Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Water Witcher.

A couple weeks back we had some men come out to the farm to look for water. Their equiptment was impressive enough but I'll let you know now that they were unsuccessful in their attempts. The best part of this post is the third picture of Chap. There's this thing called water witching. Yea it sounds creepy. But back before they had huge lorries to cart around machinery that can dig deep into the ground they used small pieces of metal and walked around their property and if the metal moved it was a sign that there was water below.
Chap thinks he is a water witcher. And I'm not gonna lie, it was hilarious to see him walking around with two metal sticks and claiming that they were moving. It was also hilarious when he told me he made the sticks of metal and watched a Youtube video on the How-to's of witching. Hilarious is the only word for it.


Monday, 11 February 2013

Butterfly Cakes.

[This is an English recipe so note the different measurements.]
Butterfly Cake
115g/4oz self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
115g/4oz butter or margarine {softened}
115g/4oz caster sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
2tbsp milk
85g/3oz unsalted butter {softened}
175g/6oz icing sugar, plus a little extra for dusting
I added a spoonful of raspberry jam under the cream
Preheat your oven to 350.
Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl, add the butter, sugar, eggs, and milk, mix well together until smooth.
Spoon the mixture into the cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden.
Cut out a small square in the middle of each cupcake and cut the square in half to make two butterfly wings to go on top of the buttercream.
To make the butter cream, whip butter in a mixer until fluffy. Sift in the icing sugar and mix together until creamy. 
Basically these cupcakes are like making mini Victoria Sponge Cakes. It doesn't get much more English than this.


Friday, 8 February 2013

The District of Columbia.

My good friend from college, Curry, and I were chatting about the fact that we both had Southwest funds that were going to expire. I wanted to go somewhere I'd never been and do some exploring. D.C. was never a place I would have thought about, Curry loves it since he is an American history major , but I really enjoyed it. The ground is so steeped in American history that I couldn't help but feel slightly more patriotic while I was there. Another bonus of our trip was the fact that all the museums and exhibits were government funded= free for us. (Nothing's really free I guess, but still feels cool)

1. Washington Monument at sunset our first night.
2,3. The D.C. metro was really fun and one of the prettiest I've been on.
4. Loved the streamlined look of this government building.
5. Standing on the steps of the National Archives building where we saw the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.
6,7,8,9,10. The National Gallery of Art (one small part of the Smithsonian) was incredible.
11,12,13. The Capitol was much bigger than I realized and much more beautiful in person. 
14. Every way I turned I found something to take a picture of. Even the architecture of light poles was picture-worthy.
15,16,17. My favorite part of the trip was the National Library of Congress. The building inside was beyond beautiful. Curry knew that it was possible to get your own Library of Congress library card and once we found the room to apply for it, within ten minutes we were holding a plastic card with our picture on it. Curry only wanted one so he could read and hold a first edition. We didn't end up having time, but our cards don't expire for another two years so I'm sure we'll be back. Amazing that America trusts me with all their books. 
18. Good Stuff Eatery. Try it. It was fab. We were so hungry at this point in the day so we ordered everything on the menu. Burgers, fries, and shake were well worth the extra calories.
19, 20, 21. The Lincoln Memorial was tight. Even more tight when it was 20 degrees and snowing. 
22. Silverado's for Sunday lunch. I can't tell you how good this meal made me feel. It was literally the breakfast of champions. (Yes...that is deep fried french toast!)
23. Picture 4,454,000 of the Washington Monument. I warned Curry before we set off that I was 'that girl' that takes 4 million pictures of the same thing. He still made fun of me.
24-28. The WWII Memorial was just photogenic. It was designed really well and right in between the Washington monument and the Lincoln memorial. Of course I took an obligatory photo in front of my new home state. (I hope I don't become one of those people who are obsessed with Texas)
29. The cold mall trees on our walk towards the Vietnam memorial.
30, 31, 32, 33. I loved the Vietnam memorial. I saw multiple Hudson's at first glance and then looked them up and realized there was a whole page of Hudson's. It really does make you appreciate our veterans and all they've had to sacrifice for this country, even their lives. 
34, 35. The Lincoln memorial at the golden hour as the sun went down. 
36, 37. President Obama's Crib. My brothers first question when I got home was, "Did you see Obama?"
38. This was probably my favorite building of the trip. Another government building right next to the White House. 
39. Old Ebbitt Grill. Recommendation that we loved.
40, 41. The Arlington National Cemetery before we left for our flight early Monday morning. The sun finally came out right as we were leaving. Sad for us, good for my camera. 

Loved every minute. You have my vote District of Columbia.