So...I've rigged up a fancy little poll (I love the world wide web!). All ya do is vote. And if you feel like it drop me a comment and rate the three.
My Favorite Star-Crossed Feature

Frivolous Friday
Frivolous Friday
Real Life Tuesdays
Real Life Tuesdays
Floor Plan Saturday
Floor Plan Saturday

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xoxo, My Beauties!
See you in the future.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Favorite


We are contemplating a trip back to Minneapolis this Fall...will it fit in the schedule, is the drive worth it?
If we make it up there I am insisting that we go to dinner at one of my favorite spots - introduced to me by my little sister. Hell's Kitchen is located in the heart of the city and it has the most fabulous food.
It has nothing to do with that scary television reality show of the same name. I think that's just a coincidence.
If you live in Mpls, go there for me. Get the Beef & Vegetable Curry soup. It is the stuff dreams are made of.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Man Food

The children were left to the devices of their (ever loving, sometimes misguided) father tonight while I got a night out with my sister to see the movie Julie & Julia.

When we returned the house had quite an...um...pungent odor about it. The kids were happily munching down on what they informed me was "Man Food."

Man Food: Roast Beef (from a can) atop a slice of wheat bread and butter.


I'm cringing. I have visions of Julia Child's boeuf bourguignon floating around in my head and my children are eating canned "meat."

It took them an average of 12 minutes per bite to chew. Why is it that mystery meat grows as you chew it? It just gets drier and drier...and spongier and spongier.

I'm off to light some candles to rid my home of the stench...

P.S. Julie & Julia is an adorable movie and any foodie or francophile or person with just plain good taste in movies ought to take themselves out on the town to see it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wanna Try...

Cranberry Raisinets
Not a big fan of raisins but craisins? Yes, please!
This is not becoming a food blog, I promsie. ;)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Amish + Friendship = Bread

photo: amish america
I got some Amish Friendship Bread starter in the mail a couple of weeks ago. Made my heart warm. It was from this sweet far-away friend.
The smells of cinnamon and rising dough are filling my kitchen now...it's baking day. I'll pass my starter off to this darling near-by friend.
Don't the Amish celebrate friendship in the most perfect way? We're all baking bread from the other on the same days. It's just right.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Welcome, August.

photo by chris everard