Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are a favorite memory of mine…hearkening back to the long-lost days of elementary school, when my mother would make them to bring to my class for my birthday. I had an August birthday, and so my mother would always arrange things with my teachers so that I could bring cupcakes in during the last week of school. In celebration of summertime, the Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes were always a delightful surprise!
Enough Cake Batter for 12 cupcakes (your favorite brand or from scratch!)
12 flat bottomed sugar Ice Cream Cones
1) Mix batter
2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
3) Set sugar cones in cupcake pan
4) Divide Batter Evenly between cones
5) Bake 20-25 minutes
7) Ice the tops to look like ice cream
8) Apply sprinkles
The cupcake pan keeps the cones from wobbling while they bake!
I overfilled my cones a tad, there was a little overflow. To remedy this, fill the cones only to the first line.
I kept mine standing up in a foil lined pie pan until party time!
What a scrumptious little cone!
They are even tastier than they look ^_^
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Aren’t they just lovely? Well, as good as they look, they smell a thousand times better when they are baking. Try the recipe, I dare you!
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Monday, November 5, 2012
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
On August 1st, 2009, I eloped to Las Vegas with the love of my life, and we began our “happily ever after”. After a few years of dating, Christopher and I joined the US Navy, together, and decided it would be silly to let the military drag us to separate corners of the earth, where we would be, undoubtedly, very unhappy, and so, in order to stay together, we decided to get married.However, each of us was still in our A-School training at the time, myself studying Korean at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and Christopher studying medicine at the US Navy Corps School in Great Lakes, IL. We only had weekends off at a time, so we decided to meet in the middle, at a place where, in one afternoon, it was possible to procure a marriage license AND get married, LAS VEGAS!We booked a gorgeous suite in the glamorous Venetian Hotel, in my opinion, the best hotel in the city. We had 36 hours together, and we made the most of all of it.
I agreed to elope with my husband not only because I love him completely and wouldn’t want to be separated for longer than we had to be, but also because he promised me that later, we could have our wedding.
That is why now, I am beginning plans for the wedding that we never had, to be held on our 4th anniversary, August 1st, 2013. Later is better than never, and I am glad we eloped when we did, our Romance has the best of both worlds!
Later articles will highlight the “wedding planning” process…My goal is a small, intimate wedding for only the people that matter the most to us, with a beautiful, poetic out-door ceremony and an elegant reception…Also, fantastic photos are what I am most excited for! I am going to be injecting our personalities into the planning, and this may well be the most important thing that I ever plan.
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Thanks for Reading!
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you probably have never heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises - and who wouldn't like that?
- request an address from the website
- mail the postcard to the address
- wait to receive a postcard
- register the received postcard in the system
Once again, thanks for reading, and HAPPY POSTCROSSING!
P.S. Current Postcrossers feel free to comment! What do you love best about Postcrossing???
Friday, September 28, 2012
I have been perusing my cookbooks, and have come up with a few ideas for appetizers and cocktails, that when paired together, would make for as great Friday night cocktail party! You know, those things that adults in TV-Land host every few episodes, with cute dresses and shoes, martini glasses, and men with combed-back hair? The cocktail parties of the good-old days that have been slowly replaced with gatherings of beer-pong players and take-out...Much to my chagrin. So, instead of ordering the keg and downloading some pirated music and dancing gangnam style while everyone funnels beer and cold pizza, maybe some of us could try doing our hair, mixing a few drinks, and serving some appetizers while reconnecting with our friends. (Hey, you can still gangnam-it-up if you want while sipping a Cosmo, I am not judging!) But, seriously, a trip down to the good old days when you could party classy and still enjoy yourself, that is a little something 2012 could use.
1) Tapenade with Crostini (serves 12, feel free to multiply quantities to suit your party!)
For the Crostini:
24 slices of crusty Italian OR French Bread, cut about 1/2 inch thick
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F
Place bread on baking sheets
Brush with butter
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden
- Top with Tapenade, serve immediately
For the Tapenade:
- 1/2 cup green olives with pimentos
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives (remove pits)
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs Dijon mustard
- 2 tsps balsamic vinegar
- 2 minced cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup seeded tomato, finely chopped
- 2 tbs sliced green onion
Combine olives, oil, mustard, vinegar, and garlic in a blender.
Process until almost smooth
Stir in tomato and green onion
Spread on crostini
2) Apple and Brie Quesadillas (serves 8)
2 thinly sliced Granny Smith Apples
8 8-inch tortillas
16 oz brie cheese, sliced, rind removed
2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
2 tbs maple syrup
4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Preheat pan to medium-high
- Toss apples with 4 tsp olive oil, cook until tender (3-4 mins)
- Separate apples and cheese into 8 servings
- Cover half of each tortilla with one serving of apples and cheese, fold the other half over to make quesadilla
- Heat 2 tps of olive oil in a large skillet (nonstick), and cook over medium heat
- Cook quesadillas about 2 mins on each side, until melty and golden
- Combine mustard and syrup in a bowl
- Drizzle quesadillas with syrup, sprinkle with bacon
Note: For a vegetarian version, cut out mustard-maple syrup and bacon, replace with a warm drizzle of caramel sauce!
3) Charred Pineapple Rings (serves six-eight...make two or three for a larger crowd!)
- 1 large pineapple
- olive oil
1) Cut pineapple into rings
2) Brush each ring on both sides lightly with olive oil
3) Heat a ridged grill pan to medium high on the stovetop
4) Grill, turning once, until each side is lightly charred, about three mins per side
1) Florida Skies (makes 1)
ice cubes, cracked
1 measure white rum
1/4 measure lime juice
1/2 measure pineapple juice
soda water (to top up)
thinly sliced cucumber
Put cracked ice in a tall glass
Put rum and juices in a shaker, shake lightly
Strain into glass
Top up with soda water
Garnish with cucumber slices
2) Purple Haze (1 Drink)
1 measure vodka
1 dash Cointreau
1 dash lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best)
1 dash raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord
In a shaker, combine vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice. Briefly shake
Strain into shot glass
Slowly add a dash of Chambord, it should settle prettily to the bottom
3) Loving Cup (serves 12)
8 sugar cubes
1/2 bottle sweet sherry
1/4 bottle brandy
1 bottle sparkling dry white wine
Rub sugar cubes over lemons, to absorb zest's oils
Peel lemons, remove pith
Slice lemons thinly, set aside
Put sherry, brandy, sugar cubes and lemon zest in a pitcher until sugar dissolves
Cover and chill, 30 mins
When ready to serve, add wine to the pitcher, and float the lemon slices on top
I hope this inspires someone to host a cocktail party! Also, feel free to comment with your favorite appetizer or cocktail recipes! Enjoy :)
Monday, September 24, 2012
Since I have been out on my own, I have gathered a number of objects that have really spoken to me. I believe that your space should represent your personality…and your kitchen is no exception! So, today, I am celebrating a few of my favorite kitchen things, the things that make my kitchen, well… MY KITCHEN. I know I haven’t had as much time to personalize my space as some of you, being relatively young to most people who have their own homes, but I have enjoyed every moment of it! I have had homes in Monterey, California, Pearl City, Hawaii, and now Saugerties, New York. My things reflect these places, and as I travel and live in other places, my kitchen is sure to evolve to reflect the changes :)
1) Bunny Salt and Pepper Shakers
Not my first pair, nor my last, but most definitely my favorite, these bunny salt and pepper shakers were obtained at a boutique in Tannersville, New York. The salt shaker is female, and pepper male, and they look at each other as if they are in love. The pastel colors and the fact that they are rabbits (I am currently the proud bunny-mummy to Poppy (2 years) and Sophie (3 months), and had a bunny Bruce, who passed away a year ago this past July 4th) are why I loved them when I saw them, and the fact that my husband, Christopher, bought them for me the second I turned my back makes me love them even more!
2) Floral Piggy Bank
I love this Piggy Bank for a few reasons. Firstly, it is a PIG, and if you keep reading this article, you will see that along with owls and hares, I LOVE PIGS. Secondly, growing up, my mom had a piggy bank in her kitchen, a big fat pig we named Daisy, for the flowers on her flank. She was a ceramic piggy bank procured at a yard sale, and whenever anyone had pocket change, they would feed it to Daisy. She went through a couple of paint jobs, but always has the same cute eyelashes and curling smile! So, I knew I also needed a kitchen pig, and when I found this one, I knew she was the one for me. The third reason why I picked this specific pig is the pastel floral print. Even since I saw the Greek Mythology segment from Disney’s Fantasia when I was a child, I have been in love with bright pastel colors.
For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, watch this video :
And so, when I found the adorable floral piggy bank at the Target in Sand City, California, I KNEW I had to have it! And so, Daisy II has been collecting change on my various kitchen counters ever since!
3) Guy in the Stocks Jar
One of my latest kitchen additions, and perhaps one of the quirkiest, my “Van Rossem’s Toebaek” tobacco jar is one of my favorite cooking spoon jars! I got it at a yard sale somewhere between Saugerties, NY and Cooperstown, NY on the way home from a week-long Cooperstown vacation with my husband.
I Googled the words on the back of the jar recently, and apparently a whole bunch of them were made in the 1930’s as tobacco humidors. There are many available on online auction sites, but none are available quite as cheaply as I obtained mine! I fell for this jar because of the quirky picture of the villager in the stocks…enjoying his tobacco!
4) Samurai Lion Seppuku Jar
When I first saw this jar, at a Goodwill in Honolulu, HI, I just thought it was a cute lion I could put my spoons in. On closer observation, this lion is a samurai (he has the hairstyle in the back!) committing Seppuku, a Japanese suicide ritual. Seppuku means “stomach-cutting”, and that is exactly what my little lion is doing! You can see the hilt of his sword sticking out of his stomach. This is a very interesting piece, and according to the bottom of the jar, was made in Okinawa.
5) Crowley, the Crown-Tailed Betta
I bought Crowley to be a pet and a decoration when Christopher and I moved into our Saugerties, NY apartment this past February. His underside is bright red, and the rest of him blue, green and purple. An exceptionally easy-to-care-for pet, and an exceptional beauty, this little guy is my cooking-buddy.
6) The Green Lady and the Forest Painting
I fell in love with this ceramic relief of the green lady (Google green man/green lady from Celtic mythology, or read this Wikipedia page if you need to brush up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Man) As a lover of everything IRISH, I immediately fell in love with the smiling face sticking out from the flowers and leaves. Christopher and I bought her while passing through Cherry Valley, New York, at a Celtic shop there. Everything there was amazing, but the Green Lady was my favorite. Hand-made by the owner of the shop, she hung there for twenty years before I came along! The forest painting next to it is an acrylic on plastic painting, made by Christopher’s father, Joseph Martiello. He gave it to us when he came to visit, and when I saw how well the greens in it went with both my kitchen and the Green Lady, I decided to hang it beside her!
7) Piggy Kitchen Gadgets
Above my stove is my collection on Piggy Kitchen Gadgets. I have been slowly collecting the set since 2009, when my mum sent me the whisk and the rubber spatula. The spoons, tongs, and finally, egg-timer followed, and I completed the set in early 2012. There may be more out there, and if there are, I will find them!
This collection is made by Joie, and is called the Piggy Wiggy kitchen set, in case anyone wants them too!
8) Owl Teapot/Cup for One
This was a Christmas present in 2011 from my sister, and I love it! It is a teapot for one, sitting on top of a mug. The set also includes a teabag holder, which I forgot to photograph. I really love owls, and I love tea, so this was a perfect gift for me!
9) Vintage Mickey and Minnie Cookie Jars
Perched atop my refrigerator are these adorable, vintage Mickey and Minnie cookie jars, from the 1940s. My husband found them in mint condition at an antique store in Saugerties, and bought them for me this past Valentine’s Day. Whimsical and romantic, I feel lucky to have them ^_^
10) Magnets from Places We’ve Been
My husband started collecting magnets from places the two of us have been, including Las Vegas, Hawaii, and San Francisco, to name a few. While the collection isn’t enormous yet, there is plenty of room for growth, and we look forward to adding to it. I love the personal touch it gives the kitchen, and now, when we travel, we look for unique magnets to add to our collection.
11) Precious Piggy Calendar
Yes, I do LOVE pigs, especially in my kitchen! That is why, this past December, when I saw the 2012 Precious Piggy Calendar by David McEnery in Barnes and Noble, I had to have it. Each month features a new pig, in an adorable black and white photo that has one spot of color. As you can see, September features an adorable piglet in a basket with a bright yellow sunflower. There is a 2013 edition, here: http://www.calendars.com/Farm-Animals/Precious-Piggy-2013-Wall-Calendar/prod201300002741/?categoryId=cat00340&seoCatId=cat00340
I must get the new one before the new year!
12) Wooden Wizard
My husband, Christopher, found this wooden wizard/cloaked wanderer statue at a yard sale in Monterey, California. I immediately likened it to a Lord of the Rings sort of decoration, and have loved it ever since! Presiding over my knives, this wizard is sort of like the guy from the Led Zeppelin Album, or could have been an interpretation of Gandalf. Either way, the geek in me loves having him around!
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