To the Nines: Christmastime 2012

  With just a few weeks to go before we achieve critical holiday mass, I’ve rounded up my nine current favorites in each of the essential Christmastime categories: How to decorate, what to eat, and what the hell to give everybody. Find something inspiring to make your own season super merry and bright! Decorate          These lovely fabric and book …

Modern Mom's reinbeer

Roundup: Last-Minute Holiday Inspiration

Here is a list of the things I still believe—however delusional it may sound—that I still have a chance to do before Christmastime is over. 1. Put a hat on something. Two years ago, Erica of Erica’s Sweet Tooth put two dollops of frosting and a strawberry on top of a brownie and changed my life forever. I, too, want …

McCall's Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookie recipe

McCall’s Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

I rarely bake cookies, so when I do, I almost always choose a new, never-before-tried recipe, in the interest of adventure and an increased return on the laborious exercise of measuring things with measuring cups (ugh). The exception: McCall’s Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies. Probably half the cookies I make—ever—are these. They’re the perfect cookie, and therefore the only recipe worth …

Spider? I hardly know her

I don’t usually decorate for Halloween. I love Halloween, and I love holiday decorating, but Halloween decorating doesn’t really suit my style. When I decorate for a season, it’s to invite more beauty and sparkle into my home, not so I can pee my pants every time I walk into the living room and see a scarecrow standing there pretending …

Tiny Easter hats

Easter? Don’t worry, I’ll bring the hats

I was very excited to see John when he woke up this morning. “Good morning! Guess what!” I shouted. “What?” he muttered, groggy but intrigued. “You know how I wasn’t sure what to take over to Jenny’s for Easter dinner, because Zack and Jen are bringing wine, and my mom is in charge of dessert? Well! I figured out something …