Category: Domestic Me

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Still A Newbie In The Kitchen

We had Donnie’s birthday dinner this week and I wanted to make him a real cake instead of one from a box. I’ve never made a birthday cake from scratch before and I found the “perfect” recipe on pinterest. It seemed rich and it was made with strong coffee. PERFECT for Donnie. And as you can see by this lovely picture I took? It turned out BEAUTIFULLY. I posted this photo on Facebook with some sort of bitter snarky comment about how OBVIOUSLY something went wrong. My friend Alicia suggested maybe I had used self-rising flour instead of all-purpose. Evidently,...

Weekends in the Kitchen 8

Weekends in the Kitchen

During the week, breakfast menus are quick and healthy. Cream-cheese bagels, oatmeal and blueberries, fruit salad, rice krispies. Those types of things. Nothing incredibly time-consuming or yummy, if you were to ask my kids. But one day a weekend we usually go off the main track. We take two rolls of croissants and we cover one roll with peanut butter and milk-chocolate chips and the other roll with butter and cinnamon/sugar. There is really no wrong way to do these. We cook by the instructions on the can, we just add fillings! And I let the kids do most of...

Truth In Advertising Part III 10

Truth In Advertising Part III

I read a lot of blogs from crafty chefs who create beautiful things by hand. I get inspired and often try to recreate what they’ve done with their kids or in their kitchen. I then come and show these successful attempts to you. But I want to make one thing clear: I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE BEAUTIFUL BLOGGER PEOPLE. Example: Rainbow Pasta! I found the idea on Pinterest of course (I think I still have invites if you want one!) and set out to do this with the kids this weekend. Look a the great pictures of the project!...

Pride! (To Hide The Shame!) 12

Pride! (To Hide The Shame!)

One of the first things I pinned on Pinterest was this hand print project which I had found at Fun Mama. Unfortunately, it required a very specific increase of hand-sizes. Which, when you have a 16-year old, is kinda tricky. BUT I WANTED ONE! So, I did something just as easy. I found a frame (with a mat!) stashed somewhere in my house that was empty. And I cut out our hand shapes in different scrapbooking cardstock. All of the cardstock came from the same book of papers, which makes it much easier to coordinate the colors/patterns. It took some...

Look! I am excited and making exclamations in all caps! 32

Look! I am excited and making exclamations in all caps!

LOOK WHAT I MADE. Chocolate recipe found here but couldn’t resist doing a strawberry one when I found a Cheesecake pudding at the store. We added a layer of graham cracker crumbs to that one for the Cheesecake Effect. These things are TRIFLES. And I’ve been pronouncing them TR(EYE)FULS. But I think they are actually pronounced TR(UH)FULS. Which makes me think I may have lost whatever cool kitchen points I earned while actually making them. What say you? How do YOU pronounce it? And would your host mispronouncing it negate any of the yummy factor of said dessert? No? GOOD!...