Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Volunteers Needed!!!

I am taking a phlebotomy class, and we always need volunteers every Monday and Wednesday for the next month to let us draw blood. If you are in the area.. I would love to see you!
Come on, you know you want a bunch of rookies jabbing for your veins!!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Good Day

Starting out the day right.

Smell so fresh!

Frog Dog.


I happen to know a certain brother of mine who could really use this print to add to the already lovely aesthetic of his apartment.
Find the print here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A raspberry recipe!

My absolute favorite go to dessert is Raspberry Buttermilk Cake. You could probably feed 8 people with it, but also most likely could talk 2-3 people into eating it. No joke.

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (or more, it just gets better)
1 large egg
1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup fresh raspberries

Made in a well buttered and floured 9-inch cake pan.

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. In a larger bowl, beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about two minutes, then beat in vanilla and zest.. Add egg and beat well.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture in three batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Scatter raspberries evenly over top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar.

Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more. Invert onto a plate. This cake bakes pretty quickly, so keep an eye on it. Serve with some slightly sweetened whipped cream and extra raspberries on the side.

If you don't have buttermilk you can either do this or just throw in some regular old milk and be super lazy. It will still taste beyond wonderful.

All credit for picture and recipe goes to this wonderful lady.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Succumbing to narcissism...

I have finally decided to succumb to blogging. I enjoy so many other blogs and so I gave in and started my own.
The best part of my whole day is my morning. Eric and I get up, I make coffee and toast. Then, we go out to our back yard, sit in our Adirondack chairs and do our devotions. I also happen to watch the birds, a lot. I'm not very spiritual.. or so Eric tells me. He tries to keep me in line, but to no avail.

Here's Eric demonstrating the use of my binoculars... he looks a whole lot cuter than I do that early in the morning.

And here is Arnie.. our little buddy that joins us every morning. Can you see him?