Amazing Lower-Carb Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup (with Shirataki Noodles)
When it’s cold, we always make more soup, and one of our favorites is Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup. By substituting Shirataki Angel Hair Noodles for the real thing, we enjoy a more low-carb version of our favorite cold day treat. Ingredients: 48 oz Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth 1/3 cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce 3/8 cup (6 tbsp.) Brown Sugar Sriracha […]
Handmade Christmas Wreath from Christmas Cards Past
I have a problem throwing away things, especially paper remembrances – ticket stubs, cards, programs. There is no logical reason to hold onto the Phantom of the Opera program from my high school orchestra trip or the autographed Penn & Teller program from their performance at Duke, but I still have them. I have quite a stack of holiday cards, […]
Flower-Shaped Paper Ornaments
In preparation for the holiday season, I’ve been making paper ornaments. These ornaments are perfect for wreaths, trees, garlands, or as my favorite use — a gorgeous substitution for a traditional bow when you wrap a gift. It’s amazing how pretty folded & cut paper can be! Today, I’m going to just post some pictures of the ornaments I’ve made […]
Semi-Homemade Halloween Wreath
This past weekend, we had a lot of fun getting in the spirit of the season and decorating for Halloween. In an effort to better document my Halloween exploits, I’m going to try to post a project each day. One of the oldest projects on my Halloween to-do list was to make a wreath. Last year, I bought a spooky-ish […]
Deviled Eggs – with Bacon!
There’s only one kind of deviled egg recipe in the world that I’ll eat, and it’s this one. I grew up on these deviled eggs, first from my grandma, then my mother. Now I’m sharing the recipe because there are entirely too many deviled eggs recipes on the internets that don’t have bacon!
Butterscotch Bird’s Nest No-Bake Cookies
When I was a kid, I used to love the Butterscotch Haystacks. This recipe modifies the traditional haystack recipe by shaping it like a bird’s nest and adding eggs to create a really cute (and tasty) spring dessert recipe. (I was totally inspired by the No Bake Easter Nest Cookie Recipe at Prudent Baby.)The other best thing is that it’s […]
Changing the Curtains for Spring
Our front door has a big decorative glass window in it. To give us the feeling of privacy in the evening, we hung a curtain on the door. At night, we go into “lockdown.” This process simply entails pulling the curtains on the front door and kitchen window that looks out onto our front porch. In the fall, I hang […]
Spring Wreath (plus how-to)
Spring has definitely sprung. This weekend, Rob and I began our spring update to our home and yard. The first item of business was replacing the Winter Yarn Wreath I made in January with an updated spring wreath! I made our new wreath with a straw wreath, yarn, bias tape, paper flowers, and colorful buttons.
Flower-Shaped Treat Box How-To
One of the blogs that I read everyday is Prudent Baby. They have really cute projects and generally inspiring posts. They also have lots of contests for various prizes, but I usually don’t enter because their contests are usually sewing-related (and I am not a sewer–yet). However, on March 17th they announced a, “Sweet on Paper Contest,” to win an […]
Mouthwash 2 (Revolution in Mouthwash Dispensing)
Yesterday’s news of the upcoming iPad 2 release may have overshadowed an equally important announcement — the development of Mouthwash 2. This is not an evolution in mouthwash dispensing; it is a revolution.
Winter Yarn Wreath (with little owl friend)
I love outside Christmas decorations. We actually start our outdoor decorating in October for Halloween, use our non-carved pumpkins & add some scarecrows for Thanksgiving, then take down all the autumn and put up pretty lights and a wreath. (If it was up to me, I’d leave our Christmas lights up year-round, but Rob thinks it might make the neighbors […]
Our Fra Diavolo Spaghetti Sauce (Yummy! Spicy!)
I think everyone craves hearty, warm foods in the winter. At our house, we usually cook a lot more curry, stew, and chili. One thing we love to make is our spaghetti sauce; Rob and I both like hot, so this is a pretty hot dish. However, this dish only uses cayenne and crushed red pepper flakes because we generally […]
Tinseled Pompom Garland
There have been a lot of really cute garlands around this holiday season. I’ve been especially drawn to the felted ball garlands, like this one at Anthropologie: or this one at Branch: And, I think this Christmas ornament garland from Crate & Barrel is also pretty cute: I set about doing some research investigating what kind of garland cost would […]
Semi-Homemade Christmas Stockings
When it came time to make some Christmas stockings for my husband and me, I was limited by the fact that I can’t sew. (I know this is a severe character flaw that I will begin to remedy in the new year via sewing classes from my mother.) I had no idea what I wanted our stockings to look like, […]