28 April 2009
First up - Angry Housewives, since it is still running through May 2nd. Please go see it! It is a fun romp about a group of housewives that, for varying reasons, start a punk band to compete in a battle of the bands. Did I mention it is set in the 80's? My perfect musical!
Next is the YES Festival. These are all new, previously unperformed works. Some great stuff, some stuff that need a bit of retooling. Overall every show was well acted and technically gorgeous.
Shock and Awe is about what our troops are going through at home and abroad. It was touching and disturbing to see the headlines acted out in front of you.
Next is Nightjars. It is a study in group dynamics and FBI interrogation techniques. Who watches the watchmen, people?
Last is a touching (yet a touch long) study of a family living with Autism called Love and Communication. It is about a young couple trying to navigate the system to find the best possible education for their son.
21 April 2009
Normally when offered an oatmeal cookie, I politely decline and secretly think that it is just not worth the calories. This cookie has made a believer out of me. It is made from one of those batters that I almost hate to ruin by baking it, but thank goodness I did. They have a light autumnal flavor to them- due to the cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg- that also scents the air in the house for quite a while after baking. I altered the recipe a bit (a recipe that I found over at A Dash of Sass, that she found in The Joy Of Cooking) by adding an extra teaspoon of vanilla and I used white chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet. I also left out the nuts. The kiddos won't touch a cookie with nuts in it. As A Dash of Sass says, the base batter is so adaptable - what you throw in is really up to you.
Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1 cup uncooked quick rolled oats
4 oz white chocolate chips
1. Oven at 350
2. Cream sugars and the softened butter
3. Add in the egg, milk and vanilla, beat until smooth
4. At this point you are supposed to sift together all of the dry ingredients except the oats and the white chocolate chips. Truth be told, I am pretty lazy so I just added them to the mixing bowl as I measured them out. The cookies are still really good!
5. Now add the oats and the chips.
6. Using a small cookie scoop (if you don't have one, go get one. I love this tool and use it all the time! I have a small one and it is great for controlling portion sizes.) drop dough onto a lined cookie sheet.
7. Bake for around 12 minutes. Mine were perfect at 12 minutes - not too hard, not too soft. My oven runs a bit hot though, so keep adjust accordingly.
Using the cookie scoop, I got 46 cookies out of this recipe. Accoring to my calorie calculator, these cookies are roughly 70 calories a piece. Not a bad little snack to have with a cup of tea!
20 April 2009
I read The Steampunk Home religiously. I love steampunk as a style and it is something my husband and I can both agree upon. This blog helps you Steampunkify (is that a word?) your home. TSH's blogging style is fun, accessible and has encouraged my husband to help me- even get excited about- home decor.
Now the give away was products from London Particulars. I got an amazing print that I could gush about all day and a great ring. The print has the loveliest colors in it. It gently glows. You really have to see it in person to appreciate it; the color is so delicate it is really hard to truly see its intricacy through a computer monitor. I love it. My boy looked at it and asked if people can really fly like that in London. It is already matted, framed and on my wall (having a mat cutter helps.) The ring speaks for itself. See the pictures! As for he store , the ring and photo were nicely presented, well wrapped and shipped promptly - everything you are looking for in an online shop. I highly recommend both the blog and the store.
19 April 2009
As a stay at home mom you don't really get job reviews. You are kinda flying blind as to whether you are doing a good job or not. Tonight, after my boy was officially put to bed, he came upstairs (the living room attached to our bedroom) while I was watching a show that was not appropriate for small ears.
me: What are you doing? You are supposed to be in bed.
him: I needed a hug and a kiss.
(I pause the show then grab him and pull him into a bear hug on the couch)
him: I am more important than any show!
Mission accomplished. My kid knows he is important to me.
18 April 2009
Anyway, I am so thrilled that my library carries such an amazing collection of graphic novels and manga. Funny side note: I was photographing a show this week and the director asked me what I was reading. I told him it was "From Hell" and held the book up. At this point he gets the biggest smile, points to the library bar code and asks where did you get it? Turns out he is the librarian responsible for stocking all of the graphic novels and other specialty books at my library!
10 April 2009
For St. Pat's day I found a bunch of vintage St. Patrick's Day greeting cards and made little ornaments out of them. I loved it so much it pained me to take it down. The shamrocks are from a project my boy made at school.
Now for Easter I blew some eggs (and made a fantastic pound cake) and used a Martha marbleizing technique to decorate them. I glued ribbon around them and I was done!
05 April 2009
What you are looking at is potentially the most fattening thing on the planet. Well, it isn't so bad if you cut it small enough. This cake is the result of quite a silly journey. I wanted to "blow" some eggs to make decorated eggs that I could hang on my mantle. Now I hate to waste food, so I started looking for recipes that called for lots of eggs. I found this amazing recipe for cream cheese pound cake over at Smitten Kitchen. It tastes glorious and the house smells sooooo good for hours after baking it.
The cake has a velvety texture and a wonderful delicate flavor. SK makes her cake in a bundt pan, but I opted for the traditional loaf pan (it makes 2 loafs) for ease of splitting the cake into small serving sizes ( I always cut bundt cake pieces too big!) I also changed the coulis (the sauce you see on the cake above) recipe a bit. The recipe calls for fresh strawberries, but all I had on hand were frozen blueberries. I thawed the berries out a bit by running them under hot water then I processed them according to the recipe. I also added an extra tablespoon of sugar, but I don't think it was necessary. I am glad that I tried the coulis - we have already found other places to use it. My husband poured it over ice cream (it has to be better than chocolate sauce, it is berries after all) and I want to try it on waffles. Oh - I bet it would be good mixed into yogurt as well...