Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Monday Night

On Monday night it rained,

But I didn't mind because I paid $5 for this:

The Texas Twist: worth both the rain and the ridiculously high price

And then this happened:

In all of it's greasy goodness

Behold the funnel cake:

Powdered Sugar + Rain + Grease = Spanish Fork Fair

After all of the culinary delights we went here:

the carnival

and rode this:

then we made out, as if we were 13, and "Going Out" it was presh.

we ended with this:
a 70 minute late fireworks extravaganza.

On Monday night it rained,

and I had a fantastic night with my honey.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Weekend Away

These are some of the shining moments from our cabin weekend. Isn't it amazing how beautiful the simplest things can look through the lens of an iPhone? I'm still wondering how it's possible I've lived so long with out one. Anyway that's a different post. This weekend my aunt and now uncle were married at my grandparents cabin in bear lake. It was a blast to spend time with family and see people that I don't normally get to. We built fires, and had long talks with new cousins, we ate grandpas famous cabin breakfast, and made ourselves sick eating too many bear lake raspberries. We visited LaBeaus and went shopping, and spent too much time laughing. Overall it was certainly a weekend not to be forgotten - this is what summer is all about, I'm so grateful for family, and good friends.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Simple Cheesecake


How do you feel about cheesecake? Do you love it? Have you ever tried to make it? I have a small confession, I go through these food fear phases. Where I'm terrified to cook with a certain ingredient or make a certain dish. First it was yeast, then cheesecake, it's currently pie crust that I'm trying to avoid, but that's for another time. At some point the inevitable happens and I must face my fear. I've conquered yeast, and now cheesecake too. I was always so nervous that the temperamental custard filling would crack or dry out or become leathery on the outside and be undercooked on the inside. (Yuck, yuck, yuck!) But this easy recipe changed everything. It made putting a cheesecake together so simple! There's not many ingredients, but the flavor and texture are exactly what I want in a cheesecake. Smooth and dense and delicious. Seriously, if you're a cheesecake fan (let's be honest who isn't) you've got to try this! The most important thing you must keep in mind when making cheesecake is not to over beat the batter. Over beating causes too much air to be whipped into the batter, thus causing cracks. (No bueno, ya hear?) The key is to only beat until the ingredients are BARELY incorporated. You really should feel as if you're under beating. If you keep that little tid bit in mind you'll breeze through this recipe like a champ.

Simple Cheesecake
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 1/2 cups finely ground Graham crackers, about 35 squares (Pulsed in a food processor works best for me, but you could do this the old fashioned way too - zip lock bag and rolling pin)
2 Tbsp sugar
2 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese, at room temperature (VERY Important that the cheese is at room temperature, otherwise you'll get serious lumpy cheesecake!)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lemon, zest finely grated (optional)
1 pint sour cream

Start by spraying a 9'' spring form pan, dust with sugar set aside and prepare your crust. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl mix butter, sugar and cracker crumbs until all crumbs are moist. Press crumb mixture into prepared pan all across the bottom and about an inch  to two inches up the sides. Using fingers or a measuring cup with straight sides and large bottom surface pack the crumbs together, try to keep the crust even across the bottom and sides. Once your crust is all pressed, cover the spring form pan with a clean kitchen towel and place it in the refrigerator while you prepare the custard.

In a large mixing bowl place room temperature cream cheese in mixing bowl. (If your cream cheese is not up to room temp, microwave it for 10 to 15 seconds to soften it up.) Use a hand mixer and beat the cream cheese for 30 seconds to a minutes until it's broken up and smooth. Add 1 cup of sugar and mix it for about 30 seconds until it's just incorporated with the cheese. Add eggs one at a time, beating for 10 to 15 seconds between eggs, keeping in mind not to over beat! Once the eggs are all added in, measure in sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Mix for 30 seconds to a minute, just until streaks of sour cream are gone. Now grab your prepared crust from the fridge and using a spatula spread your custard into the pan.
Bake the cheesecake in preheated oven for 50 - 55 minutes. The middle of your cheesecake custard will still be a bit wobbley, and might look underdone. Don't worry it will finish setting up in the refrigerator. Remove the cheesecake from the oven (do not to a toothpick test) place hot pan on a cooling rack for thirty minutes to an hour to allow cake to cool. Loosely cover cake with a clean cloth dish towel and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but more preferably over night. When you're ready to serve the cake run a sharp knife between the edge of your crust and spring form pan. Now take a deep breath and un pop the latch of the spring form pan and gently remove the outside and bottom layer of your pan. (That part always makes me nervous!) Top your cake with fruit topping, fresh fruit or even melted chocolate! Enjoy, you cheesecake lovers!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hi Tech!

No, not high-tech, but hi, ni hao, hola, hello, bonjour


We have finally entered the 21st century and it feels so, so, good.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Day Dreamer Girl

williams-sonoma why can't you fill my kitchen?

I want a fluted pastry cutter.

(Stomp of foot, huff of hot breath, "I want it NOW" for example see here.)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A few things you should know

A Fact:

I am loving my coral nail polish
(urban seriously has the best nail polish colors EVER.)

The Truth:

Adam's macbook needs a new hard drive...goodbye Nordstrom sale.

A Link:

Can we go to all 12?

A Story

After I fell asleep last night Adam joined me in bed after finishing up some homework. When he climbed under the covers we had the following conversation (which by the way I have no recollection of):

Adam: Hi Honey, I'm here

Amanda: Oh hi pie

Adam: What ya doin?

Amanda: (The correct answer here would be sleeping) Watchin a movie

Adam: (A little surprised) Oh really? What movie?

Amanda: Sad Break.

Have you seen Sad Break? Yeah neither have I, that's because it doesn't exist...other than in my unconscious yeah.

On that note hope you're having a great Thursday!