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Raspberry and Custard Crepe Cake

13 Feb



Since this is the week of pink and red desserts, I thought I'd share my crepe cake from the baby shower I hosted back in June. [...]

Sail Boat Napkins

13 Nov



When my wife decided to throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law, she asked me to make boats out of paper napkins. What do you mean, boats out of napkins!? Ummm, napkins (especially paper ones) definitely do not float. However, it turns out that for hundreds of years, people in Japan have been successfully turning paper into all sorts of things, including boats . . . Origami! Of course! [...]

Nautical Twizzler Knots

1 Nov



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2012 in Review

9 Jan



Bird Seed Snowman [...]

Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

20 Nov



There's this hilarious Friends episode where Rachel is making Thanksgiving dessert and mistakenly combines recipes for trifle and shepherd's pie, ending up with beef sauteed with peas and carrots between layers of ladyfingers and custard. Everyone else is revolted but pretends to enjoy it to keep Rachel from realizing she had ruined the dessert. Hilarity ensues, of course, when their deception fails, but the funniest part is Joey declaring, "I like it." "Are you kidding?" asks Ross. Joey replies, "What's not to like? Custard? Good. Jam? Good. Beef? Goooood." [...]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding in Jars

6 Nov



I have to say that I love all things pumpkin, a penchant that I am unfortunately not allowed to indulge for the first nine months of every year. Now that it's fall — well, as close to fall as it gets in these parts — I can finally break out the gallon of pumpkin purée from the freezer that is the last mortal remains of last year's Halloween decorations. (There's this great Mexican grocery store just down the street that sells, among other things, amazing carne asada and super cheap, huge pumpkins, so we buy them by the armful every fall.) [...]

Eiffel Tower Pumpkin Carving

26 Oct



What's Halloween without pumpkin carving? Just an excuse to wear a costume during your Saturday morning surfing session. (No, seriously that's a real thing.) While I love the idea of pumpkin carving, when it comes down to it I always struggle coming up with a design that is sufficiently cool to merit disemboweling that poor, innocent little—or not so little—pumpkin. Last year I managed to tap my Mexican ancestry and carved a calavera (skull) for Día de los Muertos, which also gave me a good excuse for why I had carved my pumpkin several days after Halloween. (Día de los Muertos is November 2.) [...]

New Thonet-Style Chairs

20 Apr



There comes a time in every man's life when he must replace the as-is Ikea dining chairs he bought secondhand on Craigslist with something a little more, I don't know, stylish? Sophisticated? Less self-assembled? That day has finally come courtesy of a set of six bentwood chairs Jennifer found on Craigslist. [...]

Carving Salvaged Brick

18 Mar



There's something about the weathered texture and classic muted red that I love in salvaged brick. Growing up, we always had plenty of it around due to the stockpile my dad accumulated from the neighborhood chimneys toppled by the Northridge earthquake. This Valentine's Day I stole a brick from the remnants of that stockpile to fashion into a gift for Jennifer. Knowing that she loves typographic details, I decided to carve our initials into one face of the brick. [...]

Cupcakes and Cocktails Party

18 Oct



This year for Jennifer's cumpleaños, we consumed cupcakes and cocktails with a few of our comrades! But all alliteration aside, what better way to celebrate a birthday than with baked goodies and rum? [...]