Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Meet Minnie!

For years we lived in apartments that didn't allow pets. I would watch those Sarah McLachlan commercials and cry (and cry), but there was nothing we could do. But once we decided to move again, I sought out ONLY apartments that would allow us to have a pet, preferably a dog. We moved in April, and I immediately started scouring PetFinder and the local shelter websites.

On June 3rd, my longtime dream of having a doggie was granted, and we brought our Minnie home. We found her at LA Animal Services over Memorial Day weekend, and after being spayed, we were able to take her home.

Here are some interesting things about Minnie:


  • we had her DNA tested and she is Miniature Pinscher, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Pomeranian, and Mix breed (duh). The shelter thought she was a "Chihuahua mix" so this was a bit of a shock.
  • she is NOT a morning person and absolutely hates taking a morning walk.
  • she loves to nap.
  • she does NOT like peanut butter.
  • she is a bit territorial and barks at visitors, but usually calms down after a bit.
  • she weighs 13 and a half lbs. 
  • she gets along with other dogs for the most part, and spends two days a week at doggie daycare.
  • She is approximately a year and a half. 
Back at the shelter when she was going by "Olive."
Being just the cutest. 
Graduated cum laude from obedience school
Give me cheese and we'll be BFF 4E.
I could literally post a hundred more photos, but I won't. You can follow her adventures on Instagram using #MinnieMorelli. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sabbatical

Things I say I would do, with more free time (i.e., no regular, full-time job):

  • Read More ... I'd be a regular Rory Gilmore, if I just had the time!
  • Exercise ... the 40 lbs I lost and re-gained would come flying back off! And more!
  • Bake ... with all the weight I'd lose, I could afford to try out every recipe I've ever Pinned.
  • Craft ... I could start any one of the dozen Etsy businesses I've been considering.
  • Clean ... my house would look like an IKEA catalog (without my salary we'd have to step down from Crate & Barrel aspirations).
  • Blog ... Wittiness would fly from my fingertips daily! Readers would flock to my blog(s)! Advertising dollars would come rolling in!

What I would actually do with those 40 hours every week:

Just 1 more episode...
Snacks. All Day. 
Just a little nap and then I'll get to that laundry.
So, to update. I'm tentatively "back" from a long blog hiatus. I got married. I recently turned 30. I still don't know how to adult. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Guess Who's Back?

In an effort to not make this a wedding planning blog, and considering that all I've been up to lately is wedding planning, there have been no blogs. That sucks. It's not entirely true that wedding planning is "all I've been up to lately..." but with that plus my regular workload, cooking, doing my nails, baking for my Etsy shop, starting and running a Queen Latifah movie club... it's just all a little too much to add "blog regularly" to the mix.
So, instead of boring y'all (as if there really is a collective y'all... I'm not sure) with the details of a wedding that is 3 months away (omg), I'll just share some food pictures from the last few months, as this, at its heart, was always a "food pics" blog. Not surprisingly, a lot of these are from my Instagram. 

 
Dulce de leche blondies, Brown sugar cookies, Brown sugar cake (for Brown Sugar QLMC meeting), Wreck It Ralph cake (for the Oscars), Creamy cucumber bites (for Beauty Shop QLMC meeting), Gluten-free chocolate cake with peanut butter cream cheese icing (so good). 


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Whoops

... I have a blog. I kinda forgot. I've still been cooking and baking. Baking more for Hilltop, which is nice. Cooking more (and washing lots of dishes) at Hipcooks. Oh, and I'm getting married. Anyone who reads this blog probably already knows that. So add part-time wedding planner to my resumé. It's not very fun, so far. Finding a venue is proving to be really difficult. So I have no clue when an actual wedding will happen. Everything is $$$$. I am more of a one dollar sign kinda gal. 

Any tips? I've got tons of ideas, just no practical and affordable way to implement them.


Honey Boo Boo and a Grampire / Halloween 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

What I've Been Up To...

...Lots of stuff, but not really blogging at all! I've been busy baking for Hilltop, winning ribbons at the LA Fair, assisting at HipCooks, eating lots of delicious food and playing with hama beads (AKA Perler beads).You can follow most of my adventures on instagram @kristonibologna or check out my bakery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HilltopBakeShop 

Don't those macarons look so delicious? I'm not sure I have the patience to make them, but I've been itching to try. Next free weekend I have will be macaron time!






 Real blog forthcoming...!


Friday, July 20, 2012

Blondies

I've been making these for years so I'm surprised I've never blogged about them! But now that I'm selling them on my Etsy shop, I'm not going to reveal my secret recipe!
Instead you can just drool over these pictures until the Power of Blondie compels you to make a purchase. And when it does, you can use coupon code: BLOGSPOT to get 10% off your order (any order)!




Saturday, June 30, 2012

Still here!

I have been too busy to blog, but I'm still cooking and baking!  Here's a lovely scallion pancake stuffed with shiitake mushrooms. This is probably one of the best things I've made in 2012. 
(serves 6, but I usually want 2 so this serves me and John with enough for me to have leftovers the next day, which reheat surprisingly well)


Batter:1 cup flour
¼ cups milk
1 egg
¼ oz melted butter
a pinch of sea salt
1 bunch scallions, chopped



Blend all the ingredients and let rest in your refrigerator, covered, for at least an hour. Make these crepes style in a pan with plenty of butter. 


Filling:
~12 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 T sesame oil
½ T soy sauce½ T balsamic vinegar
hoisin sauce

Sauté the mushrooms in sesame oil, adding the soy sauce and vinegar when the pan looks dry. I just stuff the pancakes omelet style, folding over on itself and drizzled with hoisin sauce.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For Sale!

It's slow going... but I have started listing some of my baked goods on Etsy! There's a ton of people already on there, so I'm doing my best to keep my prices competitive. 
Picking a name for my shop was probably the hardest part, but I went with Hilltop Bake Shop because I live on a big hill and I like rhyming. 

**Hilltop Bake Shop**  <-- click this :-)


I hope to add at least two more items before the end of the month! I'm going to stick to mostly bars and cookies and stuff that ships easily.  On the way: lemon bars, peanut butter blossoms, and gingerbread cookies.

Also, John bought me this cute gadget and I can't wait to use it! I'll have to test it out to see if it the mini pies will be easily shipped so I can add these to my store's rotation.  

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tortellini Soup


I made this soup last Monday for my sometimes-weekly walk/dinner with my friend Amy. We served it with a yummy cucumber/arugula/tomato/etc salad and some rosemary bread bought from the bakery. I used spinach-cheese tortellini and chicken tortellini. I multiplied the recipe by 1.5 because I wanted to have leftovers, but I ended up having more than I could eat. (Even though this recipe is great, by Thursday I was a little sick of tortellini soup.) 
Still, you should make this. It's really delicious.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

National Grilled Cheese Day - April 12th

image courtesy of Punchbowl.com
I know what I'm making for dinner tonight! Even though a grilled cheese really only requires bread, butter and cheese, it can be so much more. And the combinations are endless. Some of my favorites include tomato, egg, goat cheese, bacon, avocado, apple (but not all of these in one!).

I've been to the Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ a couple times. They specialize in grilled cheese and even took on Bobby Flay in one of his Throwdowns. The best thing I have eaten there was a grilled cheese made on a Philly pretzel... not a pretzel roll. The entire pretzel was cut in half and it worked well because Philly pretzels have practically no space between the dough, if that makes any sense. 

Who doesn't love grilled cheese? I better not see anyone raising their hands...
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