29 May 2012

Big Crumb Rhubarb Coffee Cake.

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I go through sudden, drastic phases.  I can go for weeks without baking any sweets, and not give it a second thought.  And then suddenly - and without warning - Katie-Bakes-A-Lot rises from her dormant slumber.  Last night I felt the swift desire for crumbly sweets take over - and into the kitchen I was drawn.

I don't think it's a secret that I'm a big fan of Smitten Kitchen.  The Gingerbread Apple Upside Down Cake is now a staple at holiday meals.  Her Couscous and Feta Stuffed Peppers are amazing.  The Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms are a perfect meal for a romantic night in for My Mister and I. (Note: if there are two people consuming mass amounts of garlic they cancel each other out.  Thank god he's a fan of garlic - that could have been a deal-breaker.)

The Big Crumb Coffee Cake is no exception.  The cake is tender, the rhubarb isn't overly sweetened so there's still a bit of tartness that makes rhubarb what it is.  The crumb, however, is not as great as I would have imagined.  I knew when I was adding ingredients for the crumb portion of the cake that I wouldn't be 100% satisfied, and I should have trusted my instincts.  The main ingredient for the crumb is flour, and you really can taste it, and texturally it seems a little chalky.  If I made this again I would definitely swap out half of the flour for chopped or ground nuts, just to add a little flavor and texture.

ETA: Just this morning, Deb over at Smitten Kitchen posted this recipe, which sound very similar to the cake that I just made.  I guess it's that time of year!  When life gives you rhubarb - make cake!

25 May 2012

Friday Favorites.



Oh, Anderson.  How do you stay composed when people are so ignorant and hateful?  Oh, how I love you so.  Mwah!

My Mister came home and surprised me with this DVD.  He knows me so well.

I need to make this cake.  ASAP.

Favorite nail polish color ever.

Reading this.  Next up- this.  

Only 76 days until pre-season starts.  But I'm not counting or anything.

The best movie I've seen in a really, really long time.  

22 May 2012

Things I'm afraid to tell you.

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I've been seeing these "Things I'm afraid to tell you" posts all over the interweb, and thought that it would be fun to join in.  Well, not really fun, but a bit therapeutic I think.  Here goes.

Insecure ~ I'm terribly self conscious here.  Writing this blog makes me think too much about how others see me.  Normally I can kinda walk around and be pretty ok with what I call "The Is-ness that is Kate-ness".  But here, I think that I'm insecure.  I need to let it go.  But really - have you seen all of the amazing blogs out there?  Seriously?  How do you compete with that? Which brings me to the second point...

Competitive ~ I feel like I need to compete with other women.  The logical, sound part of my mind believes that in order for women to truly make progress in the world, we need to join together and support one other.  The crazy-pants part of my brain is constantly comparing every part of myself to other women.  Is her butt better than mine?  I bet her handwriting is amazing!  My handwriting blows.  Look at all the amazing things she's doing with her blog!  I wish I had her wardrobe.

Babies?~ I don't want kids.  Ever.  They just aren't for me.  Even though people say "You're young.  You have a lot of time to think about that" I know that I just don't want children.  And honestly I think it's offensive when people feel like they can tell me that my decision is wrong, or act like this is something that I haven't thought through.

Cheap Thrills ~ I like trashy TV.  Jersey Shore.  America's Next Top Model.  Sister Wives.  Vampire Diaries.  I really, really like it.  I like it just as much as I am totally embarrassed by it.  Mortified, really.  When My Mister and I first got together I would sneak it.  He would come home from work late at night, and I would change the channel really fast to something like Book TV.

Tee-Hee ~ I snort when I laugh.  A lot when I'm uncomfortable.  Which is exactly when I don't want to snort.  Which is fantastic. ;)

29 April 2012

Oh My!

Did you know that Pinterest has videos???  I watched a video of a baby owl taking it's first bath!!

What else have I been missing?!  Oh my god, it is so good to have the internet in my home.  My Mister and I are just so excited to be able to watch video, download stuff and read as many blogs as we'd like!!!

I think I'm going to compile a favorites list in a couple of days and let you know what amazing stuff I find in my Interweb adventures!

What are some of your favorite sites?  I'd love hear all about it!


22 April 2012

I think it's time...

A year and a half ago My Mister and I got married, started new jobs, and took on a caretaking position on the coast of Maine.  As I type, I have a view of a beautiful cove, with a marina across the way.  Sailboats glide in front of our house in the summertime, and we have access to a dock if we want to take the kayaks out for a spin.

However, things have been less than idyllic here.  We thought we would end up saving money, but the cost of utilities is so high, and gas to get us from here to anywhere has been outrageous.  We have decided that we need to move, probably more for our sanity's sake than for our wallets.  The isolation we felt over the winter pushed us over the edge, and we're so looking forward to belonging to the land of the living.

The bottom two windows are ours - I'll have more photos when we move in.  

We've found a cozy loft apartment on a dead end street.  It's in the old brick electric company building, and has exposed beams, brick walls, and a bedroom in the loft that is open on both sides.  Within walking distance is an independent movie theater, Mister's workplace, a co-op,  our favorite little pub with my very favorite beer on tap (Alligash White!), a library and the farmer's market congregates twice weekly.

Oh, and unlimited internet access.  I am so excited to browse pinterest, listen to new artists on Spotify, and watch tv and movies and read and comment on blogs!  I swear, I'm going to be glued to the computer screen for weeks after moving!