Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Our little baker

Calvin helped me make some pizza dough the other day. Here's proof:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Update on the girl who wouldn't stop texting me

I forgot to tell you all about this.

A day or two after I called the girl at 4 in the morning, someone else texted me inviting me to her birthday party. I didn't go. Ha.

Then two days later, she sent me another text! I called her back immediately and got really mad at her and told her to remove my number from her phone immediately. She said something about her cousin getting a new phone blah blah. I still don't understand how after everything she could still think my number was her cousin's new number. But whatever. I think I scared her even more this time because I was pretty forceful. And she got off the phone as quick as she could. She hasn't texted me since, so hopefully she finally understands.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Gnome hat

I've had this hat bookmarked for a long time and I finally decided to take a break from my afghan and make it. It went so fast that I want to make a bunch more! Well, probably not. But maybe some kind of hat for me (not this one though! Ha.)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lemon cookies. Yum.

This is not my photo. It came from here. But it is now my recipe. I've made these cookies four times since I discovered the recipe about 2 weeks ago via Pinterest. And they are sooooo good. I add a little more lemon zest and lemon juice than the recipe calls for since I like them extra lemony. If you see me in a few months and I look extra fat, don't assume I'm pregnant. I'll just be hundreds of cookies permanently making their home in my fat stores throughout my body. Yum.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tomato Zucchini Pie

I've been cooking a lot of new recipes these days to creatively use the produce from our garden. On Saturday, I made Martha Stewart's tomato zucchini pie. It was quite the ordeal.

I started by watching her video of how to make the pie. There was my first mistake. She showed how to make the pie crust in a food processor, but after adding all the ingredients, I realized that my food processor is about half the size of hers and it would not work. Then I realized I forgot to add the egg. Then I added twice as much water as I was supposed to. Then I realized I forgot to put the cheese in, so I threw it away and started over. The second time went much better.

By then, I was really invested in this meal so I decided not to make some of the substitutions I was originally going to make. We only had shredded mozzarella and dried basil so I sent Evan to the store to get a chunk of mozzarella (still substituting that for bocconcini). I ended up using dried basil anyway since the fresh stuff was so expensive.

Meanwhile, I burned the onions but decided to use them anyway.

Then, of course the dough kept breaking when I rolled it out and then it stuck to the counter. I had to use a spatula to get it off. The whole time I was cursing Martha Stewart, who made it look so easy in the video. Of course her dough was already rolled out for her and cut in a perfect circle.

Luckily, it all came together, despite the fact that I made substitutions for about half the ingredients (margarine for butter, three cheese mix for parmesan, medium egg yoke for large egg yoke, cubed mozzarella for bocconcini, dried basil for fresh, a few regular tomatoes with juices drained for half the cherry tomatoes, and red onion and green onion for shallot).

This is what it looked like before going into the oven:

This is what I took care of while it was in the oven:

And this is what it looked like when it came out (not as pretty as Martha's, I know).

Luckily, it tasted delicious. The cherry tomatoes exploded in your mouth and it was so cheesy and wonderful. If you have hours to spend cooking, you should try it. It was delicious.