Peppermint Patties with Crunch

by brittany on December 17, 2014

crunchy peppermint patties

I swear I had this idea before the Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints showed up in the stores.  My mom bought a bag of crushed candy canes for a recipe, couldn’t find the recipe, and bestowed the candy cane bits on me.  My plan for their destiny (to take my favorite homemade peppermint patties recipe and add crunchy candy cane) turned out to be a winner.

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dudes in a tree

For Low-Commitment Projects this week, Tae decorated her tree with little dudes that she painted.  It is aptly titled Dudes in a Tree.


Spicy Tuna Melts

December 10, 2014

Since my schedule changed a few months ago, I’ve been trying to figure out my afternoon schedule.  If I make a more time-intensive dinner, I have to start it before Jazzercise (there’s no way I’m missing that), but I’ve also been trying more quick recipes.  Spicy Tuna Melts fall under the tired-grumpy-hungry-just-want-a-cocktail-instead-super-quick-and-easy heading.

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Low-Commitment Projects: Gingerbread Portland

December 8, 2014

There’s a reason people don’t make gingerbread high-rises.  Wait, multiple reasons.  The gingerbread panels spread (even if it is just a little) unevenly, so your corners end up far from each other, the gingerbread wants to break and crack, and the tall tall sides bend and bow.  Not to complain–this recipe worked admirably, even if […]

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Spinach Leek Gratin

December 3, 2014

I’m sorry this photo is ugly.  I’m sorry because it makes the task of imagining the deliciousness of this Spinach Leek Gratin that much more difficult, but please, do try to imagine it.  The reasons only one crappy photo of this gratin exists are twofold:  first, it gets too dark to photograph at about 4 p.m. […]

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Low-Commitment Projects: Tae’s “Paper on Crackers”

December 1, 2014

Tae’s project this week, Paper on Crackers, shows her paper-cutting skills.  Some of the others are more intricate, but this paper bunting just kills me.  Check it out on

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Turkey Cranberry Sandwich with Cream Cheese

November 28, 2014

We all know how this works.  Take your Thanksgiving leftovers and smoosh them all together between two slices of bread.  Thing is, I like this sandwich any time of year, plus I prefer slices of sandwich meat turkey over leftover turkey.  So, for the record, here’s my favorite Turkey Cranberry Sandwich with Cream Cheese.  Salty […]

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Maple Pudding

November 26, 2014

Some truths:  this doesn’t look very pretty, this tastes rather wonderful, and I’d have more confidence in my use of typed words if I hadn’t downed the last glass of wine.  The important points to know are that this Maple Pudding is delicious, easy, and… well, delicious and easy.

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Low-Commitment Projects: Water Birds

November 24, 2014

How is it that when I photograph these things, the whites look totally white, but when I put them on the internets, the white looks all dingy?  Argh.  Anyway, here’s what I made for this week’s Low-Commitment Project.  It is a small series of water birds illustrated in cut paper (that I painted with gouache […]

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Beet and Fennel Salad

November 21, 2014

We have favorite beet and fennel recipes (we love beets and fennel), but after receiving repeated deliveries of these fall favorites, I wanted to try something new.  Plus, it seems difficult to get enough non-squash/non-potato vegetables into our systems this time of year, so this Beet and Fennel Salad seemed like a great way to […]

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