Thursday, February 18, 2010

12 Reasons Why Librarians Rule the World


A colleague sent this today, and I thought it was eloquent and insightful while still containing some of that 'Yeah, I'm a librarian. I rock. Ha!' quality. Take, for instance, this excerpt:

"...Librarians often contrive for themselves this Luddite image. But they are in truth the most progressive and visionary figures in the whole university: like bloodhounds, always hot on the trail of the future. Their demure appearance is a cunning disguise which allows them to perpetrate their radicalism all the more effectively. It is a camouflage net thrown over an armoured vehicle...

...At the same time, there is nobody more conservative than a librarian. Their enthusiasm for constant change and reinvention springs from an even deeper commitment to what has been received from the hand of the past. The library is an angel whose wings are spread out in fierce and loving protection of the past, while its face stares deep into the eerie light of the future."

Um, see why I have the coolest job in the world?

Image of Denison Library at Scripps College - my alma mater and first library job...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

He sent me ROSES :)

Dean and I have the amazing luck of celebrating our anniversary (yeah, I know we're not married yet, but when you've been together six years (!!!!) you have to celebrate it because it's a wonderful thing) two days before Valentine's Day. So we have a whole weekend to celebrate us!

Last night we ate some lovely fish and salted caramel chocolate mousse at the Ashmolean Dining Room (current favorite restaurant font, by the way), and Dean is now the proud owner of a poster that reflects his outlook on life:


I know lots of people think Valentine's Day is stupid, but I don't. I even loved the cheesy Cinderella valentine's we gave everyone in 2nd grade. I know, I know, all the commercialism is crap and we shouldn't have to buy things to ensure that our loved ones know we love them...but it's a day for brownies and candy conversation hearts and paper goods that are lovely to look at and snuggles and all that is good - what's not to like? Seriously. Chocolate, paper and snuggles. Think about it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Muffin Love


So, when I made those muffins on Tuesday, I didn't realize that I was launching total muffin amazingness. No offence to those of you who may believe yourself the blueberry muffin queens, but Martha Stewart pretty much has it. All of it. Her recipe rocks. It is so so so yummy. Go make it now.

What are you waiting for?

Now.

Makes 1 dozen (yeah, well - 10 in my case)

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter a standard 12-cup muffin pan and dust with flour, tapping out excess; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Working over the bowl, toss blueberries in a fine sieve with about 1 1/2 teaspoons flour mixture to lightly coat; set aside the flour mixture and the blueberries.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a handheld mixer, beat butter and 1 cup sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Mix in vanilla.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add reserved flour mixture, beating until just combined. Add milk, beating until just combined. Do not overmix. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the blueberries. Divide batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. If desired, in a small bowl, mix together remaining 1/4 cup sugar and nutmeg. Sprinkle sugar mixture on top of muffin batter.
  4. Bake, rotating pan halfway though, until muffins are golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center of one muffin comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool 10 minutes. Turn muffins on their sides in their cups, and let cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.


PS. I am liking my new office vibe - we're creating a new team, and we've all been on a coffee muffins flowers in the office trip - lovely.

Image and recipe from Martha Stewart

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday Night Muffins


A quiet Tuesday night - it feels so good when I'm actually getting things accomplished. Especially when those things involve working out, baking blueberry muffins and making risotto, working on cards and filling my brain with typography - although I am also studying for my TCRG (Irish dance teacher's exam) and doing yet more scholarship applications. But Dean will be here soon to help me eat risotto, Regina Spektor is on Spotify and I have tea, so all is well.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Um...


WHY do we have to have a groom's cake?! Can't a groom like a big cake? I'm pretty sure this goes into the category of wedding industry 'if you don't have this your wedding is not going to be as good as Jane's wedding and everyone will hate you and you will be so uncool and no one will ever like you again' scams.

Is it totally impossible to choose a cake you BOTH like? Is that so hard? I'm pretty sure Dean and I are both excited about our amazing secret cake plan.

Although, if he did want his own cake, he could have it. And I would make it for him.

PS. The amazing secret cake plan? Well, it's pretty amazing.

Image from Smitten Kitchen

Friday, February 5, 2010

Blah

Having one of those Fridays...wish I could spend my weekend like this:


Photo by Pamela Hanson