Thursday, June 21, 2012

And the Livin' is Easy

Made some turkey sandwiches, packed up the ol' minivan, and spent an afternoon in the woods with my friend Erin. After visually inhaling five consecutive Mad Men episodes the night before, I had retro clothing on the brain. A squirt of that 1960's brain juice must have dribbled into my eyes (plenty more pleasant visual imagery where that came from) as I sifted through my closet that morning,  because my get-up had a vintage feel to it. Mainly because of the scarf. 
First name: Katie. Last name: The Riveter.

The skirt is from ShopSosie, but as it is no longer in stock, here's a similar style from ModCloth. 
The shirt belongs to my mama. ShopSosie has one quite like it. 
The floral belt came with a Ruche dress I bought last year. While the dress is no longer on their website, they have plenty of other beautiful, floral prints on sale right now! Click!

First movie post, comin' up next.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sweet Peach Cake

I would like to say, "Welcome." Welcome to Meal and a Movie, where I'll be going places many no women have gone before in the world of food, movies, and clothesall while on a college student's budget. It's going to be so much fun.

Like opening-a-new-jar-of-peanut-butter fun.
Or WHOA-this-parking-meter-already-has-30-minutes-on-it fun.
Or I-just-bumped-into-James-McAvoy-at-my-local-grocery-store-and-he-helped-me-carry-my-bags-to-the-car-and-now-we're-engaged! fun.

I was lucky enough to find myself in two of those situations this morning. You can decide which ones.
I think you get the picture, though. We're gonna have fun here. Let us begin! 
With Sweet Peach Cake!
I did not originally plan for this Peach Cake to be my blog's first recipe. I planned to make some sort of fancy-pants layered cake and WOW you with my attention to detail and piping skill. Due to a misunderstanding between my Dad and I, however, which involved us accidentally going to the grocery store at the same time, our household ended up with a TON of peaches . A literal ton. The kitchen floor caved in under their weight and I landed upon a heap of debris and old board games in my garage.

It was all worth it in the end, though, because with those peaches, a glorious dessert was made. A dessert that came straight from the kitchen of Giada de Laurentiis, and involved a few tweaks from yours truly.

Sweet Peach Cake
Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis
Time: 3 hrs, including cooling
Yield: 8 - 10 servings
For the Cake:
Butter for greasing
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 fresh peaches, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces.
For the Glaze:
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ .
2. Butter and flour a 9x9 glass pan.
3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a medium bowl until blended.
4. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla in a separate large bowl to blend.
5. Gradually add the dry ingredients and stir until blended.
6. Stir in diced peaches.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan.
8. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes.
9. Melt butter in saucepan or microwave
10. Sift 2 cups of powdered sugar into a medium-size bowl.
11. Add melted butter to powdered sugar.
12. Add three tablespoons milk.
13. Add vanilla extract.
14. Beat until smooth and creamy.
15. Drizzle over COMPLETELY cooled cake.

This cake takes quite a while to bake and cool. Instead of kneeling down in front of the oven, turning on the light and drooling on your kitchen floor as the cake rises, my sweet-toothed friends, I suggest laying on the living room carpet and watching my dog, Oliver, OBLITERATE the remnants of a jar of Jif Peanut Butter with his eight-foot tongue. It's better than television. 
Well, at least better than Whitney. Or Two Broke Girls. I am in no way implying that Oliver's peanut butter love-sessions are better than Mad Men, however, which has grabbed hold of my heartstrings over the last four days, snatched me into its fandom and won't let go until I have finished all five seasons. Hopefully by the end of this weekend.

ANYWAY. Once the cake is cooled, and you've added your glaze, feel free to add some thinly sliced peaches as decoration. Pretty snazzy, eh? EH?!
My glaze ended up as more of a thick icing. If the gooey, classic, cinnamon bun glaze is what you're lookin' for, be sure to add at least 3 tablespoons of milk.  
Enjoy this sweet, flavorful, wonderfully moist cake!  
Thank you so much for reading! All 4.7 billion-trillion of you!

No, but seriously. Thank you. Get ready for some fun.