Monday, July 21, 2014

Hot Air







A mix of camera and phone photos from this weekend's hot air balloon festival in Wellsville.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Snapshots

America's favorite past time (debateable) on a perfect summer night
Playing with different hairstyles
Unimpressed, with brother bear
Italian Festival noms (chocolate pineapple sorbet bar, sausage bread, stuffed hot pepper roll, steak & dandelions)
free concert nights with friends :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Gunn & Swain









 Summertime is the best time. Sunshine days and lightning bug nights. It just doesn't get much better than that. This year has been a bit of a curve ball, but I'm feeling incredibly grateful for the people in my life and the connections I've made and that is making this summer that much sweeter. On another note, I recently impulse bought this blanket from Gunn & Swain. I couldn't resist the colors! It's the perfect blanket for picnics and cloud watching.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Top, H&M // Shorts, DIY // Boots, Vintage via Nifty Thrifty // Hat, Thrifted // Blanket, Gunn & Swain

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Pizza Rolls

 Let's talk about pizza. I could write odes and sonnets and sing a million serenades to pizza, but I won't. At least not while you're watching. Just know that this love is real. There are countless delightful variations of this major food group; thin crust, deep dish, New York, Chicago, calzones, stromboli...the list goes on. Today I want to talk about these delicious pockets of wonderfulness: stuffed pizza rolls!
You don't have to, but I highly recommend making your own pizza dough. It is easy. It is delicious. It will change your life for the better.

Simple Pizza Dough
(wet ingredients)
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil

(dry ingredients)
2 cups flour, plus 2-3 more cups
2 tablespoons instant yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

1. In a microwave safe container, combine the wet ingredients and microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
2. In a bowl, combine 2 cups of flour with the other dry ingredients. I used an electric mixer. It can be mixed by hand, but the electric mixer takes care of most of the kneading.
3. With the mixer on medium low, slowly pour the warm liquid mixture into the dry ingredients.
4. Gradually add another 2-3 cups of flour. Add just enough flour that the dough completely pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If mixing by hand, add flour in until the dough is no longer sticky, but is still pretty elastic.
5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times then let rest for 10-20 minutes under a towel.
While the dough is resting, get your toppings together. You can go buck wild here. Put anything your heart desires in there! We had some italian sausage crumbles, chicken, sauteed sweet peppers, mushrooms, onions, mozzarella cheese, and bleu cheese. We did a variety of combinations. After the dough has rested, cut it into roll size chunks and stretch and flatten them.
Place a small mound of toppings in the center of each dough round. To seal, bring two edges together, press, and then twist the opposite sides up and press together. It should come together pretty easily to create little pizza dumplings :) Place the rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush with an egg wash (1 egg beaten with a few tablespoons of water) and top with sesame seeds or a seasoning if you're feeling fancy. Use a knife or fork to poke some small holes in the dough to release steam and avoid them exploding in the oven. Bake at 400 degrees, until lightly golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Optional: serve with a side of pizza sauce. Mandatory: devour!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Dreamscape

Is anyone else obsessed with looking at other people's houses? There are so many cool spaces! I figure I probably won't have my own house until I'm on my death bed, what with my student debt and all, but I love looking at rooms with lots of windows, unique features, interesting angles... I'd love to live in one of those converted industrial spaces someday. A girl can dream, right?