The summer before Hub and I got married, I worked in a bakery formy alma mater. I started at 6 a.m. (my boss was always there about 3 hours earlier) and my main job was making brownies, and éclairs. When I found out about this month’s Daring Bakers challenge, I immediately became nostalgic. That summer was a fun one when a lot of great memories were made, one being the most memorable day of my life, when I knew Hub was all mine. oh yeah. But when I thought about the éclairs themselves, they weren't one of my top memories.
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When I heard about this month’s challenge, I was stoked. I’ve always had tamales on my list of things to make but of course, I never did it because it seemed so intimidating! If I’d have known how simple it was, I’d have been making these for years! I’m sad I’ve been missing out, but oh so ever happy that it will now be a regular happening in our home.
Well, if you read my blog, and how I like to sign up for lots of food blogging events you knew this was on its way. I made these little cakies a while ago, but since school has begun and I've been getting things organized for all that comes with teaching a bunch of children/teenagers, I've had little time to actually sit down and put a post together with PS-ed pictures and all. I was grateful that I had written down what I did and my recipe before I forgot it though. I credit divine inspiration...
First of all, thanks to everyone who comes to check out this little food blog of mine. I'm not going to lie, I put lots of thought into it. I love it just that much, fanatical about it actually. :)
Anyway, I enjoy getting each of your comments and hope you enjoy what you find here!
I'm also really grateful for the love of my life, Hub, Aarny, AJ. He has been so great about me taking pictures of dinner/dessert/baked goods before I'll let anyone touch them. Plus he's the best taste tester ever.
Me: so do you want banana or zucchini?
Hub: mmm... banana
Me: you're sure you don't want zucchini? Or both? I could make zucchini-banana bread!
Hub: nah, just banana, keep it simple.
* I make the banana bread with my friend "Reese" while Girls Just Want To Have Fun is on in the background. After 30 minutes we start smelling aromatic lovin' from the oven. And then...
Me: oh my goodness!'
Reese: what is it?
Me: we forgot the BANANAS!
Apparently... banana wasn't simple enough either.
It doesn't help that we were distracted by the amazing dancing/clothing/music in that movie. I'm proud to have been born the same year it was released.
We had a new neighbor move in about two weeks ago. I've been so absorbed in my own crazy busy little life that I didn't even say hello or welcome her into the neighborhood. Not very neighborly nor kind of me, I know.
Well it only took about a day or so before we figured out that she had a dog, or puppy, or something of a canine nature. We'd hear him barking wildly when we went to the bathroom, and our neighbor was out. She apparently keeps him in the bathroom while she's not home; and he'd rather be somewhere else.
Since I've been so unneighborly, I figured I make her a treat for when I finally introduced myself as well as one for her best friend. Hopefully her buddy will like them.
Every Saturday is my day to get errands done. Every so often I also get myself a little summin' summin'. This time instead of eating my treat as I was errand-ing, I waited until I got home and had it with one of my favorite things about summer.
Here's the spread:
I made that bag. :) I was so proud, but it took me forever!
My transport system:
The other (visible) things in my bag are: photos I picked up from Costco, stamps, the book I'm currently reading, my wallet, an Arthur sticker book. I picked it up from work, the Boys & Girls Club (I don't teach dance as much during the summer). The things that aren't visible are... uninteresting.
I think I may try making these black sesame candies from scratch someday... must remember that for later. I got these from my favorite little Chinese store in the bubble, Chao's. It's run and owned by the same man for over 30 years! My dad used to shop there when he was living in P-town during his college days. Here's an article about the shop. I just love that Mr. Chao always greets me with a "Halloooo! How are yooou?" each time I shop there.
Oh, did anyone see that incredible relay the USA just won?! I love the Olympics, it's inspirational to see people achieving such unbelievable feats... while I sit on the couch cheering then bake and blog my life away. sigh.
I've agreed to join in on yet another fabulously fun filled baking event this month. I promise I'll accomplish them all. Cookies, something daring, something savory and yet to be rivaled, and now something muy caliente! It's also something that helps me feel a bit nostalgic, remembering those late nights watching recordings of Iron Chef with my baba translating.
Fuki san, it's the Iron Cupcake Earth!
This is one of my all time favorite breakfasts. Petit déjeuner, 早餐, Frühstück, desayuno, завтрак, however you pronounce it, I love it. It's the first food that you eat each day, shouldn't it be something you enjoy, love, and depend on? I think so too.
Photo: Basil Childers for The New York Times
Read Article Here: travel.nytimes.com/2008/07/20/travel/20CHOICE.html
I thought people only ate like this at county and state fairs!
In case you were wondering, it's a French fry and batter covered hot dog... on a stick!
Doesn't he look in greasy heaven?
"This decadent dessert boasts a satiny texture and intense chocolate flavor."
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Can you tell I've got my camera back? I'm so happy. :)
Although lately I've been noticing that my picture taking isn't as good as I had thought. I blame it on only having a point and shoot.