FUDGY Seltzer Water Chocolate Brownies! Easy Homemade Double Chocolate Brownies recipe that uses seltzer water to make the brownies extra fluffy and moist! These gooey brownies are made from scratch and have a amazing chocolate frosting on top! My husband considers these the BEST brownies ever!
My house is a Seltzer water house. Besides tea, it’s all we drink. We stock up so we’re never out because a dinner without seltzer water sure is sad! With that said, I wanted to do a baking experiment with seltzer water because I knew it had the properties to make things extra fluffy. And long and behold, I baked some of the best fudgy chocolate brownies I ever made with the help of seltzer!
Fluffy Chocolate Brownies
A few things about this recipe before we dive in. These brownies are extra fluffy. They’re extra fudgy. They are a chocoholics dream. Besides cocoa powder, I added in chocolate chips to make them double chocolate. There’s no butter or milk in this recipe. For liquid we’re using seltzer water and vegetable oil. The brownies are fudgy and crumbly when they come out of the oven. They’re a dream.
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How to Throw a Tea Party on a budget! We’ll cover food, decorations, tableware, music and more to make it the perfect party!
Do you love tea parties? Me too. They just feel special. You’re with your friends, you get to eat yummy pastries and vegetable dishes, you use floral China plates and cups and if you’re feeling bold you wear a fancy hat. It just feels magical.
How to Throw a Tea Party
In this post I’m going to show you how to throw a tea party! We’ll cover food, decorations, tableware, music and more to make it the perfect party!
Tableware: When your friends arrive you want to wow them! Tableware is one of the keys to making a beautiful display. You’ll need plates, cups, kettles, napkins, spoon and serving plates for larger dishes. You’ll also need a dessert rack which when placed in the center of the table makes everyone smile! For my tea party, I went the traditional route of floral mix matched patterns. And even though it might look like a expensive setup, it’s not! Can you believe my plates that look like fancy China are actually paper plates? Amazing, I know!
Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies With THE BEST Peanut Butter Frosting. The most popular cookie that friends and families ask me to make! Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.
Chocolate cookies aren’t appreciated enough in my opinion. Usually when you hear chocolate in a cookie you automatically think of chocolate chip cookies, but how about straight up chocolate cookies? Chocolate cookies are a thing of beauty when you bake them and they get that cracked texture on top. Now throw on some frosting (that’s right) on top and you have your new favorite cookie. The holiday season is all about comfort food and cookies are on the top of this list. Who else receives cookies as gifts from their mother, aunt or sister? It’s the best! This year I decided I’m going to make cookies and chocolates as gifts to family and friends. There’s something real special about handing a nicely wrapped tin of cookies that still smell like they came straight from the oven to people you love.
It’s almost as good as unwrapping a Goblin for Christmas. Almost.
If you guys can’t tell I’m obsessed with peanut butter frosting right now so I asked why do cupcakes and donuts get to have all the fun? Cookies need decadent frosting too! I’m sure noone will disagree with this… right?
This might be the best cookie dough I’ve made. I kept telling myself “You need to eat dinner tonight, don’t eat anymore!”. But I did..
You’ll want to roll these into tablespoon sized balls (pictured to left). Then gently press down with a spoon (not pictured). And then when they come out of the oven they’ll be perfect (pictured to right).
I just love how crinkly these look on top when they come out of the oven. When they are finished baking, they’ll be soft, but don’t worry, give them 15 minutes to cool and they’ll harden up.
Now you can totally just use this recipe to just make chocolate cookies. Throw some powdered sugar on top and you’re done.
Or you can take them to the next level and add peanut butter frosting on top. OH LA LA LA.
This peanut butter frosting has become a staple in my recipe book. I’ve also learned how easy it is to make my own powdered sugar from making this frosting so often. All you do is take 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cornstarch, put in the blender and blend until it has a powdered sugar consistency. It’s so easy!
If I have chocolate wafers in my baking cabinet, I’ll throw one on top of each cookie.
EASY APPLE Spice Crumble Bars that uses 1 cup of apple sauce! These dessert bars are perfect for Fall time, with a delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top! I love how simple they are to make and my family thinks they’re the best apple recipe!
I love Fall! I love everything about it.
I love cozy sweaters, coats, boots, the crisp wind on my cheeks in the morning and especially the food. Wrap me up in a blanket at night during dinner over a warm bowl of soup and I’m the happiest the girl in the world. October is the time for my 2 favorite holidays, Halloween and my birthday. :D). Halloween is the best time of the year with pumpkin picking, ghosts covering front lawns (or what New Yorkers consider lawns), spooky spiderwebs over doors and little kids trick or treating up their street of brownstones. I wish our apartment building had trick or treaters!
Why else is Fall the best? Apple picking! We usually rent a car and head to Hurd’s Family Farm in New York during this time of the year. There we pick bags of apple, dance down the orchard and then celebrate afterwards with their delicious apple cider donuts and apple cider. Yeah, there’s alot of apple love happening here!
With a bunch of apples, you can make so many goodies. One of my favorite is homemade cinnamon sugar apple sauce, it’s the perfect snack at night, especially warmed up! Did I mention sea salt apple chips too? I can’t get enough of them! But for this apple recipe I wanted something sweet, something I can sink my teeth into with a nice cup of tea – that’s how Apple Spice Crumble Bars came to be!
These bars are delicious, they will quickly become a family and friend favorite. Take them to a party and they will be gone within minutes. The applesauce makes the bars moist without the oil. The recipe uses a entire cup of applesauce making your kitchen smell like a apple wonderland.
I hope you enjoy these bars, it’s one of my favorite apple recipes!
First you need some quality apple sauce. This is some that is made at a local farm. Or you can make your own.
In a bowl mix butter, sugar, egg and flours.
Then add your delicious applesauce and stir.
By this time you’ll be smelling Fall in the air!
Next grab your pumpkin pie spice along with baking soda and salt and stir until smooth. I always make a little jar of pumpkin pie spice to last me all Fall. It’s easy to make, I bet you have all the ingredients in your pantry.
Once everything is mixed then put in your sprayed 8×8 pan.
Now get your crumble on. This is my favorite part because it’s delicious!
Add it on top of your mix and into the oven it goes for 35-40 minutes.
And when it comes out of the oven golly molly it’s Apple Spice Crumble Bars time. You want to make sure the bars sit for about 10 minutes so it has time to settle. We want to be able to run a knife down the sides easily to pull it away from the pan.
*Dances* Now it’s time to dive in!
Enjoy your Apple Spice Crumble Bars! Good luck not eating them all. :D)
EASY APPLE Spice Crumble Bars that uses 1 cup of apple sauce! These dessert bars are perfect for Fall time, with a delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top! I love how simple they are to make and my family thinks they're the best apple recipe!
For the bars
1/4cupbutter - softened
1/2cupall purpose flour
1/2cupwhole wheat flour
1teaspoonspumpkin pie spice
For the crumble
For the bars
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray nonstick spray to 8x8 pan.
In a bowl mix butter, sugar, egg and flours.
Add in applesauce and continue stirring.
Add pumpkine pie spice, baking soda and salt and stir until smooth.
Spread mixture into your sprayed pan.
After crumble is made, sprkinkle on top and bake 25-30 mnutes.
Let cool for 10 minutes and then cut up into sized bars desired.
In the What I LOVE series, I’m sharing current things that I love. Maybe it’s cats, maybe it’s a new restaurant, maybe it’s a new cookie, maybe it’s… anything!
There’s just something about chilly weather that makes me love candles. Maybe it’s the comforting smells of pumpkin, cookies and trees, or maybe it’s the natural warmth I feel from the flickering flame, either way, I’m into candles right now. Because we’re all thinking about the holidays (it’s almost 2 months away!) I wanted to show you a new candle that I found that not only am I loving but I’m also buying for all my candle loving ladies in my family. Why? Because they’re a unique candle… they offer a prize!
But first, let me show you the candles I’m loving right now. Just a side note, how awesome is it they come wrapped so nicely in the mail? I don’t live near family so this is a bonus as I can get it shipped directly to them without me having to pay postage twice.
Right now Pumpkin Patch is burning on my table, but I love the smoky woods smell of Campfire too. I’m not a big flower fragrance person so I love a company like Fragrant Jewels that have more variety. I also love Freshly Baked scent because I like to pretend I’m baking donuts all the time, without eating the thousands of calories that would cause me.
I’m going to take you on a apple picking adventure and give away a beautiful $120 JORD watch so you know when it’s apple time in this post! Make sure to read the entire post on how to win the watch!
It’s Fall so that means it’s time to go on our annual trip to the apple farm. There we pick bushels of apples, eat way too many Fuji apples going down the rows and rows of beautiful trees, and picking up a few pumpkins in the nearby patch. I think we have a hundred apples which we’ve been nibbling away a few at a day. Oh and there’s the delicious apple cider donuts that we ate within a day and apple cider that I’m about to break into. Right now would be the time where I text you emojis of apples and hearts in eyes.
We always head to Hurd’s Family farm that’s about 90 minutes away from NYC. It’s a big apple and Christmas tree farm that has a bunch of activities for the kids, but also so many rows of apple trees you’ll get a workout. Most people only stay up front in the orchard but the real treasures are the trees in the back which are just covered with hundreds of apples.
EASY Chocolate Chip Carrot Bread recipe! This homemade loaf uses fresh carrots and takes 1 hour to bake! The bread tastes just like cake – it’s so moist! This is one of my BEST carrot recipes! Serve for breakfast, dessert or snack!
There’s something magical about a warm piece of homemade carrot bread, isn’t there? Maybe it’s the love that goes into making it. Maybe it’s the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove that fills your kitchen. Maybe it’s the feeling of Fall being around the corner. Or maybe it’s just the great feeling of knowing there’s a bunch of vegetables in this bread and that makes it healthy, right? I love this carrot bread recipe!
With a whole bunch of carrots just picked from the garden and a whole bed of seeds just planted I’m stocked with carrots. We’ve been eating some processed junk for dessert lately so I was on the mission to bake something delicious that could use our batch of just picked vegetables. My mind immediately went to the carrots, what could I make?
What’s your favorite carrot dessert?
There’s carrot cake, carrot cake cupcakes but I wanted something a little more savory without the frosting on top, so carrot bread was what I started daydreaming about.
This bread is delicious and really hits that Autumn dreaming spot. I can imagine this would be a Fall or Winter favorite on those chilly days where you’ll curl up with a blanket, book and a hot cup of tea. This can be a delicious breakfast or a dessert and it would be a perfect hit at holiday dinners, potlucks and friendly get togethers.
I have been waiting to make a trip post for weeks but I was unsure how to do it, so I’ve decided to break it up into sections. The first part – food and animal friends!
In March, Matthew and I were traveled on a journey across the world to Doha, Qatar. While there we would be teaching a GIF, VIDEO, ANIMATION, EVERYTHING COOL workshop to students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. The trip was amazing and so much more. We were in Doha for almost 2 weeks so got to see alot which means I have a ton of pictures to share. Instead of making one looooooong post, I’m going to break it up into sections which will be more concentrated.
The flight to Doha was about 13 hours and thankfully nonstop. We flew with Qatar Airways which had a night flight which worked nice to sleep on. On the flight there and back our row of 3 only had 2 (us!) so I was able to take up to 2 seats, eat some decent airplane food and catch up on nearly the entire season of Downton Abbey.
DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE Kidney Bean Brownies! This healthy easy recipe makes brownies with kidney beans instead of butter and oil! They are topped with the BEST peanut butter frosting! Easy to make them completely gluten free and vegan too!
If you had to ask me my favorite treat, it would be a 3 way tie.
First, there’s donuts. What’s not to love about them? They’re sweet, they have icing, they’re cute and circle shaped, they often have sprinkles. I just love them.
Recently, I’m all about scones and clotted cream. A nice big spoonful of cream. There’s a shop nearby that has mixed berry scones and it’s out of this world. It’s the best scone I ever had. I hope Matthew is reading this and understands this means I want a date to the scone place. As soon as possible. Thanks babe.
Third, there’s brownies. Just say the word “Brownie”. Don’t you feel better? It doesn’t matter if they are homemade brownies, bought in a shop, or made from a box. I’ll say yes to any brownie. My favorite brownies are moist and fudgy when you bite into them. There’s always a thick layer of frosting on top, to the point that it makes up 1/2 of the brownie. I need a brownie right now.
Did someone ask for a brownie? Ok, I did. Say hello to these Sorta Healthy Red Bean Brownies with Sinful Peanut Butter Frosting.
I like to call them sorta healthy because they are made with red beans (I love creating desserts with beans!). Instead of butter and a lot of oil, the red beans take care of that and make the brownies moist. I’m not calling them healthy because let’s be honest, if you want a brownie, you’re probably not going for healthy. In fact I’d say you have one goal: eat a brownie, make sure it’s delicious.
The Peanut Butter Frosting is sinful. The dictionary tells me that sinful means wicked; extremely enjoyable in a way that makes you feel guilty. And that’s pretty much this frosting. I made a tweet a few nights ago exclaiming that I couldn’t stop eating frosting. This was that frosting. It’s delicious. It will change your life. You will want to clean the bowl. You will clean the bowl.
Lazy days will be gone soon replaced by Autumn days full of school events, sporting games and pumpkin baking. With the upcoming busy months I wanted to share some easy and quick food ideas to serve at parties.
Maybe you’re preparing for a end of Summer BBQ, or maybe you gearing up for NFL games, or maybe you’re like me and just need a good ol fashioned pizza night once a week to survive.
Here are some ideas that hopefully help you make most of your time through these busy days and nights.
Two weeks ago we flew across the country to attend two of our best friends wedding. These two friends names are William and Lia and they are some of the most lovely people you could know. A year ago they made the move from Brooklyn to Seattle and this was the first time we saw them since then. It’s a understatement to say they have been missed here in Brooklyn by us and others.
The wedding was at beautiful Chaser Farms which is located on Vashon Island. To get to the Farm you need to take a ferry which is a pretty ride by itself. Once you get to the Farm you basically want to move in. It’s pretty much my dream house, one large open modern home with two giant kitchens, a big yard that stares into trees and a farm full of sheep and goats for me to befriend. And when you look up at the sky, you see stars. I’m moving in Chaser Farms. You will be expecting me tomorrow.
Well this post is well overdue! We visited Toronto and I have been meaning to post it! It’s been at the top of my notebook for weeks, but somehow Pancakes, Jelly Donuts and Twix Popcorn got posted first. Can you tell my stomach decides the order of posts? 😉
But first I wanted to alert you guys that during this weekend Brooklyn Farm Girl will be going through some design changes. I’m hoping on Monday you’ll see a all new pretty design but with that comes the fun of switching themes and making everything look good. The site will still be up over the weekend if you need to find any garden details or recipes but it just might not look very pretty. Wish me luck!
For today’s recipe we’re going to make some Dainty Ladies Cookies, perfect for your next High Tea! Btw, here’s how to throw a tea party!
Hi Kitty Cats, are you busy? Of course you are. Look at you all working hard at taking a afternoon nap together. But would you like to come to a tea party? I promise it’ll be fun! Yes, you would? Awesome!
Guess what.. you’re invited too!
This recipe is another one inspired by my Downton Abbey Cookbook (see this post for more details). So many of you guys told me that I need to start watching the show so you have my word I’m going to start as soon as I catch up on Mad Men! Dainty Ladies cookies were served primarily to female guests during the Edwardian Era during High Tea.
This recipe is thought of as a extra special treat because it has coconut in it. Because of the cost of importing coconut to Great Britain during this time guests would think of this as a very special occasion if these cookies were served. How fancy was coconut? If the abbey had coconut it was locked up and only the butler of the house would have the key!
During High Tea many of the women wear white gloves. Because these cookies are buttery women would remove their right glove and retrieve a cookie that the footman was presenting them. We wouldn’t want those beautiful gloves getting all buttery now, would we?
Hope you enjoyed the cookies FiFi Bofinkles.. I know you did by the amount of licking our lips you did afterwards. 🙂
Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!
Did you wake up recently and there was snow on the ground? If so, what do you do?
Do you grumble because you have to march outside and shovel right away? Do you grab a cup of tea and cat, sit near the window and admire the white wintry beauty? Do you throw on your boots and run out and play in the snow no matter what your age? I fall into the 2 last categories.
It’s funny, I always tell myself when it snows I will just throw on a coat and bundle up and not play in the snow, just admire it from a distance. After all, I don’t want to get wet and freeze. Then as soon as I step out into the snow and see the piled up drifts I turn into a 6 year old and suddenly here I am….
So after we came in from the snow and took off our boots (for the cats to sniff cautiously) then I made some hot chocolate (dairy free!) to get my fingers warm as some of them were a bit unable to move. After that I immediately needed cookies, I was craving them bad. So I got out the supplies and these Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter cookies were born. Snowy high 5’s all around.
A few notes:
These are dairy free! Dairy free baking is not as difficult as I feared, in fact it’s pretty darn delicious. Even Matthew who loves his butter and milk said these cookies were great. I’ve been experimenting alot and I made some dairy free chocolate donuts that I will post next week that will make you cry with happiness. Seriously. Tears and all.
This batch makes approximately 18 cookies.
For butter I use Earth Balance Buttery Organic spread.
The peanut butter and cinnamon really makes these cookies smell nice.
The cookies are moist but they have a nice crunch due to the oatmeal. I love having a cookie I can sink my teeth into.
I added chocolate chips, I used Sunspire Vegan Carbon Chips. In the past I have used these for dairy free chocolate fudge and they worked well, but in the future for any baking which involves melting or hot temperatures I probably wont use these chips as they melted pretty quickly. I found out later that all King David chocolate chips are dairy free and are sold at my kosher supermarket below my apartment building so I will be using them from now (they are so yummy, even eating them by the handful is a treat!).
Grab a cookie (or 2!). Enjoy!
The recipe has both dairy free or regular options. Pick whatever one works for you!
EASY to make dried edamame recipe using soybeans! This healthy edamame is slow roasted and salted! If you’re growing soybeans this year you need to make this snack!
I love soybeans so I love dried edamame!
I think I start every post with “I love (insert something”).
I love cheese. I love cats. I love donuts. I love snowmen. I love pumpkins. I love you.
But soybeans, yeah, I love them guys. We had a great soybean year and it’s still going on with more plants to pick. The last few days have been chilly and windy but the garden calls, so I throw on a hat and a dramatic attitude (“I’m so cold! I’m not going to survive!”) and get picking soybeans.
Look at this beautiful soybean plant!
So with so many soybeans – what’s a girl to do? Snack on them of course! I know, dried snacks aren’t usually the first thing you think of when you think soybeans. You might think of fresh edamame which is absolutely delicious, but I wanted something to crunch, something with a little salt on it. So say hello to my dried edamame recipe!
Since many of you said you liked my rambling Thursday thoughts, I thought I’d bring it back for a Tuesday edition. Thoughts can only happen on Tuesday and Thursday, the others days of the week don’t have that alliteration ring to it I like.
Happy October Friends! October is the beginning of the best 3 months in my opinion. October means the start of chilly weather (but not today where it’s 80 degrees), apple picking, pumpkin patches, Halloween and my birthday (the big 3-0). Welcome October!
I’ve also been swapping some letters and Halloween treats to other friends around the World. Pen pals is a forgotten art, don’t you love it? Sadly international shipping has gotten so expensive, ugh!
The Nightmare Before Christmas is on my headphones playing all the time. This is one of my favorite soundtracks ever. Others include Aladdin and Dirty Dancing. What soundtracks do you love?
I love reading but I fell out of it as my nightly bedtime ritual for a few weeks, but now I’m back to it and can’t wait for that time of the night to come. My last few books I read that I highly recommend are: The End of Your Life Book Club – this is a beautiful book but will also make you cry. It’s also full of names of other books so you have a endless amount of new material to read after you finish. I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing – I recently became a super fan of Nora Ephron and love everything she wrote. These books will make you laugh out loud, while your other half looks at you oddly in bed. They deal alot with things that women go through, all written with charm and wit. The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story – The women behind the first men in space, full of so many NASA and behind the scenes to the space mission facts I had no idea about. Defending Jacob: A Novel – this is an amazing book and I stayed up to 6AM one night finishing it because I could not put it down. It’s full of so many unexpected twists, definitely one of my favorite reads this year.
I’m currently reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers. I’m only a quarter of the way in but so far it’s been a great read. The book follows the author as she spent 3 years in the Annawadi slum of Mumbai and introduces us to the residents, each with their own life goals and stories.
A serving of Nutella is 2 tablespoons. I eat 2 tablespoons before I even start baking with it. And don’t even get me started on late night eating with Nutella. Nutella is my go to jar at 4AM when I walk subconsciously to the cabinet, pull out the Nutella jar, a spoon and eat too much. Then I go to back and wake up feeling pure guilty. But the way I see it, the quicker it’s out of the kitchen the safer I am… until I buy another jar the following day.
Harvest Peanut Butter M&MS are ruling (ruining) my life. I don’t even look at the serving size.
I’ve been thinking alot about my comment I made in the previous “Thoughts” post about leaving conditioner in for 2 minutes. Many of you commented that you wash your body and face and shave during this time. Here’s my problem with this situation. When I rinse my conditioner it will run down my body, making my body all conditionery (new word). So that means I would have to wash my body and face again. This just doesn’t work or me. I will continue leaving my conditioner in for 30 seconds while wondering what to do. It’s a very tough situation I have here!
A few days ago I went around our apartment building handing out spinach from our garden. Multiple people called me the Spinach Fairy when opening their doors so I think I should get a Spinach Fairy Costume made for my next harvest delivery.
Our internet was down for a solid 2 days and it was a very rough period. I spent hours on my roof trying to “borrow” internet. I found a hotspot finally but a inch in movement to the left or right would make me lose it. Standing while holding your laptop makes for strong arms!
Matthew gave me a taste test a few days ago from a regular cherry tomato and a homegrown cherry tomato from our garden. Hands down our garden version won. There was no contest, I opened my eyes like “There’s no doubt this is ours!”. It was full of flavor and sweet. I love homegrown cherry tomatoes. Speaking of tomatoes, we’re still picking them..
Sometimes it is 11PM at night and Matthew and I realize we haven’t hit our Nike Fuel points yet and craziness ensues. The Nike Fuel Band is a band that counts your movement throughout the day and without doing a post on how much I love it, I really do it. Not only has it helped me lose a few pounds but it’s kept me moving on those days where you don’t realize how long you really sit at the computer for. It has really motivated me to move, dance, run and just shake it. I have a long streak happening on my Nike Fuel so I’m very cautious of not hitting my daily goal. Anyways, when we realize we are a few hundred points away, it becomes madness in our house. We stare at each other and jump up and down, we run through the house, we grab a cat and throw them around our shoulders and dance, we do a move called riding the dog, we a do a move called walking the dog, we mimic each other as we move quickly. Most of this takes place in front of our windows so we can watch our reflections and laugh hysterically at how ridiculous we look. I bet our neighbors across the street are constantly wondering what is going on in our loft.
The Love Glove is the best grooming glove for cats. Our cats love it. Xanadu practically lays on the ground passed out, enjoying every rub. This is fur side by side comparison. Top left: Xanadu. Top right: Brother Bear. Bottom left: Essy. Bottom right: Fifi Bofinkles.
Matthew’s family visited from Ohio. It was the first time his family came out to visit us in NYC! It was great seeing them, but I’m pretty sure we exhausted them. It’s hard when family visits because you want them to see everything! There’s lots of walking.. and lots of photo bombing.
We also had to share some of our favorite food with them too!
Grimaldi’s, what we think is the best NYC pizza (yeah, I said it!). White pizza and Pepperoni and Mushroom pizza.
Dough (best donuts!) and Nathan’s Hot Dogs at Coney Island.
My favorite donut from DOUGH is toasted coconut, followed by the lemon poppy. Oh goodness, they are so soft. Really, they are the best. I think I’ve talked about DOUGH at least 10 times in posts. I’m in love.
Target has their Halloween decorations up. Run there immediately! They also have amazing wigs which every single person I saw took a selfie with them on. I did too.
Right now we are watching the Sopranos, we’re about 15 episodes away from the end. Do not spoil it for me! Sopranos is such a great show, I needed to watch a few to get drawn in but now I’m totally obsessed and the thing I look forward to most is watching a episode every single night. If you haven’t watched the show and are into infidelity, murder, violence and good pasta then I recommend you watch it. Also Michael Imperioli as Christopher is very easy on the eyes.
After Sopranos, we are thinking of watching Breaking Bad. Is it as good as everyone says?
I’ve been busy drying herbs and storing them for the winter. Expect a herbs post soon!
We are still getting a bunch of cucumbers and tomatoes. My entire bottom shelf of my refrigerator is full of pickles. It’s honestly out of hand and I’ve run out of mason jars.
Here’s a different angle from the garden. Look at all the expansion we could do! Also the garden looks so tiny in this big city.
Have you ever unplugged something in your home, forgot, then try to turn it on but it doesn’t? Then you continue to walk around for 12 minutes wondering why it doesn’t work, saying it’s broken, etc? Then you remember what you did.
The cats love their sunbathing. Here are all 3 ladies enjoying some sunshine. Essy (in the middle) has turned absolutely crazy the last few weeks. It’s so great to see her 19 year old self so wild and full of energy, but when it’s dinner time, she is out of control. We’re talking tearing garlic bread out of my mouth. But we love her alot, so it’s ok.
Have you ever accidentally turned on your camera and taken a picture of you from an up angle so you have 7 chins and honestly look nothing like yourself (at least you hope that)? Then you mope around for the next 4 hours because you think you are now a hideous beast.
I leave you with a few questions:
What is the last great book you read? I love book suggestions, please give them!
How often do you eat dessert after dinner? It can be a brownie, ice cream or just 2 M&Ms. Is it every meal or only once in a while?
How often do you work out (honestly) and what do you do?
This post should really be called the last few weeks round up because I have been slacking, sorry! Some of my favorite posts on blogs are the more personal ones where we can see inside their days and lives besides the yummy recipes and gardening tips they create, so I’m going to try to do this more often. They really are some of the funnest posts to make, not to mention I take so many pictures every single day!
Can you believe it’s August already? I really can’t. It seemed like we were just planting broccoli seedlings in March and now suddenly it’s time to do it again. In the world we work in, August is pretty much vacation time for many, but unfortunately not us as we’re in high editing mode for a film we’re making with a soon to be due deadline. Then there’s a few more projects in the works so we’ll have to begin pre production on them. Then September hits and we teach a few digital photography, gif animation classes at The School of Visual Arts. Then our work work goes into high gear until the end of the year. Go, Go, Go.
Here are some of my goals I hope to get in before the end of the summer:
Picnic in the park. Do nothing but eat fancy cheese and bread while laying on a blanket, reading, and occasionally snuggling noses with Matthew.
Grill something. Anything. Please.
Go to the beach in complete 100SPF, hide under a umbrella, eat sandwiches, occasionally run into the ocean, eat a funnel cake, read, do nothing.
Go to a baseball game, Mets or Brooklyn Cyclones
I’m not sure if all those are going to be possible because empty days are hard to spare, but I’m going to try!
Do you have anything left on your summer wish list?
Now some pictures..
We were lucky enough to see 2 amazing films in the past month, 2 favorites. We’re lucky enough to live near BAM Theater which is usually showing amazing films and has delicious popcorn.
First up, 2001: A Space Odyssey. An amazing film that always makes me question the plot and then makes me feel insignificant with my own work. Thank you Mr. Kubrick.
And then we had a Friday night date for The Land Before Time where there was a entire audience of adults all crying and cheering at the same time. Speaking of crying, I cried about 14 times during this.
New York beautiful sunsets.
New York beautiful sunsets with a basket of garden goods.
And then sometimes you will be out talking a walk, round the corner and see this. Then just have to sit down and stare. Oh New York, you beautiful place.
Some Brooklyn greenery while walking around my neighborhood.
Speaking of Brooklyn, any basketball fans in the house? We renewed our Nets season tickets so we’re excited for the next NBA season, especially with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett now on the team. The games are so much fun, and it still blows my mind we can walk to a NBA basketball game in 15 minutes. As a kid these were all day events to travel to get to one, and now it’s like I’m baking some brownies, let them cool, go to a basketball game, come home and eat them. It’s wonderful. Go Nets.
On to food, I took Matthew to his first fine dining experience at Ikea. The funniest part, Matthew hates seafood, talks so bad about how gross it is. Then there was this soup and he was like “What is it?” and I was just like *shrug* even though the seafood smell was so great. He took a bite and his eyes lit up, “potatoes, this is really good”. I chuckled inside knowing that the sign up above the soup said “Seafood Chowder with Clams and Salmon”. And then he continued to eat the entire soup, dipping his meatballs in it, and eating every single bite. After he was finished I was like “I have to tell you something…” Busted. I love moments like that.
We went to Ikea to look at cabinets for our kitchen as it continues to grow into my dream. When we first moved in here our kitchen was tiny but it’s turned into my paradise and mama needs more cabinets. Funny story. We looked at these forever, back and forth. We built a 3D design of it on the computer (see above). Then we finally left the kitchen section and Matthew ventured to see if they were in stock while I picked up some new plates/towels for food pictures. Then I went to stand in line for about 40 minutes. Matthew came and told me you have to special order the cabinets upstairs. We didn’t plan on buying them anyways that day. So then I continued to stand in the line that never moved. Then I got up to the register and the employee told me I could not buy my mint green plate because it was a display plate. Didn’t I see on the bottom where it says “display” in small letters next to the price tag? So I asked him out of all 140 plates, I randomly picked one that says display therefor I cannot buy it? That’s correct. Considering that was really the point of standing in line, I was kinda peeved. Peeved as in I did nothing about it and continued to buy my towels. Anyways, we get outside and are waiting for the bus and we talk about the cabinets again (while I am still slightly crying internally about my 1 $2.99 plate). When are we going to get the cabinets? How? Order online? Order at the store – that means we have to come back to Ikea – who wants to do that? Delivery is only $60 from store, online it’s $200. Oh well then we should order them right now. So then we go back into Ikea, order the cabinets, which are completely out of stock and would be about 2 months. So they offered us darker ones instead which are actually much better, we thought they were more expensive but somehow they came out to be less. Anyways, it worked out. They arrive next week! They are slightly blackish and match our island countertop. I will have so many cabinets. I will have a entire shelf just for tea! Maybe even 2! It’s going to get wild!
My Mom came out to visit so I took her to some New York must stop by food places, including Nathan’s Hot Dogs at Coney Island. I also took her to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory where you must go if you visit. You must! I had the green tea ice cream and it was AMAZING.
We got the best donuts in the world from DOUGH. I think I say this all the time, but if you visit one place in New York you come to Brooklyn and go to DOUGH. And you let me know because I’m a few blocks away and I will treat you to a donut that will change your life.
We had a slice of New York pizza and my mom ate it with a fork. Worst, she made me ask the guy behind the counter for a fork… for pizza. Oh the embarrassment!
Oh by the way this is me and my mom. And yes she has purple streaks in her hair.
We went to the New York Aquarium at Coney Island (in Brooklyn). Hurricane Sandy hit the coast pretty hard and with the Aquarium being right there it didn’t do too well. I’d say about 75% of the aquarium is currently closed, but they are building to be bigger and better in a few years! I love this place.
Woah guy, hi to you.
And hi to you too.
For the many years I’ve lived here I’ve never gone on a ride at Coney Island. Maybe one day…
Then we sat on the beach and ate cheese fries.
When we were about to leave we found a candy store which sold the biggest boxes and packages of candy and treats. Can you believe this? I love America.
At another place I saw these. I am regretting not getting one!
This is Essy Bear, the old lady in charge of everyone. If she meows, you come running!
This is FiFi Bofinkles laying in my arms at night.
This is FiFi Bofinkles waiting to lay in my arms.
This is FiFi Bofinkles asleep.
This is also FiFi Bofinkles asleep not caring that she just laid in the middle of everything. I can only imagine her saying “Find another table to work on!” in mid dream. She’s sassy.
This is Xanadu laying in a silly way on a hot day. She’s my baby girl.
And this is Brother Bear just looking like a elegant man. He sits like this all the time, I think it’s a Maine Coon thing.
This is one of our stuffed animals, Pinata. He looks like a real cool guy here.
As I mentioned we are busy working on a film we’re making. There’s lots of intense editing going on…
This is a top down view.
And this is another view.. our circus is coming to town (your computer screen) soon!
We’ve had multiple shooting days for this project because of the scale and the amount of characters. This is one day of shooting clowns. These 2 guys are our friends who graciously and excitedly wanted to become clowns for a day. I know some people are scared of clowns but I absolutely love them. I have a dream of wanting to go to clown classes and be a weekend clown. I am totally serious.
In other work news, we got a official workspace where we get to swipe a card and our name comes up on the door. Time will be spent here editing, it’s really good to get out of the home as distractions here are high with the cats, the garden and me singing like I’m Drake every 5 minutes.
There is also a astronaut suit in the workspace. That’s pretty cool.
Our workspace is in Pfizer’s old pharmaceutical factory The building is amazing as Pfizer left alot of their equipment there. Who doesn’t want a computer with a big red button?
Also who doesn’t want.. this machine that I have no idea what it did.
Soon it will be Fall so the garden planning is in full gear. Many seeds were planted in June, July and this month.
Some of the seedlings have already moved outside to harden off. Here is a baby kale plant. We are planting 6, but we have 4 growing already, so possibly 10 kale plants. Life is going to be great, I’m kale obsessed right now.
The amount of peppers we have right now is insane. It’s wild. It’s crazy. Pepper recipes? Leave in comments – please!
And there’s probably about 40 more to pick.
Who doesn’t like Dino chicken shapes by the way?
Lots of new fresh recipes coming soon.. like these watermelon popsicles! Oh my, oh my!
And chocolate goodness…
And pumpkin macaroni and cheese.. are you ready for this?
I leave you with one of hundreds of pictures I have like this. These are happy accidents, I take a picture with my phone and either it’s in a bag, my hand is in front of the lens, or I move it so quickly. Then colorful magic happens!
Have a great weekend everyone – do you have anything planned? What are you going to cook/bake this weekend?
See you Monday!
I love you. I just wanted to tell you that first. I also want to sip some tea with you, in the garden, with cats on our laps.
My name is Pamela. I was born and raised in the coal mines of Pennsylvania where I helped my father grow his tomato plants so high we couldn’t see out the kitchen window in the summer. I then moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend art school much to the confusion of all my family. There I met a boy named Matthew who wore tall striped socks and had matching neon blue hair as me, so I fell in love with him. We moved in together quickly and he brought his childhood cat Essy along. I also fell in love with Essy. Shortly after finishing school, we packed up all our belongings in a U-Haul and moved from one city to the city; New York City. We moved to Brooklyn in 2005 and we have lived here since.
A year after we moved to New York, we got another cat, Xanadu. Then a few years later we got another cat, FiFi Bofinkles. Then a few days later we got our fourth cat, Brother Bear. I’m dearly in love with our furry critter babies. You can find me usually on the floor talking to them in baby voices or dancing with them in my arms while kissing them. If I’m at a friend’s house you can can probably find me on their floor talking to their cat in baby voices. I love cats. I really love all animals. Animal documentaries make me cry, nature is brutal – why can’t everyone get along?
Essy, Xanadu, FiFi Bofinkles, Brother
Update: Our beloved Essy died in January 2014. She was the love of our lives. We’ll always remember her as the Queen of our home and hearts. I made a long post dedicated to her.
Update: In March 2014 we added a kitten to the family. His name is Goblin and he is crazy.
Update: In July 2015 we added a beautiful Maine Coon girl to the family. Her name is Toes and she is full of love!
So yeah, we have 5 cats. They all get along. Sort of.
Every summer Matthew and I talked about gardening memories that we both experienced. We had no back yard, we had no soil to dig into, so we thought – what if we make a garden many stories up on our roof? It started small, just a few containers, then every year later it continues to expand. Today’s garden remains on our rooftop that many people refer to as a mini farm due to the numerous crops we grow. We grow broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, beans, sugar snap peas, potatoes, pumpkins, watermelon, kale, strawberries, onions, carrots, sprouts, lettuce, soy beans, corn, cucumbers and more. We happily spend many hours there every single week during the growing season getting our hands (and nails) dirty.
So that’s how Brooklyn Farm Girl began. I wanted to share with others my experience of living in a big city but has that itch sometimes for a small town life.