Professional Pretzel Bakers

Before the month of March leaves in the blink of an eye, I still need to document the beginning of my 25th year of life!

Basically, on my actual birthday I had work, the boyfriend had work, and everyone at home was recovering from being sick so we had an easy day at home with a Chipotle dinner :) and of course my mom made my most favorite cake ever, complete with cake mold from my like 6th birthday haha

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The next day on the 7th, the boyfriend and — wait, this is getting tiring typing the boyfriend, let’s call him what he is — so Caleb and I went to Fashion Island to Le Pain Quotidien for a pretzel making class! It was so awesome and I definitely want to go back and learn how to bake, well, everything they ever teach.

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The teacher was really cool and there were only five of us in the class total. We made the regular twisted pretzels, pretzel knots, and pretzel balls with a cube of butter stuffed in the middle before they baked. They were SO GOOD.

They gave us a plethora of parting gifts too. We each got to take home a box full of pretzels we had made, and two loaves of bread he had tested the recipe for earlier that day, and a packet with instructions on how to make the pretzels at home. In the class we made the pretzels using the process that involved dipping them in a diluted solution of lye and water which apparently makes them more caramelized and more like a traditional Bavarian pretzel and less Wetzel-Pretzel-y. So, of course, when we made them at home recently, we had to do the proper scientific way and we now own our own bottle of lye haha

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And that was pretty much my birthday weekend! Other past updates to follow soon! :)

~Arianna

MIMM // Marvelous in My…Tuesday?!

Okay, seriously, how did it happen that it’s already Tuesday?! Not only did I fail you not posting my Friendly Friday Suggestions, but I somehow missed the memo about Monday existing. Sorry about that! It’s so early on a Tuesday that I think I can still remember some marvelous-ness that would usually be shared on a Monday :P

Marvelous is…

Thinking I get to teach Zumba three times this week. Two for sure, but I’m still waiting to hear if the session I’m supposed to teach TODAY is going to actually happen. Kind of frustrating, but if it happens it will turn into being marvelous :P

Using my InDesign tutorial notes again! I found out that another instructor wants me to give a lecture for his class on InDesign. I’ll have to find a way to improve the tutorial to get the least amount of blank stares out of the class.

Eventually finding Biscoff’s cookie spread!! Since I’m not allowed to go to Trader Joes (long story short, it’s for a bet. A bet I refuse to lose.) I knew I needed to find the Biscoff brand. While I was home I stopped at Cost Plus and found it! Now I can start attempting the multiple recipes I have that require the stuff.

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Seeing the carpet in my bedroom for the first time…in foreverrrrrr. Just kidding I’m not about to break into song a la Frozen, but while this is a bit of an exaggeration, I finally had time and energy to begin the big spring cleaning of 2014! I just decided to name it that so it’d sound more important in order to motivate myself. I’m so sneaky.

Deciding to use a lot of this weekend to work on blog and craft related things! I have a lot on my mental to do list and I’m looking forward to cross them off one by one! And I’m looking forward to sleeping in…but I suppose I should make it through this week first :P

A 48 hours filled with seeing friends at a birthday dinner (technically the boyfriend’s friends, but shhh I’m stealing them one by one), line dancing place, and dinner and Dave and Busters with more friends! (those ones are legitimately my friends too. I promise.) It was a whirlwind weekend, but super fun.

Yay I was able to complete the idea of naming marvelous things that spell out Tuesday! :P That was more difficult than I thought it would be haha

I PROMISE I’ll see you tomorrow! Well, you know, in text form. ;)

~Arianna