Homemade Gifts 2016

Here’s this year’s round up of our homemade gifts: infinity scarves, yard dice, cedar cacti planters, money boxes, cookbooks, book marks and dog biscuits. Oh, my! . . . → Read More: Homemade Gifts 2016

Pancake Mix for a Quick Xmas Gift

Happy Holidays! Do you need one more last minute present? Here’s a quick and easy gift to whip up. . . . → Read More: Pancake Mix for a Quick Xmas Gift

Farolitos: DIY Decorating

So I am starting my own game of Christmas  CLUE with you today.

Clue #1:  Today I am posting very difficult instructions (facetiously typed) for farolitos or luminaries to decorate your driveway or front step.

Clue #2:  On Christmas, I will post about the New Mexico state cookie.

Intrigued?

Have any guesses as to why . . . → Read More: Farolitos: DIY Decorating

Elixirs for Xmas: Amaretto

Who knew you could make your own Amaretto?  I certainly didn’t.

I was struggling for some more Christmas posts and pulled an old cookbook from my library:   Gifts from the Kitchen.

Mom had a similar book (back in the day) I loved to go through and dream of all the gifts I would make . . . → Read More: Elixirs for Xmas: Amaretto

Make Your Own Gift Bags and Go Retro

I become even more retro and vintage at Christmas time.   I think as I get older, I enjoy more retro stuff.   Er…or maybe it is me that is actually become more vintage.

Anyhoo, I found some old forgotten sticker paper in our office/guest room and I went nuts printing vintage images for packages . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Gift Bags and Go Retro

Elixirs for Xmas: Winter-Spiced Vodka

I have always been fascinated with infusions but I have never attempted any.   This year it will be different.

I am planning on giving many liquid gifts  this year and have been doing some early preparations.   For all my Elixirs for Xmas posts, click here.

This potent potable sounds especially delicious.

Winter-Spiced Vodka from Nigella . . . → Read More: Elixirs for Xmas: Winter-Spiced Vodka

Elixirs for Xmas: Homemade Lemon Extract

Believe or not, I think my family and friends are getting tired of getting the obligatory jar of jam for Christmas, so this year I wanted to do something completely different.

Elixirs for Xmas will be a brief series here at EE, prior to the holiday season.

Why so early?

Because all of these infusions . . . → Read More: Elixirs for Xmas: Homemade Lemon Extract

Elixirs for Xmas: Homemade Vanilla Extract

I love to make homemade gifts and usually work at it throughout the year, especially with canning up summer’s bounty.   To “mix it up a bit” (pun intended), I decided to make a few elixirs and extracts to give as gifts this year, too.

If you’re planning on giving homemade vanilla extract for Christmas . . . → Read More: Elixirs for Xmas: Homemade Vanilla Extract

DIY Body Lotion

Is your skin still trying to recover from the harsh winter? Try out this super-simple recipe for a do-it-yourself, super rich lotion. . . . → Read More: DIY Body Lotion

Pre-Spring Cleaning

We did some pre-spring cleaning last weekend and our cabinets and windows are sparkling. Read on for some homemade cleaners that really work! . . . → Read More: Pre-Spring Cleaning

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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