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. 28, 2009 8:35 am
Updated: Oct. 30, 2009 8:21 am
Up until few days ago, my Halloween mojo was missing in action and it took a crisis to bring it back. Here's what happened. I was gearing up to make my annual Halloween gingerbread house, but deep inside I just wasn't feeling the love. I'd done it the same way for so many years that my…
Not such a scary thing after all
Back of the house
Jul. 22, 2009 9:44 pm
Updated: Aug. 4, 2009 8:21 pm
Risotto gets a bad rap. They say it asks too much of the busy cook because you can’t just pop it into the rice cooker and walk away. No. You’ve got to stir it. And stir it. And stir it. Too labor-intensive, they groan.
Well, I’m not here to dispute the spoon time that goes into making a…
Jul. 14, 2009 8:58 am
Updated: Jul. 17, 2009 9:05 am
In the magical world of Harry Potter, only the most powerful witches and wizards can cast a spell without a wand, and even then it’s crazy difficult. Why this should be so was never completely explained to my satisfaction, but no matter. In general, if you’re going to work your magic you need a…
Lavender wand supplies.
1. Tie the knot.
2. Bend the stems.
3. Ready to weave.
May 5, 2009 9:43 am
Updated: May 5, 2009 7:21 pm
Monday night dinner is usually a clean-out-the-fridge affair. And knowing that I’d be cooking on Tuesday for Cinco de Mayo, I was especially motivated to use up the accumulated odds and ends from the weekend. Too bad the guys already ate almost everything in sight. Must have had something to do…
Apr. 7, 2009 3:50 pm
Updated: Apr. 8, 2009 2:19 pm
Thank you for waiting so patiently for this follow-up to my original post, The Egg and I. It's been a couple of years since I pulled out my pysanky supplies so I hope you'll forgive my rusty technique. But as promised, here's a basic tutorial for waxing and dyeing Ukrainian Easter eggs.…
Pysanky: basic supplies
1. Design in progress
2. Waxing the white
3. After the yellow dye
Mar. 22, 2009 9:21 pm
Updated: Sep. 4, 2009 11:42 am
A few years ago a dear friend taught me how to wax and dye Ukrainian Easter eggs, and being a couple of obsessive crafters with lots of time on our hands, we settled down to make dozens and dozens of eggs. The basic idea is to draw a design on a raw egg with melted beeswax and dip the egg…
Pysanky tools: a kitska and a lump of beeswax.
Ukrainian Easter eggs aka pysanky.
Assortment of pysanky, some better than others, all made in friendship and love.
Feb. 6, 2009 11:09 am
Updated: Feb. 19, 2009 7:44 pm
I dropped off my son for a sleepover and came away with a jar of homemade fig jam. Is this a fair exchange? But if my friend isn’t complaining then neither am I. Especially when I get to spoon a golden dollop of fig and honey over my morning bowl of yogurt. Compare that to her having to deal with
Catherine's Fig Honey Compote
Feb. 2, 2009 8:00 pm
Updated: Feb. 3, 2009 6:38 pm
The best part of Super Bowl Sunday is eating chicken wings. The worst part of Super Bowl Sunday is cutting up chicken wings.I always make big batches of teriyaki wings and Buffalo wings, and that’s a lot of cutting. So after I blogged about how much I loved my kitchen shears, I decided to try…
Kitchen shears take on chicken wings!
Jan. 21, 2009 9:49 pm
Updated: Jan. 23, 2009 11:49 am
When a new kitchen toy calls my name, I struggle with barriers against buying everything in sight: money (doesn’t grow on trees) and storage space (not much). So things have to work hard to earn my love. Take these kitchen shears. Better yet, get your own.I reach for these industrial strength…
They come apart for easy cleaning!
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