Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I think these will be my after work project. It'll be my treat for cleaning up the house! You'd think with all the rain that we've been getting would make me more productive at home but it hasn't.
It looks like it should be fairly easy to make these.
1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
Replace Water with Orange Juice
Replace Oil with Grape Seed Oil
1/2 Orange Zested
Follow box directions with the added and replaced ingredients. For parchment cupcake papers cut 3 1/4” squares and squish down into cupcake pan.
ORANGE ZEST ICING
4 Cups Powdered Sugar
8 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
3 Tablespoons Orange Juice (add more juice if needed)
1 Orange Zested
Mix all the ingredients until smooth. Use a round piping tip to pipe the icing. Zest an additional orange for to garnish and sprinkle a little sugar on top.
pictures from design*sponge
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Recipe is over at Home Cooking in Montana
Saturday, March 20, 2010
(I don't know what crazy setting my camera was on, the sky was NOT this blue today)
After 1 lap around the lake, we ended up walking up to Hiroki's (thanks, Hollin, for the rec!) to get a treat. I ended up getting the orange roll and it was delicious! So much better than the lemon ones I made!
THEN I went to get sushi for lunch. All in all, a GREAT Saturday!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Photo by: Shiner.Clay
1) Love this giant tote. Not that I need another bag! Bag is made by Dirkab on Etsy
2) Branch bobby pin by Woodland Belle
3) These terrariums. I'm not quite sure where they are from, I just bookmarked the image and not the website.
4) Polaroid camera necklace. One of these days, I'll do a post on all the polaroids that I have. Too bad they stopped making film because all of them are still functional!
5) This lovely mini to-do list chalkboard. I always have such lofty goals to become organized and it never happens. Maybe this is my final push?
Sunday, March 14, 2010
We went to Random Order Coffee House to get some of their famous pie and chai! They have a huge selection of pie (sweet and savory). I ended up going with Meyer Lemon and it was delicious. Just tart enough to not be overwhelming.
The last find of Portland was a COMPLETE accident. We were driving from Random Order Coffee House on our way back to I-5 to drive north when we came across this sign.
It is a school bus turned GRILL CHEESE RESTAURANT. How amazing is that!!! Not that we were very hungry (especially after pie) but we HAD to get something.
(click to enlarge menu)
The tables on the bus have yearbook photos and each booth has a little box of trivia to keep patrons busy while waiting for food.
The ceiling of the bus has a great mural. I was only able to capture part of it.
There is still so much to explore in Portland and I can't wait to go back again!
Friday, March 12, 2010
rave green box!
scarf!! The beginning of the season is almost here, I'm so so excited.
Monday, March 8, 2010
I am a huge waffles fan and so far every time I come to Portland, I go to the Waffle Window! I got the 3 B's (basil, bacon and brie) and it was sooo good.
Kate got a sweet waffle that looked equally delicious.
We biked around some more to burn off the calories (plus it was a gorgeous day). Spring is definitely coming to the PNW. Love all the cherry blossoms!
Proof that I went biking. The orange blob near the bottom is the truck bed that we borrowed to take the photo. I think I need a tripod ;)
Saturday, March 6, 2010
There were so many tasty choices. I got the spicy pork and Kate got the tofu bento. Both were equally good (very spicy!) and very cheap. We didn't even come close to finishing it and could have easily shared it.
We walked around and went shopping before checking in to the Ace Hotel Portland. What a fun hotel! I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the lobby but it has a great lounge area with free wifi, free bike rentals and a Stumptown Coffee attached to it as well a 2 restaurants with great reviews in yelp. Unfortunately, we already had so many places to check out so we didn't even think about eating there.
I don't know how they managed to have 2 full sized beds in the room. It was still very roomy with room for suitcases. I also have to say that the pillows there are amazing. I tracked down the company who makes it and I'm tempted to order them!
I first made these cookies way back in 2007 and they are now my go-to cookies whenever I need to bring a treat. They are so easy yet they seem so fancy since there is a peanut butter inner filling. Here is the recipe. (I must make my cookies bigger because I only get 24 cookies)
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda; set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat together butter, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the 1/4 cup peanut butter with an electric mixer until combined. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Beat in as much of the dry ingredients as you can with mixer. Stir in remaining dry ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon. Form chocolate dough into 32 balls about 1-1/4 inches in diameter. Set aside.
3. For peanut butter filling, in a medium mixing bowl combine powdered sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth. Shape mixture into 32 (3/4-inch) balls.
4. On a work surface, slightly flatten a chocolate dough ball and top with a peanut butter ball. Shape the chocolate dough over the peanut butter filling, completely covering the filling. Roll dough into a ball. Repeat with the remaining chocolate dough and peanut butter filling balls. (I flatten the chocolate dough with my palm in my hand. That way it doesn't stick to the counter AND 1 less thing to wipe down)
5. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.
6. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until they're just set and surface is slightly cracked. Let cookies stand for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool. Makes 32 cookies.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I took this last time I went back. Taiwan's temperature is so mild that crops can grow year round. My parents usually pick enough vegetables to last them 2-3 days.
Here is my mom with a huge bundle of spinach and my dad with 2 heads of cauliflower. He also had 2 pocket full of green beans. There is truly nothing better than vegetables that fresh.
We also have banana trees!