Mom’s Cleaner

Here’s a natural, homemade cleaner that will make your whole house smell wonderful. . . . → Read More: Mom’s Cleaner

Blood, Bones and Butter and Three Inspired-by Recipes

To be sure, there’s lots of food floating around in Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones & Butter, but I was inspired to make three recipes: Herbed Olives, Hummus and a Spicy-Sweet Whole Grain Mustard. . . . → Read More: Blood, Bones and Butter and Three Inspired-by Recipes

“In My Kitchen” January 2019

I’m not sure we were this good in 2018 but we got a lot of wonderful homemade and kitchen swag under the tree and in our stockings. . . . → Read More: “In My Kitchen” January 2019

“In My Kitchen” November 2018

Along with a bit of kitchen gadgetry, I am sharing a craft that would be perfect for holiday gifts. . . . → Read More: “In My Kitchen” November 2018

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.


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 when . . . → 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 and gift . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: Elixirs for Xmas: Winter-Spiced Vodka