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Croissant Dough 101

Yesterday I showed you the croissants and danish I made last week. They look great and taste amazing, but have you ever wondered how they're made? Well, today you get to find out!

This isn't an in depth explanation at all, because I don't expect everyone to be as interested in the process as I am; but I thought it'd be nice to give you all a behind-the-scenes look at how croissants are made.



This is a block of butter. I tossed the pen in there as a size reference, pretty much to show you that it's way more butter than the pound you usually buy at the grocery store. The butter gets flattened to about a half inch thick and shaped into a rectangle. This is what gets folded up into the croissant dough. The croissant dough contains: flour, yeast, sugar, water, milk, salt, a bit of old croissant dough, and more butter. The dough gets rolled out to about the same thickness as the butter, the block of butter gets placed on top of the dough, and then the dough gets folded o…

Orzo with Brussels Sprouts & Bacon at B3K

I posted my recipe for Orzo with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon over at Between Three Kitchens today!
For all you new readers, Between Three Kitchens is a food blog I write sporadically with a few of my friends. Some friends and family members wanted to be able to share my recipes with their co-workers and associates without sharing the personal side of my blog, so I created Between Three Kitchens as an alternate place to post recipes. Feel free to follow B3K, or if you don't want to add yet another blog to your reader, don't fret! I'll always update here about any new posts that go up over there.

I made these!

For the past two weeks at the bakery I trained with their croissant maker so that I could take over making the croissants and danish for a few days while she went on vacation last week. Despite having worked at a French bakery for over a year prior and being pretty knowledgable about all other aspects of French pastries, I had never ever made croissants before. I was super excited to learn something new! I picked it up very fast and tried my best to make a consistent product; I am so proud of how everything turned out! Here's a look at what I made last week while she was away:


plain croissants (mini ones too!)



chocolate croissants



peaches & cream danish



artichoke & goat cheese croissants / ham & brie croissants



assorted danish: raisin, lemon, cheese, pear almond, raspberry, apple vanilla
I don't know when I'll get a chance to make croissants again in the near future, but it's a really useful skill to have in the pastry world and I'm very happy to have t…

Acorns & Jeans

top: Maeve (Anthropologie) / jeans: Pilcro (Anthropologie) / boots: Clarks / glasses: Bulova / necklace: small jewelry store in France
A straight forward title, I like that. You can't really make it out from these photos but my shirt has little acorns all over it. Oh and it's clearly wrinkled; oh well, who has time to iron? I don't even own an iron, so that makes things slightly difficult.

I don't wear jeans very often anymore, mostly because I didn't own any that I was particularly fond of, and also because I've never found them particularly comfortable. But I recently bought two pairs from Anthropologie that may change my mind about all of that. This pair is super comfortable, and I don't need to wear a belt for once.

And I think that's it; I don't have much to say today. I had a rough weekend and have just been trying to recover. I think this whole 'working two jobs' thing is catching up to me. I've never really been one to function w…

Fun Finds Friday #36

Photos of a cheese maker in action in Switzerland



Check out these wire sculptures that look like line drawings.



I'm intrigued by this scratch and sniff wine book.


+ A few words on minding your own business.
+ I completely agree with this list of 23 things every woman should stop doing.
+ Restoration Hardware's warped childhood style.

Happy Friday!

Birthday Fun

My birthday was relaxing, which is all I ever really hope for every year. I'm not a fan of too much excitement; the most exciting thing Shawn and I did was visit a new place in Pennsylvania (which is something we've been trying to do once a month or so). The day didn't really go as planned, but for as long as Shawn and I have known each other our plans never ever really seem to go as planned, so it was kind of expected.



I worked the morning of my birthday (adult life, sigh) but was home by 11am. I came home to flowers, Nutella (Made in Italy, not America! It's actually in a glass jar, not plastic!), and two sugared donuts from the Amish market nearby. Shawn clearly knows the way to my heart!




After noon we drove out to Frecon Farms hoping to pick some apples and pumpkins, but I completely glossed over the fact that pick-your-own is only on the weekends... so instead we chatted with the farm shopkeeper and brought home a bounty of things they had already picked. Hard cid…

Animal Prints (and birthdays!)

top: Loft / skirt: Liefsdottir (Anthropologie) / shoes: Gee Wawa (Anthropologie) / glasses: Tortoise & Blonde / rings: assorted places
It's my birthday today!!!

Celebrating birthdays when you're an adult kind of sucks; you don't get the day off and you don't live near most of your close friends anymore (at least in my case), and even if you do they certainly don't get the day off to celebrate with you. On the other hand, I really appreciate just having a day to myself to relax and enjoy. I'm working at the bakery early this morning but I requested off at Anthropologie so that I can enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Plus, Shawn's off today! So I requested we go apple/pumpkin picking at a nearby farm that also makes a few different types of hard cider. I'm really excited, but I think I may need to take a nap first... damn, I must be getting old.

I couldn't resist buying this skirt for myself as an early birthday gift last week; I saw it all alone on…

Photo Bombing Lloyd

shirt: Isabella Sinclair (Anthropologie) / pants: Lucky Brand / boots: Blowfish / necklace: Lucky Brand / glasses: Tortoise & Blonde
I love the back detail on this otherwise ordinary button-up. Lace appeals to me more and more as I get older... perhaps I'm growing into a bit of a romantic? And although I've always been a bit on the fence about these pants (still not sure how I feel about skinny jeans on these ol' thunder thighs), I got so many compliments on them the day I wore this that I decided there's no reason for me to feel hesitant about them. And I guess Lloyd liked this outfit too! He was really curious about what I was doing in the bedroom with the door closed.

Full disclosure - I took the last three outfit posts worth of photos on the same day. Hm. Looks like I need to take some more photos! Hopefully in better light... I don't like how grainy and dark these all came out. Is anyone even enjoying these outfit posts? Should I keep doing them? Regardles…

Lloyd's Newest Spots

Lloyd's been rediscovering the apartment lately. Here are a few of the places we've found him hanging out:


His old spot in my closet was the laundry basket... but lately I've found him squeezed in amongst my shoes.



I brought home a bunch of coffee bags for sewing projects, and he's been thoroughly enjoying the pile.




He's so curious about the bathtub; he always goes in there to check it out after we shower.
He likes hanging out on top of the toilet too.



We were wondering when he would discover the bottom half of this styrofoam cooler...

LOOK AT THAT FACE!!!! I love it.

What I Wore... Second Round!

shirt: Sonoma (Kohl's) / dress: eShakti / shoes: Gee Wawa (Anthropologie) / glasses: Tortoise & Blonde
I took these pictures about two weeks ago and looking at them now makes me realize it's about time for a hair cut again; it's not looking quite as cute as it was! That's my only complaint about the short hair... I need to keep up with it. I'm the sort of person that usually gets two hair cuts a year and that's it; well, not any more! I just need to find someone local that doesn't charge outrageous prices. I am not willing to spend $50+ for someone to cut off less than an inch of my hair. Too bad my usual hair dresser is all the way out in New Jersey...

This dress is amazing. You can't see much of it in this outfit, but here's what it looks like by itself. The fit is spot on, and I love that I can pull off wearing it as a skirt. I really want to order more custom dresses from eShakti.

Also worth noting, though completely unrelated to clothing, I…

Fun Finds Friday #35

The 35 most spectacular National Geographic wildlife photos. They almost don't look real.



A different kind of hoarding.



It took 1000 eggs, 10 pans, 5 burned fingers, 3 hours and 1 bottle of oil to make this egg font.



I don't know if this is real or not, but there's a lake that turns birds into statues.



Holly captured a quintessential New England autumn day. It makes me want to go on a road trip.

+ A great perspective: the case against high school sports.


It's been a busy week but I finally have a few afternoons free this weekend and Monday. I intend to prep a few posts for the following week or two, along with a recipe post! I haven't posted a new recipe in a while, so it's about time I get back on that! I'm finally getting into the swing of my work schedule... it's tough planning things around two and a half jobs! My parents are visiting next week too so I'm looking forward to freeing up some time to spend a day with them.

Happy Friday!

Weekend of Wedding Festivities

Shawn and I spent this past weekend in northern New Jersey to celebrate his brother's wedding. Shawn was the best man, so we were involved in most of the process. The rehearsal dinner was Friday night and the wedding was Sunday afternoon/evening, so we drove up to his mother's house Friday afternoon and spent the night there, then got a hotel room Saturday and Sunday night. It was the first weekend off we'd had together since the last wedding we went to back in July, so it was really nice to spend some time together, despite it not being as relaxing as I originally hoped due to all the time spent in the car getting to and from each location. But it was a beautiful wedding! And the food was the best we've had at any wedding, so no complaints there! His brother is also a beer guru so there were some awesome beers on tap at the reception.

I didn't take many photos at all, since I was focused on having a good time, but here's a quick visual of the weekend:



Shawn…

Wedding Weekend

Whoops! I totally meant to prep a Fun Finds Friday post for today! Shawn and I are in New Jersey all weekend for his brother's wedding though, so I guess it will have to wait until next week. I'm thoroughly looking forward to a whole weekend of relaxing, and a few uninterrupted days with Shawn. We left Lloyd under the care of one of Shawn's friends... I think he knew we were leaving because he seemed anxious today. Poor little guy. I have a feeling we're going to miss him way more than he's going to miss us though! Can't wait to see him again on Monday. 
Have a great weekend!

My Foray into Fashion Blogging

Although I read a large amount of fashion blogs, I've never delved into it myself. This blog has always been more about daily life, food, and the occasional craft. It's not that I don't think about or appreciate fashion... to the contrary, my personal style has greatly evolved since my discovery of fashion blogs. I just never saw my style as something to post about, especially since I spend most of my time in chef pants and t-shirts for work and the occasions for me to really get dressed up are rare. Since I've started working at Anthropologie though, I've been able to get more creative with my outfits, and that's been fun! I've gotten at least one compliment on my outfit each shift I've worked, so it makes me feel pretty good! I've been documenting most of them on my phone, but I thought it might be nice to start taking some proper photos and sharing some of 'what I wore' with you!

I'm still new at this, so the photo quality is not grea…