Monthly Archive: January, 2012

Customizable Tea Bags

Here is an easy way to customize a tea bag, and add a little personal-li-tea! These tea bags would make fun place cards perched in cups or mugs with the label hanging over… Continue reading

Love Tags

Here are some Valentine tags or tags to use when giving a gift to a loved one.  I made these gift tags with a multi-tag craft punch, colored and patterned card stock, scissors,… Continue reading

The Cookie That Thinks It’s a Brownie

This post is dedicated to my friend Ashley who experimented with a snickerdoodle cookie recipe and came up with this chocolate version.  She sent it to me as a dessert idea to try… Continue reading

Full and Happy

I have had the good fortune of spending two consecutive evenings with one of my favorite couples. Friday evening, we met up for a leisurely dinner that lasted until about 10:30 p.m., and… Continue reading

“Gemstone” Hearts

Here are some wooden shapes that I embellished with adhesive gemstones and raised stickers.  Or, you can use glue and regular faux gemstones. Any shape can be used as the wooden base, but… Continue reading

An Egg-cellent Card

Here is an any-occasion card that I made today with two colors of paper — white and yellow — to mimic eggs. On the card, I used a cut-out of a computer font… Continue reading

It’s Almost Time for King Cake!

When I think of the upcoming month of February, I think of Mardi Gras and king cake. If you have never tasted king cake, it is an aromatic, cinnamon-spiced, nutty, firm on the… Continue reading

Barley, Who Knew?

I cannot take credit for this tip, I actually heard it from The Dr. Oz Show, but barley sure makes a tasty swap for rice in everyday cooking. Barley… it’s not just for… Continue reading

DIY Decorative Picks for Houseplants

Perhaps I was thinking a little too long about wooden skewers yesterday, but I started coming up with other ideas to use up a large package of skewers I initially bought for grilled… Continue reading

Skewered By Love

This is a cute idea I came up with for any skewered supper or dessert for Valentine’s Day, a romantic night in, or a themed fête with friends. Take a package of wooden… Continue reading

Love Month

As February nears, I have decided that it will be “Love Month” at my house.  Just as we celebrate Advent in December, I want to express affection and kindness during the month of… Continue reading

The Sticky Toffee Pudding Project

I first fell in love with sticky toffee pudding on a television special featuring the creation of the next new flavor of Häagen-Dazs ice cream.  I thought that the dark, syrupy pudding cake… Continue reading

DIY Valentine-Themed Napkin Rings

This is a simple Valentine-themed napkin ring that anyone can make.  All you need is a set of napkin rings (thinner designs work best), some wire, and buttons, beads, or charms. Begin by… Continue reading

Doughnut Update

In response to reader comments on my last cake doughnut recipe, “Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake Doughnuts,” I decided to see if the same doughnut batter could be used to make fried doughnuts or cupcakes.… Continue reading


I was planning to post a follow-up on my recent doughnut post “Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake Doughnuts” tonight, but now I am wondering if any of you dear readers will be able to see… Continue reading

Bubble Tea and Pho

Prior to this afternoon, I had never tasted Vietnamese food before.  So when a friend suggested that we try a Vietnamese restaurant to celebrate her birthday, I was excited.  I couldn’t wait to… Continue reading