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
Nov. 13, 2009 1:04 pm
Updated: Nov. 16, 2009 4:39 pm
Mark Twain knew what makes us tick. In Twain's novel, Tom Sawyer, young Tom has to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence in full view of his jeering friends. Faced with the double whammy of a dreary task and public humiliation, Tom teeters on the brink of losing his hard-won street cred.Instead, he taps…
Grapes ready for picking.
The hunt is on.
Picking grapes and loving it.
Hiding out under the grapevine.
Nov. 6, 2009 12:22 pm
Updated: Nov. 13, 2009 2:00 pm
A couple of weeks ago--before November slammed into Seattle--some dear friends invited us to an apple-pressing party at their home. They asked us to bring apples, so we raided our old tree and brought a basketful to add to the hundreds of apples headed for the press. Some, like ours, were…
Freshly pressed apple juice.
Even little guys got into it.
A wild garden in the heart of Seattle.
Wood-fired pizza oven. Every backyard needs one!
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. 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
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