Knuckle Salad baby

Welcome to everything, Mr. Baby

So that thing I mentioned was going to happen went ahead and happened, and now we have a little bit of a new roommate. He doesn’t do his share of the housework but we like him a lot. At this stage, he does sort of hinder normal cooking/crafting/blogging operations, but give us a little time and we’ll be right back …

Knuckle Salad's 4th of July craft and decorating roundup

Yankee Doodle Do or Die: A Vast Independence Day Roundup

We’re not sure what we’re going to do to celebrate the Fourth of July. (Yes, I know it’s tomorrow, but deciding ahead of time won’t save us from the after-fireworks traffic anyway so why not keep our options open?) Whatever we do, though, it won’t involve any kind of hosting or preparation. So what I’ve done here, all this searching, …

Stuffed garlic monkey bread

Savory. Like a monkey.

Why is monkey bread always sweet? Here’s an ingenious recipe for savory, garlicky cheese-stuffed monkey bread.

OREO truffles for Halloween

Eek! OREO truffle beasties for Halloween

I’ve never lived anywhere with heavy trick-or-treat traffic, but I imagine that as you hurl fistfuls of candy corn or whatever onto the porch at your neighbors’ kids, you want to come back inside to something better than the fun-size mediocrity you’re pushing. Maybe that’s the real Halloween trick—dispensing pouches of individually-wrapped “meh” masquerading as treats while you’re inside chowing down on, …

Super-Soldier Serum

For Independence Day this year, we’re having punch. Very red, very American punch that tastes like ambrosia—cherry, marshmallow, and coconut—with sweet little white stars.

Amanda's Barnyard Bash Invitation

Amanda’s Farm

It’s funny how unexpected projects often turn out to be the most interesting ones to work on. Take, for instance, the time I helped design stationery and decor for a two-year-old girl’s farm-themed birthday party. Sure, it’s a little different from the kind of work I’ve been doing lately, and no, I don’t think I do know any two-year-olds personally, …