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archive for October 2008

cute as

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Seeing as I will be posting my Daring Bakers Challenge in a few short hours, I’m tossing out another puppy pic (I don’t have many of Kaweah when she was a wee pup) to tide folks over – and to fulfill my NaBloWriMo obligation.


learning to love the snow


flower

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I have always admired wildflowers because they endure so much hardship and yet are simply stunning and beautiful in their understated way. To catch their brief bloom is one of the joys in life I cherish each year. They are delicate, yet hardy. Wildflowers represent the fleeting beauty of life that flourishes despite the overwhelming odds. They inspire me.




Bri was such a flower in my mind, in my heart. She inspired me. She still does. Be at peace, Bri. My sincerest condolences to her loved ones. I am so sorry.

everybody gets a redo

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Recipe: apple tartlets

I typically encounter few problems when cooking or baking things that I eventually post on Use Real Butter. There may be some recipes that I merely feel “meh” about and hold off posting those for times when I’m out of posting material. And then there are times, like this past week, when I try a recipe and it didn’t come out as I had hoped. This actually happened with TWO such recipes and the end results are kind of important to me (okay, okay, I AM OCD). I even told Tartelette I wasn’t sure I wanted to bother redoing them this weekend. But redo them I did… and with the proper results. That makes me feel better.

Most of today was spent working on a rather odd project that I’m pretty sure not a one of you has ever embarked on making before. More on that tomorrow. I’m quite jazzed about it.

The other day I had a few Granny Smith apples lying about with no designated purpose. I didn’t think too much about them until I was working out and the thought of caramelized apples bounced into my head. I tossed about the idea of a deconstructed apple crisp, but I’m not as keen on deconstruction as say… reconstruction. If you will recall the apple cranberry crisp from not to long ago, I went for the same theme, but different presentation.


the oatmeal streusel topping pressed into tartlet pans



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