How to make your own mayonnaise

A few disclaimers here.

1. I don’t really eat mayonnaise.  If I had to choose I’d pick Miracle Whip, but I really just don’t eat things that require mayo as a condiment.

2. Mayo is not the most attractive thing to photograph, so if you have a weak stomach, I’ve put the recipe first. :)

That said, my husband eats a turkey sandwich every.day. for lunch. I was told making your own mayo was easy and, obviously, would have way less crap in it. So, I gave it a go.

Ingredients:

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2 eggs

2 cups of light tasting olive oil (not pictured)

2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon of mustard (not pictured)

1 teaspoon of sea salt

Cayenne pepper to taste

Other necessary items: a blender and a jar (I use leftover salsa jars, but mason jars or pasta jars work too).

I’m still getting a handle on this blogging thing, so I didn’t get a ton of pictures of the “in process” part. I promise it’s easy. Just add everything but the olive oil to the blender. Blend well. The HARDEST part is this next step. It’s only hard because it tests your patience. Keep the blender running on its lowest setting, and SLOWLY drizzle the olive oil into the blender. You really need to do this almost drop by drop. This part takes up 9/10 of the time it takes to make your own mayo. Just be patient. The olive oil, blending slowly, allows the mixture to thicken over time. When you’re done adding the olive oil, do a quick taste test. You can add whatever spices you want. I sometimes use honey mustard instead of yellow mustard, and I often add more cayenne pepper, but the beauty of making mayo at home is that you can make it to your liking. I think I’m going to add wasabi next time. Here’s the final product:DSC_2250 DSC_2251 DSC_2252

 

Enjoy!  And definitely let me know if you come up with any great mayo recipes!

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Life Lately

DSC_2243Brunch at the famed Honey’s with friends and their babe. Despite it’s Food Network fame, I’ve been twice and think it’s way over-hyped. But that’s another story for another day. The plus side is that they were VERY accommodating to a large stroller and an infant. 

DSC_2263 DSC_2262 DSC_2261 DSC_2260 DSC_2259Photos from the world’s best book club. Seriously, I am part of the very best book club that has ever existed. A hodge-podge of beautiful, brilliant women from different worlds collide for laughter and meaningful conversations. This time around we read The New Jim Crow. The author was a little ranty, the content was less non-fiction novel and more academic textbook, BUT it’s thought-provoking and worthwhile to read (or at least skim). Those of you watching Orange is the New Black would appreciate it.

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I went to Atlanta for a work trip. It was nice to reconnect with old colleagues, but even nicer to spend time with old friends. While downtown Atlanta has nothing on Philadelphia, I miss the charm of Atlanta’s neighborhoods a lot. This was the view from my hotel room. Views of CNN, the Georgia Dome, and the newly installed ferris wheel. DSC_2274 DSC_2273 DSC_2267 DSC_2264And then I got to come home to my apartment and these views. I love our neighborhood so much. Our private roof deck makes it even better. And the sunsets have been out-of-this-world-beautiful lately.

Life has been busy but oh, so, good. 

xoxo,

Ashlee

 

 

Dear Dad

Today was the first day I had to do the popular “put your iPhone in rice” trick. I didn’t drop it in water. I did, however, walk through a monsoon this morning in a jacket that wasn’t as water-proof as it claimed to be. So far, about 10 hours after the accident, I’ve decided I can definitely live without the phone. What I can’t live without? Instagram and my iPhone camera!  I love my big girl camera, but you can’t carry it around all. the. time. Fingers crossed this rice thing works.

In other news, a friend shared a great article with me today. It talks about a father’s outlook on sex for his daughter. It’s hopeful and positive and strong and a totally refreshing perspective. You can check it out here.

And because this post needs some photos– thanks Dad, for all of your love and support throughout the years. I love you! These are for you.

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Life investments

Growlersvia Growlers was a new bar I tried this weekend. While the drink menu was pretty standard, I appreciated that it was a nice bar, while still being very unpretentious. They are a sports bar, mixed with a living room, mixed with a dive bar. I loved it.

I spent this weekend doing things around my city. Saturday morning I met some friends for brunch, Saturday evening I was invited to a potluck dinner with new friends, and then I was invited out for a girls night with another friend. Sunday, I went out to the ‘burbs to visit more friends and spend some quality time with them, poolside. Between the potluck dinner and the girls’ night on Saturday, I met 7 new fabulous ladies. It’s really easy to get comfortable in my new abode with my beau, but it was also really refreshing to go out, be social, and make new friends. It felt like I was investing in my life in Philadelphia.

Which brings me to another point– in exchange for these weekend activities, I bailed on a trip down to DC to see friends from college. I felt guilty about it all weekend– like I was being a bad friend. There were various reasons why I couldn’t actually make it down to DC, but I still felt like I was failing as a friend. At the same time, I’m still new to Philly– still looking for those close girlfriends. And it felt really nice to step out of my comfort zone. There’s no real point to this post, other than it’s hard trying to balance old relationships with new ones. But I am excited about all the new people coming into my life, and so very thankful for the ones that are already here. :)

5 on Friday: Mexico

ONE: I miss Mexico. This was the view from our private, sunset dinner a few days before our wedding.photo 1TWO: I miss this view from our morning walks on the beach.photo 2THREE: I miss this crystal clear water from our Honeymoon at El Dorado Maroma.photo 4FOUR: Just before this little nook on the beach is a nudist resort. photo 3FIVE: Now that I’m depressed because our wedding and honeymoon in Mexico are months behind us already, HAPPY FREAKING FRIDAY!photo 5 You may not get this view, but you can make this drink anywhere! Vodka (or rum), some pineapple juice, and a splash of cranberry juice. Enjoy :)

xoxo,

Ashlee
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