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I Mustache You A Question

18 Feb

I don’t know if you’re aware, but there is a mustache craze going on right now. Between products like these and the popularity of Movember, I think the mustache trend is here to stay. Personally, I became obsessed with mustaches because of this little lady:

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One glance and I was hooked. And incidentally today is Sally and my one-year anniversary! Yes, I am celebrating my anniversary with my kitty-kat. I used to think these “kinds” of people were, ahem, a little weird, but I can proudly say I am now one of them. Before I get to the recipe {there is one, promise} let me tell you a story of a kitty that needed a home and a girl that needed a kitty…

When I moved to Boston, I really wanted a cat. Desperately. I grew up with cats all my life–when I moved to the East Coast, I left these babies at home:

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My fluffy cat, Kalypso

My dad's cat {and replacement for his children, ahem} Mr. Cat

My dad’s cat {and replacement for his children, ahem} Mr. Cat

I knew getting a cat in Boston was not the smartest idea, since I had no idea if I would be staying in Boston after I graduated. So I waited. And waited. And then grad school was over! And the bf and I decided hey, let’s stay in Boston! So off to the shelter I went.

The first round of shelter-visiting was not good. We went to a Petco adoption day, which apparently only existed on the Internet. Sigh. We visited another in-store adoption, but alas, no matches. Double sigh. The next weekend, we decided to go to the Boston MSPCA. I picked a cat online via Petfinder that I liked {he had six toes! I mean, come on!} but he was sick and not ready for adoption. As I walked into the cat room/area, I thought that this was the end, I would never find a kitty to love.

But then, at the end of the room, in a cage all to herself, was my Sally. Back then, she was called Callie {for calico}. And Foliage. She has two names because she was–and still is–bad-ass. I opened the door to pet her and BAM. Instant connection. You can ask Elise about it, she saw. Sally immediately nuzzled up to my hand and started purring. I grabbed her info sheet off the door and ran to the front desk and said “THIS IS MY CAT”. Luckily, Sally was already spayed and microchipped, so I got to take her home that day! It was fate.

Sally's first photo

Sally’s first photo

Sally gave birth to four little babies when in foster care {I threw away the picture of her and the babies when I moved, why?} and when they were brought to the shelter, the babies got snatched up, but no one wanted the mama. That’s ok, because I did! We did the paperwork, payment, checked with the landlord and roommates to make sure they would even let me have a cat, and then we ventured home. I take pride in the fact that my Sally turned my non-cat loving friends into {conditional} cat lovers.

Oh, and that whole part about getting a cat in Boston because I would stay in Boston? Yea that didn’t last. In April, I decided to move back to California. And so started the trans-America move with cat in-tow. Hence the leash video and pictures like these:

Torture

Torture

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am obsessed with Sally. Like,crazy-stalker obsessed. Luckily, when John and Sally met, it was love at first sight. He is also obsessed, as seen here:

Sally and John

And here:

John petting Sally

The moral of this story is: I love my kitty, my boyfriend loves my our kitty, adopt kitties from the shelter because they are the best! Use Petfinder.com to find pets in local shelters! {not a sponsored post, btw}

And with that, I give you these awesome mustache sugar cookies! These cookie cutters were a gift from said boyfriend. He found them at Target!

Sally’s Mustache Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

Sugar cookie dough {either from scratch or from a pre-made mix}

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350

Prepare dough per directions

Add two tbsp cocoa powder

Mix well

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface, about 1/4 inch thick

Rollin' the dough

Cut out dough with cookie cutters {they are cutters on one side, and a stamp on the other!}

Mustache cookie dough

Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet {I put mine on parchment paper, worked great!}

Bake for 5-7 minutes and let cool

Take funny pictures

Mustache Sally

Mustache Sally

Happy anniversary my Sally cat! You are the weirdest, funniest, sweetest kitty ever and we are lucky that you are ours :) It’s true when they ask…do you rescue pets, or do they rescue you? xoxo

Weirdo

Weirdo

Fabulous Boston Bakeries

24 Apr

As much as I love to bake, sometimes it’s nice to go out with some friends for delicious latte and a yummy cupcake that someone else has spent hours baking. It is also a great way to find inspiration for new recipes and flavors to re-create in your own kitchen. In the spirit of (hopefully) summer closing in, I want to provide a list of some of my favorite bakeries in Boston, that will make a perfect after-dinner treat :)

Sweet Bakery

My cousin took me to this bakery the first week that I moved to Boston. Right off the bat, I loved this place. The name is just like their cupcakes: sweet and delicious. They have three locations in Boston: Back Bay, Mass Ave (off Newbury) and one in Harvard Square

Flour

A bunch of girlfriends and I went to this bakery before I class a few weeks ago. They are known for their baked goods, but they also have amazing soups, salad and sandwiches. When I ate there, I had their Cubano sandwich and the creamy tomato and fennel soup. It was a great way to warm up on a stormy day. They also have a wide selection of coffee and tea that I will be back to browse soon (after finals, I hope!) But they are famous for their sticky buns, which according to my friend Juliana are fabulous. Flour Bakery has three locations: Back Bay, Fort Point Channel, and Central Square in Cambridge.

Mike’s Pastries and Modern Pastry

I tried my first cannoli from Mike’s when I came to visit BU last spring. If I hadn’t already committed to BU, I was going to move to Boston just to have the cannolis! I don’t go to Mike’s often because it’s in the North End and I’m in Brighton, but I adore this place. After living in Italy for a semester in college, it was refreshing to walk into a real Italian bakery, complete with the traditional Italian desserts and the loud Italian families. There is always a line outside this place, but it moves fast. Don’t forget to stop by the ATM on your way to Mike’s, because it’s cash only. If you don’t feel like waiting, you can always go across the street to Modern Pastry–a smaller, but just as amazing bakery. One thing I like about Modern Pastry more than Mike’s is that you get to pick your cannoli filling, and they make it fresh, right in front of you

Kickass Cupakes

I haven’t been here yet, but I am following them on Twitter, thanks to @BostonTweet. This bakery seems truly kickass. They host a cupcake happy hour every last Monday of the month, where dessert lovers can enjoy a free tasting of cocktail-inspired mini-cupcakes. They also have incredibly creative flavors, such as the Green Monster (with Sam Adams Cream Stout frosting), the Mojito, and an every-changing flavor of the day cupcake. The bakery is located in Davis Square in Somerville, and I will be taking a trip out there soon! Also soon to come: the Kickass cupcake truck!

These are just a few bakeries that have caught my eye during my short time in Boston. Yelp also has a great list of bakeries in the area. But I put the question out to you, my amazing readers: where is your favorite bakery in Boston?

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