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What, Me Crafty? Again! (Glow worm caves)

This past Christmas, my husband’s sister got the kids a subscription to Little Passports. If you’ve never heard of this, it’s amazing. Once a month, the kids get a package containing a letter from the three characters traveling the world, a post card, activities, stickers and a special present all relating to a theme. The…

A Taste of Childhood (Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies)

I am half-Icelandic. I am very proud of this fact, but other than a fascination with ancient Norse clothing and culture and a physique that leaves me looking like I just walked off the set of Vikings, it hasn’t had a huge impact on my life. Unless, of course, we talk about Christmas. The holidays…

Just This Side of Sanity, For Now…

There is a sign at my local Fabricland that says “Dear Fabric Store Worker, please stop asking me what I’m going to use this for, I’m running out of ways to say ‘It’s going into my stash.’” I try very much not to be that person. I am sometimes, I freely admit that; anyone who…

What, Me Crafty?

Last week, Bean’s teacher sent home a request for hard-boiled eggs. They were to be sent with him today as the class wanted to dye Easter Eggs. He was very excited about this, and naturally Birdie wanted in on the excitement. To her dismay, we once again reminded her that she doesn’t go to school yet. Sadness…

Bottling summer (lilac/pear mead)

In the last couple of years I have discovered a serious love of brewing. I started with a few wine kits (two malbecs and a Syrah) but then I started looking for more information. I didn’t just want to follow the instructions, I wanted to know why I did each step and what each ingredient…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn

After supper tonight I asked the kids if they wanted popcorn. To the surprise of no one, the answer was a resounding Huzzah! However, Bean wanted chocolate popcorn and Birdie wanted peanut butter. Ahh, flavor dilemmas… What’s a girl to do? Throw stuff in a saucepan, what else? Thankfully, as a human on this planet, I am…

Holy pants, I made soap! (Beer&Bacon soap)

I make a lot of things that most people would buy in a store. I’m not just taking about baking and sewing projects, either, though I certainly do a lot of those. I make my own laundry detergent. I make a hair tonic we use in place of conditioner, the recipe for which I had…

Snack time! (Puffed Rice)

This recipe came from Karen Solomon’s fantastic book, “Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It.” I’m a trifle obsessed with it right now; there are some truly amazing recipes in there. Plus so many “holy crap that’s so easy, why am I not doing that every day??” recipes, which are my favourite kind. This one is…

Meeting Noms (lime-coconut cupcakes)

We’re having a production meeting at our house tonight and so, as I am wont to do, I did some baking. Astro makes this to-die-for lime yoghurt that I’m kind of obsessed with right now and I really wanted to try baking with it, so I decided to make up something that (in my head,…

Free furniture rehab

When we took possession of our house, we discovered that the previous owners had left us a bunch of furniture. Thankfully, mostly nice stuff, but there were a few questionable pieces. This double deck chair, though useful, was badly painted and peeling, matched nothing an had two cushions that were probably made when I was…

Sneaky veggies (Coconut-carrot oatmeal cookies)

I have small children. This means I am forever trying to find ways that they will eat vegetables. I try not to be too sneaky, I want them to realize what they are eating when they enjoy it. Sometimes, though, I just want to be able to feed them something I know they will eat…