Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
It’s so good. I don’t even care that it’s supposed to snow again this week. Well, I care a little but I’m choosing not to think about it. I kind of can’t even go there right now. The American Craft Council show was here in Baltimore this weekend and it was nice to have a peek around there and it was even nicer to sit outside and have a glass of sangria. I kind of broke the seal on that. And, you know, Sangria is just a gateway drink to margaritas which I pulled the lid off of this afternoon. Come on summer!
I made a good carrot cake too. From this book. So good!
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
The last several days have been a whirlwind of cold and wind and snow but we have somehow managed to keep warm and power through. I could not have done it without the five families that either took in or sent over some or all of their children to entertain/be entertained. It kept us all sane.
Otherwise, I spent the time cleaning out the fridge making a number of worthy recipes to keep our bellies full. These recipes are fridge cleaning powerhouses!
Recipes that are good:
Lentil Soup with Ham– I cut the recipe by half but still added the whole 7 cups of stock, maybe more. Very tasty and I used up the last of some luncheon ham, the ends of containers of brown and green lentils, and an opened bag of kale. Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday, December 29th, 2013
I was thumbing through cookbooks from the library when I came across a recipe for a farmhouse white bread that sounded interesting. It had a potato base and gave all the background on how the addition of potato makes for a more tender, more delicious sandwich loaf. I wasn’t looking for a loaf recipe though, I was really looking for a recipe for cinnamon buns so when I saw this recipe online I decided to try it. They are AMAZING. Everything you hope for in a cinnamon bun and more, I promise. They are so, so good. By far the best I’ve ever made! And they’re still easy even with the added step of cooking the potato. I even had to run out to the farmer’s market for eggs in the middle of the recipe and it was still worth it. You want to try these, you really do.
Thursday, April 4th, 2013
These cookies are SO good. Sure, I substituted walnuts and currants and added chocolate chips (still for a total of 3 cups of add ins) but I bet they’re good as written too. Another solid cookies recipe to put into rotation! Here’s the recipe.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
We made cookies this afternoon and, while I was poking around in our family cookbook for the recipe we needed, I came across this page from an issue of Sassy magazine that I ripped out once upon a time and saved. It’s a recipe for carrot cake in an article about Mike D. making a fifth birthday cake for Sassy magazine which, somehow, about sums up my life at the time. What year was that? The internet tells me it was approximately 1993. So there you have it.
I’ve never used this recipe but finding and reading it amused me so much that I wanted to give it a whirl until I actually, you know, read the recipe and noticed that it’s from a book titled “I Can’t Believe It Has No Sugar” and decided to pass. It’s sweetened entirely with unsweetened fruit juice concentrates! Where would I even buy that? Where could you buy that in the 90’s for crying out loud? Crazy New Yorkers with their health food stores.
What was your favorite teen reading?
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
We’re very lucky that Sandy passed through here leaving us unscathed. I was so worked up about the storm yesterday. I was really, really worried but, in the end, everything was fine. We spent our second day at home today. We made it! Only to find out after dinner that school is cancelled tomorrow too! Can you believe that? There aren’t enough Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
I love a good Halloween costume challenge. This year Avery wants to be Fluttershy pony and Chase wants to be a mermaid. Both costumes are done enough at this point that I feel confident that I won’t be up until midnight the night before Halloween (maybe just until 11). I had to buy a couple of yards of fabric to make Avery’s but everything I needed for Chase’s I had around the house. I’m pretty excited about this mermaid costume. She asked me to sew on some shells so I’m going to do that. It definitely needs a little bling. Come on Halloween! We have our giant bag of candy! We’re ready! Read the rest of this entry »
Monday, August 13th, 2012
Another winner from Martha’s book. I made this on Sunday. It was ok warm out of the oven at lunchtime but most delicious when fully cooled after dinner. I like that a little fresh ginger gets mixed in with the fruit. We ate it plain but it would be great with a scoop of ice cream or, even better, a dollop of whipped cream. Here’s the recipe: Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Or in other words, I think I can… I think I can. You take a week off from writing and then it doesn’t seem to come quite as easily anymore. Before we left we talked about data plans and wifi and whether or not we should totally disconnect and, in the end, I don’t think either of us touched a computer all week. There was lots of Uno, digging in the sand, kite flying, roasting marshmallows and generally lolling about the place (check out the vintage flame orange fire place!). Then of course there was also the grueling drive and, oh, the lost camera. It’s found now but poor Ben was beside himself for a minute. I think I’ll wait until I have all the pictures to write a proper post about vacation. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
There are 19 items on our summer bucket list. I need one more to make it an even 20. I thought of something today but never wrote it down so I’m still in the market for a good idea. The bug museum sounds intriguing… Read the rest of this entry »