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Clementine Marmalade

What to do with 1.5 pounds of clementines that won’t be eaten in the near future? Well, marmalade, of course!


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Ingredients and Materials:

  • 1.5 pounds of clementines
  • 3 cups – water
  • 2 cups – sugar
  • Dried lemon peel, to taste
  • Blender
  • Large pan
  • Mason jars (or container of your preference)

Preparation:

1. Wash and peel clementines

2. Place clementines and peels in a large sauce pan

3. Add 3 cups of water

4. In medium-to-low heat, bring mixture to a simmer and allow it to cook for about one hour

5. Once mixture is soft and “mushy,” add 2 cups of sugar, stirring it often, until mixture darkens (about 40 minutes)

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6. Allow mixture to cool and pour into a blender

7. Blend it until mixture is homogenous

8. (Optional) Add a few sprinkles of dried lemon peel for a tart taste

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I can’t wait to have this on some toast along with English Breakfast tea tomorrow morning!

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This marmalade may be kept in the fridge up to 1 month and in the freezer up to 6 months. 

Enjoy!

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Sew Exciting!

Happy Tuesday to all of you beautiful people!

Guess what the boy gave me last week? This!!!

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I have been wanting one so he surprised me with it on Friday after work! Isn’t he great? I feel a mixture of fear and excitement! I am so giddy I have a sewing machine so I can hem my own clothes and perhaps even make some pieces for myself… but I have also never used a sewing machine in my life! 

I did my fair share of research, though, so hopefully my first project will be a success. I settled on making a tote bag, because it seems like a fairly easy yet satisfying starter project. I went out to Jo Ann Fabric’s last night and picked out these:

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In other news, I just finished watching Season 4 of Doctor Who on Netflix. I don’t want to give away any spoilers for those of you who haven’t watched it yet, so let’s just say I had to treat myself to an English Sticky Toffee Pudding from the British bar nearby in order to be able to cope with that finale! I had this dessert over the weekend when I had lunch there and fell in love. It’s so delicious… it tastes like Christmas! I must learn how to make this. Oh England… your culture is so amazing!

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I am also on the verge of completing several crochet projects and will be posting about them soon! Stay tuned!

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Frozen Paws

Do you want to build a snowmannnnn? 

I have wanted to make some sort of treat for the pets and couldn’t come up with anything creative that they would enjoy. Until today! I noticed that I have been giving the dogs an ice-cube every time I fill my own cup of icy water. And they love it! I don’t know if it’s because it’s a) refreshing, b) crunchy, c) mine, or d) all of the above. 

So I pulled out some ice trays I had lying around and alternated between filling one ice tray with water + broccoli or water + fresh blueberries.

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This is a great way to make sure they stay hydrated in this awful Florida summer and share my healthier people food with them. 

Here’s the result!

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They loved every crunchy bite of it!

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Mixed Berry Loaf

I missed baking! I had mentioned how I had to cut back because it was getting a bit expensive for my limited wallet, but I couldn’t resist today! I scavenged through my pantry and (barely) found all the ingredients I needed to make a delicious mixed berry loaf to have with some tea!

Mixed Berry Loaf

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You will need:

  • 9×5 in. loaf pan
  • Baker’s Joy Spray
  • 1/2 Cup – butter, softened
  • 1 Cup – sugar
  • 2 – eggs, large
  • 1/2 Cup – milk (I used fat-free)
  • 1 Teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 Cups – Flour (I used regular)
  • 1 Teaspoon – baking powder
  • 1 Cup – mixed berries, fresh or frozen (I used Publix brand frozen strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • For the (optional) topping: cinnamon and sugar, to taste.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Using an electric mixer, with a whisk attachment and large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

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  •  Beat in both eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Combine flour and baking powder and add it to creamed mixture just until blended.
  • Carefully fold in mixed berries.

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  • Pour into a greased 9×5 in. loaf pan.

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  • Mix together sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over top.
  • Bake at 350F for 50-55 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
  • Place loaf pan on a wire cooling rack and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from pan onto wire cooling rack to allow it to cool completely.

I was also very inspired and made some iced tea! I always try to have a pitcher of this in the fridge. I don’t drink soda at all so this is a nice alternative to water! I steeped 8 black tea bags in a pitcher of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. I then removed the bags and placed the pitcher in the fridge and allowed it to get nice and cold!

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Mixed berry loaf and iced tea seem like the perfect combination for a nice summer treat!

Enjoy!

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Travels

I went on a quick trip to Boston on Tuesday and returned today! One of my best friends lives in Boston and she invited me to do a presentation with her, which took place yesterday and went wonderfully well! We got very positive feedback! 

I hadn’t seen her since we graduated from our Doctoral program almost exactly a year ago! When she lived in Florida, I used to babysit her kitties whenever she went out-of-town, and I got to see them too! I am pretty sure they remembered me.

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How cute are they?

My friend also took me to a delicious little restaurant called b.good. All of their ingredients are bought directly from local farmers and they grow their own herbs and use them to make delectable smoothies! I got a kale and quinoa bowl with sautéed veggies, shiitake mushrooms, avocado, black beans, corn, grape tomatoes, queso fresco, lime, cilantro, and chipotle sauce along with a spinach, mint, lime pineapple, almond milk, and hemp seed smoothie! I wish they had this restaurant here in Florida…. *sigh*

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I woke up at 5a.m. this morning to catch my 7a.m. flight back home. I was sad to say goodbye, which only means I’ll have to see her again soon! She’s one of those very special people whom you always want in your life!

I had a 3-hour layover in Atlanta. The airport is huge. I walked around for a bit, had an early lunch, and window shopped. Well technically, I shopped. I couldn’t resist and I bought a book! I don’t know why, but there’s something about buying books at the airport. 

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It’s a post-apocalyptic novel about a man and his dog! I love post-apocalyptic stories, so if you have any other suggestions as far as movies or books, please let me know! I had zero time to crochet during this trip, so I’m looking forward to getting back to my projects!

Now I am back home with my little family, ready to enjoy a relaxing evening!

 

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Peppermint Bark

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I am still alive and well despite my disappearance from the blog! I spent Thanksgiving break in New York and ever since I returned home, I have been trying to catch up with the everyday things. But it’s always like this at the end of the year, right? It feels impossible to catch up on routine tasks and there is always something new that needs to get done! The good news is there is always a lot of baking, cooking, and eating involved, so that keeps me grounded!

So in celebration of my return, I made peppermint bark. As I’ve described many treats before, this one looks and tastes fancier than it seems. It’s one of those quick recipes you rely on to impress guests or be the main attraction at a potluck! My office is having a secret santa holiday party and I was asked to bring something deliciously festive, so here it is!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag – Godiva milk chocolate chips
  • 1 bag – Godiva white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon – peppermint extract
  • 10 mini candy canes, crushed

Materials:

  • 1 Microwave-safe glass container
  • Spatula
  • Cookie sheet
  • Tin foil, shiny side up
  • Ziplock bag

Preparation:

  1. Place tin foil (shiny side up) on a cookie sheet.
  2. Place all candy canes in a ziplock bag and crush them. Save for later.
  3. In a glass container, microwave the milk chocolate chips, in 30 second intervals, stirring in between with a spatula, until completely melted. Do not over-microwave or the chocolate will burn.
  4. Once completely melted, add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract and mix well.
  5. Spread the chocolate mixture on the prepared cookie sheet/tin foil.
  6. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, microwave white chocolate chips, in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. Again, do not over-microwave.
  8. Pour over chilled milk chocolate and spread evenly.
  9. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the white chocolate. Lightly press on them so they stick to the white chocolate.
  10. Refrigerate until it solidifies into a bark.
  11. Once completely hard, break into pieces.

Enjoy!

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Holiday Wishlist

PicMonkey Collaige

PicMonkey Collage

1. Cookie Press | 2. Lekue Macaron Set | 3. Red Edible Glitter | 4. Double Boiler 

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