January 14, 2014 by Jenn
Yesterday Patrick had a meeting in DC and since I was off work, I hitched a ride and spent my day at the National Mall. I love all the museums. They’re so fun (and FREE). My personal favorites are the Natural History Museum (my first stop) and the Air and Space Museum (second stop). During the winter time, it’s cold and gross and being outside really just sucks but yesterday was a particularly odd day temperature-wise. It was nice just to be outside walking around and not be freezing. 50 degrees in January is CRAZY.
1. The Natural History Museum has a really crazy exhibit on how human have changed the earth. Spoiler: we’ve done a really bad job so far. (7 billion now!!!)
2. The architecture is so awesome.
3. The room of bones is my favorite. It hasn’t been updated since the 60′s and it reminds me of Wes Anderson.
4. Overlooking the mammals exhibit.
5. Evolution of small critters.
7. The Air and Space Museum is awesome. SO many cool things hang from the entire ceiling.
8. Amelia Earhart. My personal favorite. I have always loved her, so much that I got a big ol tattoo of her on my arm.
9. Cool old newspaper clippings.
10. Murals for days.
If you get a chance to go to DC, visiting the museums is a must. There’s so much cool stuff to see. Just an FYI: if you plan on seeing the Holocaust Museum don’t make any other plans for the day as you will be totally wiped out. It’s one of the most tragically beautiful museums I’ve ever seen. For more info go here!
January 2, 2014 by Jenn
It’s January folks! This is the time of year when we all become a lot more health conscious. One inexpensive thing you can do to keep yourself healthy is wash your food.
Obviously buying organic is preferable but sometimes it’s expensive and we just can’t afford it that week. A good alternative is to wash your fruits and vegetables, or rather soak them. Even if I buy organic, I still always soak them. The veggie wash not only takes off the waxes and pesticides residing on the skin but it also keeps your produce fresh longer. It’s simple. Take a large pot or basin and fill it with 1 TBSP salt, 1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar, and 2 1/2 cups water. Mix well and then drop in all your fruits and veggies. Let em soak for a few hours and then rinse with cold water. There isn’t enough vinegar to make the food have a strange taste or smell so no worries about that. Doing what you can to control what’s going in your body is important. Try it out! It’s easy and inexpensive. Some of the veggie washes sold in stores actually have chemicals in them which is totally counter productive. Keep it clean!
December 28, 2013 by Jenn
This year Patrick and I went to his parents cabin in upstate New York. First of all, it’s GORGEOUS. Second, it’s so quiet. We had to put on a white noise app so we could sleep. We were there for 4 days and we actually had a white Christmas. (Then on the last day we all got the stomach flu that was going around but we won’t talk about that.) Highlights only.
We saw a spooky graveyard, LOTS of snow, I got new Minnetonka boots for christmas, and I got to shoot a crossbow!
Merry Christmas everyone!
December 21, 2013 by Jenn
You will need:
- 4 TBSP water
- 3 eggs, whisked
- 2 TBSP dark brown corn syrup
- 3/4 C plus 2 TBSP brown sugar
- 3 TBSP butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP flour
- 2 TSP vanilla extract
- 1/2 TSP cinnamon
- 1/2 C pecans, crushed
- 1 C pecans, quartered
- 1 C pecan halves
- 2 C flour, a little extra for rolling
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 1 TSP salt
- 1 large TSP brown sugar
- 7 TSP very cold water
Combine flour, butter, sugar, and salt. Squish it together with your hands until it becomes coarse crumbs. Gradually sprinkle the cold water over the crumbs, stir with a wooden spoon until it becomes dough. Do not over mix.
Flour your work surface and flatten the dough with your rolling pin. (I always find it easiest to flour my rolling pin as well.) Roll out dough until it is an inch larger than your pie dish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
For pie filling:
In a medium bowl mix together water, eggs, corn syrup, butter, brown sugar, salt, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, and the finely crushed pecans. Spread quartered pecans over bottom of refrigerated pie crust. Pour syrup into pie crust and gently place the pecan halves over top of mixture.
Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Let sit for 45 minutes before serving.