Bites of My Life

Post vacation depression. Why must all good things come to an end? After 72 hours, it has me craving more. Cheers to you D.C. you really know how to put on a show! Besides the weekend in my favorite city, there was the bachelorette, work meetings, a fair effort at cleaning out the fridge, birthday celebration for big daddy T and a hit and run...not our fault but led to a good story. 

-Quinoa Fried Rice: my ultimate clean out the fridge/haven't gone grocery shopping in weeks kind of meal. 
-This matcha obsession is getting a little out of hand. Evoke knows how to serve it up.
-Happy Birthday dad! I love celebrating you.
-Finally made it back to my favorite city with my favorite D.C. loving bestie!
-I loved taking Barre3 when I lived in D.C, but it was the perfect start to my Saturday getting to take a class at the new 14th St. location!
-Back in Georgetown for the afternoon, back to my old stomping grounds.
-Chaia took tacos to the next level. I've been stalking them on insta since they opened and they didn't disappoint.
-Amazing dinner, better company. Marsha, Virginia, Heidi and Charlie roll out.
-Oh Roses's. I went into this dinner knowing you'd be good, but I didn't know you'd be that good.
-Cappuccino and mushroom tart please! Le Dip still cranks out a delicious brunch!
-Sunday night ramen night. After so many Milk Bar treats, I can finally say I tried their big brother restaurant Momofuku. And I didn't even have to go to New York to get it!
-Cheersing to the best weekend with Milk Bar cereal milk ice cream.


Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer

image via The Everygirl

Summer came in full force weather wise about two weeks ago. We are already seeing triple digits almost everyday. I love the heat, but this early makes me a little unnerving for what the rest of the summer will look like. Yesterday marked the first official day of Summer, so before putting my Summer TDL out there I wanted to take a look back and see what I crossed off my Spring installment. Pat on the back Annie, you did pretty good!

1. Host a spring dinner party...
I'm so mad I didn't do this. Really striving to make it happen soon. Using these tips to maybe make it a bit easier!

2. Attend the Oklahoma City Arts Festival-CHECK! I actually went twice!

3. Take some kind of cooking, pastry or coffee and latte making class-almost CHECK!
I can't give away too many details for certain reasons, but this is getting accomplished very soon.

4. Go to a crawfish boil/convince a friend to have one-CHECK!

5. Eat outside as much as possible-CHECK, CHECK, CHECK! I would even more now if it wasn't 100+ outside.

6. Cheer on the OKC Thunder at a playoff game...
This unfortunately did not get accomplished:( My thunder held strong for a while, but not long enough for me to make it to a game.

7. Make this Coconut Carrot Cake Cheesecake-CHECK! We can't forget the double cheesecake mistake of Easter2k16.

8. Perfect how to poach an egg...
Still working on this task! I hear the key is using the freshest egg you can. Hoping to hit up a farmer's market soon to get some farm fresh eggs!

9. Host a Cinco De Mayo party-CHECK!

Okay so 6 out of 9 seems pretty good to me. Now to craft up my Summer TDL. Any suggestions?


Bites of My Life

I'm writing this as I drift off into a NyQuil induced slumber, so please ignore any run-ons or grammar errors. A little cold decided to come hang out with me this week, it was uninvited. It's time it leave the party because I want to be on my A-game for a very anticipated trip this coming weekend. I am headed back to D.C!!!! A full D.C. Diary post to be expected next week recapping the week.

-Snuck half the batch of these turkey meatballs I made a few weeks back in the freezer. I love having them to pull out for an unexpected satisfying dinner.
-Pulled out this recipe from the TAB archives. I'm working on remaking old recipes to give them some 2016 life!
-Last weeks work was fueled by Elemental Coffee's chai tea latte. 
-Have you tried the new siggi's seasonal flavor? Strawberry basil!!
-My OKC guide is revamped and up to do date.
-Lunch with mom typically means at least one of us is ordering a taco salad. We both pulled the plug this time. 
-Breakfast with dad on Saturday morning like the old days! We used to get up real early on Saturdays and go try different spots, just the two of us while the rest of the family was still sleeping.
-If I'm not going to drink my calories on the weekend, I fully plan on indulging, by eating them instead.
-Father's Day pie was a huge success. The crust, the filling, the flavor; an all around win!


Bites of My Life

A busy week, but well worth it. When I was younger, I used to kind of like to be bored. I would spend hours on end watching TV wasting away summer days (My mom is probably dying that I'm admitting this). Now I can't sit still for more than 30 minutes. Even if I'm watching TV, I'm usually also blogging, online shopping, instagramming or something else to multitask my time. When I'm on a walk I have to listen to music or a podcast, when I'm cooking I usually have the TV on or a Netflix show playing on my computer. I blame part of this on my generation of always having to be stimulated, but I also blame myself. 

I can't stand to be bored now. I think this is more a good thing though. All of this is coming back to how I had a busy week last week. It was full of family dinners, work events and parties, but ended with a weekend at the lake with some of my best friends. As I've gotten older I've realized I'll take being busy over being bored any day. Are you a bored or busy person?

-Barre3 in the Park is easily one of my favorite summer activities and a perfect start to the week!
-The week was full of work events, but when food is involved I find it hard to call it work. 
-Seeing this pic again from last week's recipe for Vanilla Bean Ice Cream has me seriously drooling.
-Crafted up lavender oatmeal and can't stop thinking about it. 
-Welcome to OKC 21C! Loved getting a peek at my city's swanky new hotel and restaurant. 
-I'm a sucker for party hors d'oeuvres. I made a few too many trips to the charcuterie board... 
-5 years later and we are all back at the lake together!
-High school lives on.
-Turmeric and cumin roasted cauliflower. Flavor game strong. Recipe on my insta.


Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I feel like I've been a little pushy with all of my "perfect" or "go-to" recipes recently. Like my Perfect Green Smoothie, and Basic Granola, and Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm sorry.  Actually I'm not sorry. Why wouldn't you want a great and trusted recipe? I've been busy recently so cooking has been slim, but what I have been making are classic recipes I'm excited to be mastering. That's where this "go-to" homemade ice cream recipe comes in. Here I go again...

You can buy some pretty good ice cream in the store these days, but nothing compares to homemade ice cream. I remember when I was really little always having homemade ice cream with our dessert at summer family gatherings. We used to have one of those big wooden makers you had to crank and use the ice cream salt, that then turned into an updated pink plastic version from Sam's, which has now turned into a countertop Cuisinart machine that does everything for you in about 25 minutes. The nostalgia may be lost from not have to put some elbow grease into it, but the taste of homemade ice cream really takes you there!

Homemade ice cream has to made at least once over the summer. Now that I have this delicious vanilla bean recipe, I know it is going to be made more than once. This just means I am also going to be making a lot of cobblers, pies, grilled fruit for it to be eaten with. 

Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
makes 1 quart adapted form Serendipity Sundaes

2 cups milk
1 vanilla bean, 
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Slice your vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Using the back of your knife remove the caviar. Place the vanilla bean caviar and the pod in a sauce pan with the milk over medium heat. Bring to a soft boil, stirring often. After it has come to a boil, reduce to a simmer. While simmering, beat together the egg yolks and sugar in a heat-safe bowl for 3-5 minutes until pale yellow, light and fluffy.

Now you are going to temper the eggs. This is where you will slowly add the warm milk to the eggs to make sure you don't coddle them. First, remove the vanilla bean pod from the pot. Pour half of the warm milk to the egg sugar mixture, stirring quickly to incorporate. Then add the warm egg mixture back into the sauce pan of warm milk, stirring to combine. Still over low heat, stir for about 5-10 minutes until it coats the back of a wooden spoon. Take off the heat and add the heavy cream. 

Place the cream mixture into a clean bowl and place in the freezer for 25 minutes to chill. After it has chilled take it out of the freezer and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the cream mixture into your ice cream maker and churn according to your machines directions. I have this machine so my ice cream churns for 25-30 minutes. 

Place in a plastic quart container and freeze for at least 3 hours. Overnight is best. *These containers are perfect for ice cream!

Cobbler and homemade ice cream, there is nothing better!