Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hooray for the Internet!

I am unusually excited about all of my finds this week!  So much so, that I am posting a day early.  

Tent on Kaunis Pieni Elämä

Everyone loves play tents!  This blogger re-covered an old play tent.

Peacock from Horrible Adorables on Red Prairie Press

I saw this and instantly thought of Amy.  We have been talking about where to keep our future felt peacock in our flat.

Tall Ships Weekend in Greenport on Suffolk Times

My home village just hosted Tall Ships Weekend.  Looking at the pictures makes me so homesick.  I can't wait to go there this summer!
Floral Crowns on Oh Joy
"Small Things" on Nana Company
Wooden Knives  on Wither Will I Wander

Little knives for little hands.
Chocolate Amaretto Crêpe Cake on Sprinkle Bakes

Monday, May 28, 2012

Chocolate Rugelach

Chocolate Rugelach Recipe

Chocolate in a Flaky Pastry Crust

The other day, I got a "chocolate roll" from a bakery in Prague.  It was a cheap snack that did not exactly hit the spot, being a very dry, slightly-burnt miniature croissant with some chocolate in the middle.  It reminded me, however, of chocolate rugelach.  Since a New York bakery is a long way a way, I figured I would make some for myself.

This recipe uses a dough adapted from Martha Stewart.

For the dough:
4 oz cream cheese (in the U.S.) or 125 grams (half a package) of soft tvaroh* (in the C.R.), room temp.
1/2 cup of butter, room temp.
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons of butter, melted

*Tvaroh, which I have used before, is a soft cheese found easily in the Czech Republic.  I enjoy using it in my recipes instead of cream cheese because it is cheaper and, simply, something different.  To find something similar outside of the Czech Republic, look for quark cheese at a German specialty shop.

Make the dough:
In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together cheese and butter until smooth.  Add sugar and beat until incorporated.  Add flour gradually while beating on medium speed.  A crumbly dough should form.  Using lightly-floured hands, gather dough into a ball.  Flatten the ball into a disc, wrap with plastic, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

I am terrible at rolling dough out in a circle, so I use a plate for a template.  The extra dough can be re-rolled out.

Make the cookies:
Roll out the dough on a lightly-floured surface into a circle.  (If you are like me, you cannot make a shape even remotely circular, so roll it out as circular as possible and cut the edges into a circle.  The scraps from the edge can be rolled out again to make another circle.) The dough should be a quarter of an inch thick.  In order to make thin triangles, cut the circle with a sharp knife into sixteenths.  Spread each triangle with melted butter and sprinkle with chocolate.  Roll from the wide end to the small end, as you would a croissant.  Place on a cookie sheet and refrigerate 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 F (170 C).  Remove cookies from refrigerator and bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.  Allow cookies to cool and store in an airtight container.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Afternoon

Glimpses of Our Saturday Afternoon

This Saturday, there is laundry drying in every corner of the apartment.  Somehow it's been weeks since we last washed our clothes.  Jeans are in the windows, dresses hang from the rafters.

While Amy is busy writing another paper (unfortunately, being finished with her thesis does not mean being finished with her degree), I have been making cupcakes!

The sun is shining on our bean plants which keep taunting us with bulging but not-quite-ready-to-pick pods.

Today has simply been lovely!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Hooray for the Internet!

Some fun things I found around the internet this week!

Man painting near the Dordogne river in France in the early 20th century.
via National Geographic
Looks like an amazing place to sit and read a book.
via Design Sponge
Brightly colored pocket doors are great!
via Willow Decor
Beautiful 1950s dress with amazing embroidery.
via Etsy
This piece is amazing. Combining my love of maps with reclaimed items!
via Dolan Geiman
Lovely Seychelles shoes!
via Seychelles Footwear
Welcome to my camping dream!
via Lost in America on Tumblr
DIY for a map to mark the roads you have traveled!
via Dixie DIY
<3 Amy

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hooray for the Internet!

An eclectic mix of links this week.  Enjoy! 

Sheep and Dog Patterns on Atelier Cherry

These seem simple enough to figure out--even for us non-Japanese-speakers.
Rainbow Dishtowel DIY on a pretty cool life

This DIY is so elegantly simple!
Camper Stamp on Maedchenmitherz

I used to make things like this when I did letter press.  I am a sucker for good stationary and this would do the trick.
Peach Cloche on French Laundry

I love cloche hats and they love me.  I have been staring at this one, trying to figure out how to make it myself.
Roller skates on Bluebirdbaby

For some reason, I love this shot.  It also, obviously, makes me want to go roller skating.
Hummus and Veggie Boats on Oh Happy Day

'Nough said.

Sweetcorn Pancakes on BBC GoodFood

I made these this week and, though the recipe does not give any recommendations for seasoning, they were tasty!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lovely, Little Things in Prague: Wait for the Zoom...

So, I should be posting links today but instead I took some pictures while walking to the grocery store that were pretty terrible so I spent all afternoon fiddling with them to fix the overexposure from a bright, sunny day.  These pictures remind me of the importance of looking up.

Notice anything unusual?  No?  Well, let's look a little closer.

Do you see it yet?

Is that a...?

Why yes, it is a frog prince climbing into that window.

In case you do not remember the story of the frog prince, it is not some cute story about a girl kissing a frog.  It is a story about a spoilt, little brat who drops her golden ball into a well.  She promises a frog who offers to get it for her that she will allow him to live as her companion: eating from her plate, drinking from her glass, and sleeping on her pillow.  When she gets her ball back, she promptly forgets her promise and goes back to her life.  The frog comes back and demands his end of the bargain.  I feel like that's what he is doing up there.  I have been walking down Vodičkova in Prague 1 for nearly three years now and I never saw this.  How many amazing things do I walk by each day without noticing?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hooray For The Internet!

I have had an exciting week over here! I finally finished my Master's dissertation. It feels really good to not have to worry about it anymore and I think that it turned out very well. I am most excited about the extra free time I have now. This summer will be filled with adventures around Prague and quite a lot of travel!

This week, I have found some interesting links to share with everyone--including some very special elephant pictures! I hope that you enjoy!!!

Post of tips on gardening, there is good advice on planting a garden without a lot of space.
via A Beautiful Mess
I have been falling in love with brightly colored refrigerators lately.
via Deco Photo Blog
Silk ribbon embroidered flowers!
via Dear Friend's guest post on  Little Chief Honeybee
This picture of elephant and hot air balloons is perfect for our blog!
via La Carpa on tumblr
Instructions for building your own tent on the beach.
via Apartment Therapy
Love this picture of San Francisco.
via Poppytalk
Recipe for blackened chicken and Cilantro Lime Quinoa.
via Sarcastic Cooking
These two are too cute!
via Jadore Simone at tumblr

<3 Amy

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hooray for the Internet!

My first two links today came up one after the other in my Google Reader last week and I was so amused by their positioning that I had to repeat it here, just how I saw them! I decided to run with the citrus theme and choose links involving citrus or citrus colors.  Enjoy! -Colleen

Citrus Bars on A Beautiful Mess

Citrus Coasters on the Purl Bee

Felt Hair Pretties on Flax & Twine

Vintage Fiestaware on SouleMama 
 My mother would have a field day going through this vintage Fiestaware, and so would I!

Gluten-Free Orange Polenta Cake on Craft
I do not eat gluten-free but I like this cake because it's made of everyday ingredients.
Lovely Yellow Door on Creative Jewish Mom
Measuring Bowls from Timeless Settings