Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Three Musketeers

Sissy is our oldest. We think she's about five years old. She came to us from Animal Control. We think she has Golden Retriever in her; but who really knows. In this photo, it was a rainy day and all she wanted to do was go outside and play ball.

Max is three years old. He came to us from a local rescue as a pup. I fell in love with those fuzzy spotted feet. I think he might have Spaniel in him. He loves dinner at 5pm, napping, and biscuits. For a young dog, he has an old spirit.

Susie is our year old Border Collie rescue. She is our little athlete who loves flyball, agility, and herding the cat. She's a fully caffeinated clown who loves to be the life of the party. Her favorite song is C+C Music Factory "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baking Weak

I'm baking weak. Yup, it's true. I have a weakness for baked goods. This week I've been on a baking mission. No reason really for it, just feeling the need to bake.

Earlier in the week, I bought a big bag of lemons and made lemon bars. I love theses but never have never tried to make them. They are super easy. The most difficult part was grating the lemons for zest.
Part II of the baking bars week was salted caramel brownies. Delicious. Sinfully rich. Ridiculously time consuming. Worth every minute - except the minutes when I had to run to the store because I didn't buy enough heavy cream. Not so fun there.

The brownie recipe I used was from Amelie's... supposedly. I used Ghirardelli's unsweetened chocolate but I think it was too rich. Usually the words "too rich" is not a part of my vocabulary. I may opt for another brand of chocolate next time. Also, the brownie part needs to be a little thinner. So, I'll just use a little less next time.
The caramel is my own recipe with 2 teaspoons of sea salt. The Amelie's recipe called for 4 teaspoons but that just sounded like a lot. But I don't think 2 teaspoons was quite enough. Also, the caramel needed to cook just a bit longer. It was getting late and I was tired of standing over the stove stirring for 30 minutes. Cooking it longer would have given it a richer toffee like favor and a little darker color. The caramel consistency is nice though; not too hard. It won't pull your fillings out.

I have some mini muffin pans and I think I'd like to try to make these in these pans. If the pan is well buttered they wouldn't stick. The little circles of brownies would be a welcome surprise and just the right size. They are rather difficult to cut in a 13" x 9" pan because the caramel sticks to the knife as you cut them. Maybe I should have tried a hot knife?

Overall, great brownies. I'm anxious to try them again with some tweaks. Savor the details.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The tulips are blooming in the yard. It's now officially springtime!

I cut a few and brought them inside. They were fully opened in a day and ready for their closeups. The color was amazing! Mother nature is amazing.

Savor the details.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Does anyone else think Boston Terriers look like Batman? Savor the details.