As a thank you for my planning our family cruise, my family bought me the Boos Block table I had my eye on since I took that King Arthur class last May. They’re the best.* *I mean my family, but the table is the best, too! I tend to keep new things boxed up for … More My Boos Block
Naturally, I’m stretched across worlds of several different kinds of books all at once. However, I do stick to one rule: one fiction book at a time. 1. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett My brother gave me two of Pratchett’s books for my birthday this year. I’ve heard so much about his writing legacy, I … More What I’m Currently Reading
I’ve debated on how to start this first post after a three month break from blogging. I considered bombarding you with the nitty gritty details of my departure. I mentally strewed together a rant on all the wrongs with society and life. But instead, I’ll say this… I left without warning, and for that, I’m … More Four for Friday!
You know I came home pumped to bake everything we made in the King Arthur class, right? I mean, how could I not? We made so many buttery, tempting treats, the natural urge* is to want to reproduce them. *Or is this not normal? You know how you can be aware of something, but it … More The Five Stages of Brioche
Remember how I got a new Kitchen Aid mixer? Sure, I’d been wanting to upgrade for a while. My Artisan mixer was exactly what I needed when I began baking, but didn’t really lend itself to doubling my croissant dough recipe.* *It also got a scary kind of hot after making three doughs in a … More Fixing a Kitchen Aid Mixer–On My Own!
When I was in Vermont, I spent $9 on a beautiful jar of lemon curd. The label basically said, “I taste like heaven. Buy me”. A name like lemon curd intimidates me. However, I wanted to experiment with lemon in my croissants. Being that I was too terrified to even consider making it on my … More Make it Monday! Lemon Curd
When we first moved into our home in somewhere close to 1872, we needed a new oven. We bought the cheapest, simplest model available at our local home improvement store. Back then it didn’t matter, because a stove’s purpose was to keep us alive. It wasn’t this magical key into a blissful world filled with … More The Ten Year Change
Macarooooon? Or Macarohhh? Apparently, I’ve been saying and mentally spelling it, wrong all this time. While it is acceptable to say “macaroon” and mean “macaron”, in truth, a macaroon and a macaron are two completely different things and therefore deserve to be called by their rightful names.* *I’m sorry, it’s a pesky habit I’ve inherited … More Making Macarons
There are several ingredients in the baking world which I refuse to buy. No, I promise I don’t stuff them under my shirt and steal them, but when their price point makes me feel like I’m the one being robbed, I know it’s time to find my own solution. Among the list of baking items … More Make it Monday! Cake Flour
This week, I slipped up and posted on Tuesday instead of Monday. I know this drastically impacted your life and I’m sorry. I figure you deserve an explanation as to my absence, and the truth is, I’ve been having too much fun. Every weekend seems to be jam packed with activities and I spend most … More Four for Friday