Cherry Pi(e)

For those of you who have never eaten a cherry pie, I highly encourage you to go buy or bake a fresh one! I baked a delicious cherry pie last night (Michael’s request) and it turned out incredible! I cheated and used an already made pie crust so next time I’ll have to battle homemade crust. But the fresh cherries were incredible. While I believe that cherry pitters are silly, it probably would have sped up the pitting-process. I was stoked since this is only my second pie ever prepared, the first was a pecan pie last Thanksgiving.

We had a fun evening last night that included steak and imperial stouts, pie and coffee, foosball, and some Portlandia.

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 4 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca (I used cornstarch)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar (I used 3/4 cup of organic evaporated cane juice sugar)
  • 4 cups pitted cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Place bottom crust in piepan. Set top crust aside, covered.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine tapioca, salt, sugar, cherries and extracts. Let stand 15 minutes. Turn out into bottom crust and dot with butter. Cover with top crust, flute edges and cut vents in top. Place pie on a foil lined cookie sheet — in case of drips!
  3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.

The recipe I used is from allrecipes.com and can be found here if you’d like to print it out or save to your online recipe box.

friday finds 11.11.11

it is one of those fridays where weirdness rules all…

for those of you like are familiar with youtube phenom, my drunk kitchen, you will love this. i can’t believe i just found this today.

i already love redheads, but this dude is the whole package.

get a minecraft pickaxe of your very own from think geek.

i love this, but would it be as charming with brown-colored tea?

who doesn’t love the oatmeal?? see the rest here.

eating my way through october

when the leaves start falling from the trees and the nights grow colder, it is time for pumpkin everything! i have been indulging in some of my favorites like pumpkin spice bubble tea, coffees, and beer. i had so many incredible fall beers in the last month and the best one is pumpking by southern tier brewing. currently, i am drooling over today’s design sponge post all about pumpkin dishes. check out the recipe for jennie love’s pumpkin risotto…yum! next week i plan to attempt making pumpkin ravioli with butter and sage from scratch.

pumpkin pie italian water ice at rita’s

pumpkin pie tastykake from philadelphia

everyone’s fave :: the pumpkin spice latte

i love seattle: trips to oregon

weekend trips to oregon

so while this doesn’t pertain to seattle exactly, it is about vicinity. leslie was in town from austin for the week and had never been to washington or oregon so we split up our time in each amazingly beautiful state. i am very much use to driving three hours for weekend trips from all those years in texas making the drive from dallas to austin for river floating, sxsw, or just a change of scenery. texas does have some beautiful scenery. but getting back up to the sweet pacific northwest…oregon…yes! we ventured out for a night of camping in the mt hood national forest and hiking around lake trillium. a short 40-minute drive back to portland and we grabbed dinner at le bistro montage with killer mac-n-cheese dishes and ended the night at good foot, where i purchased an original art piece from local artist, tony morgan. i am stoked about it and can’t wait to go pick it up at the end of the month (photos to come!). we checked out the japanese gardens and mt tabor, a really cool park that overlooks the city. of course, you can’t go to portland without getting some donuts at the wildly famous voodoo doughnut.

tip: don’t leave seattle heading for portland after 2pm on a friday…

…3 hours turns into 5 hours

mount hood!

at lake trillium. i love her goofy grin.

i would live here! so cozy.

japanese garden of portland.

voodoo! i shared with the roommates.

i had to pop in a photo of seattle. taken during our drive around the lovely queen anne district.

friday finds 9.2.11

today on the interwebs there seems to be a lot of cool things i want…

these heels would go with absolutely anything!

um…yummmmmmmm

                        currently gathering images for inspiration for the next tattoo. i am smitten with this style.

    cute print from my high school pal, mursblanc, on etsy

camper bike: i’d add solar panels and twinkly lights!

                        i would drive to every good will and value village in a 50 mile radius to do this.

                                                                               perfect bag for summer.

h a p p y

f r i d a y

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y o u !

outside lands!

we headed down to cali for a long weekend to attend the outside lands music festival in san francisco. the drive was 13 hours from seattle but our excitement made the time pass quick, especially with stops along the way for tasty food at voodoo doughnut in portland and in-n-out burger in redding ca. the outside lands festival blew us away and is one of the best music festivals i have ever attended! when we weren’t at the festival, san fran local and friend, aubrey, took us to some amazing eateries and bars.

ok go performing an acoustic set.

the ‘annie shot’

best interpretive dance goes to the buff dude in the middle. the tune-yards were on stage at the time.

strfkr

sia is sooo adorable. her chit-chat between songs was funny as she called out a dude for having hairy armpits and told a ginger she’d make out with him.

gorgeous day to sit in the grass and listen to music.

i had to take a gander at amoeba. this place is huge but the los angeles location is supposed to be massive.

the hour and a half wait outside was totally worth it at dottie’s! recommendations: cornbread w/ jalapeno jelly, veggie frittata w/ avocado, black bean cakes, everything!

had to see the golden gate bridge…or half of it at least.

this makes the third time this year to see grouplove live.

electronica artists were the best of the fest in my opinion. eskmo creates all sounds like ripping paper, opening cans, and beating on a pan and loops them. other discoveries were paper diamond, the limousines, and deadmau5.

hitchcock with a stereo!

the main reason for the trip! our first time to see BEIRUT!! his band is incredible and to this day i am still kicking myself for missing his set at sxsw 2007.

deadmau5…wow! he’s playing in seattle this thursday and i really want to go. i was in total awe the entire time. you can kinda see his lit up face and ears. so rad.

the candy forest was fun to walk through. outside lands takes the cake for best decor and just looked cool all around from the food vendor signage to the multi-colored lights in the trees that surrounds the golden gate park.

this is one of the best dishes i have ever eaten and it came from a food truck! the confit pork hash with summer succotash at 3-sum eats makes me want to move to san francisco. the plum cantaloupe lemonade is a must also!!

the diner near our hotel also celebrated lucy’s 100th birthday with a wall of memorabilia inside along with an outfit worn by lucy on display.

 

arabesque cookie

captain crunch cookies!! yes! i got the recipe from miss in the kitchen and modified it a bit. we chose to use crunch berries which made them more happy cookies. the consistency is fairly dry since there is not much liquid in the recipe. this is probably so the cereal stays crunchy. these cookies were incredibly easy to make and cook time is only about 10 minutes. they taste best once completely cooled and crunchy!

going camping …kinda

today is national camp in your backyard day (according to my bro-in-law, john, and this site). so be it! oh, and while i wholeheartedly believe that dale’s pale ale is the best camping beer, simpler times comes in at a close second for both taste and cheapness.

j & m campsite

keeping warm

s’mores nachos (half choc half hazelnut). yum!

addicted

every so often i get absolutely hooked on something. this week, i’ve had a few addictions…

after seeing backyard at siff, i can’t stop listening to icelandic electro-dance-pop band, fm belfast.

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ginger mints! you can buy them in bulk from amazon!!

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taking too many photos of my dogs.

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the editing of my drunk kitchen is genius. hannah hart is hilarious!

a night of pi(e)

i love theme nights and this particular one was all about pie. we started at pies & pints just down the street. they serve delicious little pot pies, but don’t be fooled by the size because they are quite filling. the mini ruebens (corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese in a puff pastry) are to die for and my fave pie at this point is the spinach and feta. the beer selection is good too although we skipped the beer to save some room for dessert.

the next stop was high 5 pies in the capitol hill neighborhood. i fell in love with the place instantly with the classic 1950’s seafoam green accents on the chairs, espresso machine and even the telephone. i ordered a mini apple crisp with some scrumptious molly moon vanilla ice cream. it was a bit dry but the ice cream helped. we took our sweet pies and coffee to-go to continue our themed night at home.

our movie selection was none other than darren aronofsky’s 1998 film, pi. i had never seen it and it is one of michael’s favorites so it seemed fitting to cap off our evening with such a stellar film.

a very annie christmas

happy holidaze ya’ll! may your days be big and bright and your nights be dark and mysterious! merry christmas, happy hanukkah and all that jazz…

happy captain crunch!

merry frakkin’ christmas!

orange lantern cookies made by geekboy, @fatskamike

the elves: josh and helo

bungee cord glass markers by @musicjunkeeee

aunt pina’s sour cream cookies, an italian tradition

gloria’s sausage balls, a mexi-tradition

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mrs jena j.

may the force be with your holiday glow and watch a plenty.

my version of seafood salad minus the conch (i threw in two, and only two pieces of tentacle in honor of rissa).

charles say relax!

cozy sweater, never fear!

this guy likes last minute wrapping.

a very merry, merry christmas to you!

chocolate salty balls

chocolate. beer. love.

i received a delicious treat in the mail from a sweet friend back home (thanks ASH!). and omg, yummmm! chocolate truffles from dude, sweet chocolate made with rahr ugly pug black lager (which is so good on its own)! i was waiting for michael to get back in town to share them but that didn’t work out. i noshed on a few and they were pretty damn good. i would have eaten more but that would mean more time spent at the boring gym. don’t worry, i saved enough for the boy to get a taste, minus that last one i just snacked on…

go. order. chocolate. now! but i think the rahr truffles are no longer available. although fungus amongus and crack in a box will be going on my wishpot list! i’m craving a tasty rahr brew now to wash down that truffle and am missing texas a little bit.