Monthly Archives: December 2011

My first LED hoop.

Hoop Practice Videos from 11-7-2011

I’m excited about the double shoulders at 0:30! It’s probably the best execution of that trick I have on video so far.

Nothing too fancy in this video, but it’s hard not to love Toro y Moi, amirite?

Homemade Texas Style Kolaches in 10 Steps.

I usually like to keep things simple in the kitchen, but as a displaced Texan, let me tell you… Your efforts will be worth it for these babies. I made a huge batch last night and stuck ’em in the freezer. This morning I woke up and popped two in the microwave for about 45 seconds, YUM. The smell of fresh kolaches in my floridian kitchen was priceless.

Here’s how Operation Kolache went down…

4 cups of flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 (1/4 ounce) packets of dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2/3 cup milk
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup of unsalted butter (softened)
1/4 cup of shortening
1/4 cup of butter (melted for brushing)
1 16 oz package of smoked cocktail sausages

shredded cheese

1. Combine water & yeast in small bowl, set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar until light & fluffy.

3. Mix in the egg yolks, milk, and salt. Combine well. (It won’t be smooth, just make sure everything gets mixed in!)

4. Add the water/yeast & flour to the mixture. Stir until a soft dough is formed.

5. Cover the dough with a towel and let it sit for about an hour and a half. Save yourself some heartache and spend this time cleaning up your mess from phase one of operation kolache.

6. pull off pieces of dough (think a little larger than a golf ball) roll them up, and flatten slightly. Place them on a greased baking sheet.

7. Arrange the dough balls at least an inch apart from each other, and brush them with melted butter. Leave em alone for another hour to double in size again.

8. Now it’s time to pull out your sausages, cheese, and jalapenos! Using your pinky finger, drill a hole into a piece of dough. If you have tiny fingers like me, you may need to wiggle it around to make room for your fillings. My technique got better as I went along. (A. Drill a hole B. Throw some cheese in it. C. Add a piece or two of jalapeno D. Toss a sausage in & pinch it closed!)  I made a few with jalapeno & a few plain. It’s easy to mark the top of your spicy ones with a tiny little piece of jalapeno on top. That’s the way I’ve always seen the donut shops do it!

This part is time consuming, but also fun in a ‘get your hands dirty’ ‘play-doh kitchen’ sort of way. Have fun & enjoy the process.

9. When you’re done constructing your kolache babies, throw them in a 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

10. Immediately brush the tops with melted butter. Let cool & ENJOY, Y’ALL!!!

*Don’t forget they freeze & reheat really well. I’m looking forward to several no cook comfort food breakfasts in the upcoming weeks. Mmm mmm!


Home Again

My trip to Texas was fantastic. I had such a great time enjoying the company of old friends and family.

The first weekend I was there was spent at my uncle’s house in Waco. It was the first time my family had gotten together in years. I absolutely adored that weekend. I spent Saturday afternoon hula hooping with my cousin’s little ones, and as the sun went down, drank a few beers with my uncle, aunt, and cousins and enjoyed watching Baylor beat Oklahoma State in football. Up till that game, I had never cared about football, but RG3 changed me!

I had so much fun on my road trip with my girlfriend, Cat! We drove from Houston to Austin (and somehow managed to get lost on a drive we’d taken a million times before! ha! I guess it’s easy to do when you’re caught up giggling with a long lost friend)

In Austin, we shopped and ate tacos at my all time favorite taco place, Torchy’s! Before we met up with the rest of my friends, we drank bloody marys and fell in love with Rugby (seriously) at the Jackalope. Later on, we met up with a few of my other favorite people at Liberty Bar. It was so amazing to see everyone. I love how so much time can pass between friends seeing each other, but the best ones never seem to miss a beat. We closed out the night hula hooping at Gypsy Bar until they closed. I loved it, everyone got in on the action, even the boys!

The next morning before heading back to Houston, we had brunch at Magnolia. I enjoyed a mimosa & the Texas Benedict. My mouth is watering just thinking about the chipotle hollandaise sauce! Texas is FULL of good food.

My dad kept his fridge stocked with kolaches for me every morning. If you’ve never had a kolache before, you’re missing out! They are delicious little sweet buns with sausage, cheese, and jalapenos inside (or any number of variations). The original kolaches were made with sweet fruit, but the jalapeno variation is my favorite. I’ve been going through withdrawals since I came back to Florida, so tonight I’m making my first attempt at kolaches from scratch! Don’t worry I’ve been taking lots of pictures, so if it’s a success – I will share the recipe & how to love!

Yesterday was the anniversary of the Repeal of the 18th amendment. On Dec. 5, 1933 Prohibition ended & on Sunday night, we CELEBRATED. We went to the Left Coast Bartenders Guild‘s Repeal Day Party in Ybor City at the historic don vincente hotel! The entire hotel was booked for the event. It was thirties themed with live jazz music and a burlesque show. There were bars hidden all over the hotel serving up old timey cocktails. We even found one in the elevator! I was served champagne, going UP! My favorite drink of the night was called a ‘French 75’. It was champagne, gin, and lemon, and it tasted amazing. Here is a picture of the four of us. Not bad for throwing costumes together the day of, right?

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