Photo Fun!

One thing that really bothers me is when people see a photo and say “whoa you have such a good camera!”. Yes, the camera is part of it, but the photographer makes the magic happen. My friend Kristen is a phenomenal photographer and I was lucky enough to spend the past two weekends doing a full photoshoot of the baking process with her. From the messy mixing to the polished final product, these photos tell a perfect story of my life in the kitchen.

Kristen and I met when I was interning and she worked at Nat Geo Channel in DC. We sat directly next to each other but we didn’t talk until my LAST day when I brought in cookies. People love cookies.collage2

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Futter

Alright alright, just to put any and all guessing to rest… futter = fake butter.

This recipe is great for cooking and for spreading on food. It is also a good vegan alternative for baking, but can change the texture of your baked goods. I did this for fun, I have no intention of becoming vegan.

The differences you will see when using futter in baking depend on your exact measurements and how much you use in the recipe, but include: thicker dough, denser cakes/bars, baked goods that don’t do well in the fridge (aka turn rock hard). SO it may be a little more difficult to use futter, but is definitely a healthier alternative that you’ll love.

1 Cup RAW coconut oil.

2 Tablespoons organic, extra virgin olive oil. I like Spanish, Italian or Greek oils. (OPTIONAL). I prefer without, but both versions solidify equally.

3/4 tsp salt

Pinch of nutritional yeast flakes (optional. if you add bouillon instead, be AWARE of palm oil in most of those cubes and also broth powders.)

Very small pinch of turmeric (NOT optional to make futter, as it not only gives futter anti-inflammatory properties, but the most lovely buttery color as well.)

  1. Put 1 Cup coconut oil in a sauce pan on low heat. Stir for about a minute, wait till you notice about 1/2 of coconut oil heats up to liquid, and take off burner, put on trivet on counter. Do NOT heat on burner for very long, and don’t allow liquid get HOT. The ingredients only blend together when cooled (congealed) quickly.
  2. Add tiny pinch turmeric, a bit larger pinch nutritional yeast flakes, and 2 Tbsp of organic extra virgin olive oil into the saucepan. Mix all together.
  3. Fill a bowl or deep pan with ice water. Pour contents of saucepan into a 2 C glass pyrex/glass container. Put your glass container with the FUTTER/vegan butter mixture in the ice water, making SURE the water doesn’t get into your glass container.Time is important here: continue to stir until the mixture congeals. This will take about 5 minutes. 

    ENJOOOOOY!!!

Crafternoon

Rainy days in Austin don’t happen frequently. In an attempt to finish my pinterest to-do list, I stayed home alone tonight, turned on some Downton Abbey and did two rainy day projects. The lanterns were so easy I think I’ll start giving them as gifts. Each one totals to about $5 per jar. LOVE.

The first one was custom lanterns/candle holders using:

  • glass candle holder or mason jar, smooth
  • frosted spray paint, or etching paint (both can be found in stained glass section of craft stores)
  • squeeze bottle of fabric paint if you want your own handwriting
    or
    sticker letters from the scrapbooking section of craft stores…font of your choice

Directions:

Clean jars of dust and labels

Stick letters onto the jar spelling out a phrase, be sure they are completely pressed on. If you are using puff paint make sure the letters are completely dry by the next step

Spray with frosted glass or paint with the etching paint

let dry for 20 minutes and peel off letters

ta da! SO easy and SO pretty, if I may say so myself.