Shopping For the Hard-to-Shop-For Guy

Well good grief my friends. The holidays are already upon us. The summer and fall just FLEW. BY. And now it’s almost December. Time to start thinking of Christmas gifts. And that means shopping for family and significant others. My fiance is not easy to shop for. He likes some computer games, he likes hiking, … Continue reading

Celebrating 2013

So we haven’t updated this in a loooong time. But sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. As does the fact that more often than not this year, I’ve forgotten to take pictures, to take my camera somewhere, to capture in digital format all the wonderful things I’ve seen and done. And that’s okay. … Continue reading

Easter Recipes

roasted carrots, parsnips, and shallots with orange

Even though it was just us two for Easter, I decided I wanted to go all out. Despite the fact that I did everything in one day (including yeast bread) with a single oven and only one oven rack, it all turned out pretty deliciously. I didn’t get everything to the table piping hot, but … Continue reading

Dyeing Easter Eggs, Naturally

egg dyes

The other day I saw this little article on And this one. So I decided to try my hand at making my own, natural dyes for Easter eggs. Y’know what? They turned out pretty okay! Turns out if you boil the heck out of some colorful things, then add a little vinegar, then steep … Continue reading

Easter Feast for Two

purple crocus in the woods

OMG update! So yeah, when I say “for two,” I really mean that just two people ate this dinner. Which could have easily fed four. Or six. Or possibly even ten if I had made more potatoes and root veggies and the extra pound of asparagus I have in the fridge. Chad and I spent … Continue reading

Egg’n’grog, download the recipe!

6 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/4 teaspoons salt 4 cups half and half 1/2 cup rum (optional), preferable white but dark is fine. Dash of nutmeg Dash of cinnamon Separate eggs into two large bowls. Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, salt and vanilla until creamy. Add rum and half and half. … Continue reading

De-Commercializing Valentine’s Day

I know it’s a bit late for this, but honestly I’ve been working a lot and doing lots of homework lately, so consider this an admonishment for next year. My parents are florists, so I grew up with the hectic, crazy, stressful time that was Valentine’s Day every year. I can’t complain too much, because … Continue reading

Resolved: 2012

Oh New Year’s resolutions. Everyone makes them. Few people keep them all. I did see an interesting twist on resolutions yesterday – resolve to do more of the things that give you joy. Isn’t that wonderful? So here are mine, a combination of things that are good for me, things that I love to do, … Continue reading

Celebrate the New Year with Americana

Sure, you could ring in the new year with some California “champagne,” or Italian prosecco, or even if you can afford it, real champagne from the Champagne region of France. But I propose a less expensive, tastier, and more historic celebratory beverage: hard cider. Cider used to be the beverage of choice for most Americans … Continue reading

Last-Minute Shopping: The Best Toys of All Time

Have kids in your life? Still have no idea what to get them for Christmas or can’t afford those crazy kid electronics? Check out this list from Wired magazine I just have to share. It reviews the most popular and kid-friendly toys of all time. Be sure to read the comments, they have some really … Continue reading