Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall Recipe: Easy No-Knead Dutch Oven Crusty Bread

Easy No-Knead Dutch-Oven Crusty Bread Recipe - with pumpkin butter
Easy No-Knead Dutch-Oven Crusty Bread Recipe

You've probably noticed recipes like this floating around on Pinterest. They claim that you can make an easy, no-knead, crusty bread in a dutch oven; that it takes no effort; and that the bread ends up beautiful. You've probably been skeptical.

I'm here to tell you that it's real. This completely idiot-proof recipe really works. And I can be a big idiot sometimes; I accidentally put my dough in the fridge to rise, and I still didn't screw it up! (Though I wouldn't recommend you do the same).

Easy No-Knead Dutch-Oven Crusty Bread Recipe - with pumpkin butter

The basic facts of this recipe are that you stir together some flour, salt, yeast, and water, and let it rise overnight. Then you pat the dough with flour, and bake the dough in a dutch over (or lidded iron skillet). That's it.

You don't even need to butter the dish or line it with wax paper; the flour keeps the dough from sticking.

Easy No-Knead Dutch-Oven Crusty Bread Recipe
Easy No-Knead Dutch-Oven Crusty Bread Recipe
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I let mine rise overnight, and had it with a schmear of pumpkin butter for Sunday breakfast. But the recipe is so simple, that you could really make the dough before work on a weekday morning, and then bake the bread and have it with dinner that night.

This recipe is detailed on a bunch or other blogs, so I won't bother copying it out here, but instead will give you links to the two sources I found to be most helpful. This one give a short, no-frills summary of steps, while this one goes into lots of detail, answers questions, and gives a few variation ideas.

Easy No-Knead Dutch-Oven Crusty Bread Recipe - with pumpkin butter

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Monday, September 23, 2013

What I wore today: 09/21/2013 (Fall Floral)

Fall Floral outfit: ice-blue American Apparel deep-V t-shit, Pilcro Serif jeans, Madewell neon necklace, Jeffrey Campbell Everly ankle boots, Phillip Lim for Target Bag, Anthropologie Stitched Flora Cardigan

I love nothing more than a good sweater. The best ones add interest and warmth to an outfit with minimal effort. I just bought this lovely floral number at Anthro. The first day I wore it, I took a walk in the woods and got burs in it! I then spent the next half hour sitting in a bar (because that's where my walks in the woods lead to), drinking a lambic, and picking burs out of my sweater.

Fall Floral outfit: ice-blue American Apparel deep-V t-shit, Pilcro Serif jeans, Madewell neon necklace, Jeffrey Campbell Everly ankle boots, Phillip Lim for Target Bag, Anthropologie Stitched Flora Cardigan
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Fall Floral outfit: ice-blue American Apparel deep-V t-shit, Pilcro Serif jeans, Madewell neon necklace, Jeffrey Campbell Everly ankle boots, Phillip Lim for Target Bag, Anthropologie Stitched Flora Cardigan
Fall Floral outfit: ice-blue American Apparel deep-V t-shit, Pilcro Serif jeans, Madewell neon necklace, Jeffrey Campbell Everly ankle boots, Phillip Lim for Target Bag, Anthropologie Stitched Flora Cardigan
Fall Floral outfit: ice-blue American Apparel deep-V t-shit, Pilcro Serif jeans, Madewell neon necklace, Jeffrey Campbell Everly ankle boots, Phillip Lim for Target Bag, Anthropologie Stitched Flora Cardigan
Fall Floral outfit: ice-blue American Apparel deep-V t-shit, Pilcro Serif jeans, Madewell neon necklace, Jeffrey Campbell Everly ankle boots, Phillip Lim for Target Bag, Anthropologie Stitched Flora Cardigan

"Stitched Flora Cardigan" - Anthropologie
"Serif" Jeans - Pilcro and the Letterpress
Deep-V t-shirt - Americal Apparel
Mens leather belt - Obey, Urban Outfitters
Neon necklace - Madewell
Bag - Phillip Lim for Target

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana - the Video



Those of you who are regular readers know that I've been experimenting with video blogging for the last few months. I enjoy video as an alternative way of telling a story, and I like learning new crafts and challenging myself. So far, I've just done a few tutorials (my first one, a green-smoothie recipe seen here, a glitter-shoe tutorial seen here, and a painted antler tutorial seen here). 

None is perfect, but I try new things each time and enjoy learning as I go. Last weekend, I branched out from tutorials for the first time, deciding to document a bit of our afternoon in Columbus, Indiana. I was taking lots of pictures that day too, and I thought it would be fun to do a post of pictures (you can see it here if you haven't already) as well as a video post. 

I hope you enjoy it!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What I wore today: 09/16/2013 (Blush and Lace)

Blush and Lace outfit: rose-colored denim Gap jeans, Jeffery Campbell "Everly" black leather open ankle boots, Phillip Lim for Target bag, Kate Spade polka-dot iPhone case, Anthropologie gray sweatshirt with white lace detail

I've mentioned before that I can't get enough of classic gray sweatshirts. I especially love ones that have a bit of a twist or a surprising detail of some kind, and I really love when that detail involves lace. Something about gray sweatshirts and white lace just makes me swoon.

I picked up this cute Phillip Lim for Target bag yesterday. Even though highly-anticipated collections like his always sell out online immediately, I can usually count on finding good stuff if I go to a store (without waiting in lines or anything); that's the advantage of living in a not-super-fashion-aware city. This time, I couldn't make it to a store until two days after the collection debuted, but I went to a far-out suburban Target in the lamest part of town and, to my delight, they still had all the items I wanted to try on. Yay!

Blush and Lace outfit: rose-colored denim Gap jeans, Jeffery Campbell "Everly" black leather open ankle boots, Phillip Lim for Target bag, Kate Spade polka-dot iPhone case, Anthropologie gray sweatshirt with white lace detail
Blush and Lace outfit: rose-colored denim Gap jeans, Jeffery Campbell "Everly" black leather open ankle boots, Phillip Lim for Target bag, Kate Spade polka-dot iPhone case, Anthropologie gray sweatshirt with white lace detail
Blush and Lace outfit: rose-colored denim Gap jeans, Jeffery Campbell "Everly" black leather open ankle boots, Phillip Lim for Target bag, Kate Spade polka-dot iPhone case, Anthropologie gray sweatshirt with white lace detail

Gray sweatshirt with white lace detail - Anthropologie
Rose-colored jeans - Gap
"Everly" ankle boots - Jeffrey Campbell 
Cross-body bag - Phillip Lim for Target

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana - in Photos

Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana

On Saturday, Ryan and I drove to Bloomington, Indiana to see one of our favorite comedians, James Adomian. We had a blast at the show, but an unexpected highlight of the trip was stopping for the afternoon in Columbus, Indiana.

Although from Indiana, Ryan hadn't been to Columbus before, but he'd head about its place as a top city to see architecture and public art. If you're interested in learning a bit about how this came to be, NPR does a great story on it here.

Anyway, since our main thrill in life is walking around a new city, we were excited to spend an afternoon taking in some unique sights in this charming small town.

In addition to seeing some incredible buildings, unique pieces of public art, and one of the most touching war memorials either of us has ever beheld, we also had lunch an Zaharako's, an adorable soda shop that's been there since 1900. Their cinnamon ice-cream soda was to die for, and their player organ was really something to behold.

If you live anywhere near Columbus, Indiana, I cannot recommend it enough as a day-trip destination.

I made a video of our trip, as well as taking photos, so stay tuned for that!

Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana
Our Day Trip to Columbus, Indiana

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