This time of year has always been my favorite – I love the change in the weather (yes, even here in soggy Portland), I love the feeling of wrapping up the current year and preparing for the new one, and I love the food. FOOOOOOOOOOD. Turkey and stuffing and potatoes and rolls and pie, oh my – followed by Continue reading →
When I had my chocolate business, people would often ask me what my favorite chocolate holiday was – Christmas? Valentine’s Day? But oddly enough, it was always Easter. I loved making Continue reading →
UPDATE 5 APRIL 2012: Hold the phone, people! I just made these again with a different recipe – adapted from Five Flavor Sugar Cookies, over at Cookie Madness – and they were The Bomb. I do not say this lightly. The mix of vanilla, lemon, rum, and coconut works perfectly to make these cookies taste like Easter and spring all wrapped in one neat little package. Photos and recipe in this post have now been updated with the new recipe. If you want just a plain old, plain old version you can use the sugar cookie recipe from the Sugar Cookie Bites with Nutella Nests post. Now go forth and bake!
Yesterday I was taking pictures of the sweet miniature daffodils at the park near our house. Today, those adorable little daffys were covered in snow. Snow! In March! At sea level! Pbblllt. I’m ready for spring, people. Continue reading →
I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. Which may be the worst possible way to start a post about heart shaped cookies with little love messages on them – but, there it is. All those hearts, and the pink and the red and the flowers and the mushy sentiments, they just make my skin itch. Continue reading →
This is my favorite shortbread cookie, in part because the dough is tasty (and no eggs, so no dough-eating guilt, yay!) and in part because it is so flippin’ easy. Foolproof, I might even say. And endlessly tweak-able. This is the same dough Continue reading →
I have never been an “it” girl. If you asked anyone to describe me, the word “fashionable” would never occur to them. Hip? Trendy? Edgey? No, no, and golly no. I blame it on my Idaho upbringing-you know, back in the days before the internets and cell phones and such, when po-dunk places like my hometown Continue reading →
In the spring of 2003, the hubster and I planted two native huckleberry plants in our front yard. I remember it so clearly because the plants were a belated wedding gift from a coworker, who took us to a native plant nursery and walked us around one wet and cold weekend morning, helping us decipher the magic behind what appeared to be a whole lot of sad little twigs in plastic pots. Really, we had NO clue. We’d bought a house at the same time we got married, and while the house itself was fresh and new (newly remodeled, anyway) – the yard was a mess of dirt and weeds and chain link fence. We were starting from scratch.