POPPY JASPER FILM FESTIVAL
November 12, 2013
alright, enough with the sappy boyfriend sheeeet. but in my defense, this is a blog about swooning. among other things. ;)
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
November 3, 2013
whenever I make these, I'm instantly transported to my mom's house in washington, nice and chilly, with a fire going and surrounded by evergreen trees. on a good day I have this as a naughty / not nutritious breakfast with coffee, or with some almond milk for dessert. on bad days I'm averaging like 7.
+ 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
+ 1 cup granulated sugar
+ 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (I usually 1 1/2)
+ 1 teaspoon baking soda
+ 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
+ 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
+ 2 large eggs
+ 1 teaspoon vanilla
+ 1 cup plain pumpkin (half of a 1 pound can, although I like mine extra pumpkin-y so I use 2/3 of the can)
+ 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
+ 1 cup chocolate chips (feel free to go rogue here and add as many as you want)
1 preheat oven to 350°.
2 grease muffin cups or use paper baking cups. (I think paper baking cups are way easier)
3 thoroughly mix flour, sugar, pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips
4 in a separate bowl, mix eggs, pumpkin, melted butter, vanilla. whisk until blended.
5 pour over dry ingredients and fold in using a spatula until combined.
6 scoop batter evenly into muffin cups.
7 bake 20-25 minutes, or until puffed and springy to the touch in the center.
8 turn out onto a rack to cool.
a few notes: to make mine extra fall-ish, I add a sprinkle of nutmeg, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. The recipe doesn't call for it but I DO WHAT I WANT. also, these taste way better if you make them a day in advance. I rarely have the self restraint to wait for these to cool, much less 24 hours, but it's worth it. (they're delicious no matter what, I'm just trying to give you the prime muffin experience)
makes 12 regular or 48 miniature muffins, I usually double the recipe.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! *SNAP SNAP*
October 31, 2013
so, I felt super lame about halloween this year. greg and I really wanted to do a couple's costume, but with him getting a cold, us trying to save our pennies for stuff, and me desperately trying to find a costume that didn't involve him shaving his glorious beard (oh, how I love it so) it resulted in ziiiiilch. but when you're running a costume contest at work, you kinda have to dress up. so I busted out my good ole black dress and white button down and did my best wednesday addams sulk. because she's cooler than I'll ever be.
another thing I realized is that my last three halloween costumes have involved a white oxford, buttoned up alllll the way to neck. (rawr!) greg, I promise to do my best "slutty ___" costume next year. ;)
(see last year's halloween costume here.)
HAUNTED HOUSES + BEING ARTSY
October 23, 2013
tonayense taco truck and a printmaking class at 3 fish studios. I had never taken a printmaking class before and it was so much fun! both owners of the studio (hubby & wife team eric rewitzer and annie galvin) were wonderful and very patient at teaching 30+ of us how to work the machines. as it turns out, annie is also the artist behind these "I love you california" prints that I've seen all over the mission and have been lusting after. she was nice enough to show me her studio and some of the pieces she's currently working on. we chatted about our love of margaret kilgallen and she her irish accent and well, I like her.
eric showing us the magic machine that turns basically any piece of paper (a map, old textbook pages) into a sticker.
what I made. I can't wait to frame and hang it somewhere.
I loved this "look sharp" drawing that hung above the sink in the bathroom.
annie's california prints.
then on saturday, conner and claire came to visit! we went to val's (again, I know, we have a serious problem) and then hit up a haunted house park. claire refused to go in any of the houses or wait in line with us, but we still love her. :)
I'm a total baby but I survived all the clowns and smoke and the creepy guy with a skin mask who touched me with his chainsaw. wooooo.
SATURDAY AT THE FERRY BUILDING
October 6, 2013
we spent saturday at the ferry building because it was supposed to be really nice outside. by really nice I mean almost 80 degrees in a city that doesn't really use air conditioning. (SF has officially ruined me for any weather over 75 degrees) there were pumpkins and halloween decorations up but it was so freaking hot that all I wanted was a watermelon margarita.
spoiler alert I got one.
enough of this indian summer business! I don't own a fan, my apartment doesn't have air conditioning, and I feel weird eating pumpkin flavored things in the heat. it just feels wrong.
hope you had a good weekend, lovaaaaahs.