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- 1 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 7 1/2 to 8 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus softened butter for brushing
- 2 cups whole milk, at room temperature
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
You HAVE to go to this blog post to see the details of what this person created online. It's my dream to have my own cookbook and this will be my platform. What I discovered through the Blurb website is that it is a tool to create not only cookbooks, but any bound book, and the prices are reasonable. You can create a coffee table book with just photos, or a children's book about a favorite vacation. You can create a book from your instagram account. And wait for it: you can also turn them all into ebooks that you can sell! So thank you social media, pinterest and the blog world in particular, for introducing me to blurb.com. We will soon become great friends.
What's your Friday Favorite? Don't forget to tweet it too! #FF
Thursday, November 10, 2011
And this week I tried it and it's delicious! What a great way to make salad ahead with dressing and avoid the soggyness. I've been putting mushrooms, sunflower seeds, and tomatoes in the bottom of mine - topped with lettuce and it's still super crisp at lunch time.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I'm not a photographer by any means. I've seen many 365 photography blog projects full of gorgeous images. I also look forward to the beauty fellow bloggers share on wordless Wednesday. I'm not sure if it will catch on but I'd love to share with you some of my favorite pictures on a weekly basis.
Photo One: Harold Parker State Park
Monday, November 7, 2011
One of my life goals is to write a cookbook. I decided this about two years ago. I absolutely love to cook. Before I became a wife, opened an Etsy shop, or thought the gym was important, I use to watch Food Network constantly. I often feel that Rachael Ray single handedly taught me how to cook. Now that I've learned basic skills and what tastes good together I cook all the time, sometimes with recipes and most of the time without. And when I first started this blog I thought it could also be an outlet to practice writing and sharing my recipes. So here goes:
Meg's Parmesan Alfredo Sauce
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cup milk (I used skim, use cream or whole milk for a richer sauce)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Tools: small sauce pan, whisk, microplane or grater
The first part of this sauce is making a simple roux, a thickening agent. Did you know you can make a bunch of roux ahead of time? Save it in the fridge and add as needed later. This is especially useful for thanksgiving gravy. No matter how much you make it's always equal parts fat and flour.
Warm pan on medium low, melt butter and olive oil together. When it's all combined sprinkle in the flour, whisking constantly. After the flour is incorporated let it hang out for 3 minutes, it will make little bubbles all over. This is where you would stop and refrigerate your roux if you making a bunch.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
If you know me outside of the internet (which I'm not sure how any of my blog readers fit into this category) you know that I almost always have my hair in a braid. It's either a pony tail with a braided tail, a french braid, or inside our french braid. This hairstyle that I pinned I actually saw on Craft Gawker first (but who uses that now that we have Pinterest?!) But Craft Gawker did have a video - which I watched and then figured it out.
And here is my completed version. My hair was still wet (the only way I can get a good tight braid in) so it's not as flowey as the Pinterest photo but I think I did a pretty good job. At first the hubby didn't like it - but when it comes to my hair style I tend to stick to what I like :-) I haven't done it again since - but maybe I'll try it again tomorrow!
Have you tried any hair styles or fashion ideas that you've pinned? I'm finding them easier than the crafts because they don't take much time.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I've been working on a few goals, all are in progress, but I haven't 100% completed any of them yet.
- Have 100 items in my shop (I'm, on my way with 58 items and lots of new plans)
- Develop a Seasonal Winter Collection (this I'm proud to say is about 75% done)
- Market my Vineyard Collection for wholesale (hasn't happened)
- Develop marketing material for my Bridal Collection (I have some professional photos done)
- Make mini version of my Craft Fair Displays (DONE!)
I wanted to share with you the one I actually finished! Like most crafters I'm not a one trick pony. I've dabbled in all kinds of crafts but settled into jewelry for my Etsy shop - mostly because I love beautiful things. But I also developed woodworking skills when laboring on construction sites and have refined them to now offer jewelry displays.
After seeing a display at the Portland Saturday Market, long before I opened my Etsy shop, I knew I wanted to also make and sell jewelry. This summer I did my first craft fair and built my display based on what I remembered. My tutorial of this display has become my #3 most viewed blog post.
|Jewelry Organization - Painted White|
|Jewelry Organization - Stained Wood|