Thursday, June 30, 2011
Posted by Sue/the view from great island at 3:35 PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
She went on to efficiently picked a couch, dining set and coffee table ($19!?). There was hardly any backtracking or dithering along the path. A couple of standing lamps, throw rugs, baskets, and pillows later and we were done.
We felt pretty good about ourselves as we rounded the final bend, list in hand, and smaller items neatly piled on the cart. With home delivery and installation service, it was going to be a breeze. All we had to do was find someone to take our list...we were getting hungry, and it might have been my imagination, but I think the little arrows took us past the meatballs more than once.
Did you know that they expect you, in our case that's two women 5'2" and under, to actually go into the warehouse and physically move large, no, humongous, boxes of furniture from the stacks onto the cart and then wheel the (now 3) towering carts over to pay for them and then maneuver the *3* carts over to another part of the store to set up home delivery? Oh, and you have to do all this without harming yourself, each other, or, more disturbingly, the stray kid who is whizzing around the cavernous aisles while mom shops for his big boy bed. And no, they don't have a put it together for you service, you have to contact another company for all that. I was beginning to see how they could sell that coffee table for $19. By the time we were relieved of our carts we couldn't dive into that DC rush hour traffic fast enough. No cute little meatballs for us.
Even so, we're actually planning to go back...for some smaller items. We're pretty sure we saw arrows pointing in directions we didn't have time to get to. But we'll be staying way clear of the "self-service" warehouse. And this time we'll start with the meatballs.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Posted by Sue/the view from great island at 5:35 AM
Saturday, June 25, 2011
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 heaping cup fresh blueberries
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
- Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt, baking powder and almonds. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough buttermilk to fill the cup. Add the extracts. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill 6 muffin cups, (they will be heaping) and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done
Off to pick up the rental car and pack it to the hilt.
Posted by Sue/the view from great island at 7:41 AM
Friday, June 24, 2011
C and I are getting ready to leave early Sunday for our drive to DC. I'm bringing my computer and camera so I'm hoping to keep posting while we set up her apartment and explore the area.
Wish us luck!
Wish us luck!
Posted by Sue/the view from great island at 6:28 AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Prep your plates ahead and you'll have plenty of time to raise a glass or two of wine to the summer solstice.
Posted by Sue/the view from great island at 4:29 AM
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Lemon Coconut Scones
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
4 tbsp cold butter, cut in pieces
1 large egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp lemon extract
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
juice of 1 lemon
Pulse the oats in a food processor for a minute to chop them. Add the flour, sugar, coconut, salt and baking powder and pulse to mix. Drop in the pieces of butter and pulse the machine enough to mix in the butter. In a bowl whisk the egg, buttermilk, lemon juice, extract and zest together. Pour into the processor and process briefly until the dough comes together. This will be a sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and form into an 8 inch disk. You may need to add a little flour to be able to work with this dough. Cut the dough into 6 wedges. Carefully place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-17 minutes until light golden. Cool completely on a rack.
For the glaze mix the sugar and enough lemon juice to make a thick glaze. Spoon it heavily on the scones. Let set.
I am missing my backyard lemon tree miserably. New England has many many natural wonders, but lemon trees aren't among them.
Posted by Sue/the view from great island at 7:13 AM
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Then a filling reminiscent of pecan pie without the pecans goes in the crust and gets baked.
I'm guessing that the addictive reputation of this pie has to do with the intense combination of sweet, salt, fat and chewy/crunchy mouth texture, which basically covers all the junk food cravings of humankind rolled into one slice of pie. Personally I think it could have done with a bit of chocolate.
But there is hard science to back up the similarity between the effects of junk food and drugs on our brains. In The End of Overeating David Kessler says that food manufacturers use precise combinations of triggers like fat, salt and sugar, to create "hyper-palatable" foods that leave us wanting more. They actually stimulate primitive parts of our brains that urge us to seek more of the target food.
For me, it's thick moist brownies, or a certain Tollhouse cookie pie that leaves me weak at the knees. While the Crack Pie was good, it wasn't addictive. In fact there's still half a pie left in the fridge, if you want a taste.
Verdict: Crack Pie? Just a sliver, please.
What are your trigger foods?
Posted by Sue/the view from great island at 1:42 PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Posted by Sue/the view from great island at 6:17 PM