March 30, 2010
I haven't had homemade cookies in the house for far too long. I finally I rectified this terrible situation by making some lemon snickerdoodles (snickerdoodles dressed up with bright lemon zest!) and now I am convinced that they are the perfect Springtime cookie.
+1 cup (16 tablesppons) butter
+1 1/3 c. sugar
+grated zest of one lemon
+1 tsp. vanilla
+3 c. white flour
+1 tsp. baking soda
+1 tsp. cream of tarter
+1/4 tsp. salt
+2 tsp. cinnamon
+sugar for rolling
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until thick and creamy. Beat in lemon zest, eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, blending thoroughly.
In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and extra sugar. Shape dough into small balls, then roll sugar mixture to coat. Place ~2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 for ~ 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let sit on cookie sheet for a minute, then transfer to a rack to cool.
March 29, 2010
Not moving day for us, thankfully, but we agreed to help our friends transport their beat-up piano from their old apartment into their new house yesterday. Since the piano was missing two of it's wheels and was as heavy as a hippo, when I say "help" for my part I really mean, "stand back taking pictures while the boys almost kill themselves trying to move the thing."
-Do you ever feel like the work-to-play ratio of a weekend sometimes gets a little off? That's what happened this weekend.
-We still managed some relaxing moments, though.
-Another trip to Cafe Besalu for Sunday brunch was a high point, as was reading a bit with the cat and the boy as the weather schizophrenically went from torrential rain to piercing sun.
-We used a break between the many downpours to pick up some new flowers at the Farmers Market.
-Enjoyed a letter from a dear friend who I can't wait to see when we visit San Fran in May.
So March, you know that "in like a lion, out like a lamb" business? Why are you not abiding by this?
Maybe your sibling April will be more well-behaved.
March 26, 2010
We've been making some small adjustments and new purchases for the apartment lately in the name of Spring cleaning and it makes the whole place feel refreshed. Sitting in the afternoon after work over a little laté and steeping in my cozy home before getting ready for dinner and the rest of the evening is one of the highlights of my day.
March 25, 2010
March 24, 2010
The camellia bush outside my work is so full of red blossoms. I haven't seen the Tim Burton movie (and I don't really want to), but every time I walk by this bush I think of Alice in Wonderland and the kingdom of the Queen of Hearts.
March 23, 2010
I've been feeling outrageously tired in the mornings lately, but my short walk to work from where the bus drops me off helps wake me up a little. Passing by the same way every day, it's been fun to watch everything open up more and more as Spring gets going.
March 22, 2010
-After the kitten's final vet checkup on Saturday, the boy and I played tourist downtown. The weather was lovely.
-We paid our respects to the legendary Elliot Bay Book Co. It will be so sad to see that building empty once they're gone.
-Since we purchased a new wine rack last weekend, we felt obliged this weekend to fill it up a bit...and then promptly emptied it again. Oops.
-Watched far too many old episodes of Survivor--the boy has gotten me hooked, unfortunately.
-Got my spider plant bébés all ready to root and make a new plant.
I'm practically X-ing out the days on my calendar until March is over. How are you doing?
March 19, 2010
My granola bars didn't quite hold together, so I crumbled them into a mason jar and now I have lots of granola ready for breakfast next week. I absolutely never eat granola in the winter--I'm craving it's warm cousin oatmeal instead. The fact that granola is starting to look good to me again is as sure a sign of Spring in my apartment as the daffodils and tulips coming up outside.
Have a wonderful weekend!
March 18, 2010
March 17, 2010
March 16, 2010
I've enjoyed photographing eggs ever since I fell in love with the work of Czech photographer Josef Sudek. Whenever I bake I bring the eggs I need for the recipe out and let them sit on the counter as I work. I usually can't help but take their portraits--this time the strawberries had to get in on the action as well.
March 15, 2010
-Frenzies of Spring Cleaning--it feels so good to get the apartment ready for the coming season.
-Maple-whiskey cupcakes and dinner at one of my absolute favorites, Root Table.
-The always amazing Laura Veirs at the Tractor Tavern...this time 8 months pregnant! What a sweet rock'n'roll mum-to-be.
-Some tracks from this upcoming album--I adore the whole "New British Folk" scene that she seems to be a part of.
-Thinking about how much lighter it will be in the afternoons is making me unbelievably happy.