Sunday, November 16, 2014

Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood... Shortbread


A few years ago my dad bought me "Homecooking with Trisha Yearwood" it had been on my Amazon wishlist for awhile and I was really excited to get it.  It's beautiful and I love all the little personal tips and notes she has put into it. If I had a large enough coffee table, it would definitely be one of those books you leave out for guests to go through.  Anyway I've had it for years, but never got around to making any of the recipes, I love cook books, but typically don't use them. I don't know... weird quirk of mine I guess.

I happened to be looking through it yesterday, and saw this recipe and HAD TO MAKE it. HAD TO. I even went to the store to get the ingredients (even though most of them are staples in a baker's kitchen).  This is seriously the easiest cookie recipe I've ever made.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 9in pie pan with cooking oil (I used coconut oil, but any spray should do).
  • Mix all ingredients in an electric mixer until combined.  It doesn't get smooth, it's kind of grainy looking.
  • Spread mixture evenly across the pie pan
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Allow to cool, then slice and serve.
I'm thinking this would be DELICIOUS if they were dipped/drizzled in chocolate and topped with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream, just make a whole decadent dessert of out it. I haven't tried that yet, but I can't see how it could possible go wrong.

Friday, November 7, 2014

25 more facts

Close to three years ago I posted 25 random facts on this blog... and 3 years prior to that I posted 25 facts to Facebook before I was blogging. I thought it might be fun to try my hand at it again.  My first fact will update one of the facts from the last time I posted this:


  1. I own ALL of the Harry Potter movies on DVDs
  2. New Orleans is one of the best places I've ever visited, and I've only been there once for 7 days.
  3. My Bacon Number is 3, because I met David Arquette in NOLA, he was in the Scream Movies with Neve Cambpell and she was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.
  4. I avoid Light Beer if I can (a girl has to grow up sometimes... if it's worth drinking, it's worth the calories, if it isn't worth the calories, water will do just fine).
  5. I prefer wine tasting tours to bar hopping
  6. I still drive a 2005 Chevy Aveo named Tiny Tim
  7. Halloween might be my favorite holiday, followed by Christmas, then my birthday.
  8. I've never been zip-lining
  9. I discovered I am not a fan of heights if I don't have some sort of guardrail to hold on to.
  10. Currently I'm OBSESSED with Taylor Swift's 1989 album.
  11. My favorite restaurant is The Palace in Santa Barbara.  Well at least my favorite one that I can get to in an hour, Jaques-Imos in New Orleans would probably be my absolute #1.
  12. My biggest pet peeve is intentional ignorance. Don't play stupid with me, it will make me want to punch you in the face. 
  13. Asada nachos are my favorite snack/lunch/meal... bonus if they're from Dos Carlitos in Buelton or La Picosita in Santa Maria. (bet you thought it was going to be mac and cheese... trust me it was a tough decision to make)
  14. I'd rather spend a weekend in a hotel than camping
  15. I'd rather be at the beach if I'm working on my tan... but I'd rather swim in a pool (no sharks).
  16. Confession, I prefer my Kindle to paper books... hangs head in shame, I'm part of the problem that is causing book stores (that I LOVE) to close.  I like to go to Barnes and Noble to check out books that I'd like to download.
  17. I own multiple journals... that are still blank. I buy them with the intention of writing, then don't sit down and chronicle my life.
  18. I am as excited as a tweenager about the upcoming release of the Hunger Games movie Mockingjay.  I've seriously considered pre-purchasing the tickets, but so far have refrained.  I'm slightly concerned that my boyfriend thinks I'm mentally 13.
  19. I'm trying very hard to fight my genetic inclination to be a hoarder. I'm going to sell/donate a minimum of 3 large (yard waste sized) garbage bags of clothes/accessories that no longer fits/is no longer my style/has been hanging in the closet so long that it is dusty.
  20. In the last two years I have learned how to make a grilled cheese sandwich that I will actually eat... the trick is to cook it slow on low heat... no matter how hungry you are. Trust me slow and low, it is the tempo. The Beastie Boys wouldn't steer you wrong and neither will I.
  21. Out of all the concerts I've been to over the years, the best ones have all been country music. In order of greatness (although 2 and 3 are really close):
    1. Garth Brooks (hands down, no questions)
    2. Gary Allan
    3. Dierks Bentley
  22. I'd rather spend a casual night at home with people I love than a fancy night night out with someone that I feel mediocre about.
  23. It's EXTREMELY hard for me to mask my emotions... unless I'm at work, then I'm a robot.
  24. My favorite hot teas are: Hot Cinnamon Sunset by Harney & Sons (caffeinated) and Stash Licorice Spice (herbal){even though I hate black licorice, I love the tea... go figure}
  25. By the time I post this, my blog will have reached 20,000 hits in 3 years and less than 200 posts. That excites and humbles me. Thank you for reading. I'll try to continue to keep things interesting so that you'll want to come back




Monday, November 3, 2014

Bucket List


I keep seeing things about people's bucket lists and thought I'd try my hand at my own list... While I don't have a terminal disease like the viral lists that have been popping up in my news feed, I figure it's always good to have goals, and to not be afraid to dream a little bigger (darling).

  • Travel More
    • Europe
      • Visit the Louvre
      • Go to Greece
      • Ride in a gondola in Italy
      • See the Tower of London
      • The Coliseum in Rome
      • The beaches in the South of France
      • Drink wine in a Cafe in France
      • Visit the island my grandmother was born in in the Azores
      • Visit Ireland
      • Stonehenge
    • Australia
      • Sydney Opera House
      • The Great Barrier Reef
      • The Outback
      • High Five a Kangaroo
    • Spend significant time staying in New Orleans
    • Go back to the Big Island of Hawaii
    • Go to NYC 
      • see a play ON BROADWAY
      • Central Park
      • Statue of Liberty
      • Radio City Music Hall
    • Middle America
      • meet some awesome internet friends I've made over the years, I'd love to see you in person at least once or twice in my lifetime.
    • Pacific Northwest
      • Seattle
      • Portland
    • Chicago... and taste test the difference between Chicago Pizza and New York Pizza and declare a winner once and for all.
  • Write a novel (or maybe finish one of the many I've started)
  • See Green Day in concert
  • Take a digital photography class and really learn how to use my camera to it's abilities and become a better hobbyist photographer.
  • Find a career that grows me, instead of just having a job to pay the bills
  • See the big waves at Mavericks
  • Find new favorite places
  • Sing Karaoke with Taylor Swift
    • just seeing if you're paying attention
  • Go to a Spurs basketball game, a Cowboys football game
  • Learn how to decorate cakes/cupcakes beyond my current skill levels
  • Have a house with a library/art studio in it
  • pay off credit card debt, so that my family isn't stuck with extra bills
    • goals can be responsible ones too 
  • Learn to be spontaneous (Can you do that? Is it like planning to be unpredictable?)
  • Learn to truly forgive, forget, and let go of old drama
I know this list is far from finished, and some of the goals are loftier than others, but what's the point of having dreams if they have to be based in reality? 

I plan on adding to this as I come up with more ideas and crossing off items that I complete as time wears on.