Archive for November, 2007

Feigning domesticity again.

I meant to post this a week ago, but life off of the computer decided to pop up and force me away from the monitor. Okay, I’m lying. Really I was just lazy.

Anyway, I made pumpkin tiramisu for Thanksgiving, and I have to say, it was pretty awesome. I got the recipe from some free magazine at the grocery, and for once there was actual content besides and gazillion ads for new homes.

tiramisu

You will need:
1/4 cup maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup
1 tablespoon bourbon
1/2 of a 15 ounce can pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 granulated sugar
1/2 of an 8 ounce container mascarpone cheese, softened (I substituted cream cheese)
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 3 ounce package lady fingers (substituted with pound cake)
ground or freshly grated nutmeg (forgot to use)

1. Line a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with plastic wrap; set aside.

2. For the syrup, combine maple syrup and bourbon in a small bowl. Set it aside.

3. For the filling, combine pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in another small bowl. In another bowl, combine half of the whipping cream and granulated sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium until soft peaks form. (You’re really just making whipped cream.) Gently fold whipped cream into pumpkin mixture. Do not mix!

tiramisu 1

4. For the topping, combine mascarpone or cream cheese and powdered sugar. Beat on low until combined. Gradually beat in the other half of the whipped cream until thickened. Do not overbeat.

tiramisu 2

5. Arrange half of the lady fingers (or slices of pound cake) in the bottom of the loaf pan. Drizzle half of the syrup on top.

tiramisu 3

Top with half of the filling and spread evenly.

tiramisu 4

Repeat these two steps one more time. Then dollop the topping on the filling and spread evenly.

tiramisu 5

6. Cover and cool for 8 to 24 hours.

7. When ready to serve, use the plastic wrap to lift the tiramisu out of the pan. Sprinkle with the nutmeg and serve.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

Friday Finds – week 46, 2007.

This week’s entry will be really short as I’m about to have to leave.

gifts.com

Gifts.com’s gift finder. This is actually really, really helpful if you have someone who’s hard to shop for. You answer a few questions about the recipient, and are given a big list of items based on his or her personality. My dad is notoriously hard to buy presents for, and I actually found something he really liked on here last year.

el sloucho

El Sloucho bag – $55. I’m in desperate need of a new purse, and this is the nicest I’ve seen yet. You can choose between a background of gold, olive, and navy, as well as the print (although most are sold out right now).

nooka

Nooka Zub Zot 38 – $135. I hate watches, but I would totally wear this one. It’s sleek and I love the minimalist design.

Told you it’d be short!

Friday, November 23, 2007 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

Friday Finds – week 45, 2007.

This is something I’m going to try to do each week. In these entries, I will post things I’ve found or bought over the past week. This will mainly include housewares, clothing, and design-related things, but probably also websites. Who knows? Right now the format is kind of all over the place, but I’ll probably come up with a better one after I do this a few weeks.

I’ve been in the holiday spirit since right after Halloween, but now I’m really in it now that all my favorite shopping websites have added seasonal goodies.

ornaments

(Clockwise from top left.) 1. Knitter ornament – $24. 2. Make-believe mushroom ornament – $14. 3. Glass squirrel ornament – $10. 4. Cozy cottage ornament– $14. 5. Classic bluebird ornament – $6. 6. Classic elf ornament – $6. 7. Kimono bunny ornament– $6. 8. Nippon owl ornament – $6.

diy stocking kit
DIY stocking kit – $8.

lapland candelabra
Lapland candelabra– $48.

gift wrap kit
‘Tis The Season gift wrap kit – $24.95.

Friday, November 16, 2007 at 11:47 pm 1 comment

More reasons I believe in therapy.

Cleaver-Wielding Ex-Girlfriend Shot In Chest

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. — A cleaver-wielding ex-girlfriend was shot in the chest at her former boyfriend’s home in West Feliciana Parish.

Kimberly Davis was brought to a nearby hospital after she was shot in the chest at about 1 a.m. Monday. She underwent surgery but her condition was not immediately available.

Authorities said Davis will face charges of attempted second-degree murder upon her release. West Feliciana Parish sheriff’s officials said Davis kicked in the door of her former boyfriend’s trailer. Investigators said he was in the bedroom with his new girlfriend when Davis, carrying a meat cleaver, stormed into the room.

The new girlfriend was cut with the cleaver, and then she reportedly pulled out a pistol and shot Davis in the chest. Capt. Spence Dilworth said the pistol used to shoot Davis was a .22 caliber. The sheriff’s office said the shooter will not be charged.

I really want to know the back story. You know you’ve done something bad when someone comes after you with a fucking meat cleaver.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

My cake brings all the boys to the yard.


cake, originally uploaded by mayfair.

I made a gluten-free cake for my sister’s 10th birthday party. Oh, my god. The icing was so good. The recipe was :

– 8 tbsp butter
– 1/3 cup water
– 4 cups powered sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup cocoa

Soften the butter, then add the other ingredients. Whip with a mixer until it looks like icing. Then eat entire thing out of bowl. Screw the cake. It’s just filler.

Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 8:49 pm 2 comments


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