thursday things – a kitten, a marshmallow, and a crying child

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My father in law has recently acquired a new kitten. The thing is completely insane and out of control but he’s so itty bitty and adorable I can’t help but love him. LOOK AT HIS GIANT KITTY EARS! LOOK AT THEM! I believe he is still unnamed so feel free to make any suggestions below and I will pass them along.

Counselors are now using cooking to fight depression and build confidence; who knew?

Sure we know that cereal (and other food things) are fortified with iron for our health, but did you know that it can actually make your cereal magnetic? Here is a fun experiment you can use, straight from your middle-school science class!

I realize it’s not exactly rocket surgery, but David Lebowitz has made a guide on how to line a baking pan with aluminum foil like a boss. Although I usually use that method to line my pans, I end up ripping the foil anyway because I’m incompetent.

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Japan kicks our ass again by having these adorable cat-mallows. They even have step-by-step ordering instructions for those of us who don’t read Japanese! If only I had seen these in time for Christmas!

Speaking of Christmas, not sure what to get your frenemies (or just straight up enemies)? Lucky for you, The Poke has compiled a list of perfect gifts to get for the people you hate.

If you haven’t seen The Hater’s Guide to the Williams Sonoma Holiday Catalog – you need to check it out now. It includes gems like this one:

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And hipsters are bringing their own spirit to the holiday this year by decorating their dirty hipster beards.

Tasting Table helps you decorate your holiday table.

Apartment Therapy teaches us how to tie the perfect bow for your presents.

And below you can watch a tiny child cry while you get to laugh hysterically at them. It’s ok, you’re not a bad person, their own dad is laughing at them too.

thursday things – christmas is coming and other stuff

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IT’S ALREADY DECEMBER WHAT HAPPENED? I feel like I blacked out back in January and just came to…AND CHRISTMAS IS LIKE 20 DAYS AWAY OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING?! I’M NOT READY!!!

Speaking of Christmas,  I heard a story on the radio about the Swedish Christmas Goat they put up every year in Sweden… which is promptly destroyed… every year. I left last year’s handiwork below for your enjoyment. Trust me, you’ll want to see it.

If you want to take your ugly sweater up a notch this year, try out an ugly sweater suit!

I’m not one for celebrity gossip (just kidding, EVERYONE loves celebrity gossip… amiright?) – If you have ever wondered how Giada stays so trim, you can now know her secret.

You can finally buy your Girl Scout cookies online.

Kickstarter strikes again, this time with Pantelligent – the world’s smartest frying pan.

Christmas came early in Japan, since you can now drink your cookies – no chewing required. Up next – injectable cookies?

And in Australia Pizza Hut developed a Dorito-crusted pizza.

Meanwhile, here in the US, all we get is a grilled cheese cronut. Actually, that’s amazing. And only requires a tube of crescents and some velveeta cheese. I can feel my arteries clogging just thinking about it…

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If you, like so many of us, are struggling to stay motivated, this article from Pinch of Yum couldn’t have come at a better time … Even though it’s targeting bloggers, the post has some great advice that could really be applied to avoiding burnout in any career path or even just in every day life. I highly recommend reading it.

And if reading isn’t really your thing (then you probably haven’t made it this far down the page) but you must check out this podcast. Anyway, It’s call “Serial” and you can download it for free. SO GO DO IT NOW! YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO CATCH UP ON!

Here’s the synopsis:

“On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.”

AREN’T YOU ALREADY GETTING SUCKED IN? Every week I keep meaning to tell you all about it and EVERY WEEK I forget… which is CRAZY because this podcast is crazy good. So check it out if you have a minute.

And now, more celebrities reading mean tweets because IT’S AMAZING.

 

 

thursday things – the chestnut praline latte and other things

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THE CHESTNUT PRALINE LATTE HAS ARRIVED. I tried it this morning just for you all… and the verdict? Actually pretty good. I’ve never had a chestnut but I assume that is what they taste like. It was nutty with a slight hint of cinnamon and all in all, I would say it was pretty good. I would definitely order it again.

In other news… 

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be 2 years old, this Instagram account will remind you.

And if you thought plant-sitting was a boring job, you have clearly been doing it wrong.

If you had a bad day yesterday, remember it could always be worse

Just seeing this picture of a life-sized Katniss cake makes me tired. You don’t even get to eat it! WHAT’S THE POINT?

Not a baker? No problem. Bon Appetit has you covered with storebought pies you don’t have to be ashamed to take to your gathering.

For some reason, Pepsi thinks that Dorito-flavored soda is necessary.

For a much more obvious reasons, Oreo churros are (going to be) a thing.

Phoenix has some serious brag-worthy restaurants and I have only been to two of them… Clearly I need to work on that.

Hosting Thanksgiving at your place? Just taking along a side or dessert? This Thanksgiving Food Planning Calculator will help you figure out how much you need to make!

Oh, and Mr. Eats sent me this today because “It reminded him of me”… Thanks, Mr. Eats.

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It’s my favorite time of year here in Phoenix – FARMER’S MARKET SEASON! I mean, we have farmers markets during the rest of the year but it’s so unbearably hot out that they are only open from like 7:00 am to 11:00 am and even then you’re roasting in the heat for any amount of time you spend there… This weekend, though, we actually spent some time in the 70s (degrees, that is) and were able to sneak out to my favorite local farmer’s market.

Mr. Eats won second place in Movita’s pumpkin carving contest! He has gone up a few points in my book. Almost every judge, though loving his pumpkin, mentioned that they didn’t know “what an Oogie Boogie” was, so let take a moment to educate everyone…

Oogie Boogie is a ‘villain’ in The Nightmare Before Christmas. In the movie, Jack Skellington (whom Mr. Eats carved into his pumpkin last year, coincidentally enough) from Halloween Town captures Santa Claus in a misguided attempt to take over Christmas. I’m pretty sure it’s probably streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime so give it a watch in your downtime. :)

You can catch out Oogie’s sweet dance moves in the video below.

Starbucks is releasing a new drink this holiday season – set to make its nationwide debut November 12th.

Chef Daniel Patterson shows us how to cook in our sleep.

Texas BBQ has finally made it to Paris, France.

This lady decided to take the frugal route to the paleo diet… by eating dog food. (That’s commitment.)

And Jimmy Kimmel’s annual birth control video… I mean, Halloween candy trick video…

If you’re still drowning in Halloween candy – here is the cure to your woes.

Otherwise, apparently you can sell your Halloween candy to your dentist.

I need this cracker plate. I think it would be an excellent blog prop, don’t you agree?

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Carl’s Jr. has taken their sexy cheeseburger ads to a whole new level.

Shannon knocked it out of the park on her Feast feature this month. I want every single item in that spread. Thank god I don’t have the paper version or it would be covered in drool…

And @kawanabesatou is creating internet magic by tweeting pictures of hamsters in every day situations

… like serving sushi

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… or tending bar

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And… Since I didn’t get to it last week…

The best things I ate in October

Enchiladas (and salsa, and cheese dip, and everything else) from this tiny Mexican restaurant located in a strip mall in the middle of nowhere in Braselton, Georgia… I was extremely surprised since I was at least 60% sure it was going to be horrible and 30% prepared for extreme gastrointestinal distress… neither of which proved to be true.

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Dominique Ansel’s banana bread… recreated in my own kitchen.

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The goma ramen from Posh Scottsdale‘s ramen night (every Tuesday, folks!)

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Carne asada tacos from America’s Taco Shop, which has several locations around Phoenix (one of which, I recently discovered, was actually not far from my house!).

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thursday things and a real ice cream sandwich

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I know I’ve been really busy lately and have neglected the “food” section of this food blog. Shame on me. Don’t worry, I will get cooking again soon. I promise. Just once we finish unpacking from that trip we took last week… :)

I mean, I HAVE BEEN MAKING STUFF. Honest! I even made A Periodic Table’s tsoureki last weekend – see? Learn from my mistake – Don’t mash the ends of the braid together until you’re ABSOLUTELY 100% SURE THAT YOU’RE NOT MAKING A ROUND LOAF.

It is also helpful to make sure that you roll out your ropes to a length that you know will fit on your sheet pan, so that you don’t have to turn your regular loaf into a round loaf because it’s too big for your sheet pan… Not that I learned that from experience or anything…

Though it’s not as beautiful as hers, I’m sure it tasted every bit as good. And it definitely made some killer french toast. I mean, it tasted really good, not that it went on a murder spree or anything.

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In other super extremely important food news – TRADER JOE’S HAS PUMPKIN KRINGLE!!! So RUN DON’T WALK (or – even better – drive (safely)!) to your nearest Trader Joe’s and GET IT BEFORE IT’S ALL GONE BECAUSE IT’S FLIPPIN’ DELICIOUS! So much so that I even had to use ALL CAPS to express my excitement. Just do it.

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Apparently maple water is a thing and now I’m super intrigued and need to find it.

And so is Kale Soda, which I fully intend to locate at our local hippie grocer.

Oreo released their Pumpkin Spice flavor yesterday and for the first time ever my usual grocer actually had the new Oreos on release day! Clearly it was a sign that I had to buy them, even though I was fairly confident that they would probably taste like perfume. You know, for science.

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And, the verdict? Surprisingly not terrible. Although the cookies definitely smell like a pumpkin-scented candle they do not taste like potpourri. They actually taste kinda… good. They have a decent amount of pumpkin-spice flavor that really pairs well with the vanilla cookies. I think the cookies actually mute the flavor of the filling ever so slightly to prevent it from being overwhelming. I was pleasantly surprised.

In case you, like me, end up in various random debates about things like the difference between apple juice and cider, turns out there really isn’t one (depending on where you come from). So just agree to disagree and move on with your lives, OK? It’s better for everyone. :)

This New Mexico dairy farm became my hero when it fired all of its workers when it found out they were abusing its animals.

Krispy Kreme has Ghostbusters donuts for the month of October because, well, Ghostbusters is awesome.

If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, you’ll probably love a few of these Lucille Bluth quotes

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And now, since you’ve been so patient with me… a (kind of) recipe.

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There is one huge issue I have with these alleged “ice cream sandwiches” – mainly that they aren’t actually sandwiches. They are cookies with ice cream in between them.

If you made a roast beef sandwich with cookies on the outside I am certain that people would tell you that it was NOT a sandwich, yet somehow if you put ice cream in between the cookies it’s totally OK.

This, on the other hand, is a real ice cream sandwich. Using a sweet “bread” (well, cake baked into a bread shape, which is way more sandwich-y than a cookie). Although, I suspect that a sweet brioche or challah would do just fine in this application.

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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf loaf cake or quick bread, even challah or brioche would work!
  • 1 to 2 pints ice cream (depending on how much you want to spread as filling), softened

Instructions

  1. Slice pound cake into desired number of slices (thinner slices = more sandwiches!)
  2. Spread softened ice cream onto one slice of your loaf and top with other slice. Quickly wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer.

Notes

I used my condensed milk pound cake and cherries and cream biscuits recipes but any loaf cake/bread and ice cream should work (even store bought)

http://wee-eats.com/2014/09/25/thursday-things-and-a-real-ice-cream-sandwich/

Oh, and here is a video of a helper puppy because my bestie sent it to me and it’s amazing. Enjoy!

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