Archive for December, 2012

Bread, Butter, Paperwhites

posted by on 12/21/2012

Hello. I’m not sure how it is Friday, specifically four days before Christmas, but here we are.

I’m not going to lie, my Christmas spirit is lacking this year, but I’m going to try hard this weekend. Extra hard.

Yesterday was Zoe’s last day of school before Winter Break. I made eight loaves of bread and two pounds of compound butter to give as gifts to her teachers and ladies in the office because I adore of all of them and there aren’t enough gifts in the world to thank them for all they do for Zoe (and all the kids).

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But I think bread is a good place to start.

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Not pictured: the last two loaves that were in the oven.

Now let’s discuss compound butter. I used Alton Brown’s recipe and made about a pound too much. This means I’m ptobably going to eat a pound of butter this weekend because IT IS DELICIOUS.

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I didn’t plan ahead, so I was scrambling Wednesday night to find adorable glass jars to put the butter into. I bought jars of baby food (applesauce) for 40 cents a pop, lightly spray painted the lids gold, and Troy ate most of the applesauce for lunch (don’t tell him it was baby food).

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I wish I would have had little labels for the tops of the jars, but they are still pretty cute.  I wrapped the bread in parchment paper and tied it with raffia and added labels.  It’s my favorite way to wrap, so easy.

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Project Paperwhite 2012 Update: It actually worked.

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I forced those mofos up and out and into my life. I love them so much. I check on them every day and I give them pep talks.

They also are overachievers and are trying to grow to the damn ceiling and they kept drooping over, so I stuck chopsticks into the rocks next to them and tied them up with raffia because I had just wrapped eight loaves of bread and the raffia was still sitting out on the kitchen counter.

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My goal for 2013 is to have Paperwhites everywhere. Coffee table, mantle, bathroom, my nightstand, these are my new favorite flower. I have 11 months to gather as many Paperwhite containers as I can (I have no life).

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And because I know everyone is wondering (thanks to Beth’s hilariously awesome comment), my Paperwhites smelled horrible when they first bloomed. They smelled like a bit of pee + all the smells from Bath & Body Works. The smell has almost completely faded, I can only smell them if they are like two inches from my face.

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Have a great weekend, send holiday cheer.  And tips on how to not eat a pound of butter.

Sincerely,

Zakary, President/CEO of Team Paperwhites of Colorado (I totally just invented that)

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No Title Because Damn.

posted by on 12/17/2012

It feels so off-putting to write in this space, but it also feels so very wrong not to acknowledge it, this abhorrent tragedy that is so much bigger than all of us.  I do not feel right offering up commentary on how this makes me feel because honestly it does not matter.

Families have lost their loved ones and their families will never, ever be the same.  Ever.

Sending all the love and strength in the universe to Newtown.

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You can find ways to help the Newtown community here.

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