9.30.2012

Apple-Cheddar Pocket Pies

So in my last post, I mentioned I wore that outfit to SarahJean's house to make pies.
This is the recipe we used!
My sister Rachel had given me a pocket pie mold (available at Williams Sonoma) for my birthday, so we had to try it out. 
Next time, I suggest using a softer filling.
The sharp edges of the sliced apples poked holes in the crust when closing the mold.
I'm thinking Maple-Brown Sugar pop-tarts!




P.S. Thanks to Emeril for the recipe! BAM!

Apple-Cheddar Pie

  • 3 medium Golden Delicious apples (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup medium cheddar cheese (4 1/2 ounces), 1/2-inch cubes 

  • Crust (recipe)*
    Follow the recipe in the link above plus adding 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese! (Or use store bought pie dough and sprinkle some cheese on top before baking)

    *Can be made as one 8-9" traditional pie*

    These go fast! 
    My husband, who isn't the biggest fan of sweets, loved these because he loves cheese!
    ~Naomi

    9.23.2012

    Gyros with Tzatziki sauce



     Gyros with Tzatziki sauce

    Meat Mixture:
    • 1 lb. ground lamb (or beef)
    • 1/4 cup minced onion
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. black pepper
    • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano
    • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
    Sandwich:
    • 4 rounds of flat bread or pitas.
    • lettuce
    • tomato; sliced
    • Tzatziki Sauce
    Tzatziki sauce

    • 1 (8 oz.) container plain yogurt
    • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/2 Tbsp dill
    • 2 cloves minced garlic

    Directions:

    1. Thoroughly combine meat ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Divide into 4-6 equal portions and shape into oblong patties. Refrigerate for an hour.
    3. Grill patties over a hot fire (or on a hot skillet) for 3-4 minutes per side.

    4. Spread tzatziki sauce down the center of a flat bread round, add lettuce and some tomato. Add the patty, fold the bread over the lamb, and enjoy.
    5. Serves 2-3


    And enjoy, we did!
    ~Naomi

    9.20.2012

    Murky Water

    I used to think there wasn't much to do on a rainy afternoon.
    I figured I was supposed to stay inside, read, and drink tea.
    While I did end up doing those things, when it was really raining this week, I went out to play!
    I had such a great time!
    I felt like a kid again, just dancing in the rain.
    If there were puddles, I would have splashed.


    I thought of water when I bought this dress.
    There actually happened to be several dresses in similar style that all look liked swamp water, pond scum, etc.
    This was the prettiest watery dress and it had that hi-low hem which I love Oh So Much!
    I knew I would have to wear it before it got too cold.
    This rain storm was perfect.






    If you get the choice, dance!
    It's quite delicious!
    ~Naomi



    Dress: MSK via Marshall's
    Belt: from a JCP blazer
    Boots: Sole Society (Leilani)
    Earrings: Grand Canyon gift shop
    Umbrella: Raines

    9.16.2012

    Tomato Crab Bisque

    This is the easiest comfort soup I know.
    I make this often because it is so simple, I memorized the recipe!




    Tomato Crab Bisque for 2

    Ingredients:
    • 1 can (19 oz) tomato basil soup
    • 1 can (7 oz) chopped green chiles
    • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
    • 1/2 cup drained refrigerated pasteurized crab-meat (about 3 oz), flaked
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)
    • shredded Parmesan cheese to top
    1.  In small saucepan, heat soup and green chiles over medium heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; beat in cream with whisk until blended. Slowly stir in crab meat. Cook just until heated (do not boil).
    2.  Ladle soup into individual soup bowls. Top each serving with Parmesan and parsley.

    9.04.2012

    Birthday Babe!

    Yesterday was my 26th birthday!
    I relaxed all day.
    It was just what I needed.

    It happened to be a rainy day, so our plans for going outside were struck.
    So Abe and I stayed in!
    We watched a Harry Potter movie, drank Champagne, and indulged our sweet teeth with Abe's 1st ever homemade cake!
    He said that since I do all the baking every other occasion during the year, that he should make my cake.

    I think he did great!
    I'd like to think my skills have rubbed off on him :)

    I think he is stirring melted chocolate with a knife...

     
    War paint! Ready for battle






    Looking so cute in my apron

    War Zone... Um tape measure??

    Finished product! And he bought me roses!

    My presents <3






    Mmm cherries and bubbly!

    Making a wish!

     ~Naomi

    9.02.2012

    White Light

    I love the way the sun has been shining through the hallway window between 1pm and 2pm lately.
    I wanted to work with it for an outfit post, and I knew I should wear something  light.
    I first thought about a white T with a pastel maxi skirt.
    But that seemed too casual.
    Then I remembered this white dress I found at Goodwill when Luz was in town!
    Pairing it with the polka dot heels was why I bought it, so that's how I wore it.
    End of story. 
    Ta-da!


    No, I didn't cut my hair. I tucked it into a bob!

    All attitude :P

    This shot and the two above were with flash, the rest were without.








    Have a cool, calm, and collected Sunday!
    ~Naomi

    P.S. Tomorrow is my birthday!!!!!!!!! 



    Dress: thrifted
    Hat: Payless (2011)
    Shoes: Guess via Marshall's
    Earrings: vintage
    Bracelet: gift from my sister Rachel