Apr. 4, 2010 1:28 pm
Updated: Apr. 7, 2010 8:55 am
"Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One ha'penny, two ha'penny, hot cross buns! If you have no daughters, give them to your sons. One ha'penny, two ha'penny, hot cross buns!" -- English nursery rhyme.I have no daughter, so I gave them to my son. He loved his special Easter hot cross buns.In his…
Hot Cross Buns using Hunza Bread II recipe.
Feb. 15, 2010 9:19 pm
Updated: Feb. 23, 2010 7:27 am
I have a confession to make: I've had fear of yeast. Sure, I've tried to get past it. I've brought home little packets of yeast, vowing to coax the darlings into life and fill my house with the loving aroma of freshly baked bread. But in my pantry the yeast languished until well past its shelf…
My first attempt at sticky buns.
Dec. 11, 2009 10:38 am
Updated: Jan. 5, 2010 2:42 pm
Yes, I promised my son a gingerbread house for Christmas but no, I couldn't face another round of baking. So in the spirit of reuse, recycle, renew I simply redecorated this year's Halloween gingerbread house with a Christmas theme. Goodbye to ghosts and bats. Hello to white icing and…
The Great Gingerbread Renovation Project.
Find the Abominable Snowman.
Bears in the side yard.
Wolf in the backyard.
Dec. 4, 2009 12:27 pm
Updated: Dec. 13, 2009 3:34 pm
I never thought I was a collector until a few Christmases ago when I was pulling out the decorations and saw all the Santas. I realized I have wooden Santas and glass Santas, ceramic Santas and fabric Santas. I have a bobble-head Santa and a wind-up Santa, candlestick Santas and nesting doll…
Find the froggy Santa.
Santa and his wooden train.
Vintage Santa snowglobe.
Nov. 24, 2009 12:23 pm
Updated: Nov. 24, 2009 8:05 pm
This isn't my mother's cranberry sauce. No sir. For that, you'd have to open a can on both ends and push the jellied cylinder onto a plate, slice it into quivering disks, and call it good. Not that there's anything wrong with going for convenience when you're cooking the zillion other things…
Cranberry Apple and Fresh Ginger Chutney
Oct. 30, 2009 11:07 am
Updated: Nov. 1, 2009 3:00 pm
Do you believe in ghosts? I'd love it if you would tell me a story because it's a wet and gloomy Halloween Eve in Seattle and I'm in the mood for a good scare. The wind is howling through the dead-leaf trees and my little black cat stalks from room to room letting out mournful yeowls as if to…
Ghost Step One
Ghost Step Two
Ghost Step Three
Oct. 29, 2009 8:44 am
Updated: Oct. 30, 2009 10:35 am
Check out this fat, happy squirrel. It's perched on top of a Halloween house I made two years ago. Kind of cute, isn't it? Now imagine being a tiny person inside that gingerbread house. Imagine listening in horror as the giant squirrel gnaws its way through the roof, one piece of candy corn at…
Oct. 22, 2009 12:41 pm
Updated: Oct. 28, 2009 7:20 pm
You gardeners out there know this one. Mother Nature always has the last word--and it's not always a kind one. You just can't predict which way she'll roll, so it's best to manage your expectations around her.
Last summer I noticed something green poking up through a bed I'd…
Knitted White Pumpkins
May 11, 2009 10:46 am
Updated: May 18, 2009 7:28 pm
My favorite way to spend Mother’s Day is by playing in the dirt. And why not? The apple tree is blooming, the peonies are leafing out, the herb garden is filling in, and the ferns and hostas are almost completely unfurled. So working in my garden is pure pleasure for me. Therefore I’m not…
Roasted Asparagus with Cherry Tomatoes
May 5, 2009 9:14 pm
Updated: May 18, 2009 7:34 pm
Cinco de Mayo usually takes me by surprise. Coming home from work and cooking a normal dinner during the week is a big enough deal, but add the challenge of coming up with a thematic meal and my denial reflex kicks right in. Yet this year I actually pulled it together. Surprised the heck out of…
Cinco de Mayo dinner
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