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Baking Day: Bagels!

Let me start off by saying YAY SPRING! It’s finally break-up here in Alaska-everything is dripping, melting, melting, and it’s perfect. I missed you, summer. I missed you, sun!

Like every spring, I am experiencing a burst of energy and activity affectionally known as Spring Cleaning. I have cleaned every inch of my kitchen and have now moved on to baking to refill my freezer so I don’t have to bake during the summer, when our lack of A/C becomes a true sadness. Today’s experiment was BAGELS.

If you don’t have Peter Reinhart’s “Artisan Breads Every Day,” you really ought to pick it up! Most of these recipes rely on cold fermentation, which I think brings a particular extra something to the flavor of the goods they produce-my favorite pizza dough recipe relies on cold fermentation to make it exceptional. Additionally, Reinhart’s recipes are all listed in ounces and grams as well as by volume, which makes it easy to get everything exactly correct. (If you bake often and don’t have a kitchen scale, invest in a $20 model and see how much you end up using it!)

So here’s a crappy picture-I was trying to hold a Photojojo lens up to my Samsung phone, and while I like how you can see more of my kitchen in one shot, my finger at the bottom sort of kills it a little for me. Still, you can see unboiled bagels on the counter by the Keurig, and my kitchen window with its little plants and new ikebana vase in it. I emailed the Photojojo guys about replacement magnets so I can use these lenses more often and they were extremely kind and helpful-if you take a lot of phone pics, I suggest looking into their lenses. 🙂

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This is the boiling liquid-a mix of water, honey, baking soda, and salt that you boil the bagels in prior to baking.

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Here is a blurry-quick photo of them going in the oven!

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And here’s the finished product! I put sesame seeds on half per Vince’s request. 🙂

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I made strawberry cream cheese spread to go on the bagels since they’re plain! A cup of strawberries, two tbsp. powdered sugar, and one 8 oz. package of cream cheese. Blend and let sit overnight before use.

In case anyone was wondering (and because I want to show it off!), here’s my ikebana vase.

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It’s so springy!!!

 

Laters-

Allie.

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Model City Polish Sunday Morning (NEW for Spring 2014!)

Happy Friday everybody! Today is the second of the two, BRAND-SPANKIN’-NEW Model City Polishes I have for you guys! It’ll be available TOMORROW at the restock, so get an eyeful today and make your shopping decisions!

Sunday Morning is a white crelly with pastel blue, pink, purple, and yellow satin glitters and sweet, grass-green satin glitters. They’re all a nice uniform size hexes. The overall effect is similar to what you’d get if you took an entire JC Penney’s stock of girls’ Easter dresses and put them all into one big pile with vestments from a Catholic Easter service and then stepped back to admire your handiwork: it is the ultimate Easter/spring colored polish!

Aside from all the springtime imagery, though, this polish reminded me very much of a pastel version of a jawbreaker or similarly colored candy, and I really kinda dug that.

I used three coats of Sunday Morning, one coat of Gelous, and one coat of Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That quick-dry topcoat for the following swatch photos, and should’ve been more careful to let it all dry between coats-there was some minor bubbling. (I probably could’ve gotten away with two coats of Sunday Morning if I’d applied it more carefully.)

Photos are taken in bright outdoor light, except for the first photo which is in bright indoor lighting.

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Look at all that gorgeous yummy color! Ha! Again, the bubbling was an issue because I was rushed, but when I did a swatch stick with this color I allowed more dry time and it was NOT a problem. User error, here. 😉

Sunday Morning and Fairy Godmother (and a whole host of other new spring colors, and a Resident Evil themed collection!) will be available for $8.50 each on Model City Polish’s bigcartel site here Saturday, March 22nd, at 12PM CST. Good luck picking just one (or two, or three) of the newest colors to purchase!

See you guys around-it’s spring cleaning time here this week!

Love,

Allie.

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