Monthly Archive: February, 2012

Seeing Red at Home

Red is one of my favorite colors, both to wear, and to use in decorating.  I find that I am naturally attracted to warm, vibrant colors, especially reds, oranges, yellows, and browns, with… Continue reading

Place Card Primer: Musical Notes

I was inspired to create place cards with a musical theme by a trip to the symphony while on vacation. I used a treble clef and the C Major Scale as the basis… Continue reading

Look What I Bought!

I am going to a recipe swap this weekend with some other gals and I’m planning to bring one of my favorite entertaining recipes.  Alas, it’s not mine, but it is by someone… Continue reading

Mini Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Coffee Liqueur and Raspberry Glaze

I have been planning a chocolate version of my mini cake doughnuts for a while now, but last week I got the idea to add coffee liqueur to the batter to enhance the… Continue reading

Quick Tip: Storing Kitchen Towels Within Reach

When I’m in the kitchen whipping up a dessert or a tasty supper, I like to keep a few soft, kitchen towels close for spills or wiping my hands. I learned this storage… Continue reading

The Luxury of Fresh Flowers

I don’t get fresh flowers very often.  Maybe two or three times a year, and usually for special occasions.  I guess fresh flowers have become a casualty of the economy for me, so… Continue reading

Chronicling Cocktails: The Black Cherry Mojito

I’ve had a few good mojitos and plenty of bad mojitos, but I’m undecided on the black cherry mojito.  It’s the kind of cocktail that has a lot of potential, but can fail… Continue reading

A Fourth Visit to the Cheese Counter: Feeling Blue

This week, I happened to notice a few varieties of blue cheese at the cheese-monger’s counter in my market.  I just couldn’t resist taking two hunks home to sample. These are the results:… Continue reading

Raspberry Heart Pies

Sometimes, you just need pie, and with the sweet flavor of raspberries, these mini pies do not disappoint. I used a set of heart-shaped ramekins to make the pies a bit more festive. … Continue reading

Love Mitts

This craft project is reminiscent of a cooking mitt, pot holder, or a glove. I used a wooden, Scandinavian ornament leftover from the Christmas season to mimic a pot holder and painted it… Continue reading

Two Peas in a Pod

I couldn’t resist posting a photo of one of my new salt and pepper shaker sets.  How cute are these?!?

Decorative Thumbtacks

I was initially inspired to create my own thumbtacks last year when I found a bunch of colored buttons.  I have since learned that homemade decorative thumbtacks can be made of virtually anything,… Continue reading

Individual Dutch Babies with Orange Zest

I had never even heard of a Dutch Baby until a few months ago, when I came across a recipe in the Williams-Sonoma catalog.  Once I saw the strange caved-in dessert, I knew… Continue reading

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream with Cardamom

Oh, how I love you, Earl Grey Tea. This ice cream is an ode to my very favorite tea, and arguably, the most popular flavor of tea in the world.  A steaming cup… Continue reading

Quick Tip: Organized Trinkets for Travel

This is a quick travel tip for storing small items like costume jewelry earrings, rings, delicate chain necklaces, cuff links, and tie tacks. Invest in a plastic pill organizer (think S,M,T,W,T,F,S,) from the… Continue reading

Conversation Heart Ornament

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I made a conversation heart ornament from colored felt and red thread to mimic the sentiments on the tiny candies.  I used yellow, but other conversation heart colors… Continue reading