4.03.2014

WE'RE GOING TO AUSTIN!

brad and i are headed to austin in may for a short vacation and i could not be more excited. we have wanted to visit for so long and alas, we're coming for you austin! i am busy researching all of the must-go to restaurants, neighborhoods, and sites but if anyone has any tips, do tell! i am mostly excited to see this famous cupcake airstream and take a dip in barton springs perhaps. i  already feel like austin and i were made for each other.

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RECIPES | CREME BRULEE BREAD PUDDING

there is a restaurant in my hometown that serves creme brulee bread pudding. it is in fact one of the best desserts i have ever had in my life...in.my.life. when i was home for spring break, my friends and i went there to get said bread pudding and much to our dismay they were out of it for the night. i then spent the next two days trying to get my hands on this delectable treat but it slipped through my fingers. so alas, pam and i took it upon ourselves to whip this sucker up. and bailey nash if you read this, my fellow creme brulee bread pudding lover, it is pretty damn close. i mean, it's not exact of course, but sometimes you want a whole pan not just a single serving, so. 

i would also like to mention in this segment of this post that pam kincaid is a kitchen cookin' fiend and her talents should be shared with the world! the world, pam! pam has recently taken a liking (borderline obsession), with ree drummond (aka the pioneer woman aka pam and i just call her ree like we've known her for years) she watches her show, researches her life on the lodge, purchases products because ree told her to, etcetera. she even sometimes calls me to tell me "what ree is cookin' up today." once pam said to me that she too would really like to have her own cooking show. i encouraged her, explaining that a simple cooking blog could be just the thing to keep pam inspired but she will have none of it. she tells me that she "isn't a good writer" and that "she would get nervous" damn it, pam get it together! you are an amazing cook and a snappy dresser with an adorable personality to boot.  this is my rally for anyone who reads this blog and happens to know pam to make her start a food blog! pamcakes! the blog can be called pamcakes! i digress. 
and now for the bread pudding, which surprise! we used with one of ree's recipes to create this.
start my chopping up your bread in very small chunks, if when i made this again i would probably go even smaller than the chunks you see here. i used a mini loaf of day old french bread which made about 4 cups of chopped bread. 

for the creme brulee custard
1 pint heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (we didn't have any vanilla beans on hand, i would have regularly used vanilla bean paste. also, this is the vanilla.)
5 egg yolks
a little under 1/2 cup sugar (yes we are very precise here)

1. heat the cream and the vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat (we used a cast iron because duh, that's was ree uses.) stir almost constantly until the cream is just about to a boil (you can tell when the cream starts to form tiny bubbles just under the surface) and then turn off the heat. 

2. in a large bowl add the egg yolks and sugar. whisk the mixture as fast as you can for 2-5 minutes, or until it is very pale and light in color. 

3. now, drizzle a bit of the warm heavy cream into the egg mixture to temper the eggs. you need to do this so that the eggs don't scramble. slowly continue to add the cream, whisking quickly. once the eggs are tempered, you can add the cream more quickly. 

4. in an 8 inch square pan add the chopped bread and pour the creme brulee custard over top. 

5. place the pan on a deep baking sheet and set it in the oven. next, pour hot water into the cookie sheet (this helps the custard bake). then bake for 30-35 minutes at 325 degrees or until the custard looks fairly set.

6. let the pudding cool and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours so the custard can set.
in the meantime, you can make huckleberry sauce for the top of the creme brulee. well, you can really make any kind of berry sauce. this really adds a lot to the dessert and it's super easy. all you need to do is add 1/2 cup of fruit (fresh or frozen) and 1/4 cup sugar to a saucepan and heat it over medium heat until it becomes syrupy and the fruit softens. and that's that!
once your bread pudding is cooled, serve it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a heavy pour of huckleberry sauce. oh dayum. 

3.29.2014

SATURDAY NIGHTS


i'm here on a saturday night, reporting with pictures of cake, naturally. i am at my parent's house fattening up for spring break (no really all i've done is eat) and they are out tonight and everyone else is doing young people things so i'm home watching house hunters. the internet at casa la kincaid is dependent off of cell service, the cell service is about two bars, so no, i cannot watch netflix, thank you for asking. speaking of netflix, scandal! while taking a final last week, i found myself replaying scenes from scandal in my head, wondering what the in hailllll could happen next?! watch it. 

(oh god property brothers is coming on, am i the only person who is creeped out by the property brothers? like, they look like cartoons and don't even get me started on their hair. also, do they want to make out with each other because why are they always flirting?) but yes, here's a cake! my sister and i made this last weekend while she was home. it's perfectly dreamy, don't you think? this cake was just what i needed. i have had no motivation to be the baker i claim to be. i rarely cook anything up these days but this cake has got me back on track. also, sweetapolita has re-entered the blogging world once again, praise heavens hallelujah, which could also have something to do with my newfound inspiration. 

3.28.2014

ETSY FINDS

i love etsy. i buy all kinds shiz from that place. i just really love the idea of supporting small businesses, especially as an etsy seller myself. i have found some thing lately that are just too good. this infinity dress from, coraline beatrix, is ahmaze. you can wear it a million ways and you can even cut the bottom if you need to hem it yourself. i am just trying to figure out if this is an item i would wear daily in the summer. i'm thinking probably yes. 
i stumbled upon the ohlululu shop and i can't even handle how cute the bras are. i am a small boobed gal who likes to keep my girls comfy, so i love bralettes. the description in some of them say there is enough padding to act as a swimsuit (er, a tanning suit) so i may just be getting me one a dem. 
trinkets! i don't know this is just pretty. 
in the summer i take it upon myself to pretend i am a bohemian goddess because, you know. so i am loving this hand chain and this agate ring

2.21.2014

MY FAVORITE THINGS | NEW WEARABLES

i treated myself to this little cutie as a birthday gift and i am now obsessed. it's seriously the best thing i have ever owned. it's big enough for all of my crap and it just looks so chic balls.
brad got me these headphones for my birthday and i am obsessed with how stylish i look while listening to nineties country and early 2000s pop because i have impeccable music taste. 
i have always wanted to be a heel-wearing girl so naturally i bought some cheap kicks to get me started? i will probably hardly ever wear them but i am twenty one now so you know, i'll be hittin' da club? false. i will probably never hit the club. fine, i will just wear them while i watch parks and rec and knit. you don't know me! these cuties are from lulu's.
annndd another birthday gift. this leopard clutch from pam. it's perfect. i also love these leopard booties i got --- inspired by my girl brooke.

and with all that talk about materialism i am out.

happy weekend!
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