Yearly Archives: 2015

Low Sugar Hot Chocolate from Raw Cacao

I posted this last year, but thought it would be appropriate to post again this year. With the holidays always about indulgence and excess sugar, I love this recipe as an antithesis to traditional sugary hot chocolate. I love nothing more than hot chocolate on a cold dreary day, but I have zero tolerance for sugary […]

Comox Trunks Pattern Hacks

This pattern makes me extremely happy!! I had a whole bunch of sewing goals this year (learn how to sew: bra, pants, button-down shirt, t-shirt, etc.), and I think this one gives me the most satisfaction. Probably because this project isn’t for me, but for my husband and I get to see him beam every […]

Applesauce Doughnuts

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like a donut? I grew up with some of the BEST donuts in the world and besides the year that I lived in Sacramento, I’ve seriously not had a donut since I moved from Indiana over 15 years ago! What a shame. So I have about 24 jars […]

Summer and Winter Hiking Pants (TNT Pattern)

Having a basic pant pattern is really priceless in my book. Just under a year ago, one of the first pieces of clothing I ever sewed was PJ pants from a pattern I drafted myself. I took a pair of pants, traced them, and *snap* had myself a PJ pant pattern. In the last year, I’ve […]

Cauliflower and Potato Curry

Sometime I don’t have time to sit around the kitchen cooking Indian food, which always seems to be rather labor intensive. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with recipes and the slow cooker. This recipe is so utterly delicious. We will definitely be making this part of our dinner rotation. Serve this along side basmati or jasmine rice.

Homemade Chunky Granola

I stopped buying boxed cereals almost a decade ago. I’ve enjoyed oatmeal, farina (AKA Cream of Wheat), or some other delicious hot cereal instead. Sometimes it is nice to be able to just pour yourself a bowl of cereal when mornings are tight on time or you’re wanting something super simple. Recently, we’ve had a […]

Chewy Spiced Cookies

There’s something special about baking cookies around the holidays. It has been awhile since I’ve made any cookies (call it my total lack of a sweet-tooth), but I thought I would make these delicious chewy spiced cookies. I love soft cookies and these hit the bill. I also love the cinnamon, ginger, and clove spices in these […]

Indian Naan Flatbread

We cook Indian cuisine nearly weekly. Our go-to bible is 1000 Indian Recipes by Neelam Batra–a beautiful recipe book. Every dinner requires a good naan bread so you can ditch the utensils and use the naan to scoop up all the delicious, rice, and spice-rich sauces. I also love my mango chutney, so naan and […]

Broccoli, Perfectly Cooked

Silly me, until recently I never knew how to cook broccoli. I always thought, boil in water for 5 minutes and done. The broccoli was always simultaneously over and undercooked. Blech. Instead, bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil, add broccoli and remove from heat. Letting the broccoli sit in boiling water […]

Balsamic Chicken and Shallots

I’m pathologically curious and am always trying out new things. Buying a slow cooker was one of my adventures a couple of months ago and it’s been a delightful experiment. Not a bad recipe yet. I wanted to share this recipe, since it’s often hard to find decent chicken dishes. This chicken can easily be […]

Rhubarb Pie Filling

After moving this summer and no longer have immediate access to large freezers, I had to think of a solution for all this wonderful rhubarb I have. I’ve canned apple, cherry, and peach pie filling, so I thought maybe I could can rhubarb pie filling too. My rhubarb crisp is essentially a pie filling, so […]

How to Sew a Bow Tie

After sewing over 100 bow ties last year for Ryan, AKA Dr. H (see all the bow ties here), I inevitably wanted to challenge myself a bit. I have basically worked through all the cute quilting fabric that would make a decent bow tie and now the only way to get a pattern is to […]