Classic Apple Crisp

by brittany on April 18, 2014

classic apple crisp

Signs it is spring:  tulips, the first blooms appeared on my lilac bush, the afternoon sunshine requires sunglasses, Easter is this weekend, and I’m ready for strawberries.

Signs we need to hold our horses about this whole spring thing:  it is frigging cold first thing in the morning when I walk my dog, we still drink hot tea every evening before bed, woolly socks replace bare feet, and the seasonal fruit options include apples… and apples.

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Sichuan Beef Noodle Soup

by brittany on April 16, 2014

sichuan beef noodle soup

We first tried this soup at our friends’ house, and I was kicking myself as we drove home because I hadn’t filled my bowl a second time with the broth.  Our friends shared their recipe source and their tips for adapting it to our tastes, so I made it myself a couple of weeks after we first tried it and again a couple of weeks later.  Oh my gosh.  This is so fantastically good, and I kind of can’t believe I made it.

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Low-Commitment Projects: Paper Emergency Preparedness Kit

April 14, 2014

I don’t have a real emergency preparedness kit and have been thinking about putting one together.  Thinking about and doing are two different animals, however, and the closest I could come to making a real one was crafting an emergency preparedness kit out of watercolored paper.  Check it out on Low-Commitment Projects this week.  I’m […]

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Michael’s Newest Best Thing: a Custom Winter Bicycle

April 12, 2014

This photo doesn’t adequately illustrate the sheer excitement Michael experienced when he received his new custom bike last week.  We’re talking excited, like he forgot to tell me he took off work early to pick up the bike even though I was going to meet him at the shop and take photos.  I showed up […]

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Vegetable and Cheese Empanadas

April 11, 2014

I did not have high hopes for these empanadas.  Foodstuffs that require repeated fastidiousness and decorative detailing are not my specialty, plus I always overstuff any pocket-type container with too much filling, so you can imagine my skeptical shock when I pulled these beauties out of the oven.  I didn’t bother taking more than a couple […]

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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars

April 9, 2014

Faced with two packages of spare cream cheese recently and guests coming for an Argentinian dinner, I did the only reasonable thing:  I made Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars.  Since I’d never made cheesecake proper before and didn’t want to fuss with a water bath, I figured anything in “bar” form would be an easier project.

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Low-Commitment Projects: Tae’s “Coffee Napkin Sketch”

April 7, 2014

Tae made some pretty sweet drawings of dogs on napkins for this week’s Low-Commitment Project.  She used coffee as her medium, and they’re called Coffee Napkin Sketch.

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Life as a Dog

April 5, 2014

Look at that face.  Little Miss Gretta is bravely wearing an Elizabethan collar this week while recovering from an array of ouchy things.  Her gums were trimmed, and while she was sedated, we had a bunch of growths removed so she’s got stitches scattered all over her body.  Oh, and to cap it off, she […]

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Grapefruit Moscato Gelatin Cocktails

April 4, 2014

I can’t get enough of the jello these days.  Serious cravings. Does that say something about the state of my hair and nails?  Anyway, this is the easiest, fastest to make, prettiest little treat we’ve eaten/drank in a long time.  I’m so into the eat/drink gelatin cocktails, and they’re way better than jello shots (though […]

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Wine-Poached Eggs on Avocado Toast

April 2, 2014

I forget that I like poached eggs.  Most of my childhood and a good portion of my 20s were spent loathing eggs, so it is an easy mistake to make.  Now, my go-to egg method is fried, so the subtle poached egg gets relegated to the “ooh, I saw somebody else do this and I […]

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