Friday, October 17, 2014

Dreamgirls at Portland Center Stage {All of my love languages!!!}

In case you haven't picked up on it before, I am a big believer in love languages.  My Instagram bio is actually dedicated to my love languages.  

Some of my favorite LL's are 
friends + dance parties + local magic.

So, when Rachel asked if I would be interested in attending Dreamgirls at Portland Center Stage, I made sure my calender was clear!! 

Obviously, the evening was going to be filled with some of my favorite people, great music and local artists.

I am a big fan of musicals and really loved all of the songs from Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson's film version.  Since B&J weren't headlining this production I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  I knew it was going to be great but wasn't anticipating Oscar-worthy performances.  
I was w-r-o-n-g!

Everything about this performance was top notch!

The sets were beautiful, the costumes were inspiring and the artists were so talented!!

Seriously, I have decided I need a chiffon and feather poncho, a geometric turban and an ice blue wrap dress.

The singing was what really stood out to me.  I may or may not have danced in my seat and lip synced along.  My favorite songs were When I First Saw You, And I am Telling You I'm Not Going, One Night Only, and, Hard To Say Goodbye.

Dreamgirls runs through November 2nd.  As a special treat for Martha Chartreuse readers, use the code PDXBLOGS to get $20 tickets on Tuesdays and Halloween.  If you can't make it on those days, use the code for $5 off any other ticket.    


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When a Craving Strikes {Chocolate Chip Cookies}

In case you don't follow me on Instagram, last week I had a serious craving for Chocolate Chip Cookies.  A nearly 24-hour craving.  And, I finally caved at 10pm on a Tuesday night.  When I realized that I was without pecans my go-to recipe was out.  I quickly popped over to Joy the Baker and searched her CCC archives.  All of which were impressive but the Dark Chocolate, Pistachio & Smoked Sea Salt really stood out to me.  Not only because it called for sea salt, but, because it uses less flour than most recipes.  Something I am always drawn to.  Since I was fresh out of pistachios and my sea salt wasn't smoked  --Portlander FAIL-- I decided to play with the recipe.  Why didn't I just save some time and do this with my go-to recipe??  Because, I love that recipe and would never make it without toasted pecans.

Wait... M.... didn't you notice that Joy's recipe is just an adaptation of Deb's recipe?? The recipe you love and would never alter!!  Yes, I noticed this AFTER I ate so many cookies.  I think it is safe to say I have a cookie type.

And, that Joy and Deb are amazing!!!

I did make a few modifications.  I increased the amount of chocolate.  Took out the pistachios.  Used standard sea salt.  Less fancy with my baking instructions.

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Makes 10 large cookies.
1/2 cup (1 stick)  unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups dark chocolate chunks
Sea Salt for Topping
1.  Preheat oven to 300 Degrees.  Spray or butter cookie sheets.
2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars for 4-5 minutes.  Add egg and extract.  Beat for another 4 minutes.
3.  In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt.  Add in half of flour mixture to butter mixture.  Incorporate with the mixer on low.  Add remaining flour.  Mix until incorporated.  Add chocolate and beat until just incorporated.
4.  Using a large ice cream scoop, space dough 2 inches apart.  Sprinkle sea salt on each cookie.
5.  Bake cookies for 18-20 minutes, or, until just golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack or platter.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tique Box + Levo League 12-Month Giveaway!!

Hello Lovelies!!!  I hope you are all doing well and pushing through this week.

Wanted to let you all know that my beloved Tique Box has teamed up with Levo League and will be giving away a 12-month subscription!!!

Run over and register before the giveaway closes on October 12th, 2014.