UNZIPPED: PHOTOS

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It’s easy to forget how many memories we make over the years, but documenting them through photos definitely makes it easier to appreciate them, no matter how small. I stumbled upon folders and folders of old photos tonight, going back to 2007.

I decided to share these three black and white photos of me and my husband that my sister took two years ago.

HIS&HERS

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I’m starting a new series for my blog inspired from the lovely Savage Designs. I’ll be posting pictures of objects that belong to me and my husband. His will be on the left and her’s (mine) will be on the right.

 

I absolutely love the idea of this series and plan to print and frame my favorite photos.

CHOPPED: KOREAN SHORT RIBS

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DSC_8471We recently bought a cookbook exclusively about meat by a famous butcher in New York. Most of his recipes are too advanced for my cooking level, but I enjoy the book regardless because it reads like a coffee table book. These are a few pictures from his Korean Sandwich recipe.

Since I’ve started cooking more, I’ve started to “Mise en Place,” which is a French term meaning to prepare and measure your ingredients before cooking. It’s simple, but I love watching the whole ingredients transform into exact measurements, and then into an entirely new creation! (Sorry, nerd alert!)

I’ve really appreciated the art of cooking and creating something to share with others, that hopefully tastes delicious, as well!

 

PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE (BUCKEYE) COOKIES

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It’s almost been six months since I moved to Ohio and I have been appropriately schooled in all things OSU. While I don’t care about the sports teams, I certainly paid attention when I started seeing buckeye desserts everywhere, including my local Whole Foods.

I’m still a beginner when it comes to baking, but I knew I had to try and recreate the Whole Food’s Buckeye cookies after buying their’s several weeks in a row.

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Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup natural, unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup  sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Peanut butter Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (creamy)
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp of milk

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, a couple of minutes on medium speed.  Add the egg, vanilla, and honey. (Start on low speed because things WILL fly out of the bowl.)
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, a fourth at a time, mixing after each addition. When well mixed, remove the dough, and form it into a ball. Then wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill it in the refrigerator for 20-30minutes.

    While the dough is chilling in the refrigerator, make the peanut butter icing.

  4. Place the butter and peanut butter into a bowl, and beat with the electric mixer. Gradually add the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, add the milk until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick. (If you have an apron wear it! Also, don’t wear black…I had powdered sugar all over myself). Mix until fluffy.
  5. Take the dough out of the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350°F. Break off a chunk of dough from the ball of dough and place it between two pieces of parchment paper. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to an even thickness.
  6. Use the rim of a small glass (or an OSU cookie cutter, do those exist??) to cut out cookie shapes from the rolled out dough.
  7. Place on a greased baking sheet, allowing at least a half inch between cookies.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes before removing the cookies from the tray to cool completely on a rack.
  10. Spread the peanut butter icing on the bottom of one cookie and top with another cookie to make sandwich.

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Enjoy with a tall glass of milk. ;)

 

LIVING ROOM

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This is the front/living room in our apartment. This wall has been something of an art project. We began with several sketches of how we wanted it to look and started assembling meaningful art and objects. Right now, there are photos of where we got married, post cards from friends, favorite books, and trinkets.