“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

Felted Dryer Balls

OK—no snickering at the title of this post.  It could have been worse.   I could have simply  titled it “wooly balls.”   🙂

I tried to be proactive all year and keep on the look out for cool homemade gift ideas.    During the months of November and December, I would like to share . . . → Read More: Felted Dryer Balls

Jalapeno Relish

I am posting this late but as of the end of October, I was still picking peppers out of the garden.   You never know what you are going to get with Oklahoma weather.   It might be mild until Thanksgiving our you might be snowed in for the holidays.

Some were giants!

Having . . . → Read More: Jalapeno Relish

Sock monkeys for adults

Remember the perennial sock monkey?

I still have a vintage one that mom made me back in the day.   (I will not tell you how long ago that was.)

When the nieces and nephews were babies, I attempted to make some sock monkeys and even some sock elephants.

I think the elephant is still waiting, . . . → Read More: Sock monkeys for adults

A gift for the birds

Hopefully the family won’t think this gift is “for the birds!” . . . → Read More: A gift for the birds

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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