Tiny Wooden Souvenir Crate

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Carlsbad Caverns Souvenir Improvement (Wooden Box!)

When we were in New Mexico Jim bought himself this little Carslbad Caverns souvenir that lit up the clay replica of the caverns when a light shown through the top. Although, for some unknown reason, he decided to destroy the cardboard box that was responsible for the "light up" effect:

Carlsbad Caverns - Step 1 - Destroy Cardboard Box

And so Jim spent a large portion of his vacation in January on reconstructing the cardboard box out of tiny balsa wood slats. It turned out quite well. And now it's personalized with our names and dates! We're pretty darn fancy around these parts.

Carlsbad Caverns - Step 3 - Cut Balsa
Carlsbad Caverns - Step 5 - Glue Balsa
Carlsbad Caverns - Step 6 - Woodburn Words
Carlsbad Caverns - Step 7 - Sign and Date

Oh, French Bakeries...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Le Succes, Le Pittsburgh & Poppy Macarons

Sometimes it's good to eat someone else's baking. Like this 'Le Succes' [almost] dacquoise (i.e., the most complicated pastry known to mankind) and a 'Le Pittsburgh' and poppy macarons from Gaby et Jules.

How To: Paper Roses

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Magazine Paper Rose adorning a present

Awhile back, I helped a friend assemble a starter set of paper roses for her wedding, based on this DIY storybook paper roses tutorial from 100 Layer Cake. It's a fairly simple concept, although a bit time consuming. It's pretty impressive what you can do with some paper and glue. Anyways, it turns out [unsurprisingly] that you can make these paper roses from lots of different kinds of paper, and use them to adorn whatever. Like a gift for a five year old (above).

Step 0: Supplies
Step 1: Cut petals of different sizes, fold in half
Step 3: Continue gluing petals around previous petals, slowly going up in size
Step 4: While attaching paper petals, bend back some of the edges
Step 5: Continue adding petals until satisfied
Magazine Paper Rose: Side View
Magazine Paper Rose

Success: Swedish Oatmeal Cookies (c/o Susie)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

It's been love at first sight with these cookies. After stealing some leftover from friends' game night, I ate them for breakfast. They're not terribly sweet, but in these days of sugar overdose, I think they're absolutely perfect. For breakfast. And every meal of your day.

Swedish Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups quick oats

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter, margarine, and sugar.
  3. Blend in flour and oatmeal.
  4. Shape into balls and flatten with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in powdered sugar.
  5. Bake at 350 for 15-20 min.
  6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Swedish Oatmeal Cookies

My Cat is a Photobomber

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Naturebox Month 1

Wherever the action is, Dizzy the cat is there, hovering in the background like a weirdo.
And lest you suspect it, you cannot pose a cat. Dizz does what she wants, and what she wants is to photobomb.

Dinner Party Aftermath
Round 1: Dizzy vs. Honey-Pistachio Cake Dizzy the Photobomber
Step 3: Cut
Japan Photo Book
Dizzy and Her Tomatoes Dizzy and the Hummus Man
Completed Hexagon Quilt - top
Garlic Dill Zucchini Pickles
Polish Dinner
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Beans and Greens Dizzy's Dilly Beans. Dizzy Beans?
Step 2: Refold with Selveges Together

Semi-Fail: Lazy Mary's Citrus Tart

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lazy Mary's Cirtus Tart

I attempted this Lazy Mary's Citrus Tart from Joy the Baker to brighten up a winter day. Instead of a meyer lemon, I used used 2 tangerines + 1 lemon. In hindsight, I probably should not have used the lemon, but too much lemon isn't what drove this to a failure state. Including the rinds of the fruit, as instructed by the recipe, appears to give the tart a fairly bitter aftertaste. If I were to ever make this again, I would used the juice + pulp + zest, but leave out the pithe. Otherwise, the taste was pretty good.

Lazy Mary's Cirtus Tart

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