Monthly Archives: August 2015

weekending

Weekending: On the Move

August 7, 2015

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Thank goodness for the weekend. This week I saw a few changes in my life, the most notable being that I’m moving! Not cross-country and not very far (maybe 10 minutes, tops!) but I’m certainly marveling at the fact that I’ll have moved every possession of mine come Monday…it’s time for a nap, that’s for sure.

Here’s a few tidbits to take you into your weekend!

One article that has been particularly interesting to me is this one. I’m all about organizing these days, as it’s no longer just my space that I have to think about. Find your personality type and read on!

This is a rather funny hair trend for split ends. The only way I can wrap my brain around it is to think about a ribbon that has been cut; if you burn the edge, it won’t fray. Maybe the same concept works for your hair, too. The crazy gal in me that is constantly obsessing about damaged hair and broken ends is totally on board for this trend…the hairstylist in me is telling me to go get a hair cut!

While it’s definitely not possible for me to purchase anything right now, I’m digging this online store for all of my at home spa needs. Mint Walnut Scrub? Um, yes. Yes, please.

I’m totally loving the fact that there is actually an International Quidditch Association!

And here is a laugh out loud and completely accurate portrayal of a woman in Target.

Happy weekend!

-Becca

 

 

 

 

in the kitchen

three/twenty six: baguette

August 5, 2015

Baguette Butter and Jam

Baguette is the third of 26 French recipes I’m endeavoring to make before my next birthday. Here you can find my complete list and each recipe I’ve completed so far.

Oh, bread. My ultimate comfort food. So many ways to work it. I’m a particular fan of toast and especially fond of grilled cheese sandwiches, and, let’s face it…my salads are usually 90% crouton. On bad days it takes all of my willpower not to walk to our local bakery and buy every baguette in sight. On good days, it also takes all of my willpower not to walk to our local bakery and buy every baguette in sight. What can I say?

Baguette Starter

My first attempt at baguette was nothing short of questionable–as with all of my previous encounters with active dry yeast, I was never really sure it was doing what it was supposed to be doing. In addition, the dough was the stickiest concoction I’ve ever kneaded. But the end result was magnificently delicious. So if it smells like baguette, tastes like baguette, and sorta kinda looks like baguette, we can call that a kinda win, right?

Fresh Baguette

Baguette

If you would like to try your hand at baking baguette, I recommend a crash course in yeast, and all things King Arthur Flour, including this tutorial. Next time, I’m planning on playing around with the water quantities with my dough to try and achieve larger bubbles–I erred on the side of less since I live in Missouri and I baked on a particularly humid day. I am also going to study up on kneading techniques, because at one point both of my hands were locked tight in a gluten trap!

Next up in 26 Before 27 will either be coq a vin or oeufs en cocotte. Help me decide!

–Cat

P.S. If you’re local and you would like me to deliver a free loaf to you next time I bake baguette, leave a comment below! (Seriously. I cannot keep eating 23 loaves of baguette a week.)