April 2011

Tin Can Treats {For Mother’s Day & Teacher Appreciation!}

I have three boys: ages 5, 3, and 10 months.  There’s a chance I might be biased, but I happen to think they’re the most charming, adorable, and intelligent kids on the planet.  They’re also kind of loud.  And busy.  And they destroy things.  Lots of things.  They have a need to eat, run, and make sound come out of their mouths pretty much 24 hours a day.  If it wasn’t for the fact that I cope with stress by …

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Fresh Strawberry Limeade

That’s right. Your eyes are not deceiving you. The word “strawberry” is in the title.  Sorry, guys. I may have some kind of sick obsession. No, really, I was planning on posting a Jamaican Jerk pork tenderloin today, but in the last few days, my children have each had sinus infections, double ear infections, and pinkeye. I’m woefully behind on laundry because I did something stupid I got a puppy. And she’s really cute even if her breath smells like …

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Tortellini Spinach Bake in Creamy Lemon Sauce

People are always asking us how we come up with recipes, and also what we cook when we don’t really have a plan, or we’re short on time.  We’ll be the first to admit that we’re not above drive-throughs, cold cereal, and frozen meals.  But sometimes you just want a good, hearty, home-cooked meal.  This is a great example of a really good dinner, that was created by simple ingredients I already had around my kitchen. I’ve said over and …

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Chocolate-Drizzled Strawberries and Cream Pie

Every spring, I go on and on about strawberries. I think I get so excited because they’re so beautiful and cheap and, like the first really great watermelon in summer or the first sweet, crisp apple in the fall, or juicy orange in the winter, sweet, fat strawberries are one of the first signs of spring. I realized recently that we don’t have a strawberry pie recipe on our blog. Problem is, as gorgeous as those pies loaded with shiny glazed …

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Easter Carrot Napkin Bundles

When I got engaged one of the first things I did was pick out my china.  My Mom has a beautiful antique china cabinet displaying her heirloom dishes.  It was always SO special to get to eat on those plates with the fancy gold-rimmed goblets and the gorgeous silver, and all of the accompanying trinkets that only got pulled out on major holidays like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc.  We sat on upholstered white chairs which sat on top of white …

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Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Shortbread Bars

When I became pregnant with my son, I had been more or less eating very healthy for three years. I had maybe one candy bar a year and that decision was always made with a great deal of consideration, weighing potential options, alternatives, and consequences (um, what happened?).  One night in the middle of my second trimester, my husband and I were driving home at about 9:00 pm when we drove past a gas station.  I ordered him to immediately …

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How To: Make Blown Egg Ornaments

One of our most popular holiday posts is our tutorial on dying Easter eggs with pieces of silk. It’s a unique process that creates amazingly beautiful eggs and it’s always a shame when it’s time to toss them!  Many readers have asked if it was possible to use the same process on a blown-out egg so they could be kept indefinitely.  The problem that arises is that hollow eggs float, so they’re difficult to boil.  But thanks to one resourceful …

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Tutorial: Quick and Easy Easter Wreath

So you may or may not have noticed that Sara does all the little crafty tutorials on our blog.  That is because I am not crafty.  When I was little, I took sewing classes and the teacher told me I was literally the first person she’d ever taught that “failed” the first day. Crafts are messy.  They take a long time.  They require some kind of spatial understanding that I don’t seem to possess. For me, they almost always end …

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{Easy} Spring Chick Cupcakes

Last winter when Kate posted her darling Candy Penguin Cupcakes, my favorite part were the cute little beaks.  I started thinking about what other sorts of animals you could make with beaks like that (not that there’s tons of choices) and remembered doing these cute little chickies (auto spell-check really wants me to write “sickies” right there…) when I was a kid.  (Okay, I swear I’m done writing in parenthesis now.) I sort of have a love-hate relationship with fancy …

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Dinosaur Eggs

A few months ago I was totally wasting time avoiding piles of laundry and dishes browsing Tastespotting for official food blog research purposes when my then 4 year old son walked into my office.  He took one look at the computer screen and exclaimed, “Mom!  Is that a dinosaur egg??!”  What he had spied was actually a Chinese Tea Egg.  When brined in a mix of tea, and spices the crackly designs look (to me) like something you’d see on …

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