Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saturday Jams #2.22

Can y'all believe this heat? It looks like we've been thrown into summer already. I plan on spending my Saturday with some grocery shopping and maybe a trip to Target. I feel pretty proud of myself because I have already assembled my loot from a recent trip to Ikea. Tonight I'm heading out to the club for a birthday party and then tomorrow a small band of my ghoul friends (aka girlfriends) and I are going to check out the new Beercade for some Sunday Funday festivities. Hope you have an equally lovely weekend! 

Cults - "Never Saw The Point"
You can bet we're going to love anything with a girl group/60's throw back sound to it and this song is no exception.

Laura Stevenson - "L-DOPA"
The poetic lyrics alone make this simplistic song a great one.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

Now that we've truly had our first taste of warmer weather, we've got only one thing on our mind - GRILLING. And of course we can't mention the word grill without thinking of this. Anyhoodle, here's what's on our grilling essentials list this summer so we can master the art of meats and charcoal.

Wise Owl Picks - 
On the grill

Sly Fox Picks - 

Grilling Season 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Breakfast Club: Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits

If there's two things we love in this world, it's breakfast and sandwiches. So, whenever the opportunity presents itself to combine these two loves, we take it. Both Kerry and I have been trying more brunch recipes in the hopes that our group of friends will start meeting on a weekly basis on weekend mornings for a group breakfast. I was pretty pleased with how these cheddar jalapeño biscuits came out. They were a little more floury than I thought they would be, however they did store really well for about 4-5 days. Also, this recipe makes a pretty large batch of biscuits, so be nice and share the biscuit wealth with your friends and/or family!

from recipe adapted slightly from Joy The Baker Cookbook
    Makes around 12 biscuits

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    • 41⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
    • 3⁄4 cup cold buttermilk, plus more for topping
    • 1 egg
    • 3⁄4 cup cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
    • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño, diced small
    • 3⁄4 cup (1 1⁄2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
    • Coarse sea salt for topping

    Place a rack in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parch­ment paper and set aside.

    In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt.

    In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg.

    Toss together the cheddar cheese and jalapeño. Set aside.

    Add butter to the flour mixture. With your fingers or a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour, breaking the small cubes into smaller bits. Once the butter is well incorporated into the flour mixture, the flour will resemble coarse meal. Some chunks will be the size of small pebbles, others will be the size of oat flakes.

    Toss the cheese mixture into the flour mixture. Create a small well in the center of the flour mixture and add the but­termilk mixture all at once. Toss together with a fork making sure that all of the flour bits are moistened by the buttermilk. Mixture will be shaggy. Dump the biscuit dough onto a lightly floured counter and knead just to bring it together into a 1 1⁄2-inch-thick circle.

    Cut biscuits into squares or use a 2 1⁄2-inch circle biscuit cutter to cut rounds. Gather dough scraps, knead lightly, and cut out more biscuits until batter is gone. Place biscuits on prepared baking sheets, brush with buttermilk, sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

    Needless to say, I ate brinner a lot last week…

    Monday, May 26, 2014

    Web Wilderness / Branching Out

    Happy Memorial Day y'all! We're enjoying a whole lotta nothing today and we can only hope you're doing the same. If you find yourself with a cold beverage in hand and sweet corn in the other (or any BBQ'ed item really) then congrats, you've successfully enjoyed the holiday by our standards.

    Alas, tomorrow we return to work and the memories of the leisurely time spent will pass. But don't worry, this just marks the beginning of summer. If you find yourself wanting a little distraction from your plans today, or maybe it's Tuesday and you're back in the office, here are some internet links to help you cope. 

    • Last week marked our city's annual non-profit fundraiser extravaganza Omaha Gives! I ended up donating to 8 causes including Omaha Girls Rock!, Film Streams, Nebraska Humane Society, inCOMMON, Hear Nebraska, The Union for Contemporary Arts, the Bemis Center, and Omaha Public Library Foundation. The gals over at Birdhouse designs really knocked themselves out this year though, teaming up with the guys over at Hutch and Omaha by Design, they transformed this bus stop into an incredible pop-up living room space. Kudos to everyone who worked on this project. What a success!
    • Eep! We're sooooo excited for Omaha's newest vegan venture to open next door to O'Leaver's - Modern Love. Run by the amazing Isa Chandra Moskowitz (can you believe she's here in Omaha?!) you can take a preview tour of the space here
    • Sia's video for her new single Chandelier is completey unforgettable. I have literally watched every day for the past week. Equally unforgettable is her live performance on Ellen featuring the same dancer in the video. Seriously, it's amazing!
    • I finally got around to watching Drinking Buddies (currently streaming on Netflix) and I loved it. After you watch it, I'm sure you'll be equally as excited as I am to check out his latest project
    • This woman is my new hero. She's currently the oldest, active National Park Ranger and her story is incredible. Be sure to listen to her interview when you follow the link. 
    • I don't know why, but I always crack up when Jimmy Kimmel has celebrities read mean tweets about themselves. Gary Oldman's reaction is priceless!
    • Read Megan Hunt's thoughts on how the landscape of education is evolving past the necessity of a four-year Bachelor's degree to something more and then try not to immediately go to Skillshare to see what other proficiencies you can master. 
    • Now, I'm not a mom or anything, but NPR's look at how mothers are choosing to share updates on their children (babies in particular) via social media is incredibly interesting. It's something I never particularly thought of before, but I do think it's something extremely important for every mom-to-be considers before she hits "post".
    • I'm pretty confident that Kerry would love everything on this list of pineapple goods. 
    • I guess it's nice to know everyone gets snubbed now and again. My most epic snub involved telling a drag king dressed like Prince what an amazing job he had done lip synching to Pussy Control. Like the real Prince probably would have done, he looked right at my and then turned away finding another conversation to participate in. 

    A few weeks ago, I headed to Sweatshop in Benson to check out some seriously rad art by Tim Kerr. I'm totally obsessed with this Vivian Maier print.

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

    Saturday Jams #2.21

    THREE DAY WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That is all.

    Lowell - "Cloud 69"
    Just yes. All yes. This is going to be my summer jam (when I'm not listening to metal that is).

    Agnes Obel - "The Curse"
    Yeah, I'm a sucker for anything with a cello and a beautifully haunting voice. 

    Friday, May 23, 2014

    Wind Down / Wound Up - Memorial Day Weekend Edition

    Hi everyone! Are you ready for the glorious long weekend ahead? I actually took today off work to give myself a four day weekend and I have some projects planned around the house. Namely painting my bedroom, which I will share with you when it is completed! Right now it's painted a dark blue and has dark brown suede curtains... not exactly my cup of tea. Of course I hope to go out and have some fun as well and there's plenty going on this weekend! As the work week winds down, WO+SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend!

    FRIDAY May 23
    • Shakespeare + beer + Shakesbeer! The Storz Trophy Room and Lewis & Clark Landing host this event that benefits Nebraska Shakespeare. You know, those people that put on Shakespeare on the Green every year. There will be games, music, entertainment, food, and, of course, beer!
    • The Travelling Mercies and Uh Oh play at O'Leaver's. 
    • I'm not normally that into vampires but Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive looks fantastic. Check it out at Film Streams. 

    SATURDAY May 24
    SUNDAY May 25
    • I have been wanting to make grilled pizza for a long time! I'm actually hoping to invest in a grill this weekend so maybe this should be the first thing I make!
    • Head over the river for Loessfest to see the amazing Three Dog Night, The Guess Who, and Loverboy play!
    • Get centered for the day at Yoga Rocks the Park at Midtown Crossing.
    • I go to the Sunday Omaha Farmer's Market with my mom at Aksarben faithfully every week. (Except when it's pouring, we truly are fair weather fans.) We will be there this week again, stocking up on local goodness and sipping some Jones Bros coffee.
    MONDAY May 26
    •  Is there really any thing else to do on Memorial Day but grill out?? That's what I always do, at least. Here's hoping all of you can have a wonderful bbq with the folks you love.
    • End the long weekend with a literal bang at Loessfest for a concert played by the Omaha Symphony and a fireworks show. 

    And at all times this weekend, sissy that walk:

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Scouring & Devouring Omaha: Le Quartier Dundee

    While in college in Lincoln, we were introduced to Le Quartier while shopping at Open Harvest and we instantly fell in love. We were eating a lot of bruschetta when we discovered Le Quartier's baguettes were the perfect bread for our stinky, garlic ridden dish. 

    A few years ago, after returning to Omaha, we were pleasantly surprised when we spotted Le Quartier at our local Farmer's Market. Imagine our joy when they opened not only one, but TWO locations, one of which is right in the heart of Dundee!

    Serving sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch, you can stop in and grab a quick bite and take home some bread for later. 

    Here's what I got on a recent lunch visit - their vegetarian sandwich which consists of a cauliflower mash along with various other veggies like avocado, onions, etc. and a cut of their tomato soup which was absolutely delicious. It packed a lot of flavor and I think even had chunks of vegetables in it too. 

    Serving breakfast all day, Le Quartier is a great place to break out of your doughnut and/or bagel rut with their pastries, breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, quiche and more! Also, both Kerry and I had their coffee here so we can attest to it's all around perfection as a quick breakfast stop on the way into the office. 

    And there are desserts to be had!! Macaroons, lemon bars, cookies, you won't have a problem finding something sweet to end your meal with. While we were introduced to Le Quartier as a purely bread company, we're extremely happy to have found the rest of their menu applies the same eye to detail and deliciousness as the variety of breads they carry. Stop in soon!