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Brioche Hamburger Buns

It's recipe time!!!


I promised a few of you the recipe for those brioche buns I made a few weeks ago, so here it is! There's nothing more to say except: make these... you will not be disappointed. Oh, and making bread takes patience and planning, so make sure you have plenty of that.

Brioche Hamburger Buns(Recipe from The Clever Carrot)
makes 8 buns
1 cup warm water (warmer than your body temperature, but not scalding!)
3 tablespoons warm milk
2 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
2½ tablespoons sugar
1 large egg, beaten + 1 egg for egg wash
3 cups bread flour
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons salt
2½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine the water, milk, yeast and sugar. Whisk, then let stand until frothy, about 5 minutes. (My yeast mixture rarely bubbles, but don't worry if it doesn't, your dough will still rise!)

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add both of the flours, salt and butter. Using the paddle attachment, mix the i…

Week in Photos: Week 39

I reorganized our kitchen and living room and found a way to display my fun napkins. All two of them...



Putting things into focus.



It makes me so happy to see these two getting along so well!



Lloyd is a curious little guy.



I was trying to take a photo of a squirrel with an apple in the bush.



This would make a good background for something.



This burrito bowl was not what I was expecting!



Mushroom mushroom (badger badger badger badger).



Trying things on at Anthropologie. (There's an extra 25% off sale!)



I bought this dress. And a really cool necklace.



Then I went to Terrain and didn't want to leave. (More photos later this week!)



I bought some things there too.



Jazzing up my little corner of our office.



Went to the Clover Market this morning and I found three (3!!!) more Smurf glasses.
Now I'm only missing Hefty, Handy, and Clumsy before my collection is complete.


We recently fired one of our two line-cooks at work, so I've been mixing a little line work into my regular…

Fun Finds Friday #71

It has been a while since my last fun finds post! My Fridays have been surprisingly busy... or perhaps not busy, just long and involved, and by the time I get home I don't want to sit down and write out a post. I've been trying to be better about prepping posts for the week, but that never ends up happening. But I had time this morning, so here are some fun finds!


This is so me.



Who else wants to go to the National Beard & Mustache Championships?



How cool is this necklace?!

+ You should read this post about gratitude.
+ Seven movies to watch when you want to cry. (When do you ever want to cry...?)
+ We don't have kids, or plan to, but I still enjoyed reading this piece about homeschooling.
+ Hermits exist! That was a fun article to read.
+ Have you heard about Professor Dumpster?
+ Pay attention to the details.

Happy Friday!!

Easy Like Sunday Brunch

I rarely make it out to a Sunday brunch, but when I do, I make sure to wear something that gives me plenty of room for the food-baby that inevitably ensues. This top and skirt combo may not be the most flattering fit together, but they're perfect for a casual brunch date with friends. If you're wondering, I ordered the Pit with a Bottom... one egg, one slice of bacon, one scrapple (which I discovered I do not like...), hash browns, and one chocolate chip pancake. Believe me, it's a lot more filling than it sounds in writing. The best part of brunch though? I discovered a little stationary/card store nearby that sold all sorts of quirky little things, and the cutest cards! I have a weakness for paper products and could easily spend some serious money there... alas, I settled for one card (for an upcoming wedding) and one notepad.


top: Anthropologie / skirt: BCBG Max Azria / shoes: Seychelles / glasses: Tortoise & Blonde






I love the details on this top! It's as if some…

Week in Photos: Week 38

Shawn woke up to the smell of bacon on his birthday.



We love playing find the Lloyd...



Taco taco taco



Soooo delicious!



If you empty the boxes, the cats will come.



Seriously though.



Who's hiding behind that sun beam?



Ah, that's who!



Men on a roof at work. I think I got caught taking a photo!



Lloyd sleeps in the weirdest ways.



Had lunch where I work for the first time ever!



Haven't done a farmer's market post in a while... plus, the teeniest tomato!

Not a lot of photos this week, mainly because not a lot happened this week. Shawn turned 30 on Monday, and since he's not really into celebrating his birthdays, we kept it quiet with some tacos, beer, and football. He thinks he's too old now, but I can't wait to turn thirty! Maybe it's just me, but I think people take you more seriously once you're thirty-something. Before thirty, people don't value your opinion because "you're still young, you still have so much to learn...", but we spe…

On Body Image and Strength

I ran a 5K today! (With my siblings!)

The last time I did a 5K was ten years ago, and I was one of the volunteers handing out water. I don't run. Heck, I barely even exercise. I'm just lucky that my job keeps me on my feet for at least eight hours a day, otherwise... well, I don't want to imagine the otherwise. I used to do yoga 3-4 times a week, and I really loved it, and that was the best I'd ever felt in terms of feeling strong, and fit. Then I moved, and the next studio I started going to closed after a month of me joining. So I stopped doing yoga because I struggled with developing a home practice. Then, a few years later, I tried doing the 30 Day Shred for a bit, and I kept it up for about a month and then I stopped. Then I joined a gym that was within walking distance of our new apartment, and I was really enjoying the classes, and two weeks later they announced that they were closing. So I tried to get back into doing yoga and fitness stuff at home... and even…

Gypsy for a Day

On our first trip to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire this year, I went as an archer. Since I kept knocking into unsuspecting people with my arrows though (oops!), I decided to go as something different for our second visit. The decision to go the faire again was a semi-last minute decision, so I whipped up this gypsy costume on the fly. I stopped to get gas dressed like this, and this is also what I was wearing when I got pulled over. Oh, and I went to the pet store dressed like this too. Shawn said I should dress like this all the time! I should have had him snap photos of me at the actual faire, but I didn't think of it until we got back, so I took a few in the office before switching everything out for pajama pants and a t-shirt.


blouse, skirt, scarf, necklaces: Anthropologie / boots: Nine West




I was also super proud of myself for my first successful (albeit small) cat eye! Mainly, just my ability to put on liquid eyeliner in a straight line. I spent over an hour with a speci…

Cat Life / Bag Life

Our cats are obsessed with paper bags. Every time we come back from Trader Joe's, it's a battle between the two of them for who gets to lay inside the bag first. The winner (usually Lloyd) takes his place inside the paper bag throne, while the loser sits patiently next to the bag, until he can't take it any more, at which point he starts batting at the outside of the bag until the other cat finally crawls out. Then, if we leave the bag sitting out for a few days, they both proceed to lay there and only there. These photos are proof of why there's no real market for cat beds.















Ah, to be a cat!

Week in Photos: Week 37

The days are getting shorter again...



These guys take over my desk every morning.



The tomato plants at work have been full of deliciousness!



Pistachios are my favorite but they're so expensive! Thankfully Graze Box sends them to me.



I had never thought to make a veggie wrap for lunch at work until last week.



King of Prussia is huge... make sure you know where you parked!



Earl Grey tea cookies, anyone?



Perhaps s'mores cupcakes are more your speed.



These pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies were super time consuming to make, but delicious!



Basking in the glow of the sun.



We went back to the Renaissance Faire on Sunday!



There were lots of pirates milling around.



(Shawn was one of them.)



I'd love to learn how to play the harp!



Yeah... we're cute sometimes.



Sunday ended with a game night. Uno Stacko is so much fun!



Oh, and I bought my first TV ever. It was an early birthday gift for Shawn. (Today's his birthday!) It's so nice!
(This was our old TV)

I hope you all had a grea…