November 8, 2012

Cake Cookies

Thinking of something a little different from the standard birthday cake or cupcake? How about a Cake Cookie!  That is what this post is all about. At work we always like to do a little something special on a co-worker’s birthday. I LOVE to bring sweet treats into the office when given an opportunity and decided to whip up a batch of my good college friends ‘Cake Cookies.’ Well it is his mom’s recipe, but he introduced it to me. Super easy and yummy!

I apologize for the dark photos lately. This whole daylight savings is ensuring I can only do indoor activities after work unless I have a headlamp of which I am sure my husband would be more than willing to provide for me.

You can most certainly spice up the recipe with using any type of cake mix. Honestly I should have grabbed the Fun-Fetti mix, but the yellow mix will do this time.

 

Cake Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 4 TBS Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 12 package of butterscotch or chocolate chips

1. Mix: Eggs, Water, and 1/2 of the cake mix

2. Add: Butter and Peanut Butter

3. Add: Remaining Cake Mix and Chips

4. Drop by the TSP onto parchment paper

5. Bake 8-10 minutes

OVEN: 365 degree’s

Enjoy!

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November 5, 2012

Split Pea Soup

Are you doing anything different now that daylight saving has taken effect? With the days getting shorter and the nightfall earlier, I had to find something new to do in my bungalow. SOO… I have decided to make a tasty soup every Sunday. Well I will give it my best try at least! Nick mentioned the other day, ‘You know what I have been thinking about, your tasty split pea soup.’ What a thing to think about right? So I have chosen to kick off my Sunday Soup adventure with just that, my great grandma’s Split Pea Soup.

Trust me, you will LOVE this recipe. All fresh ingredients and the only spicing is salt and pepper. Plus you will have A LOT of extra soup to freeze and take as easy meals to work for lunch or when you don’t have time to make dinner.

What makes this soup über tasty is the slow simmer of the smoked ham hock (photo below). Even though I can guarantee the best ham hock comes from my dad’s slow roasted ham on the grill. You can find the ham hock or ham shank at your local market. You can expect to pay around $4-$6 for a smoked variety.

The photo below is all the ingredients including the peas before they exploded into a creamy fresh flavor soup. Plus it was the prettiest photo! This soup takes a combined 3.5 hours to make. Make sure you allow enough time for all the flavors to combine and your home will smell AMAZING and nothing less than cozy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Ham Hock
  • 6 Cups Reduced Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 1 Bag Split Peas – Dried
  • 2 Large Carrots – Peeled and Sliced
  • 3 Stocks Celery – Chopped
  • 1 Medium Onion – Chopped
  • 2 Medium Potatoes – Peeled and Diced

1. In large pot: Combine Chicken Stock and Ham Hock. Simmer for 1.5 hours

2. Remove :Ham and place on cutting board. Cool enough to handle and remove meat and chop

3. Add: Peas, Carrots, Celery, Onions, Potatoes, and Ham to Chicken Stock. Season with a dash of salt and pepper

4. Cook for 2 hours until peas are cooked and creamy, stirring occasionally

Yields: ~ 8 cups

September 18, 2012

Wedding: Reception Magic

Over the last year, I have been able to pull together a small selection of photos that captured our wedding. Ending with the reception, this will be the last post of the Schleder wedding….for now that is! The mustard yellow table numbers, the glitter ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ signs, to the bittersweet in the vases and everything in between was well thought out and executed perfectly by our vendors who have now become friends.

Seeing the emotion and happiness in the photos will always bring me back to that magical day. I love seeing my parents and how happy they are especially my proud dad during his speech! He gave me the greatest gift any girl could have asked for, after decades of smoking he made a promise to stop by the wedding and did an amazing job and it shows in the photos below. I only hope it will continue!

The reception like all other weddings was the ‘life’ of the wedding. Saying the celebration was a dance party would be an understatement. From my little 3-year-old nephew who threw down moves he most likely learned from his daddy to the dance off’s and groom’s sweat dripping off his shirt after I rung it out the next day! We even had friends and family tell us later they were sore from dancing all night!

If I could pick one special moment from the reception, I would choose the very last song. Our DJ, who was amazing btw thanks to the groom’s meticulous guidance and playlists  played ‘Piano Man’ by Billy Joel. The remaining crew that was still at the wedding gathered around us in a large circle while my handsome husband spun me around the dance floor. Seeing all of our amazing friends and family swaying from side to side around us made me burst with happiness and love. I feel truly grateful and blessed to have been able to celebrate our marriage exactly how I always dreamed it would be.

 

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

September 8, 2012

Lactation Cookies

I am beyond excited to have not one, but TWO new little babies join our family. My sister, bother in-law, and nephew welcomed two beautiful twin babies to our world last weekend, Harper Grace and Samuel Philip. By keeping the genders a surprise until they were born, the little babies wanted to be set apart even further by having different birth days and even months! Harper was born on August 31st in the late evening and Sam September 1st in the early hours of the morning. As they arrived early, Sam and Harper are both in the special care nursery at the hospital to get extra strong before they come home.  I will share photos and more of the ‘fresh humans’ as Nick likes to call them soon, once the family is all settled in.

My sister, being an amazingly strong women by bringing these guys into the world and a nurse herself asked if I could  bake up some ‘Lactation Cookies.’ I had no idea what these ‘cookies’ were all about. She said that as the babies arrived earlier than expected, mama’s milk was not quite ready for them. These cookies are made with special ingredients to help increase the supply. As my family knows I LOVE to bake, I jumped to  try a new recipe. I have lots to share over the next month as it is harvest time here in MN. If I could put a ‘smell button’ on this website I would. Currently my kitchen smells of: Heirloom Brandywine Tomato Sauce on the stove top, Homemade Applesauce in the crock-pot, and these Lacation Cookies!

For all the mama’s out there that may need a little extra help with milk, and just a nice tasty cookie; these are the ticket. Enjoy! I followed the recipe from Epicurious  without modifications.

LACTATION COOKIES

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Butter (Organic)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 TBS Water
  • 2 TBS Flaxseed Meal
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 TSP Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 2 TBS Brewers Yeast (SECRET INGREDIENT!)
  • 3 Cups Old Fashion Oats
  • 1 Bag Chocolate Chips

1. Mix Flaxseed Meal with Water, Set aside 3-5 minutes

2. Cream Butter and Sugar

3. Add Eggs

4. Add Flaxseed Meal mixture and Vanilla

5. Sift Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Brewers Yeast in small bowl

6. Add sifted ingredients to main mixture

7. Mix in Oats by hand

8. Mix in Chocolate chips by hand

OVEN: 350 degrees

YIELD: I made 36 cookies and 22 cookie balls for the freezer.

COOK’S TIP: Store cookies in air tight container with piece of bread for freshness.

August 9, 2012

Threshold of Corner Bungalow

I can’t believe I am writing a post about my back porch. After going to our always fun and exciting National Night out Tuesday, I realized  how much our neighbors have kept a close eye on our corner bungalow over the years. After adding boulders and landscaping to the back yard, a new kitchen, garage siding (after finding out people would slide into our garage decades ago… the reason our stucco was falling off the alley side) ,a new roof, windows, exterior paint, putting in an extensive veggie garden in the front yard, and soon a new chimney (as our contractor calls it the leaning tower of Piesa). I know there have been many more updates I just can’t capture in words. All I can say is I am glad we are finally able to take a break and enjoy our neighborhood strolls while keeping an eye on all the additions and updates as our neighbors did with our home. I can  lay down that ever deserving welcome mat at our back door family and friends call the threshold of our  corner bungalow.  

July 17, 2012

Wedding: ‘I Do’ Ceremony

I cannot believe that our 1 year anniversary is FAST approaching…well 3 months away. Below are the wonderful photos captured of our wedding ceremony. Seeing Nick at the end of the ‘aisle’ automatically triggered the biggest smile on my face. The photo of my mom below brings tears to my eyes just seeing how much love she has for her ‘little tiny baby’; that would be me! I am the last one of my brother and sister to get married. They should be very proud of how they have shaped us into young adults.  

I could not believe this day finally arrived, and I was going to officially marry my best friend the one who always brings a laugh and smile to my face. I love that our ceremony was truly us. The stories our pastor shared and the continuous  love throughout the room is exactly how I will remember this day.

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

June 6, 2012

Corner Bungalow Gets a Facelift

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. For the past 2 years, our charming little corner bungalow has undergone enormous surgery’s, with the last one being a facelift. Most unexpected and dire needed updates had to occur to save our home and sanity.

We were eager to get our house painted mainly to seal the exterior. The Deep Smoke color added a dark rick allure to our home. Our garage also underwent a new re-siding job as it was not worth the labor to re-stucco (and most of it had already fallen off).

I can finally say, I feel at ease with all the needed changes and can relax and enjoy the summer sun and garden crop in the coming months.

Before…

After…

Painting: Freeman  Painting

Siding: Beissel Widow and Siding

May 16, 2012

Wedding: Family Photos

What a flurry the past few months have been! Lots of fun and exciting events occurring at Corner Bungalow. I however, must finish our wedding story first!

Our wedding day would not have occurred without our family below. Nick and I are eternally grateful for the foundation our parents built for us. They have truly been our inspiration for our lives ahead. My dad has this great quote in his office…

“Always behave like a duck – keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath ” ~Jacob Braude

I have always found this quote to bring a smile to my face and even shared it with friends and colleagues as it is totally true!

Ours parents have instilled the belief you have to work for what you want; you will then truly understand the value of what you have.  For example…Knowing that everything would be ok when we had to tap into the wedding fund which became the emergency fund when our 1925 bungalow needed  some (well a lot ) of unexpected TLC while planning the wedding.

Having a strong worth ethic and passion for what you love is what I will ensure is also instill into our children one day…years to come.   No matter the circumstances our parents and family will always be there for us as will we for them over this lifetime.

Love your family with all your heart…

Here is my (the bride’s) family

And the Handsome Groom’s Family

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

April 25, 2012

Corner Bungalow and Zenith City Indie Wedding Show

I am beyond excited to announce that Corner Bungalow will be a vendor at the Zenith City Indie Wedding Show this upcoming weekend 4/29/12 in Duluth MN! I have been making pretty bridal and bridesmaid hair flowers and my new tartan plaids just got shipped from Scotland today for the neckties! I will be whipping up  some handsome ties just in the nick of time for Sunday. This is my first show being a ‘vendor’ and not a bride! I can’t wait to talk to the lovely brides and grooms-to-be.

My amazing husband has offered up, well I pretty much begged him to help…well the conversation went like this.

Me: ‘I would love if you could come help me with the show, it will be really fun, plus you can run the necktie side of Corner Bungalow.’

Nick: ‘What do I get out of this deal?’

Me: ‘What do you want?’

Nick: ‘To go on any climbing trip I want over Memorial day’

Me: Deal

Nick: I have already planned a trip to Red Rock.

So that being said,  Zenith will have both of us there! Nick will be a rock-star like he always is and will be sporting a new tartan tie as well.

This past weekend has been a flurry to get things prepped! My very lovely sister, pregnant with twins, even modeled the 20 + new items I will be adding to Corner Bungalow! I can’t wait to give a recap next week after the event. I am sure the night will just fly by. The show is not your typical bridal fair, but more a night out with your guy while planning your big day. I feel so honored to be apart of the amazing night!

Here is a sneak peek at a few additions to Corner Bungalow:

Ivory Silk Satin Peony Hair Flower with Crystal Center

Ivory Silk Satin and Tulle Peony Hair Flower with Pearl and Crystal Center

Ivory Silk Satin and Tulle Hydrangea Hair Flower with Pearl and Crystal Center

April 18, 2012

Wedding: Bridal Party

Being surrounded by our closest friends and family in the bridal party made our wedding day even more special. Each and every person means the world to us in the below photos that I could not have imagined it any other way. The blues, yellow, and Dundee tartan all compliment each other so well with the flowers adding another layer to wrap it all together. 

Dawn from AppleBlossom Flowers did an exquisite job. Let’s take a look back at what she had to work with, growing wedding flowers. A few days before  the big day, we walked my little baby succulents I had been growing for over a year to her studio, this was their day to shine too!  She is truly a genius when it comes to floral design and the photos depict it clearly. I even took my bouquet on our honeymoon because I could not stand the thought of leaving the beauty behind for a whole week.

Ensuring the bridal party could take away a piece of this day and carry that memory with them when tieing the knot in the tie they wear to work or clipping the fabric flower onto a bag or belt was really my vision. The second to last photo truly captures our personalities. Your wedding day should be fun and carefree and Jaime captures us perfectly.

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

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