Monthly Archives: November 2012

I want to marry you cookies

So these little guys were dubbed “I want to marry you cookies” because its said that if you make them for someone, they’ll instantly fall in love. I first made these for my roommates in college so… the name lost its meaning but regardless I am now in love with them!

 I found them on one of my favorite food blogs, Missippi Kitchen here, when I needed a cookie recipe I could make from scratch with out needing a mixer. The secret to these puppies is that you cream together the butter and the white and brown sugar, creating a toffee sweetness not found in other cookies.

It doesn’t hurt that oatmeal chocolate chip are my favorite kind 😉

Here is what you’ll need:


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  • 1 Cup of Butter
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Step One:
Melt the butter on medium
Next take it off of the heat and add in the sugars!
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You should get a grainy consistency at first, but keep mixing! All of the butter should be incorporated, and it should have a smooth texture.
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Throw the pan into the refrigerator for ten minutes to solidify slightly.
After the 10 minutes, add in the eggs – one whole egg and one yoke only – and the vanilla
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Stir that all together, and add it to the dry ingredients ( I got bad a taking pictures at this point) followed by the chocolate chips. I prefer all semi-sweet chocolate and no white chocolate but that’s just me!
Now scoop out one inch side balls and place them on a baking sheet (as many as you can fit without touching!) and let it cool again in the fridge for 30 to solidify again.

While you’re waiting, pre-heat the oven to 325 F, and have a snack

annnnnd…
tada!

tada!

Once the cookies are more solid,  take out the baking sheet, and separate them onto another one , fitting about 12 to a sheet. Pop that in the oven for 13 minutes, and rotate until you’ve baked all your cookies! Tada! The smell alone is intoxicating, so pour some milk and congratulate yourself on a delicious job well done. I know I will!

xx E

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Winter Shopping & Gifts

I love going home for many many reasons… mom, dogs, New Hampshire air & stars, home, real food etc.

but one of the high reasons on that list? Shopping.

There is no sales tax in good old NH, and the stores that I frequent for great buys like Marshall’s & TJMaxx are not picked over the way they are here in DC!

Here are some of my finds this time around:

Aside from the shoes on the left from Anne Klein, none of these are EXACT but they’re pretty darn close
(I made a set on Polyvore for the first time, so let me know what you think of it in future!)

The next thing on my hit list as it gets colder here in DC are fleece lined tights. Yes, I said fleece lined tights. Such a thing really does exist! I’ve heard that they keep you warm and cozy while still being able to wear long sweaters or short dresses.

These from Bare Necessities are said to be the best!

Also, as gift season approaches us check out this holiday 2012 gift guide — created by to&from magazine  and includes pages by some of our favorite DC bloggers, it has something for everyone on your list!

(thanks to So Much To Smile About who tweeted about it, otherwise I would have never known!)

xx E

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All I want for Christmas is you!

Its official.

I knew that the holiday season was upon us the second Santa road down the street at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Everyone is friendly and happy, people are out spending like no tomorrow but its on gifts for friends and family so how can you not, and across the country and world lights are going up and radio stations are blasting only Christmas tunes until Dec 26th.

I don’t happen to celebrate Christmas but there is nothing I love more than Mariah Careys “All I want for Christmas is You“, hot chocolate, a roaring fire and some fuzzy Rudolph or Love Actually.

if you didn’t know what I meant when I said fuzzy Rudolph

Thanksgiving break was pretty much entirely relaxation so I don’t have much to report but I will say that I’ve taught myself the art of Challah French Toast and now that I know it… I can never go back!

Challah Back Y’all! (no?)

The recipe is from here — with a few adjustments of my own aka I did not put them in a pan, I just dipped them as you would normal french toast. I also left out the rum and the flour. To each their own!

Top with some honey and you’re off!

P.S. — Raisin challah? potentially even better.

-E

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Oatmeal Scotchies

Just incase there wouldn’t be enough food in my life over the next few days, I decided to make some cookies for the office this week. I made one batch of delicious mint cookies (see here) and one batch of another favorite: Oatmeal Butterscotch.

Here’s what you’ll need:

                • 1 1/4 cup Flour
                • 3/4 cup Sugar
                • 1 cup Brown Sugar
                • 1 1/4 cup Butter
                • 2 Eggs
                • 1 tsp Baking Soda
                • 1/2 tsp Salt
                • 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon
                • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
                • 2 1/2 cups Quaker Oats
                • 11 ounces (1 package) Nestle Butterscotch Morsels

Now that you’ve got all that lined up, you can start the preparations!

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
2. Combine four, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside
3. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in large bowl
4. Gradually beat in the flour mixture

Mixture

5. Gradually stir in oats and chips


6. Spread into (greased) pan
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until slightly browned

Again, I’m awful with the timing of baked goods – so I always just keep an eye on them and use the toothpick method to test if they’re done or not!

These cookies are a delicious addition to any baker’s recipe book – simple, unique, and goes great with anything! Try them out this holiday season and you will not be disappointed.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-S

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Volunteering at Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

If you can’t tell already, Shianne and I have a slight obsession with puppies…aka, I tend to send pictures of puppies to Shianne and vise versa . It was once only Shiba Inus on our Facebook walls, and has now turned into pick me up pictures through out the work day. We both come from 2 dog homes and being away for this long weighs on a dog lover! Its something I did not notice in college since no one had a dog there (obviously) but now that we’re in the city I’m constantly surrounded and find myself yearning to just cuddle with all of them.

Shianne’s Nemo!

DaVinci, Sequoia & Me

Alas, work hours and apartment contracts will not allow for this as of yet (although Shianne may have a surprise guest soon!) so after squealing at one too many dogs as they walk by, I decided to do something about it.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization taking jobs from high kill or CLOSED shelters in the South. If you don’t know what a closed shelter is — its a “shelter” that does not allow dogs to be adopted, they simply go there to be put down. Not even a fighting chance given! I realize that there is an over breeding and over population issue within the US with dogs and cats but I mean really.. they’re still a life!

Enough of my rant.. anyhoo I decided that by volunteering for Lucky Dog I could both help some of these pooches and get my dog fix in A complete win-win! Lucky dog or LDAR has events almost every Saturday & Sunday (this weekend 2 each day!) and I volunteers to pick up Tyler from Wagtime – a doggy daycare place downtown on U street – and take him to Dogma Bakery in Shirlington, VA

He was an 8 month old lab mix who was quite the handful but really a sweet heart at the end of the day. Here are some pictures of him stolen from the Lucky Dog site!

Cutie

smiling for the camera

He was a bit bouncy on the ride there but I think by the end of the day and enough treats to prove I was worthy of attention we made a bond. Quite a few people seemed interested in him so hopefully soon he will find his forever home! Lucky dog is also different because they do not have a shelter location and rely instead on fosters and places like Wagtime where dogs can live during the week.

There are some older dogs that need a good second home, but also some puppies who have yet to experience home life!

how do you say no to this little girl?

I plan to continue working with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue after Thanksgiving break — and maybe bring Shianne and Caroline along with me!

If you’re interested in volunteering (its really the easiest) just join here! They’re always looking for fosters but since thats a bit much for those of us still renting our places, handlers, drivers and even just marketing experts are needed!

Check out the volunteer info here!

-E

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Meliora!

Elyse and I have been posting a lot about why we love DC and great articles, pictures, and links about the city. Although it is true that we’re both pretty obsessed with the nation’s capital, I think it’s safe to say there will always be a warm place in our hearts for the University of Rochester, our alma mater.

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Campus

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Eastman Quad and Chapel

Well, we’re proud to say that it has been named #31 smartest college in America in a new list by Lumosity (remember when Elyse posted about it a couple days ago?!). Check out the article here.

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Our incredible library

That’s all I have to say for now – but make sure to check back with us later tonight after I post my roommate’s delicious cinnamon cider recipe! Yummmm…

Meliora, everybody!

-S

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WhyILoveDC

Traversing the blog-o-sphere I came across this picture of what living in DC is like and its extremely funny & accurate!!

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The admin has not posted in 11 months but her tumblr is still entertaining!

http://whyilovedc.tumblr.com

-E

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The Leibster Award

The other day, Shianne and I received a comment from the lovely Marissa at Uproot from Oregon that she had nominated us for the Leibster Blogging award! She is also a new transplant to the D.C. area so we thank her for reading the blog and we love her recipes (chilly cauldron cider anyone?).

The Leibster award is for up and coming blogs and is  a great way to discover new blogs and build a sense of community. Plus its German and means “sweetest, pleasant, valued, or welcome”. We love being welcomed to the blogging community so here it goes!

RULES:

1. Each person posts 11 things about themselves
2. Answer the questions the nominator made for you and also create 11 more questions for the blogs you nominate
3. Choose nominations and link them to your post
4. Go to their page and tell them.

Since there’s two of us, some questions are both of us and some are just one:

11 Fun Facts about Shianne & Elyse:

1. We LOVE Shiba Inus (or really dogs in general). If you don’t know what one is check them out here and try to tell us they’re not the cutest things in the world. You’ll be lying

2. At one point in time we were both slightly infatuated with the same person,  but we didn’t know each other. Also, the aforementioned person may or may not know we’re friends now and that we’ve used our memories of them to bond…hahaha

3. E: I’m TERRIBLY messy. I tend to fool people into thinking I’m put together because I tend to look alright but my room is horrible

4. S: I am OBSESSED with the New York Yankees

5. We were FB friends for 2.5 years before we became actual friends

6.  E: I’m from NH, live free or die!

7. E: I’ve dabbled in far too many sports: Swimming, Skiing, Horseback Riding, Basketball, Softball, Dance, Ice Skating.. but I was only good at Tennis.

8. S: I want to meet +/or be Jay Z and I know every work to 99 Problems

9. S: It’s been 22 years in the making, but I’ve pretty much perfected an Indian accent

10. E: I love all USA TV shows. Especially Covert Affairs now that I’m in D.C…11.  Elyse is super tall and Shianne is little, together we make each other look even sillier!

Marissa’s Questions for Us:

1.      What quote or phrase do you live by?
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
― Jack Kerouac

We’re young just trying to figure things out! Seems perfect

2.      If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

E:  I’m dying to go to the Cinque Terre, Italy (I had a trip planned there last year but had to cancel)

S: The Himalayas! I’ve been to all parts of India that involve blistering heat – so this would be a nice change and a great way to experience more of the motherland!

3.      Name 2 things off of your bucket list.

E: See the ball drop in Times Square on  New Years Eve, and drive across the continental US!

S:  To one of these days actually create a bucket list…..oh, and I really want to go to Mt. Rushmore (kind of random – but fits in with my America obsession)

4.      You can raid the closet of any celebrity (fictional or real) – who would you choose?
E: Diane Kruger, shes just so fabulous and stylish all the time. And also looks like she doesn’t believe in sweatpants (like me!)

S: Hands-down Kate Middleton. So classic!

5.      What TV shows do you have to watch weekly?

E: Rarely anything, but recently American Horror Story, The Mindy Project, Downton Abby & Modern Family & USA Network!!!

S: This is where being easily entertained is definitely a negative! I love TV and can pretty much watch anything. But mostly I love anything funny – Parks & Rec, Modern Family, and reruns of The Office.

6.      What’s your cocktail of choice for girls night out?

E: Tequila Sunrise or I was just introduced to St. Germaine which is fabulous
S: Amaretto Sour!

7.      You’re on a deserted island and can only bring 3 inanimate things with you – what are they?

E: GLASSES. I’m blind without them… and sun block because I am entirely too pale to survive an island without it

S: If this island is tropical, I would probably experience severe heat exhaustion before I got to use any inanimate objects I brought along (obvs not looking forward to 200% DC summer humidity..yikes) sooo I’d have to bring a snow machine, skis, and a good book.

8.      Name one trend you love but are too scared to try!
E: Short hair/ Bangs. I want to switch up my hair but I know I’d hate it the next day so I never do..

S: Does getting a tattoo count? I know exactly what I want but I just haven’t gone through with it yet!

9.      If you could go back and offer a younger version of yourself advice, what would it be?
S: Don’t create that livejournal account: Because 1.) Everything on the Internet stays there and it will haunt you in your college years and 2.) Your crush finally messaging you on AIM is really NOT  a big deal.

10.  What’s your favorite recipe I should try?

Our Hurricane Brownies! So delicious, SO deadly. Also since its the holiday season try the red double stuffed Christmas Oreos! Makes the brownies super fun like this:

yummmm

Now we’ve chosen witty and DIY Lindsay at The Life Muse  and fabulous Lena at Joyful Diary!

Our questions for you:

1.      What is your guilty pleasure? (Music, Movies – come on, we all have one! And if it’s sappy romantic comedies or Taylor Swift….you’re not alone)

2.      Who would play you in a movie about your life and why?

3.      Do you have any hidden talents?

4.      If you could go back in time what time period would you go to?

5.      What’s your favorite accessory?

6.      If you could travel anywhere in the world and money was no object, where would you go? Why?

7.      Tell us something you are proud of.

8.      What would be your first splurge if you won the lottery?

9.     What’s your favorite season?

10.  What movie could you watch over and over again and never get sick of?

11.  What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

Happy blogging!!

– E & S

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Friends Weekend

Is it a rule of life that when you have nothing planned there is continually nothing to do, but if you have one plan you suddenly have several options? One weekend there is no parties, the next there are many etc. This week I had not one friend coming down to DC but two! Plus another on Wednesday! I’m not complaining though, I absolutely adore having visitors and showing off my city!

First to arrive was Steve, he came down from NYC for business but was allowed to stay until Saturday evening. Getting a group together, we started off with dinner at Vapiano Italian on M Street.

Have you heard of German efficiency? This place is an exemplary example of just that. Although containing only Italian food– pasta, pizza, & panini — you walk in and are handed a scan card. From there, you stalk long tables in an attempt to find a place to sit but everyone comes and goes quickly so it is not much of an issue. Once you claim your space, you can walk up to the bar or any of the stations to order your custom made pasta (you choose the pasta, sauce, spices etc or you can pick from the menu) and charge your “card” for it.

The tables are filled with fresh basil, oil & balsamic and the meal comes with warm Italian bread. Everything moves very fast if you want it to, and you can even take food to go for only ~$9.00 a dish, its fancy fast food!

The seating arrangements — taken from http://kimballofficedc.blogspot.com — note the basil on the table!

At the end of the meal, you simply bring up your card, they take off the charges and you pay! No problems splitting bills, waiting for the waiter to come out etc. Someone was really thinking with this one…

From there we met up with Shianne for a Sign of the Whale happy hour (fairly standard Friday practice.. no cover and 1/2 off drinks how can you not!) and once that became too crowded headed off to Public for more drinks and dancing!

On the roof of Public (sorry for the blur!) with Casey & Steve

I am consistently surrounded by Carolines!

The next morning consisted of Brunch at St. Arnolds in Cleveland Park where the boys had waffles and a abreast burrito and I went for the monster “Drug Opera” which is a ham & cheese sandwich topped with eggs and bechamel sauce

The Drug Opera…mmmmm

(and yes, I got made fun of by the owner for taking a picture of my food but I couldn’t help immortalizing it forever!)

We then metro’d up to Eastern Market to meet Shianne, check out the market and do a tour of the Capitol — because what else are you really going to show a visitor?!

Rochester Capitol Hangout

Since the Washington Monument is closed due to the earthquake a few years ago, we decided to get the best view in the city was to go up to the top of the Old Post Office which was quite beautiful and entirely free!

straight down to the Capitol

View from the old post office tower!

Fabulous weather & day! Finally we took Steve to Union Station for dinner & goodbyes — until next time!

The next morning, well I did the exact same thing over again with Jodie who was visiting all the way from Pittsburgh… I never get sick of the monuments & shopping .. its one of my favorite parts of the city!

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Jodie and I also had a chance to do exactly what we used to do at school– chill & watch TV. Its like being home!

Rachel comes Wednesday so stay posted!

-E

p.s.! Have you heard of La Mer watches? I’ve always loved wrap watches and been eyeing them for quite some time.. but surprise Target now has a collection with them so walk.. no RUN, and check them out!

La Mer for Target

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Thought Catalog: How to Live in Washington, DC

In case any of our fellow DC-ers haven’t seen this article yet, I HIGHLY recommend you check it out: Thought Catalog: How to Live in Washington, DC.

Thought Catalog is usually pretty spot-on, but this article blew my mind with how accurate it was. From trying to make new friends to questioning whether or not you’ll really ever change the world like you planned to, living in DC is quite the roller-coaster ride – and this article documents it pretty perfectly.

The reason I’m sharing it is because I found it to be extremely uplifting. It made me remember that whether I’m cursing the metro for making me late to work or cursing myself for spending $50+ at the bars, I’m still in Washington, DC – the greatest city in the country. And there’s something about driving down 395 at night, with that incredible view, that makes me think that this could never get old.

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-S

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