his & her whole wheat pizzas

     left: mine- tomato, red onion, mushroom, garden basil, feta   right: his-  mushroom, red onion, garden basil, and spicy pepperoni, mozzarella          

I am not a baker.

I love cooking.  For me sautés, pastas, salads, soups, & anything that excludes exact measuring & mixing, can be a culinarily creative and artistic experience.   I love being able to improvise, adding a bit here, a bit there.  A bit of this, a bit of that…the “Oh! I have some of this! Let’s put it in & see what happens!”   This is not the same attitude with which one should approach a loaf of bread or a cake.   So, when I approach baked goods, my care-free attitude towards the kitchen leads to many cookies stuck on trays & rolls which have no roll, but instead lay flat & blah in the oven.  I have always felt that cooking is an art & baking is a science.  However, I know that baking has many artistic values & that I am just a little bitter because the only artistic skill I posses relevant to baking is decorating boxed cup cakes.  I must addmit some of the best thing happen when art & science lend themsevles to each other, take for example here & here.

Also, science in this case taste so good & is so rewardingly fresh when completed with success.  So I decided to tackle my dough demons by starting simple.  Last grocery trip I bought a bag of whole wheat flour in hopes that its presents in my pantry would inspire my inner betty crocker.

Monday morning it did.   I went hunting & found this recipe  for whole wheat pizza crust.  Seemed easy enough, with only 6 ingredients & step by step instructions, so I went for it.  & in less then 15 minutes I had finished the dough!

While at work I left the dough in the fridge & when I got home took it out for an hour to rise.  We made a floured work space on the kitchen table &, cutting the dough in two, each made our own shells. (we used regular flour for rolling because the dough got a little sticky)  Then we each topped our pizzas with fresh toppings & our favorite cheeses.  It made compromising on dinner easy & fun.

In after 20 minutes in the oven we each had our own individual pizzas paired with a chopped celery and garden vegetable salad with lemon juice and vinaigrette dressing.  The dough was delicious.  It reminded us both of a whole wheat baguette, crispy on the outside & chewy on the inside. perfection.  Each having our own pizza there was plenty of leftovers of course, which were easy to pack for work the next day (the pizza & crust were great cold too!)

While I’m still not convinced by my skills, giving lots of credit to the recipe’s simplicity, I now have a bit more confidence when turning the oven up & letting the yeast rise.  Next time I’ll get all mad scientist on my crust & throw in some rosemary and cracked black pepper.

Adios Amigos

till next time-


Day Dreaming

I like to spend a little time each day remembering things about my childhood that often go forgotten.  When you take the time to reminisce it is often amazing the places your memory takes you.  Today I thought of our family’s kitchen while living in Germany. I was in First grade.  I thought of salt, sugar, and fresh baked bread wrapped in scarves, a warm house warming gift from our neighbors. (this could be a very cute and economical house warming gift!)  Then of wild plums and apple pastries on the way to school, because mom was the best.  Walks in the woods behind our house, where everything felt to have been alive with fairy tale magic.  Giant Slugs, fresh mossy logs, and WWII hideouts hidden in the hills transformed by my father in to troll caves for our vivid imaginations.  It is always the little things that seemed so amazing and wonderful when you take the time to look back on what has made you happy since a child.  I think now, as time speeds up and obligations bog down small pleasures, it is important from time to time to remember those little moments, smells, sounds,and feelings, in order to use them to inspire your day today life.  It helps me to slow down and appreciate small details of living.

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child's thought bubbles

Let the Blogging Begin!

On to the next adventure!

So I enter the world of blogging.  An avid reader and follower of many design and food blogs, I now step into a strange new world of online writing and photo journaling.   I am prepared for the slow, and most likely for me, frustrating experience of utilizing the world wide web.  Be patient with me as a learn the ins and outs of navigating links, photos, and designs for my new blog.  Baby steps and practiced perseverance.

My first goal has been achieved just in finally getting a blog set up  and titled.  I felt that in order to have a successful blog I would need the perfect title.  One of my creative weaknesses is coming up with names and titles for papers, poetry, art, and apparently blogs.  So after much brainstorming and word play here I am!   I needed a name that fit my personality, my style, my art, and my attitude towards life.  It also had to have a nice ring to it.  So I literally put a little jingle to it.   A recent college grad, I feel the pressure of entering what I have been told is the “real world”.   So, where have I been the last 26 years then?  I think I will keep living where I have been happily planted but welcome new changes with interest and energy, or as the saying goes “with bells on”.  And if I must enter this “real world” I will do it just so.  Ah Ha!  How perfect! A title epiphany.   Hear me coming world.  Second, my obsession with the shiny, glittery, and and gold provided a necessary element as well.  It is part of my style and personality that can not be over looked.  What can I say I love loud, colorful, and bold.  You will be sure to see lots of that here, in many forms.

So Voila! A name was born.

A name that will represent my ideas, passions, and progress.

Here I will post art which inspires, fashion discoveries, adventures with friends, pets,  and family , and food because who doesn’t love to share a good recipe and foodie pics!

Adios Amigos!

till next time –

Kim xo