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Happy New Year! Trying to maintain eco boundaries in the middle of winter holiday chaos? It can be tough, particularly with all of those ribbons and bows tempting us at every turn.
Show me an ingredient, and I’ll show you a new way to make shortbread.
My neighbors and friends keep stopping by to ask about our new pet…Charlotte.
One of the things I like to do for Christmas is to make treats for people as gifts. It started in part as necessity while I was in grad school–I couldn’t afford to give gifts to everyone I wanted to, but I could make treats. I’ve always made our traditional family Christmas cookies, but then started to want to give different kinds too.
Hot Chocolate On A Stick produces delicious blocks of chocolate fudge that can be dissolved in hot milk to produce rich, creamy hot chocolate! This is truly a candy that does double duty: enjoy eating it plain, or use it as a hot chocolate base, or do both! This clever candy makes a great gift, and you can make endless variations: add large marshmallows to the hot chocolate skewers, roll the fudge blocks in crushed peppermint or cocoa, or drizzle them with white chocolate before packaging.
We eat a lot of tortilla chips and spicy food in our house. I mean… a lot.
I made these cute little clothes pins to use in the kitchen for bag clips.
[donotprint] I know its not summer yet but I don’t care.
Who says your kitchen is just for making dinner? With a few simple ingredients, you can also create Homemade Sugar Scrubs, Bath Salts, and Soap Crayons. Here are 7 simple gifts you can stir up, whip up, and wrap up in your kitchen that will rival even the fanciest of bath and body retailers.
This week I’m feeling tired. Yes, I’m getting sleep, spending time in nature, connecting with friends and moving my body daily, but I’m realizing the kind of tired I’m feeling is a cumulative tired—from the past month, probably even the past year! So I’m moving slow and mindfully—particularly knowing what the next several weeks hold.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
For the brownie base: 3/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder (like Valrhona) 5 ounces good quality dark chocolate (60 to 72%), coarsely chopped 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1 inch cubes 3/4 cups sugar 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 3 large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoons vanilla extract For the buttercream: 3/4 cups sugar 2 tablespoons flour 3/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened but still cool, cut into small cubes 3 tablespoons creme de menthe 1 teaspoon peppermint extract For the chocolate glaze: 6 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (60 to 72%), coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon light corn syrup 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes
Food gifts are always a favorite of mine. These Cinnamon Honey Butter jars make a pretty presentation when you add a little bling to the jars, and pair with homemade bread, pound cake, biscuit mix or even bagels! I’ve made several batches already, and we wont mention how much my family has devoured!