Monday, December 22, 2008

Salty and Sweet

Since I have been off of work for 3 whole days now, I have been cooking and baking my life away (and I like it!!). I made: Sugar cookies, mint shortbread cookies, chocolate crinkles with strawberry preserves, and...*Da-Da-DUUUH!* salted caramels! Holy smokes. I have shown you a few of the delights I have made up but now I must show you my new additions:

Chocolate cookie dough- all ready to chill.

Mmm. All done!

Sugar getting ready to become some awesome caramel.

With the cream, salt and butter additions.

Pour your sugar on me!

All cut and sprinkled... Close up!

I made a lot...

And just so you see that I don't just make and eat a million cookies and candies, I made stir 'fry' tofu tonight :D

All these goodies are ready for company visiting this holiday season- you know who you are!! Lucky dogs, you.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Picture Extravaganza!

Paul and I had to celebrate Christmas early due to work schedules and figuring out when we can go to Pittsburgh, Ohio and back to Maryland so we could visit family. Here is a photo tour of our weekend :)

Shotzye just wanted to sun and relax on her Christmas break...

Leeloo is more of the 'watch a bunch of movies' type.

Our pretty purple stockings!

Student Christmas cards :D
...they actually like me! haha

Our tree- with presents, woot!

My new cupcake earrings Paul bought me from etsy! i love 'em!!!

Paul's stocking stuffers

my anthropologie shirt I got :D

Paul just saw his new WII!!!!!!!!!!

my lovely jacket :D
Shotzye was excited!

Christmas cookies cooling

Sugar cookie close-up
Glittery star

Swirly star

Polka dot ornament

Pretty snowflakes!

My gingerbread cookie!

Paul's g-man.
Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hey- Shortay!

I made some horribly good cookies...since we have NO SWEETS in our house....seriously!? no cookies, no cupcakes, no candy, no NOTHING! Well, the only thing sweet we have is graham crackers. Which are good, but when you are craving a soft, squishy, chocolaty, doughy goodness, graham crackers don't cut it. So...I did some recipe research and decided to make something I have never made before.

Leeloo's spot in the kitchen.
Relaxing while I cook yummy things...

Just out of the oven, resting on some parchment.

All dressed and ready to be DEVOURED

Paul is so happy he is kissing a batmonsterkittything!
Here is the recipe for those little pillows of delish!
Whipped Delicious Pillowey Shortbread Cookies
By: Kaylee
1 cup butter
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cup flour (I used UNBLEACHED all purpose)
1/4 cup Dried cranberries
White chocolate
Semi-sweet chocolate
-Set oven to 375 degree's
-Whip the butter til light and fluffy (about 2 minutes)
-Add all dry ingredients and mix until blended
-WHIP again- about 3 minutes
-Stir in cranberries (or other mix in's you decide will be nice)
-Drop by tablespoon on an ungreased baking sheet
-Bake for 9 minutes
-Let cool and drizzle with chocolate.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas :D

Some Christmas pics...

On the inside of an airplane

Megan (the air force elf) and her baby Keira!

Gav on a fire truck

yikes...a bit akward when this was happening front of a bunch of children...

Panicked kittys on the way home

Yay! home :)

Close up.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Gimme gimme gimme gimme lovers tonight: Stella

Charles E. Krah came out to visit this week so that we could attend the Stella show on Tuesday... so I dress up in my finest, wearing a brand new pair of 4" heels...We took the metro to Chinatown* and ended up walking about 6-100 blocks to the synagogue** that the show was at. Well, while we were walking up to the place late (since I twisted my ankle on those darn brick roads about 20 times) we ran into Michael Showalter smoking before they went on. crazy! So the show was hilarious and we got to meet all 3 of the guys and Eugene Mirman. awesomeeee. Here are some pics from the night:
*First rule of riding the metro: make sure you know which exit to take at your station because the underground metro stations are so freaking HUGE that if you leave the station at the wrong exit you are like...a good mile to 3 miles from where you wanted to exit...HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN!?

**Weird venue, right?

The Setting:

A lone metro with Paul, Chuck, me, random guy, bizzare looking lady with a FBI hat on and a bunch of luggage

The Story:

-3 friends enter the metro, ride one station until crazy lady gets on...lady starts singing as loud as possible, "Raging WAAAAR!!, Waging WAR!"
-Random guy looks at 3 friends and shares a brief moment of concern and fear

The Climax:

Woman sings for the remainder of the 6 stops...friends laugh uncontrollably and start to tap, clap and sing along with her (secretly)

The end.

On the inside

Michael Ian Black (guy on the right) was reminising or something at this point and the other 2 were "frozen," well, Showalter (left) picked a really hard pose to hold and Black was messing with him here.

Ah-ha moment...title of this post

I gave him a high five tooooo!

Downstairs at the Q + A

Eugene Mirman...he has got some strange coloring...


Like I said...not a good idea.

MAC baby!! Pigments...I am so excited to mess around with these!
(These were a early Christmas present because Paul couldnt wait to give them to me! haha)