Sunday, September 21, 2014

Top 10 Favorite Brunch Dishes

I don't know about you but I love "Brunch". There's just something about the entire ritual that is appealing...sleeping in, getting together with friends/family, sipping coffee and/or mimosas.

Doesn't matter if I'm having the family over for a brunch potluck or going out with the girls to one of our favorite spots (Portland is a huge Brunch Town)....I love it all.

So here is my Top 10 Favorite Brunch Dishes for you to try the next time you host a brunch (or are invited to a brunch potluck).

Friday, September 19, 2014

DIY Unclogging a Sink

In today's world of chemicals and poisonous household products I'm always looking for a trick or natural alternative (and I don't mean those products that just say "all natural"). So this afternoon when we started to do dishes and our garbage disposal started regurgitating things back up at us...eww by the way...

So we plunged. And we let the disposal run and run; hoping to force out the clog. But still...spit spit sputter sputter.....ewwww

That's when I jumped online to figure out what we could do ourselves....You know that step just before crying and calling a plumber.

A number of and Yahoo boards repeatedly mentioned baking soda and vinegar but few mentioned at what proportions. The last thing I wanted was to turn my garbage disposal into a science fair volcano!!

After some searching I found one that mentioned 1/2 box baking soda to one cup vinegar. Let rest 15 minutes and then pour 4 quarters of boiling water down the drain.

I gave it a shot and it seemed to work.....I tried running the disposal again and this time there wasn't as much gurggling and back wash. So I poured another large pot of boiling water down the drain and it seemed to clear whatever was in there.

So next time you have a clogged sink - before you go out and buy some harmful drain cleaner, open your pantry and try some vinegar and baking soda first. You never know it might just work!

Peaches and Cream Crumble Coffee Cake

The combination of summer stone fruits filling the stalls at farmers markets with the combination of leaves changing into their autumn colors makes me want to bake! But the last few weeks it's been too warm to even think about turning on the oven. Finally the thermometer is dipping down below the mid-80s so today I went searching on Pinterest for something to make with peaches.

I came across this Peaches and Cream Coffee Cake recipe on From Away. Their pictures looked delightful so I thought I'd give it a try. Being that this was an 'impulse-bake' I changed the recipe some and added/changed/substituted some of the ingredients. (see original recipe here)

Peaches and Cream Crumble Coffee Cake

Cake Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp rum (extract will work but I used real rum)
1/4 cup sour cream
 3/4 cup (unflavored) Greek yogurt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon (separated)
3 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced

Crumble Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oatmeal

Cake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease cast iron deep skillet (or an 8x8 pan will work). In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients plus 1 tsp cinnamon. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Lower speed and add eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the batter and add vanilla, rum, Greek yogurt and sour cream. 

(directions continued...)
Mix in dry ingredients until just combined. In a small bowl use a fork to combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Add half the batter to the pan, then layer of sliced peaches (about 2 rows deep), sprinkle peaches with the brown sugar/cinnamon, and top with the remaining batter. Top with oatmeal crumble. Bake 50-60 minutes.

Crumble Directions: Mix brown sugar, flour and oatmeal in small bowl until well incorporated. Using a fork or fingers cut butter into dry ingredients. Do not over work. Crumble top should have consistency of wet sand.

Kick It Up a Notch: Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Monday, September 15, 2014

:PaintNite Portland

Have you ever been to or seen an ad for PaintNite? They are guided painting classes at a local restaurant or bar.

I've done two PaintNites in Portland, one in Seattle and another in Kansas City....okay so maybe I'm a bit addicted at this point. The last was this one:

Each night has a premade painting and an instructor walks you through it. Doesn't matter how artistic you consider yourself, there are different difficult level nights and it's so much fun!

They often have discount tickets on Groupon. I highly recommend buying one next time you need a night out.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

World Travel

If you hand an endless amount of money and could take a trip around the world where would you go?

French Countryside
Spain (Madrid & Barcelona)

Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome)




Sure there are over a dozen other places I'd love to see....England, Paris, Scottland, Japan, Mexico, Peru.....but if I had to narrow it down to a handful of places these would be them.

Where would you go?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top 3 Movies

I've been online dating lately and it seems one of the favorite questions these days is "What is your favorite movie?" So I figured I'd share with you my top three!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Life Soundtrack

I came across one of those online "games" - how to find the soundtrack of your life.....shuffle your iTunes and list the top 18 songs for the different categories. Here is what I got.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Introducing CurveARTure

Recently I started to realize I need more positive in my life. More creation, more art, more life. I'm not ready to give up my 9-5 just yet but I'm starting to feel like I need something new, something that I can look back on ten...twenty...thirty years from now and feel a sense of I'm devoting more time to my art.

Photography, painting, collage, etc.

So I've created CurveARTure, and now have an online presence on Facebook...



and I'm also creating an Etsy store to start selling some of my pieces.

So I hope you enjoy and I hope you'll share this page with others.