Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pre-Corn

Cornhuskin' is next week!!!!! Class of 2011 went a little over the top decorating the campus with the corn signs, post-its and giant pig illustration, but its all fun. GO 2010!!!!!!













Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Weekend, Painting Process, Photo Wall

Oh it's so sad when Monday comes (or Tuesday, or any day that is not Friday), but as someone brought up to me yesterday there are only five Mondays left in the semester. It's still too many. Went to the Breakfast Club concert this weekend (80's cover band) and sadly the lead singer was deported to Scotland. It's just not the same, however Saturday night downtown made up for it a little bit. Made an appearance with Paige and Joey at the State Fair Horse Show and saw why so many people make fun of the south. Since the fair is going on, there were alot of vendors there selling...redneck crap. I mean really really bad crap. My personal favorite object was the glass lampshade with Jeff Gordon on it. There was also a humongous wall of redneck shirts with sayings like "big toys for big boys" and a picture of a dog butt with the phrase "if you aren't from the south, the view never changes". Incredible and disturbing.

Oh North Carolina, if you look closely you can see the lamp.

NEWSFLASH!! We lost the war!
My favorite part of downtown is a parking lot. I always love this parking lot simply because it has lights in the trees all year round, and especially when it gets cold out it looks even better. Silly but true!


Painting has been coming along in the downstairs bedroom, actually as of right now it is finished, but here are some photos of the process




The green is the new color. Scraping the paint off of the windows was my job.







A couple weeks ago, I finished my new photographic masterpiece... the love wall. It is a collection of old pictures that either were already black and white or that I made black and white. They are largely non-posed casual beautiful pictures. This is the main wall, although there are more frames to fill and hang.




Some of my favorites, kind of hard to see though....









Fran and Enoch are coming this weekend which means lots of cooking and fun times! Will update later!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Get Ready for Cuteness Overload

Small obsession with taking pictures of the dogs this week, and lets face it, no one is cuter than my dog, Reese (yes I can hear the chorus of family member who hate my dog now). She has been called porker, tubbs, disabled, retarded, stupid, smelly, and "that thing" but darn it she sure is cute as a button.

She has her tongue out...precious? I think so.

Little snuffleupagus eating her carrots (less calories, non-allergenic)

One of Miller, just for kicks.





Are you dying of cute yet? If not, here's one last kicker that will surely drive you to look up miss reese if ever you should feel sad and need a cute doggie face to cheer you up.

Okay one more for good measure.


Are you dying of cute overload yet? YOU SHOULD BE! If you do not think this is the cutest doggie face in the world, it is possible that you lack a soul and can find no joy in the universe. Of course there is no way you could deny that right?




Monday, October 19, 2009

Weekend Photos

Here is a list of things that I did this weekend..
-sorted laundry
-cooked/baked
-wrote a short paper
-scraped paint off of windows
-shoved medicine down a cats throat
-shoved medicine down a dog's throat
-went to the bead store
-didn't have time to use the beads bought at the bead store
-went fabric shopping with Mom for her fabrics, but I found a few I loved as well
Anyways, here are some of those super exciting moments, and also I kept running into yellow flowers...strange huh?
Lunch at Seredipity



New ring I bought at the bead store

Fabric Escapades



Fabric for the Den

My fabric pick for Loveseat

The fabric I fell in Love With





The fabric mom choose for love seat





Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cinnamon Roll Failure (kind of) and Caroline Elizabeth

This week has been exciting...we have a new baby in our family! The first baby born on the Modlin side in over eighteen years. Welcome baby Caroline Elizabeth Davis. I can't wait to meet her, she is so gorgeous.



I have been craving cinnamon rolls all week, so Thursday night I prepped the dough and baked them up Friday morning. I HATE making dough, the last time I made cinnamon rolls, the dough never rose and it was huge disaster. This recipe called for the dry yeast to be added straight to the mixer, weird. I'm not sure if the dough rose enough, and it definitely didn't seem to rise the second time (after filling and cutting). One set of the rolls were still doughy after baking and one turned out pretty good. The icing was the best, will definitely use it again. The recipe was originally via Gourmet March 2008. Overall, definitely not worth the effort, I will just buy some pillsbury in a can from now on.
Dough:
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 1/2 cups (or more) unbleached all purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise yeast (from 2 envelopes yeast)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Filling:
  • 3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

Glaze:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Preparation

For dough:
Combine milk and butter in glass measuring cup. Microwave on high until butter melts and mixture is just warmed to 120°F to 130°F, 30 to 45 seconds. Pour into bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Beat on low speed 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Add 21/2 cups flour. Beat on low until flour is absorbed and dough is sticky, scraping down sides of bowl. If dough is very sticky, add more flour by tablespoonfuls until dough begins to form ball and pulls away from sides of bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if sticky, about 8 minutes. Form into ball.

Lightly oil large bowl with nonstick spray. Transfer dough to bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

For filling:
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl.

Punch down dough. Transfer to floured work surface. Roll out to 15x11-inch rectangle. Spread butter over dough, leaving 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over butter. Starting at 1 long side, roll dough into log, pinching gently to keep it rolled up. With seam side down, cut dough crosswise with thin sharp knife into 18 equal slices (each about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide).

Spray two 9-inch square glass baking dishes with nonstick spray. Divide rolls between baking dishes, arranging cut side up (there will be almost no space between rolls). Cover baking dishes with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled in volume, 40 to 45 minutes.

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F. Bake rolls until tops are golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and invert immediately onto rack. Cool 10 minutes. Turn rolls right side up.

For glaze:
Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat until smooth. Spread glaze on rolls. Serve warm or at room temperature.

recipe courtesy: epicurious.com
Dough after Kneading




Friday, October 16, 2009

New Music I Love

Song One - "Sarah" by Ray LaMontagne



Song Two - "Shadows on Parade" by Laura Gibson

Baking from Last Weekend Part II

The Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins were a new recipe, and are good as breakfast or an afternoon snack. I added sugar and vanilla to the cream cheese and next time will use another four ounces as the eight ounce package wasn't quite enough. Super easy to make, and they went over well. These are supposed to be like the Starbucks version, but since I haven't had them, I can't compare, but I bet making them is cheaper!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Put the entire brick of cream cheese on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper and shape it into a long log.
  3. Put it in the freezer while you mix and fill the pans, up to an hour.
  4. Unwrap and cut with a sharp knife so each cream cheese disk equals 1-2 teaspoons. If the cream cheese disks are too big around, cut thick slices and then cut them in half. This lets you push it down into the batter easier.
  5. Mix all ingredients together (except cream cheese and nuts).
  6. Fill muffin tins (greased or paper cups) half full.
  7. Put cream cheese disc in the middle, pressing down.
  8. Sprinkle with 1 tsp chopped nuts.
  9. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the muffin part (do not touch the cream cheese!).
  10. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to racks to cool completely. Do not touch the cream cheese until it cools..

Recipe courtesy: http://www.recipezaar.com/Pumpkin-Cream-Cheese-Muffins-Like-Starbucks-189156

Dry Ingredients

Batter

Before Baking

After Baking


As a sidenote: My younger cousin Hillary was in a serious car accident this weekend, and let me say God is good. Her car went off the side of a mountain and barely missed trees, the mountainside, rocks and all sorts of horrible things and she and her passenger walked away with barely a scratch. We were all here in Raleigh when it happened so needless to say we were freaking out. Miracles happen, thank God!