On this last day of the year (I still can’t quite believe it!) I thought I’d share a project I did recently. I designed the layout for a cookbook that a client had created of her mother’s recipes. It took a loooong time. And it was definitely a huge learning experience. While it didn’t turn out perfect I am still happy with the results. Printing was done by Lulu.com, a...
The wonderful thing about having a few days off: having the time to catch up on time with family & friends, getting outdoors for some much needed exercise, enjoying fancy libations… and, of course, spending a little more time in the kitchen. There was a time, really not so long ago, when I woke up early-ish at least a few times a week to whip up some scones, pancakes, or a frittata....
Merry Christmas! If you haven’t already seen it, I wanted to share my Christmas card with you! I designed it back in October (I tend to get pretty excited about these things). (Almost) Every year I send out a Christmas card, and I try to make them pretty unique. This year I decided to take the traditional Christmas letter, and turn it into an infographic. I used the cyan and magenta...
This aint your grandma’s pie. This is a crostata. Sometimes it also goes by the name ‘galette’. Either way, they are far more rustic-looking and conforming than pie. And this crostata in particular has some very complex flavors. It also has lots of butter. Actually, it only has that much butter because I tripled the recipe. Probably wasn’t a great idea, because each...
So I almost didn’t attend the Portland Bazaar yesterday. I couldn’t find anyone to go with me. I knew it was going to get crazy busy. It’s too easy to let those types of excuses get in the way of the things that you really want. But, boy am I glad I went. First Grace Bonney handed me a ticket at the door for a free Pine State Biscuit. Yep. That Grace Bonney. The one from Design...
Last night I celebrated the 11th birthday of a very special Little Sister. We made cupcakes, then frosted and sprinkled them. The frosting was so delicious, that I had to share the recipe. Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup strawberry jam In...
I made some very different cookies. Very different. They’re made with black beans. No flour, just beans. And cayenne pepper, so they’re a bit spicy. But they’ve also got a very generous portion of chocolate. And dried cherries. They’re moist and brownie-like. And there’s no refined sugar, so this is one of the healthiest cookies you can make. Black Bean...
Camera comes out —> cat demands attention.