Saturday, November 3, 2012

Eating our way through hurricane Sandy

As I'm sure the rest of the world has heard by now, the east coast of the US (and of course, the Caribbean as well) suffered the wrath of Sandy. I live in Washington, DC. While we were spared the brunt of the force of Sandy, DC effectively shut down during the storm and we were stranded in my little 19th century row house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood. Naturally, our way of coping with being trapped inside was to obsessively reading CNN/Washington Post/NPR to keep updated (because the neighborhood I live in has flooded severely several times this summer during bad thunderstorms, we were really afraid of what could happen if we had gotten more water than we did!). We also ate all of our feelings. ALL of them.

If you follow me on Instagram (username Katerader), you'll probably know by now that I cooked everything. I love to cook, and think I'm pretty good at inventing things. I cooked two whole chickens, because I had purchased these wonderful organic free range birds from the farmer's market, which is unfortunately over for the season. They weren't cheap, and I was afraid that if we lost power they'd spoil. So I thawed them and threw them together with everything else I had in my pantry. For some crazy reason, it didn't occur to me to get out my good camera until after we'd dissected the birds, but my crappy iphone 4 shot should suffice that it was deeee-licious. I put fresh herbs, a quarter of an onion, and fresh lime inside the bird and a liberal amount of salt and pepper on top.

For dessert, I made these awesome cookies. I was inspired by a recipe on What Katie Ate for lemon pistachio cookies and decided to alter them for what I had available. Her cookies were rounder, and she made little cookie sandwiches with buttercream inside. It was a little too rich for a post-chicken dinner, so I decided to make my own recipe up.

Lime pistachio cookies

The cookies were very easy to make.

1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened but not completely at room temp
1 3/4 cups flour, or a little less (you want the consistency of a regular cookie batter as if you were making chocolate chip cookies)
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
juice and zest from 1 lime
about 1/4 cup unsalted pistachios out of their shells, chopped

Preheat oven to 375f. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. I let mine go in my mixer for around 10 minutes. Then add egg and let it combine. I like to add my baking soda and salt now so that I can be sure they're well mixed in; you could also sift together the dry ingredients but I'm too lazy for that. Add lime juice and zest. Slowly add in flour until it comes together and forms a cookie dough. I add the pistachios last. Line cookie sheets with parchment. I put my dough in the freezer for a few minutes to harden up because my kitchen was hot. Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending upon your oven.


2 cups powdered/confectioner's sugar
several tablespoons of lime juice
2+ tbsp milk

Slowly mix in all three ingredients. Add more lime juice if you want a thinner glaze... I just kept adding lime until I had the taste and consistency I wanted. If it's limey enough but still not liquid enough, add an extra tbsp of milk if you need to. Garnish cookies with some more crumbled pistachios.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


So I've re-launched my blog in an effort to hopefully lead up to my Etsy shop rebranding and relaunch. Many things have happened since I last posted! I'll try to remember them all. As I'm sure you can see, I've relocated to Washington, DC. I live right in the city, in the Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park neighborhood. I moved down here because I was accepted into a doctoral program at Howard University! I'll be studying the antebellum period in the North and specifically focusing on African American communities of free peoples. It's an under-studied area and a very interesting one. I'm really quite excited! So I moved down to DC in August and moved into a row house with two people, a woman and a man. My roommate Anna works in public health and my roommate Primoz is a grad student at George Washington U. Both are great. Our house is a perfect 19th century brick row house.
\ Besides the move, I did a ton of archaeology this summer. I spent a good amount of time in Ohio working on a wind farm project that will be put there in a year or two. I also did bi-weekly archaeology tours of an island off the coast of Maine to coincide with a museum exhibit, and I was also the teaching assistant for a field school. Lots and lots to write about those and I will save them for separate posts. I intend on my blog to be a mix of vintage clothing chats, some hair stuff, and then a lot about archaeology and grad school in general. I hope to also throw a little bit of personal stuff in here and there, as I've embarked on some wonderful new relationships since moving to DC (romantic and otherwise). Hopefully I'll be better about posting more regularly! :p

Friday, May 4, 2012

Vargas Girl inspired 'do

Tonight I decided to try an updo inspired by a Vargas Girl print...
It's basically just 4 small victory rolls... But I think it came out pretty well! I have a video tutorial in the works on how I did it that I'll post soon!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Heyday! giveaway!

Heyday! is having a giveaway! Check out their blog, I'd love the Fleur dress in pink gingham! So adorbs.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


I'm posting an update! I know, you're shocked, since it's literally been ages since the last time I posted a for-real update. This will probably be a bit short and sweet, but it's an update nonetheless.

1. I am almost finished with my master's. This is pretty exciting... I'm writing my thesis on a 19th century African American community in midcoast Maine. It's really interesting. I'm looking forward to completing it, though I must say, I have a LOT of work to do. Yeesh.
2. Personally, I've really never been better as far as my happiness goes. Finally free of the funk of that terrible breakup I went through last year-ish and feeling great. I'm not looking for anyone right now, as I'm hoping to move as soon as humanly possible (read: as soon as I get some of this credit card/grad school debt paid off, which is happening at a decent rate since my etsy sales have been decent recently!)
3. My vintage-ing has been really great recently. The rest will be photos of some of my gorgeous finds recently...
a vintage 40s/50s Lord and Taylor gorgeous navy cape with a hood... Which, coincidentally, is available in my shop ;)

some new Jadeite to my collection. That sugar pourer is repro I believe (the type is wrong) but it's cute. And how adorbs are those scotty dogs?!

After almost buying (and paying for shipping) the milk glass mixing bowl for my vintage Sunbeam mixer, I found one thrifting for $10! I don't really use the thing (though, it definitely still works great, I just have a lovely red Kitchenaid that's pretty amazing). I need a hutch or something to house all of my lovely vintage housewares. I have so many now! Eek!

Speaking of new vintage housewares, I got this GORGEOUS midcentury bedroom set. I've been needing a new set for ages, and I found all three pieces for TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS. I KNOW. IT'S CRAZY. (This photo was taken at the thrift shop, those accessories aren't mine). It makes my heart swoon, and it's coming to me Saturday!!!!

Oh, and I found this charming jar of "Sta-So" hair dressing... I'm guessing from the label it's from the 30s or 40s. I love that it's milk glass... and I love even MORE that it still has some in it! It smells like paraffin wax and still feels very much like pomade. I won't be putting it into my hair any time soon, but it will make a charming addition on my bed table. I'm looking for a good mirror to go above my new dresser (the only downside to this set is that it's missing the original vanity mirror)... I'm going to an estate sale Friday, and I'm keeping an eye on craigslist, so here's hoping something cool comes up!

I hope everyone is doing well, and I'll do my best to update more often.