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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Is 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
Thanksgiving 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
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
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
The 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
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!
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.
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.
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… 😉