Cookie cutters in hand

This set of cookie cutters may not be the highest quality, but it contains all of the shapes I was after and was fairly inexpensive.  I picked up this little bucket at Target today, so I am ready to rock.

By on November 23, 2008 · Comments ( 2 )


This is a short cheat of a post because I said I would post every day this month.

Plus I still want the pie poll up near the top.

By on November 22, 2008 · Comments ( 4 )

Pie on my mind

Instead of birthday cake, I always want birthday pie.  That’s why I love Thanksgiving.  Pie is generally the dessert of choice for this meal.  So, which pie would you most like to dig into next week?

By on November 21, 2008 · Comments ( 7 )

Late to the reusable party

After many guilt-filled trips through the Trader Joe’s checkout line, I have finally purchased a reusable bag.  Though I have forgotten to bring it along on every subsequent trip, it’s bound to catch on with me one of these days.

This one was cheap ($.99) and soft.   Hopefully I can use some of my brown paper bag stash as gift wrap this Christmas.  It is a recession.  I think I’ve used the word ‘recession’ in most of my posts this month.

By on November 20, 2008 · Comments ( 3 )

Brussels sprouts, I never forgot you

I tried them once, back in January. They rated merely okay.  This time around I gobbled them up.  The difference between then and now, I believe, is the size of the sprout.  My batch last night was made up only of baby Brussels sprouts.  I used the same recipe as before, a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and roasted them just like last time.  So I think a smaller vegetable is better tasting with better texture.

By on November 19, 2008 · Comments ( 5 )

Tea for me

For many years now I have been drinking tea pretty much daily.  So what’s in my daily cuppa?  Generally I’ll go for the Republic of Tea PassionFruit Papaya black tea blend.  I started drinking it when it was known as Zen Dream Tea and had a bit of a meltdown when they changed the name because I thought it had been done away with.  Luckily the PassionFruit Papaya appears to be an exact match.  I buy in bulk, 250 bags at a time.

Around the holidays I like to mix it up a little and brew up some Tea of Good Tidings, also from the Republic of Tea.  It’s a little fruity with some hints of holiday spice.  Another one of my favorites during the holiday season is Joy from Starbucks.

So those are my tea habits.  What kinds of tea does everyone else favor?

By on November 18, 2008 · Comments ( 11 )

Banana cupcakes

I like bananas.  I buy them sometimes.  I never finish them all before they turn brown and mushy.  That’s when I toss them in the freezer.

This being recession times, I have been using up food that I already have.  Turns out I had about a dozen frozen bananas.  First I made banana bread.  It was delicious, but I wanted something different.

Banana cupcakes!  They were really tasty. You can find the recipe over at

By on November 17, 2008 · Comments ( 2 )

We have a winner

There were two brave souls who entered the comics giveaway contest. To choose one winner, I visited my favorite random number generator at Contestant 1 left the first comment and Contestant 2 left the second comment. So I had an integer between 1 and 2 generated, meaning 1 or 2. The winner?


Contestant 2, Jackie, is the big winner!  Your comics are on their way.

By on November 16, 2008 · Comments ( 4 )

Holiday baking

Yes, I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I am preparing for holiday baking.  My dear Mom (wow Mom, you’re showing up a lot in my blog these days) used to slave over the stove near Christmas pumping out a dozen or more varieties of cookies.  Swiss butterhorns, fudge, pecan pie bars, peanut butter blossoms, Cain candy and of course, sugar cookie cutouts.

This year, I plan on pumping out a variety of cookies myself.  I found some red and green sprinkles on sale at the store, but I am still lacking the cookie cutters.  What shapes does everyone else use?  I remember a tree, a snowman, maybe a Santa.  This is my chance to build a collection of my own, though.  So what should it be?  Anybody in my neck of the woods know a good spot to get these puppies?

By on November 15, 2008 · Comments ( 5 )

Cop out, but a cute baby

Here’s what Oliver gets up to when he visits his grandparents on Vashon Island.

By on November 14, 2008 · Comments ( 1 )