When I have kids, I'd love to be one of those moms that bikes their kids to school. I know this may sound ridiculous in Seattle - especially as a teacher, combining the rain, busy schedules, backpacks, etc...but I do believe it is possible. I'm loving these tandems by Dutch Bike Co. Seattle who imports their styles from Europe. One day I'll pick up one for myself, just you wait and see!
I've always been interested in learning about other cultures and places, how they live their day to day life, the ins, outs, secrets, and in-betweens... But now I think I have a real, legitimate reason to visit Denmark!
This week I'll be knee deep in parent-teacher conferences, hoping to enjoy a little down time in the evenings. Hoping to try out this tantalizing recipe this week. Happy Monday!
Recipe below via Hostess with the Mostess
Creepy Jello Shots
1.5 cups boiling water
1 cups vodka
2 (8-oz) pkg. JELL-O Gelatin, any flavor
STIR boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl at least 3 min. until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for a 3-5 minutes, then add vodka. Pour into 13×9-inch pan. Let mixture cool to room temperature, then add gummy candies. (Use a spoon to help guide gummies into the spot you want them, if desired.) Pour into 13×9-inch pan.
REFRIGERATE at least 3 hours or until firm.
DIP bottom of pan in warm water 15 sec. Cut jigglers into squares, making sure to cut all the way through gelatin to bottom of pan. Lift JIGGLERS® from pan. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.images/hostesswiththemostess
While reading Real Simple yesterday, I came across an easy but delicious choice - A Cheese Party. While I like to think of myself as an amateur cheese connoisseur, I appreciate the direction RS gives the hopeful party planner. Shopping lists, ideal cheese and food pairings, what to sip - they've covered it all. I'll keep you posted on how it turns out!
1. pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks
2. pumpkin bagels + pumpkin cream cheese from Noah's Bagels
2. pumpkin cupcakes w/cream cheese frosting a la Real Simple
4. pumpkin pancake & waffle mix from Trader Joes
5. curried pumpkin soup from Whole Foods
Now - here's where you come in. What pumpkin things am I missing or have I not yet discovered? Please enlighten me because pumpkin season runs out!
Dinner Last Night: Roasted Butternut Squash with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola, and Crispy Fried Sage
It was wonderful! I'm not sure I crispified the sage correctly, but the flavors did come together nicely and the savory gorgonzola was perfect paired with the sweet butternut squash. It was so memorable - think I might have to make this dish for my Friends Thanksgiving party coming up next month!
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My most recent rental is the TV series - Brothers and Sisters. Recommended to me by a friend, I must admit I am seriously hooked! I'm about halfway through the first season and can't get enough - plenty of funny and poingnant moments, humor, and of course family drama.
Ever seen it?
Next, we headed to a local pumpkin patch. I guess it was a popular day to hit the pumpkin patch, because it was packed! Every family there had children under the age of 5. All trying desperately to capture their child actually looking at the camera, or at least at a pumpkin. We opted for the unusual pumpkins as opposed to tradition, picking up a warty pumpkin for my classroom and a Cinderella pumpkin for my porch.
After that, we walked ar0und the farm, the cornfields, and then ended our afternoon with cones of delicious pumpkin ice cream. What a perfect day!
I was recently introduced to this unusual but sensible plant by a former colleague who used them as the "flowers" both in her bouquet and in her bridal party's updos at her wedding.
One google search later and I've discovered that calvados is a French form of cider distilled from speciality selected apples - sounds delicious huh? I just might have to track me down some calvados and try this one at home on a cold fall night.
While some claim this Southern favorite has no flavor once fried, critics warn there's more to fried chicken than crust. Ethnic cuisines are embracing this tasty entree, adding their own spices and flavors to make it their own, for example the spicy dark meat fryers in Korean-influenced glaze at NYC's Momofuku.
In Seattle, I'm a fan of the fried chicken at Kingfish Cafe, a Southern haunt in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. I'm a little afraid to try a fryer solo, but I'm up to a challenge. Anyone have a fried chicken recipe worth a share?
I think a favor was called in for my Erin's wedding which was Saturday evening - and outdoors, no less! My dear friends Erin and Josh got married at this beautiful, contemporary Seattle area winery, and the fall backdrop was simply lovely. They took a gamble having an outdoor ceremony in October in Seattle, but it certainly paid off and it was an amazing good time.
Whatever your weather, have a cozy fall weekend!