Archive | Uncategorized RSS feed for this section

After Workout Snack

13 Sep

Did you know a study by Indiana University found that downing chocolate milk after a tough workout can help replenish exhausted muscles and significantly aid exercise recovery? Yes, really! So after a workout guess what I’m reaching for?

Happy Mother’s Day, Cupcake!

8 May

I’m privileged enough to have a lot of Mothers in my life. I have my own wonderful mom, who is a daily inspiration and my all-time hero. Even when faced with her own struggles she’s the strongest person I’ve ever met. I also have my California Mother, Andrew’s mom, who is the most giving and welcoming person I’ve ever met. She’ll drop everything for you and give you her all, day or night. Then there are all the other Mothers who have also been there for me. There are two very inspirational Mothers in Minnesota, another in Indiana who raised me as her own, and countless others I’ve been so very lucky to know. This is a tribute to all of you who have helped make me a better person and brought me to who I am today. Without Mothers my world would be very empty.

My mom and me in Germany in 2007

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, mothers, mommies, mamas, step-moms, mothers-in-law, new moms, grandmas, and moms to be. You are truly loved. 

Spring has Sprung

1 May

At least here in SoCal. Here are some fresh spring flowers for all of you in parts of the world where it may still be snowing (sorry, Minnesota!).

 

Have a great Sunday!

Guess what I’m Baking…

22 Feb

Can you guess just by my ingredients? First one to guess correctly will get a special something!!

Pecan Sticky Buns, Hun.

5 Apr

I got a call from my mom on Friday asking what kind of dessert Eat Your Tart Out was going to make for Easter dinner and so kindly share with the fam. I told her I couldn’t really bake anything because I was out of oh…everything and I didn’t want to spend money I didn’t have on it. Plus, I had just gotten a really delicious cheese from the farmer’s market that morning and I planned on sharing that. Wasn’t that enough? She was disappointed but said she understood and left it at that. On Sunday morning, as I sat on the couch not wanting to shower or do much of anything, Andrew suggested we make pecan sticky buns. Mom, you have him to thank. And I have him to thank because otherwise I wouldn’t have these delicious little rolls in my MUST MAKE ALL THE TIME recipe list. Since my camera battery died and we baked them at my parents house after eating 10 tons of food, the photos are from Andrew’s phone. I’m planning on making them again this week to have real photos and to post the recipe. There are some major things you want to make sure to do to make them extra deluxe…

Ignore the pacifier...I was hogging my 4 month old niece for most of the night and those things are essential.

After the flipping of the pan but before the destruction of the buns. They lasted 2 seconds.

Fridge full of…

27 Mar

Beer.

I’m not a big fan of beer. At all. Everyone said I would learn to like in college because once you start playing beer pong with really nasty beers it turns to wanting to try actual beers and that’s how you come to love beer. Not me. I’ve always had an aversion to it and I’m not really trying to start a love-fest now.

However, last night one of our really good friends came over and watched “Food Revolution” so we made dinner and had drinks. We had planned on some bubbles and wines but when we got to the store we each ended up buying beer. I had Gumball Head, which is a beer produced in Munster, Indiana and is a wheat ale. The last time I tried this beer I thought it tasted like grapefruit and loved it, but I was also full of other alcoholic drinks and would probably have loved a lot of things I don’t normally. That said, I think last night solidified that I am not a beer drinker. I’ll stick to all the lovely bottles from the wine locker…as soon as I get invited to go 😉

We had a special guest: Professor Bananas. I love this cat. How can you love that face??

Cupcakes and Earthquakes

19 Mar

In Indiana there aren’t really earthquakes. Thunderstorms. Tornadoes. Corn. We have all that but not much in the earthquake area. During my visit to CA there was an earthquake at 4 in the morning and when i woke up I had texts from my parents asking if I was ok…I didn’t even know we had one.

Then the faucet blew up and I forgot about it but I did make some cupcakes that made me think of it again. Chocolatey goodness injected with cream cheese. Does that sound good? It is. Don’t question it. I think they remind me of earthquakes because I imagine the ground splitting and looking the way the cream cheese looks in the cupcakes. I mean, it’s probably just me but it’s my blog so I can think what I want 🙂

I’m pretty sure cheesecake is my favorite dessert and while these didn’t really satisfy the cheesecake desire I constantly have, they do give you a hint of that love. Cheesecake love.

Kitchen Faucet Fiasco

17 Mar

This is how my morning went:

“me:  do you want to hear a really good story?

Lindsay:  course!

me:  So Andrew’s sink has deteriorated and needed to be fixed so the apartment dudes came last night to replace the kitchen  faucet. let me tell you now that it was the manager and his dad fixing it…
so they took about 3 hours to get it done-no problem
Megan wakes up this morning and hears dripping and knows in her brain that something has gone awry
she gets up to pee and checks on the kitchen, just in case
and lo and behold the faucet it spraying hot water everywhere
and i mean hotttt water

Lindsay:  OH NO
OMG

me:  oh yes

Lindsay:  how much water????

me:  well everything that was on the counter was filled with water
and there was about half an inch on the floor

Lindsay:  what did you do?!?!?!!

me:  first, i took a bowl and covered the spray so we could function
and then took towels and called the apartment people
they had to turn off the water and called a real plumber

Lindsay:  is anything ruined???

me:  i don’t think so, just a few rolls of paper towels and the salt”

That’s right. I have 4 different things to bake today and our water is off and the faucet isn’t working. Thankfully, neither Andrew nor I were upset with this situation-we just laughed at how crazy it all was. The plumbers are (hopefully) on their way and I might be able to get one item done today. We have a dinner thing with some friends tonight and eatyourtartout is supposed to be providing the dessert. We’ll see if that happens. Ready for the quick pictures I took before management got here?

This is a closeup of the sink in the state I found it this morning. The water was reaching the ceiling...

The bowl that saved the day.

I’d like to add that all of our windows were steamed over and it felt like a sauna in the apartment. It was like stepping into the rain forest. Pretty good start to the day, don’t you think?

The Whoopie is in for 2010

19 Feb

Do you know what these funky things are? Say hello to the wonderful. colorful. Whoopie Pie! There has been a lot of talk from various ladies and gents on the blogroll about these little puff-taters. You’ve seen them in their standard garb- the chocolate, but also with a little sass in the red velvet. I wanted to step it up and make Friday a little more fun this week and bust out with a whole array of colors! Baloo blue, people eater purple, radical red, hamburglar yellow, golly green giant green. Don’t they just make you giggle looking at them? They’re like little dollops of color–BUT YOU CAN EAT THEM!

When we made these I didn’t think about how yellow mixed with brown would look, I just thought I would use a lot of yellow to get it right. I used all of the yellow food coloring and it still turned out like…that. We said they reminded us of Hamburglar from McDonlads, all it needs is some eyes and you’ll start to see it too. To do these I made the batter in the mixer and then divided it into 5 different bowls. Then I mixed. A lot. And then a lot more. It’s rough work getting these little pies to say “Whoopie” in different colors. By the way, does anyone else not like the word, “whoopie”? What else could we call these? Apart from the colors, my favorite part is the filling because it’s made from cream cheese and marshmallow fluff. Can I say WOW? It’s almost on the level of cheesecake, only not really. I just get excited when I like something similar to whipped cream, which I CANNOT tolerate. It gives me shivers just thinking about it.

I was turned on to this recipe by Iowa Girl Eats. She, too, got excited over these little cakes of goodness and has some fantastic pictures. I didn’t have any problems with the recipe and followed it true. These might become my default for a while because there is something about biting into these cakey, colorful, rich little sammys that I can’t get enough of. I’m giving most of them away tomorrow because they won’t last another second if I leave them in close proximity. This is my new addiction.

Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1-oz. bottle red food coloring (2 Tbsp.)
  • 1 recipe Whoopie Pie Filling, recipe below

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment; set aside. In medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2. In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high 30 seconds. Beat in brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating after each addition just until combined. Stir in food coloring.

3. Spoon batter in 1- or 2-inch diameter rounds, about 1/2-inch high on prepared baking sheets, allowing 1 inch between each round.

4. Bake 7 to 9 minutes for 1-inch cookies or 9 to 11 minutes for 2-inch cookies, or until tops are set. Cool completely on baking sheets on rack. Remove cooled cookies from baking sheets.

5. To fill, dollop Whoopie Pie Filling on flat sides of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, flat sides down. Makes 60 one-inch or 42 two-inch cookies.

6. Whoopie Pie Filling: In medium mixing bowl beat 1/4 cup softened butter and half an 8-ounce package softened cream cheese until smooth. Fold in one 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme.

7. To store: Refrigerate in airtight container up to 4 days. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.

Fro Yo Obsession

15 Feb

This is what I escaped to...

... and this is what I get after the beach.

I escaped to LA this weekend but came back to a snowstorm that made an hour trip home turn into almost 2.5. Rough. My flight left LA at 10pm and got to Indy at 5am and I didn’t get to bed until 8am. Phew.

I can officially say I'm obsessed with frozen yogurt.

The Midwest isn’t too crazy about fro yo. Sure, you can get it and you can enjoy it but there isn’t this craze here that SoCal seems to have. There is honestly a frozen yogurt establishment every 5 miles and there is always a line out the door. It used to be Pinkberry, but the hype is now around Yogurtland and I have to say for good reason. It’s self-serve, pay by the ounce, full of toppings, and all around yummy. I had in 3 times in 4 days. I’m not lying. I’m a sucker for the tart flavors like pomegranate & berry, pineapple, pistachio, coconut. My boyfriend is more of an extreme sugar rush person–peanut butter with chocolate, brownie bites, butterfinger “dust” and chocolate syrup drizzle. I’m not into the toppings, even the fresh fruit or gummy worms because I just like the simplicity of the tart flavors. They make me happy. I don’t need complex things to make me happy, just some fro yo.

Better when consumed on the beach.

Get some.