30 December 2007
27 December 2007
Of course Bella made the big haul for Christmas. She is well-stocked with play food, vehicles, books, etc. Here she is washing up in her new kitchen.
22 December 2007
14 December 2007
We are at the U of M Forestry Club tree lot, where we picked out a tree in approximately 9 nanoseconds due to the super duper freezing cold.
Forestry guy: Can I help you find something?
Us: Balsam! 6 feet! Put it in the back!
Forestry guy: I bet she would like a candy cane.
Us: Yes! Put it in the back!
But we got home and calmed down as all of us thawed out. Including our super cute tree. The next day Bella helped decorate it.
Oh Crafty Planet, I love you. Oh, and I especially love Brent, for not minding me taking a skirt class on his birthday. What a guy. Thanks cutie!
09 December 2007
While in Rochester last weekend, Dad and I got the baking bug and decided to make a loaf of cheese bread from a recipe in Cook's Illustrated Holiday Baking. Before we realized it was a quick bread, Dad had hauled out a Hobart-sized Kitchenaid mixer and a barrel of bread flour. Alas, it was just boring old quick bread! But it turned out quite delicious. It was definitely best almost right out of the oven, with the internal cheese gooey and the external cheese crusty. But it wasn't bad toasted the next day with sloppy joes.
Quick Cheese Bread
3 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 ounces sharp cheddar, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/4 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup sour cream
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Spray 9x5 loaf pan and sprinkle with 1/2 cup parmesan.
3. Whisk flour, baking powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Add cheddar to coat.
4. Whisk together milk, butter, egg, and sour cream. Fold into dry ingredients. Pour into pan. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
5. Bake until golden brown and it passes the toothpick test (be careful not to mistake molten cheese for raw batter!), about 45-50 minutes. Cool slightly and turn out of pan.