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On the 6th Day of Christmas…Hot Cocoa!

I ordered cube molds and bamboo spoons on Amazon for a few bucks to make them a consistent size.

I ordered cube molds and bamboo spoons on Amazon for a few bucks to make them a consistent size.

I’ve been trolling the hot cocoa sticks recipe on Pinterest for years now, so I figured it was finally time to try her out.   I used the King Arthur recipe but altered it a bit to make a fragrant and slightly spicy Mexican hot chocolate and I made a bunch to ship out to our friends and family on the east coast.  It was a teeny tiny bit tedious the way I did it, but I have to say…it’s makes pretty freaking delicious hot cocoa! Continue reading

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On the 4th Day of Christmas…Give Cookies!

IMG_0434I’ve never used my mom’s ceramic cookie stamps and I’ve been dying to for years.  I decided to make sugar cookies for my son’s therapy school teachers and thought the stamps would be perfect for banging out a large quantity of simple but gorgeous cookies.  At the last second, I thought it might be pretty to dry brush some gel food coloring over the larger designs and they turned out great!   These only took about 2 hours total to make, so they are perfect for a last-minute gift or for making in large quantities. Continue reading

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On the 3rd Day of Christmas…Bake!

IMG_0433Is there anything more wonderful than bread smeared with butter straight out of the oven?   No.  Not really.  This nutty and fruity cinnamon swirl bread is my favorite bread to make around the holidays.  It combines everything delicious into one loaf; cinnamon, sugar, nuts and dried berries swirled into a soft, squishy and ever so slightly chewy white bread.  Don’t be scared of baking bread!  I know it can be daunting, so I’ve broken it down with photos to help make it fool-proof.  Continue reading

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Time for Pumpkin Pie!

IMG_7628Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away!  Here’s a photo of my pumpkin pie from last year.  I always use the rolled Pillsbury pie crusts for cutting out decorations because they are evenly rolled and hold up nicely to intricate cutting, but I like a thicker, homemade crust for the base of the pie.   Click through for the recipe! Continue reading

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(Three) Rustic Wedding Cakes

The largest cake was a yellow cake with salted caramel buttercream. It had two tiers and an adorable owl topper.

The largest cake was a yellow cake with salted caramel buttercream. It had two tiers and an adorable owl topper.

When your little brother and his fiancée ask you and your dad to make their wedding cake, you say “of course”, but when they ask if you can make THREE, you choke a little, then smile and still say “of course”.   They insisted that they wanted something simple and rustic, but when you have to make cake for 150 people in a rented home kitchen, things will always get a little interesting.   We had made three cakes for our wedding as well with only a few hitches, but we rented an industrial refrigerator for them and bought vanilla buttercream instead of making it ourselves (a huge time and money saver!).  These two crazy kooks wanted flavored buttercreams and one carrot cake, so everything was made from scratch in many, many batches. Continue reading

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Pinterest Tuesday

The Copy: A simple, perfect brunch or dinner!

The Copy: A simple, perfect brunch or dinner!

I don’t know about you, but I love Pinterest.   LOVE IT.   But for a while there, I think I was just creating an internet-only beautiful life that I wasn’t fully living.   Virtual life no longer!  I’m cooking the recipes, crafting the crafts and using the inspiration boards for my own decor.  Here’s what I tried out this week! Continue reading

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Babies, Scallions and Pudding Pops

puddingThe interesting (er…annoying) thing about nursing a newborn is that you only have a few hours at a time to do anything while they are not eating, and most of that time is spent pumping for the future, changing their diaper or entertaining them.  As a maker and a doer, this has been pretty tough for me, so I started trolling Pinterest for all those quick little projects I’ve always wanted to try out to make me feel like I’m accomplishing something.   Without further ado, I bring you three DIY projects that you can actually finish while nursing a new baby! Continue reading

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Raw Beet Salad

I fell in love with the raw beet salad at The JakeWalk in Carroll Gardens, so I ran home, copied it and then proceeded to eat it everyday this week.  It’s simple, delicious and the ingredients I prepped on Sunday held up perfectly all week!

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Frozen Food Month! (or two…)

All tucked away and ready for June!

All tucked away and ready for June!

Jeff and I decided to jump on the frozen meal train for our first month (or two) with the baby.  It’s incredibly easy to get any type of food delivered in New York City at all hours of the day, but the cost and calories are ridiculous when added up.  I decided instead of depending on the famously convenient city, I would plan a little over a month of food and snacks for us so we have minimal grocery shopping each week when the baby comes.   Unfortunately, our first month will be smack dab in the middle of farmer’s market season, so not only will we miss a bit of that deliciousness in exchange for quality time with the tiny,  but I also had to plan food that was summery without needing the seasonal veggies ahead of time.  It was quite the task!

This is the master list of everything we can choose from....who needs take out?!

This is the master list of everything we can choose from….who needs take out?!

I started by doing some research on Pinterest and creating a board with frozen food ideas.  The site Once A Month Mom also helped A LOT.  Since those recipes are broken down each year by month, I was able to narrow my choices down to May through July which ensured that I would be picking food appropriate for the season.  I wrote down all my ideas, separated them into breakfast, lunch or dinner and then narrowed them down by my favorites.

Yes...I TAPED everything in despite the fact that I am perfectly capable of using the computer!

Yes…I TAPED everything in despite the fact that I am perfectly capable of using the computer!

When it came to typing up the recipes, I first established what portion of the meal could be made ahead and frozen and what portion would be better fresh.  I typed the prep recipes separately from the “on the day” recipes which also included the grocery list for the fresh stuff.

The prep recipe is on the left and the recipe for Jeff to follow while I'm sleeping...;-)...is on the right!

The prep recipe is on the left and the recipe for Jeff to follow while I’m sleeping…;-)…is on the right!

I imagine each week we’ll decide which meals and snacks we want to have, and Jeff can just jot down the grocery list from each recipe onto a master list and hit the store on Sunday!  I’m really excited to have all of our food planned for June so we can focus on being new parents.  Now I just need to precook and freeze everything before I go into labor… 😉

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Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Ducks

photo12My husband and I whipped up these shortbread ducks one night when we both needed something sweet but didn’t want a lot of fuss or dishes to do.  They are super simple and can be made last minute with just a few ingredients from the pantry! Continue reading

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