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Stamped Quote on Wood

23 Nov



I have always loved this quote (always, as in, since it started popping up all over on t-shirts and tacky Pinterest inspirational images). And while I was most certainly not familiar with John Muir before moving to California, I'm now so grateful for all the work he did, especially in preserving one of the most beautiful places ever — Yosemite National Park. [...]

Samoas Cheesecake

6 Nov



Since the days I went door-to-door selling Girl Scout cookies (that miserable time when my shy self was pitted against my competitive, must-sell-the-most-in-my-troop self), I have loved Samoas Girl Scout cookies. (Or whatever you call them wherever you live. You know, the best ones, with the chocolate and caramel and toasted coconut.) So, when a couple back-to-back events called for baked goods, I decided to take what I loved in Samoas and combine it with my true dessert love—cheesecake—and make this cookie-inspired treat. [...]

Mini Sailboats

11 Jul



This project is from last fall, but it's so perfectly summer. We designed and built these wooden sailboats with colorful paper sails to decorate the pool in the background of my sister-in-law's nautical baby shower. Now, as we approach yet another hot and sunny weekend, swimming pools and boating are both on my mind! [...]

Ruffled Cupcakes

28 Jun



Well, hello there! Fancy meeting me here, right? I'm sorry it has been so long! A lovely Australian company was holding my domain name hostage for a few weeks, and that was followed by several insanely busy weeks at work. [...]

Personalized Clay Cross

1 May



Greg and I made this cross as a baptism gift for our nephew James (since he couldn't partake in the cross cookies). This is the Santiago cross, or cross of St. James. I love the interesting shape, but it was certainly my most difficult clay project to date! [...]

Happy Easter!

20 Apr



Can you believe my mom decorated these super cute eggs in 1989 with paper dots from a hole punch? So amazing! [...]

Easter Egg Cheese Ball

19 Apr

Easter Egg Cheese Ball


Happy Holy Saturday! Here's a bit of last minute Easter inspiration: an egg-shaped appetizer! [...]

Peep Pops

17 Apr



I had big plans for posting a tutorial last night on the braided Easter egg bread that I'm making for Sunday. But then we had friends over and attempted to decorate two dozen eggs. And then we had mojitos... and wine... and dessert (with some calzones and salad, too). And then I climbed into bed before 10 pm (by about 4 minutes), something that I rarely do without putting up a fight. So here we are, instead, with a post about a crazy-easy Easter dessert: Peep pops. [...]

Mini Bundt Cake Nests

14 Apr



We love, love, love our chocolate bundt cake recipe. As I've said before, it's a magical one bowl concoction that is easy to throw together, serves a ton and is crazy delicious. I like to undercook it just a bit, so the inside is incredibly moist. Yum. [...]

Candles and Wheatgrass in Eggshells

10 Apr



This is part two of my wheatgrass Easter decorations! Since I was growing a lot of wheatgrass anyway, it was little additional effort to grow some in eggshells. [...]