Brown Butter Chocolate Maple Pecan Cookies February 24, 2014
As excited as I may be, this may sound a little silly but I just can't wrap my head around shorts and bikinis quite yet. I find that it's always a bit of a shock to become fully immersed in tropical heat, warm intense UV rays and salt water, after spending many months cooped up indoors. The intense equatorial sun is always so surprisingly fierce, and I always have to remind myself over and over again that it's important to be stern and diligent with sun screen and avoid the harsh rays, as lovely and as the sun may feel. I've heard stories of friends spending a few weeks developing a base tan in the tanning beds, but the thought of being stuffed inside a coffin-shaped light bulb heat box terrifies me. I plan on bringing an extra large sun hat and plenty of cover-ups, which should do the trick.
Banana Bread Doughnuts with an Almond Butter Glaze February 14, 2014
When creating these doughnuts, I opted for a fairly simple banana bread recipe, nothing to complicated. I left out the healthy bits like whole wheat flour and walnuts, because who are we kidding, these are doughnuts we're talking about here. I've made this recipe two ways: incorporating the chocolate into the batter, and leaving it out and then sprinkling on top. I prefer the later, for the aesthetic appeal and the added crunch. I have been a bit obsessed lately with baked doughnuts. The effort required is substantially less than frying, and in the end, you will probably smell of banana bread and less like a grease trap. These doughnuts are soft and fluffy. Subtly sweet, with a touch of salty. They are the perfect marriage of banana bread and doughnuts. What more could you ask for.
everything is going to be all right gooey chocolate pull apart rolls February 6, 2014
Brent and I have spent many nights this year curled up on the couch, trying to process plans for the future, which is so hard when typically we can't see past today. We feel as though the next stage of our life, where we want to call home, is here in Seattle. Despite our current green card uncertainties and the long commute to our families, we have weighed the pros and cons and have decided that Seattle is is where we'll stay. We are excited to make that next step in our life. One that involves cutting grass, patching holes, furniture shopping, and creating a little space that is for us. Last week we were approved for a mortgage (which is an utterly terrifying experience). It involved dealing with a smarmy business banker trying to get us to over extend into our retirement savings, to actually writing numbers down on paper. It seemed all so real and overwhelming. It was, however, somewhat reassuring to know that interest rates are at the lowest they've been in a while, and tax benefits do sound like a good thing. We are a little terrified after meeting with our real estate agent, who tells us that many other people here in Seattle all have the same ideas as we do for 2014. I'm thinking that this year will be filled with a lot of uncertainties, and a true test of our patience and determination, but utterly exciting at the same time.