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White and Cold

In Funky Sh*t on February 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Snow can be fun…and annoying while trying to move. This is the first day at my new home:

 

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Food: Midnight Cupcake Party

In Food on February 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

My two sisters and a cousin came to visit my roommate and me for the weekend. Friday night, around midnight, we came up with the logical decision to make cupcakes. Inspiration came from the fact that we had two giant tubs of Nutella in the pantry. More inspiration came from a dandy little blog called Meet Me in the Kitchen. We decided on the Vanilla-Nutella Swirl Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream. Recipe Here! The cupcakes turned out delicious, but the real surprise was how much fun the five of us had making them. The poor kitchen was a mess, and we were covered in flour, sugar and Nutella by the end, but the warm and fuzzy feelings generated by those hours of fun are still lingering. For a rollicking good time and tons of laughing…make these cupcakes with someone you love!

You will need this stuff and more.

Our expert egg-cracker.

The Fun-Director

A fine time with spray oil.

Our official Taste-Tester.

My blender is bigger than your blender.

Oh, I had gone to the woodpile earlier and decided I liked the look of the flashlight headpiece and kept it on.

Much fighting over licking the bowls.

Camera Woman Mary

Bulldogs can cook.

A third of the cupcakes were Nutella Swirl, a third had chocolate chips and the rest had fresh strawberries baked inside. We then topped them with Nutella buttercream and fresh, organic whipped cream, but we ate them too fast for the camera to capture! Sorry.

Father and Son – a store

In Shop-ify on February 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm

At 107 West Hargett Street, downtown Raleigh, NC, there is a store that I walked into and almost immediately… walked out. Not because I hated it, but because I loved it too much. Father and Son Antiques is home to Second Floor Vintage and Southern Swank. Just walking up to the window got me giddy. This place has 3 stories and a basement holding some of the coolest mid-century junk I have ever seen in one place. I had to leave because I will need several hours to peruse the entire 10,000 square feet, and I was pressed for time. I was going to lunch with a friend to Sitti at 137 South Wilmington Street to have some Lebanese food (It was delicious by the way. So go there). So, I am planning a day to go and look and look and look. There is sooooo much stuff that is right up ThriftCircus’ alley and the prices are not yardsale-esque, but they are reasonable. They have a website and shop on the way, but I suggest setting aside a few hours with your best friend and making a day of it. I will post again after I have my shopping day bananarama!

These pictures only show a teensy bit of what they actually have!

First Floor front

Somewhere deep in the interior

Vintage clothing and art upstairs

Yep, they have vintage vinyl!

Food: Ethiopian-y

In Food on February 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Hello Everyone,

I’m back! Almost completely settled in to my new place and ready to start blogging like crazy.

So, I have a brand new friend. Her name is Fasika. She is from Ethiopia. She is amazing. She came to my new home and created two fantastic Ethiopian dishes using authentic spices and butter from her home in Africa, local veggies and bread from an African market close by. The spices are like nothing I have tasted before. They are picked by hand, dried in the sun and ground by a type of mortar and pestle. Super hot and yummy! The bread is a large circular flatbread with a spongy texture. The first dish is a beef dish called Tebese and the second  is a vegetarian potato dish called Yatakelete Alecha Wete. No utensil are used while eating. You just rip off a piece of bread and scoop.

Choppin’ tomatoes

Fine cut beef

Injera (flatbread)

Tebese (Beef dish)

Yatakelete Alecha Wete (Vegetarian Dish)

Getting ready to eat it up.

Demonstration

Fasika and Carrie happy after dinner