Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sweet baby jesus.

These cookies are freakin outta this world! I stumbled across this recipe while looking for a birthday treat for my pal. He's getting a pretty awesome, changing colors magical mug and I wanted to fill it with something special. The Momofuku for 2 site is full of gorgeous photos and helpful comments.

I knew these were going to be good when the caramelized corn flakes came out of the oven. A humble breakfast staple was elevated to toasted, sweet/savory perfection. I'm already thinking of where else I can work in these gems..blondies, cupcakes, granola bars...

I flaked and forgot to cream the brown sugar along with the butter and white sugar, oops! I didn't realize my mistake until it was too late and they were baking. Perhaps not surprisingly if you've eaten at Milk bar, my mistake was a happy one. The cookies came out not too sweet, which is often a complaint of mine. The texture was a bit shortbread-like and the flavor was smack dab in the middle of sweet and savory! I still have most of the ingredients, so I might make more this weekend for friends (and...myself..). If I do I'll stick with the half sugar approach, just using both kinds of sugar this time. Man, these are good...this crappy photo doesn't do them justice.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Made for Walkin'!!

Yay! my amazing cowboy boots are here! They're a delicious dusty-white weathered suede with fun stitched details. I can't wait to wear them with skirts and shorts once the weather gets nicer. And half off..doesn't get much better than that!

Things I like right now...

*These are the perfect simple canvas bags. I might have to invest in a red one for my bike riding this summer and put a pretty pin on it!

I've been having a hard time finding recipes lately..I keep on coming across the same old lemon bars and chocolate chip cookies. But this site is amazing..some really interesting cupcakes involving beets and Guinness...not to mention a nice, clean site design.

Very into First Aid Kit right now...

I've always loved those old fashioned silhouettes. At our house we have one of me and my two sisters that were done when we were little..so simple yet effective. This is such a sweet idea for mothers day..or maybe for a sister.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Craft night!

Jar terrariums a la designsponge. Instead of turning the jars upside down, though, we decorated the lids with pretty paper (a trick from our last craft night!) and kept them rightside up. It's also easier to give them a spritz of water this way. The great thing about this project is that it's 100% free. They look cute on a windowsill!

Spring bees and flowers baby cupcakes that I made for the occasion. I always use this recipe, comes out perfect every time!

Baby shower card for some dear friends

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

My sister wanted me to try my hand at some Alice in Wonderland drawings. Her class is doing a unit on the story, and I'm supposed to talk to them at some point about an artists' interpretation of a story. I actually had a really hard time with the drawings because I love the original art so much..I couldnt get it out of my head! And then add to that the Disney movie and all the art I've seen for the Tim Burton interpretation....These two I was happy with though. I think the map came out well because I don't recall seeing an actual map of wonderland. I think it'd make a pretty awesome poster or board game.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Delicious Things I Ate this Week!

I ate like a king this week at some awesome New York spots..some new, some new to me. First off, while strolling to the bank near work I passed a new store "The Nutbox." Anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for a cute name like that so I went in. Meh...a bulk food store trying to be more than a bulk food store if you ask me. They had a make your own trail mix section, but I didn't think the variety was that great. And my dried mango slice was tough. Things quickly got better later in the week when I had a pork sandwich from Porchetta. WOW! Buttery pork roast with cracklings served on a simple roll..totally worth the $10 price tag. This guy goes more in depth with more money-shot pictures. At a new park slope spot I tried out one of Michael Jackson's favorite beers as well as this yummy Dreamweaver wheat..nice and light and a little spicy.

I stopped into Butter Lane to pick up my friend a birthday cupcake and got a vanilla cupcake with coconut icing for myself. I love that you get to choose your own combo and the icing is applied fresh! The perfect cake to frosting ratio. On Saturday I hastily assembled some pigs in blankets from store bought stuff, but if you want a less trashy version for your happy hour this recipe looks good. And, to go with aforementioned beer, I discovered one of the best bar snacks ever : Splits Pretzels in Garlic and Onion.