Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins


Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins
4,5 ounces all purpose flour (about 1 cup)
3,5 ounces whole-wheat flour (about ¾ cup)
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ¼ cups fat-free milk
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (the recipe advices not to use natural style peanut butter because it isn't sweet enough, but I used it and it was just fine!)
¼ cup egg substitute (you can also use one egg instead)
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
cooking spray
¼ cup strawberry jam

Preheat oven to 400.
Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups, level with knife. Combine flours, sugars, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine milk and next 4 ingredients, add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
Spoon butter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Fill each cup half full with batter. 
Spoon 1 tsp jam into each cup. 
Spoon remaining batter on top to cover jam. 
Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in the center. Let cool in pan.
Enjoy!

Previous Tasty Tuesday posts:
Crepes
Crackers
Almond Biscotti


What a day


screen printing
glass painting
bag sewing
potato cakes


Good job, Eric and Bonnie (and me)! :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Simply cool and irresistible

Alright, this is something incredibly awesome! Some time ago I wrote about one of my favorite blogs - The Impossible Cool. It is a photo blog where they post awesome photos of cool people - the greatest icons of all the time...

Not the Impossible Cool together with Sonic Editions is launching a very special photo collection. The amount of images are limited - only 50 prints worldwide. All prints are hand printed and framed, numbered and certified on the reverse. The prices vary from only $79/£45 unframed to $109/£69 framed.

I don't think it can get much better...
Check them out! Only $75 (on average) for unframed picture?!

Freshly baked bread


I can't even describe how tasty it is. I made one loaf with walnuts and one with sesame seeds...yumm
The recipe will be published next week or so. :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The truth


Just FYI
100 Best Companies to work for:

and also because I'm going to apply for a job in Ernst&Young today...No.77 best company to work for...good luck to me! :P

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Kick-ass Soundtrack

I love the movie and I love the soundtrack even more! If you haven't seen the movie (shame on you) - do that! It is really good. 
Chloe Moretz is great and Aaron Johnson is super cute. :) I liked him a lot already in "Nowhere Boy" (the movie about John Lennon). Chloe Moretz is also playing in "Let Me In" - the American remake/adaptation of the Swedish vampire movie "Let the Right One In" (which was amazing by the way). Now I really want to see the American version, too!
So I watched "Kick-ass" again the other night and remembered that I wanted to download its soundtrack pretty badly already a long time ago. It isn't the music style I usually listen to, but it sounds like a lot of fun and probably is the perfect soundtrack for parties...or running, haha.
And here at shooshoomoo.com I believe is a good place to listen to the whole album without downloading it. Enjoy!


Kick-Ass Soundtrack (Songs) – Track List
1. Stand Up – The Prodigy
2. Kick Ass (We Are Young) – Mika Vs. Redone
3. Can’t Go Back – Primal Scream
4. There’s A Pot A Brewin’ – The Little Ones
5. Omen – The Prodigy
6. Make Me Wanna Die – The Pretty Reckless
7. Banana Splits – The Dickies
8. Starry Eyed – Ellie Goulding
9. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us – Sparks
10. We’re All In Love – The New York Dolls
11. Bongo Song – Zongamin
12. Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu – Ennio Morricone
13. Bad Reputation – The Hit Girls
14. An American Trilogy – Elvis Presley

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Crepes!

Crepes are my favorite pancakes of all the times. Every time I eat them that brings be back childhood memories when my grandma used to make crepes. And as we all know grandma's always make the best pancakes!

Crepes:
3 eggs
1,5 cups flour
2,5 cups milk
oil
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon sugar
(you can also add a spoon or two of melted butter to this recipe)
cinnamon (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Add the milk, salt and butter (optional)) stirring to combine, beat until smooth.
Heat a frying pan. Pour approx. ¼ cup of the batter onto the pan for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.

Cook the crepe until the bottom is light brown. Carefully turn it and cook the other side.
Serve with jam, fruits or butter.
 Enjoy!

P.S. When I lived in Sweden my friends made a special FB group dedicated to my crepes - Dace: Pancake Goddess.:))

Previous food posts:

Owls

While you are enjoying a slow Monday evening (that's at least what I'm doing), take a look at Live Owl camera! You can follow the owl’s activities during day and night and listen to their hooting. And the owl babies have just hatched!
Thanks to my sister for sharing this link with me!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Ringla's shoes

Even though I did a "beauty" post yesterday, today I will have one more...Why? Because this one is going to be about shoes and who doesn't love shoes??
This Friday let me introduce you to Ringla and her shoes!

Ringla is a designer currently based in London who is making absolutely amazing, unique and gorgeous shoes! That's a dream not shoes! She is making (more precisely customizing) different kind of shoes - high heel, flat, womens, mens, kids, trainers, boots....for all occasions. All hand customized and unique.
I saw her shoes for the first time in local designer store Klase in Riga, Latvia. I was walking by  when I saw those beautiful shoes in the window. I didn't have an intention to buy them, but I walked in the store, looked through all Ringla's shoes they had, and then run home to find her on the Internet. And now I can't wait to buy my own pair! This purchase is definitely at the top of my future shopping list (together with Irregular Choice shoes).
Take a look and maybe you will also find your perfect pair of shoes...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The annual Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala Benefit

The theme of this event (on Monday night) was "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty". Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous dresses! I haven't seen a lot of pictures yet, but so far this is my very favorite... 
Freida Pinto gets into the menswear trend in a Chanel gown. 
(Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images)
More pictures here and here!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Homemade crackers

Today's recipe is: 
Homemade crackers (from www.recipetips.com)
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups flour; white or whole wheat etc.


1/2 teaspoon salt;


2 tablespoons butter, canola oil or olive oil; more as needed;


4 tablespoons water; add more as needed;


1 teaspoon seasoning such as chili powder, dried herbs etc (I used sesame seeds).

Preheat oven to 400° F.
Mix together 1 cup of the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and oil or butter. Add 3 tablespoons water and mix well. Gradually add more water, mixing after each addition, until mixture forms a compact ball. If it seems too sticky to handle, add more flour. Add seasoning. I used sesame seeds and it was delicious! I'm sure you can add garlic, poppy seeds or any other seasoning, too.

Sprinkle a work surface (or a baking sheet-sized piece of parchment paper) with some of the remaining flour then press and roll the dough to about 1/8th inch thick. Try to get it fairly uniform. If the dough is too dry to roll out, add a little more water. If necessary to prevent sticking, dust your hands and the rolling pin with a little more flour.

Put the rolled-out dough on a baking sheet dusted with a little flour. If you've used parchment paper, transfer dough and paper to baking sheet and bake 10 - 15 minutes, until somewhat brown.

Cool and break into pieces. 
Enjoy!