May 31, 2011

[Weekly Shots] May

19 | New Air

20 | Yoga
 
Fun at YogaFit teacher training in Fort Worth.

21 | Magnolias
Everywhere in Denton!

22 | Scan Me

May 19, 2011

Somebody's 5

Our favorite Scottie had a birthday this week. He's definitely still a bundle of fun...

May 2, 2011

[11-in-2011] Spring Update

So far so good with the 11 Things in 2011 list...
  1. Take a camping trip or two
  2. Make homemade biscotti Yum
  3. Practice yoga 52 times: Definitely ahead of schedule and even decided to start yoga teacher training too, my first weekend workshop toward 200 hour registered yoga teacher is on May 14th.
  4. Read at least one book every month (not counting work-related reading): 16 so far...
  5. Spend a month as a vegetarian January was all-meatless, all the time.
  6. Listen to live music somewhere: On the lookout for a new concert after the Denton Jazzfest was rained out :(
  7. Celebrate a few food holidays: Of course Chip & Dip Day has been my fave so far :)
  8. Spend some time on water: Planning a little river float trip for August, hopefully with M+J.
  9. Do a No Spend Month challenge: In progress... since April was much more expensive than planned (expected: paid taxes, unexpected: new fence, new roof, and the air conditioner repair man is coming tomorrow!) this month seems like the perfect time to save more than usual.
  10. Go on a picnic
  11. And continue to post a photo of the week: January | February | March | April
Looks like we're not vegetarians: delicious venison with blueberry sauce and smoked ribs by Mike and Matt.

    [11-in-2011] Homemade Biscotti

    I've always wanted to try making biscotti and it really was nothing to fear.  Simple and tasty!



    Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti
    From Annie's Eats.

    Ingredients

    Dough:
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup sugar
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
    1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Topping:
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 large egg lightly beaten

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 325˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

    In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until lightly and fluffy, 3-4 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Blend in the egg and then the egg yolk, beating well after each addition.  Blend in the vanilla until incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed, blend in the dry ingredients just until incorporated and a dough is formed. Dough will be dry and sticky.

    Divide the dough into two halves and shape into two logs, 1 1/2 inches wide, on the tray.  In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon for the topping and stir to blend well.  Lightly brush the tops of the logs with the beaten egg, and sprinkle generously with some of the cinnamon sugar mixture.

    Bake for 40 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.  Top should be golden brown and slightly firm. Remove from oven and cut logs into 1 inch slices, then return to tray and sprinkle with more of the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Bake an additional 10-15 minutes, until crisp and golden.

    Let cool. Enjoy with coffee or tea!