Monthly Archives: January 2013

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orange honey flaxcakes

January 30, 2013

This week, I decided to start working on my goal of trying a new food once a month. I made this goal because I often find myself eating the same things over and over again. A diverse diet=a healthy diet…plus I think all of us can use some inspiration when it comes to answering that pesky what’s for breakfast/lunch/dinner question. So, once a month I’m going to try to cook with a new type of fruit, veggie, (vegan) protein, or grain. Hopefully I’ll have some really good recipes to share with you. I’ll share my flops, too, and you should feel free to pick up where I leave off if you are inspired as such!

The first food I decided to cook with is flaxseed. Becca and I have been putting flaxseed in our oatmeal at breakfast, but I wanted to try something a little more involved. I woke up in the mood for pancakes this past Saturday, so I went to work with some of the ingredients I had in my pantry and came up with some rather tasty orange honey flaxcakes!

gather:
3/4 cup white flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
pinch of salt
the zest of two oranges (I used Cara Cara navels)
3/4 cup fresh orange juice (that’s about 2 medium sized oranges!)
1/4 cup water
the equivalent of 1/2 an egg from Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer
1/4 cup vegetable oil

honey and orange marmalade for drizzling/spreading (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately, then combine together. Incorporate completely without over mixing. You may need to thin the batter–I added an additional 1/4 cup of water to achieve a normal pancake batter consistency.

Lightly grease your griddle and let your pancakes sizzle!

Here’s some important things I noted:

1. My first two pancakes didn’t produce those tell-tale bubbles that indicate the flapjack is ready to flip. I just had to guesstimate.

2. However, my next two pancakes did in fact bubble away. I can only offer two explanations: either my griddle wasn’t as hot as it should have been for the first two, or the fact that I used more batter for the next two influenced the bubble phenomenon. I’m thinking it had more to do with the griddle temperature.

3. All of my pancakes stayed together–usually, I flip to early and smear batter all over the place. Even the pancakes that didn’t bubble were flipped late enough to stay together.

4. All of the cakes–large and small, bubbles or no bubbles–were a little mushy on the inside. Because of that I’m planning on reducing the amount of oil I use from a 1/4 cup to an 1/8 cup. I’d also like to try this recipe with whole wheat flour instead of white. I’m sure that will play with the moisture factor, too.

Do you have any suggestions? Have you ever baked/cooked with flaxseed?

xoxo, Catherine

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this week in: back to school

January 25, 2013

School is back in session.

My sister and I have coordinating 2013 planners, and it’s the best.
It has been very, very cold during my morning commute.
I am very glad I found a new winter coat at Target for $40.
I am particularly enjoying learning about children’s literature.
And now I really want to re-read A Wrinkle in Time.
Morning routines are best spent with my sis and a cup of tea.
Blood oranges are now my favorite fruit.
Copious amounts of sunshine make for the best study conditions.
I love having class at the same time every day.
I have been diligently studying for 2+ hours in the afternoon instead of procrastinating.
Driving to school is much more enjoyable in our new Prius C.
But car payments + tuition payments = vanishing money.
I dropped my online psychology class and am so very glad I did.

I think I might make it now.

xoxo Cat

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date night: ice skating

January 23, 2013

Wes is nearly 25 years old and until our most recent double-date, had never been ice-skating. It’s nearly as absurd as the fact that I have never been sledding. (We need to brush up on our winter sports, apparently!) Anyway, our adventure-on-ice was the most fun we’d had on a date in a long time! It helped that our double-date couple, Brittany and Joe, were good sports and equally challenged on the ice.

I asked Wes if we could hold hands while we skated and he said absolutely not. He was sure our skates would clash and he would lose it and take me down with him. And I’m rather graceful on the ice for only being a second-timer, so I couldn’t have him tarnishing my image.

None of us took a tumble, I’m happy to report. All though I think the next time we go it’ll happen as we get more confident…it’s all part of the experience, right?!

xoxo, cat

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i’m going to cut all of my hair off…

January 20, 2013

…and I want your opinion!

Here’s the situation. One of my 2013 goals is to get to the salon and have my hair done. If this seems like a simple goal, well, consider the fact that I typically only get to the salon once a year. I get it cut and then try my best to not mess it up while trimming my bangs here and there. It’s a time and a money thing. (Wes was surprised to find that a good lady-hair-cut runs $30 plus. And of course by good, I mean I don’t run out of the salon crying!)

So yeah. It’s on my list of goals and I am starting to think about fulfilling it. However, instead of heading to the salon and asking for my typical long layers, I am *this close* to committing to a huge change–a pixie cut or a chin-length bob.

I’m considering such a drastic change not because I completely dislike my long hair. I do have a love/hate relationship with it, though. I love how beautiful it looks when styled smooth and straight. It’s so romantic feeling. For the time that my locks have made it to my bra-strap and beyond, I’ve had more good hair days then ever before. I’ve figured out how my hair works and looks best, at least at this length. But I hate how long it takes to style in the mornings–a minimum of 45 minutes when I shower. It gets caught in Wes’ armpits when we sleep. It rips out when it gets wound in my purse strap and I’m not paying attention. It gets caught in my car door. For as beautiful as it is sometimes, it’s equally high-maintenance and frustrating.

High-maintenance. You know what that phrase does not jive with? The fact that Wes and I will be backpacking through Europe for two weeks come May 2013. This long awaited honeymoon will consist of 5 countries in 14ish days, not a second of which I want to waste¬†doing my hair. We worked the numbers: 45 minutes a day (assuming I get to shower, which many not be the case, and the lack of which always results in a big rat’s nest) for 14 days is about a half a day lost to vanity. And here’s the other thing: I hardly want to do my hair stateside, with huge American bathrooms and outlets designed for my blow dryer. I highly doubt I’ll find myself creating those glossy locks every morning. And to be frank, my hair looks terrible at this length if I don’t blow it out. It’s too tangly and too heavy for my natural wave to show through. And gosh–then there’s the bangs that are an entirely separate beast come morning.

Yikes. I need a solution. The only solution I see right now is to chop-it-the-heck off.

(Granted, I do realize that a short ‘do will require some styling too–I’m just trying to eliminate a 30 minute dry time in the AM.)

But I’m scared! My long hair is so safe and comfortable. I need you to help me be bold! I need you to tell me that hair grows and that I’ll love it and that it will be such a fun experience, and that the pixie is the way to go. Or is it the bob? How about this: vote!

Here are examples of each cut I would take to my stylist for inspiration. Check out the poll on this post and vote “The Ginnifer” if you think the pixie is the way to go, or vote “The Katie” if you like bob better.

photo source: Ginnifer/Katie

I’ll keep you updated on the results, and will hopefully be brave enough to stick with whichever ‘do wins!

[polldaddy poll=6842418]

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i do adore: dreaming of a snow day

January 17, 2013

If I could have a wintery white snow day right this minute, I would…

1. Sport this comfy number.
2. Snuggle under this blanket.
3. Hibernate in a closet with these.
4. Pop in my most beloved film of all time.
5. Attempt to knit this cozy sweater.
6. Listen to this band on repeat.
7. Brave the outdoors with these (but only if I had to.)
8. Venture outside for a warm chai tea, instead of my usual iced.
9. Read anything Jane Austen.