My plate has been so full. Some great things are coming up. The baby has decided to sleep a little bit more (now that I have written that, I expect her to revert immediately.) The semester is wrapping up nicely, but still not quite done. Farmer's Market is finally open again and there are vegetables. I feel like I'm breathing again, you know?
I have so much fun stuff that I want to talk to you about. So many good recipes to share.
But this is my to-do list for tomorrow, and I'll be thankful if half of it gets done:
- repair the dryer (and catch up on all the laundry that hasn't gotten done as a result of no dryer)
- go for a run with E
- garden work here and at a friend's house
- grade exams
- grocery shop
- fix a minor car issue
- get gas for the mower
- plant grass seed
- clean the house
So for now I'm just going to share a very quick and easy way to impress your friends at parties or dinner guests: baked brie. I was recently invited to a dinner party that turned out to be full of some pretty incredible women, most of whom I'd never met before. I wasn't sure if the party was going to be formal or laid-back, if the people would be foodies or just plain hungry. While figuring out what to wear was far more involved, I knew right away what I wanted to make. It takes next to no time to throw together but is still celebratory and delicious. Use good jam!
1 piece of puff pastry, thawed in the fridge overnight or on the counter until just cool enough to handle
2-3 tsp. spicy sweet jam (I used homemade raspberry jalapeño.)
1 small wheel of brie
egg for egg wash
You can brush it with egg wash at this point and it'll taste great, or you can use the reserved pieces of puff pastry to make it a little pretty.
Brush with the egg wash (just lightly beat the egg and add a little water) and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until the pastry puffs up and is golden brown.
Finally, I'm going to leave you with a one minute video of the baby. She just turned 7 months and has become such a big little person. She is so close to crawling and babbling like crazy. She's come a long way since these two minutes. Highlights include snorting, super fast excited breathing, and a solid nose-dive at the end.