Kansas got hit by a pretty large snowstorm on Tuesday, and we ended up with two snow days because of it. It was a dream come true. Wednesday I wanted to make the most of the forced time off and decided to bake my first apple pie from scratch. Scott had been wanting me to make one for a while, and his mom even gave me a pie crust that had been passed down to her (which added to the pressure). I had never made a pie crust before, so I wasn’t very confident that it would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised! I forgot to take any photographs once it was done though; next time perhaps.
It wasn’t a special recipe, so I won’t post it here. But I used a butter/shortening combination for the crust, and just cinnamon and sugar for the filling with the apples. It was quite simple really. After I put the pie in the oven I noticed that my crust edges weren’t very pretty, so I have something to work on next time. 🙂
Well I am back at it and it is time for another project!
For those of you who have been following my work for a while you may have picked up on the fact that I always seem to want some sort of challenge to take part in. I have previously done a 52 week project (one self-portrait every week), and three 365 projects (one photograph a day for a year). It has been a while since my last project and I was craving something more structured to work on this summer. On top of that I have been wanting to try out a bunch of different recipes, which has led me to this. And so, after talking with Kari, my older sister, we have decided to embark on a recipe challenge for the summer (or longer). Each week we will choose an ingredient and will both find/create a recipe based around it. As often as possible we will choose something that we can find at our local farmers market (for her in Minneapolis, and for me in Manhattan, Kansas). Then we will each post our recipes and photographs of the dish on my new blog (twosistersinakitchen.wordpress.com) to share with you all. The link for the site is on the top menu as well.
We still have some things to figure out logistically, so please bear with us as we work out the kinks. Things will probably be shifting around and changing quite a bit over the next few weeks we go. Hopefully you all enjoy, and maybe even feel inspired to try out your own challenge!
For some reason I have been on a huge baking/cooking kick lately. Usually I just slap something together for meals, like a typical college student. But, for the past few weeks I have been cooking myself real, delicious meals. And I have been experimenting with my own recipes too. It has been an adventure, and I think it is turning into some sort of therapy for me.
This was a pizza I made for dinner the other night, and goodness it was delicious. One of the best pizzas I have had, if I may be so vain.
Last week I found a recipe online for cupcakes for two. I thought it would be perfect for me and my new obsession with baking. I tried them out tonight, and they were wonderful! It was the first time I had made cupcakes from scratch, and I played with the recipe a little to make them funfetti cupcakes instead of plain vanilla. The frosting is also made from scratch, but that is a given with me.
Besides my baking and cooking spree, I have had a little obsession with plants and growing things. Grass seed is what I had available, so I have 3 different containers growing grass at the moment. The tins, which have been up on my blog recently, and this glass, and a big pot of it. I have just been craving color in my life recently I guess.
Sunday was such an excellent day. Slept in, lounged around, and spent time with Elliot. In the afternoon we decided to use his crock-pot for the first time, and man was it delicious. I was so appreciative of a lazy day that I didn’t even think of taking a picture until dinner, which was late and I was still just wanting to chill out and relax. Which is why this picture is pretty lame, but it was just too good not to show off.