Coffee Trees

Coffee Trees

I feel like I should preface this by saying that I love the smell of coffee. Because if I don’t say that, the first thing you think might be, “Whoa, this must really smell like coffee,” thinking it’s an oversight on my part, and I don’t want you to get hung up on that thought. No. The coffee smell isn’t …

Holiday Card Ornament

Lillyella’s Christmas Card Keepsake Ornament

Nicole from Lillyella posted this tutorial on ScoutieGirl this week, and I knew I had to make one immediately. It’s incredibly easy and quick to make, especially if you have a circle punch on hand… and if you don’t, it’s worth getting one. They come in handy from time to time. Mine is 2″ and it made a nice, big …

The Gingerbird House Project

Presenting the Gingerbirdhouse and the Gingerbird Nook! My friend Jenny and I designed these little non-edible gingerbread decorations for the Michael’s holiday craft contest. (Spoiler alert: We didn’t win.) www.michaelscontest.com/uploads/2958 www.michaelscontest.com/uploads/2962 The house is about 10” tall, but the Nook, which is pictured in the foreground, is only about 2” high. It’s very small, and fits on the Christmas tree! …

Honey Nut Pork Pockets

Sounds gross, doesn’t it? Yeah, well I’ve got news for you: it looks even worse than it sounds. It tastes terrific, though. I don’t mean to sound surprised, but since I made it out of what I had in the house at the end of an extra long day — leftover puff pastry, frozen pork, crushed nuts, honey, and goat …

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

I got this recipe from Diet, Dessert and Dogs the same day I got a sack of impulse brussels sprouts from Whole Foods. The previous week, I had read in an article (for probably the hundred thousandth time) that brussels sprouts are pretty much the best thing you could ever eat. Remembering that article and faced with a pretty little …

The Four Alarm Chicken Sandwich

Wendy’s, we know you don’t want us to have this. We know you’re trying to protect us from ourselves. But your attempt at setting boundaries has led us to defy you. Some sandwiches are too important to be limited by your authoritarian whim, and besides, you have to let us make our own mistakes. To assemble a homemade imitation of …

Shrimp Fried Rice

Grandma’s shrimp fried rice tastes authentic, but way better than takeout. She showed me how to make it ages ago, but then I didn’t make any for a long while. As a result, shrimp fried rice is something I always feel as if I’m doing wrong, like I’ve left something out or skipped a step. Sometimes I’m right. Sometimes, the …

Salmon with Orange-Balsamic Glaze

I love the Frantic Home Cook. I don’t always love salmon. But this salmon is the best I’ve ever made. I grabbed it here. I’m copying it below just, you know, in case it ever goes anywhere. Because it’s very important to me. Ingredients: 4 medium-sized salmon fillets 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup brown …

Rotelle with Mozzarella and Roasted Peppers

Rotelle seems to mean different things to different people. The photo in my Family Circle cookbook shows pinwheels, but all we ever seem to find in the store is springs. Of course, it’s fine with springs. It’s also great with penne. John prefers it with cheese-filled tortellini, because when we use those, we skip the cubed mozzarella. Chunks of cheese …

Root Vegetables

Honey-Roasted Root Vegetables

Loved this. Made it while Mike and Njicki were visiting, because they’re vegetarian and the least I can do is make an effort. It was a big risk to try a new recipe. But it turned out to be delicious. And easy. Really easy. Easy enough that if it hadn’t worked out, I still could’ve tried something else. Got it …