Saturday, May 26, 2012

Snicker-doodles!!

Yummmm.... look at that sugar and cinnamon waiting on top of those cookies for you to gobble up. But first! You must make them because I'm not some home delivery cookie service thing. Yaaa.... that. Anyways how can you resist the temptation of these cookies, they're easy to make and they practically melt in your mouth. So open up that fridge and pantry pull out the ingredients and get cooking baby!

Ingredients:
1 cup of butter
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 2/3 cups of flour

Topping:
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon

OK first preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Start by placing the butter and sugar in a large bowl and mix it with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, until it is completely combined. Next add the eggs and vanilla and mix for another 2 minutes, until it is fluffy!
Then add the cream of tartar and salt, and mix for 30 seconds. By the way what is tartar? And who decided to cream it? Aaaand... why is it called cream when its really more of a powder? These are questions that I need answers to.
Continue by adding the flour and mixing on low speed until the flour is completely incorporated. Now we start the prepping for the cooking! So combine the cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl.
Drop a teaspoon of the dough into the cinnamon sugar and shake the bowl slightly to coat the dough. Place the dough onto an ungreased (this is so a word! that little red squiggly line keeps appearing!!) baking sheet and roughly form into a ball with your fingers. Do this with alllllll the dough, placing the cookies about 2 inches apart on the sheet.
Press down on the cookies to flatten them slightly. (I used the bottom of a cup.) Bake them 8-10 mintes, or until their edges juuuuust begin to brown.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Macaroni and Cheese

There is nothing like the feeling you get from eating a warm bowl of Mac and Cheese. I'm not talking about that gross stuff that comes in the box with the powdered cheese. I mean the real authentic, homemade stuff. Ahhhh.... yum! So if you too want this sensational feeling, then here's the recipe.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
2 cups macaroni noodles
2 1/4 cups milk
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups grated cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease the casserole dish with 1 tablespoon of butter.
2. Pour 2 quarts of water into a large saucepan and bring it to a boil.
3. Add the noodle. Turn the heat to medium. Boil the noodles for eight minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Drain the noodles and rinse them with cold water. Put them back in the pan and set them aside.
5. In a saucepan heat the milk on medium-high. Stir constantly until steaming hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat.
6. In another saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over low heat. When it is melted stir in the flour, salt, and pepper
7. Add the milk to the butter mixture. Heat on medium-high for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
8. Add 1 1/2 cups of the grated cheese. Stir until all the cheese had melted.
9.Put half the noodles in the casserole dish, followed by half the cheese sauce, and 1/4 cup of grated cheese. Repeat with the rest of the noddles, sauce, and cheese.
10. Bake the dish uncovered for 25 minutes or until browned on top. Serve hot.
Yuuuuuuuuum. Say it!! (You know you want to)  :)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hunger Games

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Well I don't know about all of you, but I am completely obsessed with The Hunger Games. I was simply a lucky duck and got to see an advanced screening of it on Thursday night. I was overjoyed with the movie as a whole. It was amazing at staying to the plot of the books, though it shortened a lot of the time before the games and in the cave. Although some things were altered it was still an amazing movie (and can't we all agree josh hutcherson was absolutely gorgeous?)

 Although I am a firm believer that books are always better than the movies, and I stand by that believe, the movie was fantastic.

 I have become slightly obsessed with The Hunger Games and somehow I'm okay with that. Now only like 600 days until the next movie is out. Well for now my task is to lay my paws on a mocking-jay necklace, oh how I want one.
 Well I plan on enjoying my spring break this week in San Fran! Hopefully pictures will follow. I'll probably also watch Hunger Games like 4 more times. Hopefully the DVD will be out in a couple months, so I can obsess some more. Well...May the odds be ever in your favor!!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Just me Ranting About Winter and Raving About Spring

Living in Chicago, by the time you get to mid-February you are ready for winter to be over. It is now the beginning of March and I am looking forward to the first signs of spring. My hopes are that there will be no snow until about November. I know that those are quite slim chances, but I can dream right? 
Here is a picture I took last year. My mom is a gardener, so my garden is always gorgeous (at least in my opinion). I personally don't have a lot of interest in gardening, but you know, flowers are pretty. Spring is my absolute favorite season. I love the smell of the fresh rain on the sidewalks, all the beautiful flowers in bloom, and not to mention the warmth. I personally hate with a burning passion my winter wardrobe! All the chunky sweaters and ugly shirts, not to mention only wearing jeans for six months. With spring comes cute little dresses, and sandals, and all of the other adorable things I see on people around town, but can't afford to buy.

I love the bright colors and artsy patterns. Taking off my big puffy coat and then moving into flowy skits, and loose blouses just makes me feel so happy inside.
At the first sign of any sort of sprout I appear to go into an odd little spasm of joy, and probably appear very weird to anyone who can at all see me. But if you currently, or have ever lived in the mid-west,I am sure that you completely understand my excitement. It's not that I dislike winter, except that when you are no longer a kid, and you don't have a kid, snow is just a nuisance to limit my shoe options, (although that's probably good when I'm running late). Let's just say that for me spring will be welcomed with open arms, when it finally arrives.