Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kitchen Renovation

We are well underway with the kitchen renovation. In some ways it seems as though we've been "renovating" this kitchen since July, considering all of the planning required, but in reality the actual work has only been going on for 7 days. In that 7 days though, we have gotten rid of the world's worst fridge, smallest stove, and shallowest sink. We have also gained all new electric and plumbing work and beautiful cabinetry.

It has been very rewarding to watch as this project grew and gained momentum. From a genuine need to make the kitchen utile, to a dream to make it something special. From progress measured at a snail's pace (e.g. we picked the contractor this month) to hourly gains (e.g. base cabinetry built out that wasn't there when I left for class in the morning). Like most things, home ownership seems to be more about the journey than the destination. But we are incredibly excited to see the finished project and to share it will all of you. So until our true "before and after" pics are available, here is a little "before and now."

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Owl S'Mores

This isn't so much a "recipe" as it is instructions for an edible craft. I saw these last week and just had to make them. They provided the perfect complement to a Halloween Day session of my Jurisprudence class. And in addition to being the cutest s'mores I've ever seen, they are incredibly tasty!

Owl S'Mores from
makes 20 owls

20 graham cracker halves
20 regular sized marshmallows
40 pieces of yellow candy melt (available at craft/fabric stores)
1/4 bag of chocolate chips
20 pieces of candy corn

1. Assemble your ingredients. Snap the graham crackers into halves and collect nice looking candy corn and candy melts that aren't stuck together.

2. Using a nice sharp pair of scissors, cut marshmallows in half. Place 2 half-marshmallows on a graham cracker where the eyes should be. Microwave for 20 seconds in 5 second increments. Remove and immediately place 1 piece of candy melt in the center of each marshmallow. Place 1 piece of candy corn between the marshmallows.

3. Once you have assembled all 20 owls, melt the chocolate chips and place a small drop on each piece of candy melt for the "pupil."