Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Whoopie Pies


I'll be honest, I originally decided to make these little treats just because I loved the name, but they are also quite delicious! I was introduced to the idea of these sandwich cookies when reading about the book Whoopie Pies : Dozens of Mix 'em, Match 'em, Eat 'em Up Recipes.  I decided to make my own for one of the weekly barbecues at the lab, and they were a hit.  The best part is the flavor possibilites are endless, I'm thinking I will try a red velvet next. Here's the recipe I used:

Ingredients:

Cookies:
1 box chocolate cake mix
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 eggs

Frosting (via bakedbree): (This makes a lot of frosting, a half batch would do but I like to have the extra around for snacking...)
1 cup room temperature butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup marshmallow creme
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk

Mix the cookie ingredients together and dollop (error on the side of too small, they'll spread a fair amount) onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes or until they spring back when touched.

Beat together the frosting ingredients, adding the milk last so you can control the consistency.

Once the cookies have cooled spread a generous portion of frosting on the flat side of one cookie and then sandwich with another cookie.  Voila! You have a whoopie pie!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Conquered: Jeans




I've attempted jeans before and although they have all been wearable, there were always definite flaws. The waistband was funky, the stitching was crooked, the shape wasn't quite right, whatever it was they weren't close to being like store-bought jeans in my eyes.  

But, this last weekend, procrastinating studying for my impending finals, I decided to give jeans another go. Lately, I've been obsessed with the 70s revival that seems to be occurring this summer, from flatforms to bell bottoms I love it!  So naturally I made a pair of flairs, I used an existing pair of jeans as a guide and added width to the bottom for the bell.  

I'm thrilled with the outcome as this is by far the closest I've come to store-bought-like-homemade-jeans. The key was taking my time when drafting the pattern and having the background knowledge of past faux pas.  





Sunday, May 29, 2011

I miss French


I found this over on anthropologie's tumbler etymologie (which I love).  I truly miss my years of French class, the language of engineering just isn't as romantic.