A Reindeer Barbershop Sextet (or root beer pack to go)

I feel obligated to again share with you, dear reader,  as we embark on another Christmas gift giving season that I am an often ungrateful gift recipient.    (For more on my Bah Humbug attitude, click here.)    I have received some scary pig teapots…,some lovely wine glasses…,

lots of cat-themed items, regifted towel-sets (that . . . → Read More: A Reindeer Barbershop Sextet (or root beer pack to go)

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: 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

“Cooky” Mix

A recipe for a “Cooky” master mix from a vintage (circa 1955) pamphlet along with a Lemon Drop cooky recipe. (I love being kitschy at Christmas!) . . . → Read More: “Cooky” Mix

Gingerbread Granola

Holiday spices in a granola that’s good enough to gift. . . . → Read More: Gingerbread Granola

Maldivian Body Scrub

Ah, wouldn’t a trip to a tropical paradise be great right about now? Can’t carve out enough time to go during this holiday season? Make this spice scrub instead….. . . . → Read More: Maldivian Body Scrub

Caveman Fudge

Yes, you read the title correctly. Have I peaked your interest? Want to know what the heck is Caveman Fudge. Keep reading… . . . → Read More: Caveman Fudge

Stick a fork in it…

Make garden markers out of used wine corks and cheap forks. . . . → Read More: Stick a fork in it…

The Gift of Jam and Cake

What would be the better gift? Cake or jam or both? . . . → Read More: The Gift of Jam and Cake

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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