This is the busiest time of year for me in my real job. In all the craziness that is the weeks leading up to the National Stationery Show, I feel like I barely get out the door in the morning, let alone grabbing a Greek yogurt (my fave!) from the fridge. This weekend, I took a step back and prepared some food for the week… Healthy lunches, bags of vegetables for snacks and homemade granola to top that yogurt for breakfast. Give it a go – it just might give you that boost that I find myself needing in the morning!
Homemade Maple Granola
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup maple syrup
2 tsp almond extract
4 cups oatmeal (not the quick stuff… you want the old fashioned oats!)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cherries Continue reading
If you’re like me and sad to have it still be winter (darn groundhog), here’s a great gardening gift that you can make inside for the green-thumb in your life.
Begonias are one of the easiest plants to propagate; most varieties only need a little water to start new roots. They come in infinite varieties (I love the leaves as much as the flowers) and stand up incredibly well as city house plants (requiring relatively low light, rather infrequent waterings (a once-a-week soaking will suffice in a pot with good drainage), and they are undeniably gorgeous. Click below for the how-to.
How to: Propagate Begonias
Prepare a small container by washing thoroughly, making sure to leave no residue of suds. The smaller the container, the better since the cutting will release growth hormones into the water to help the new roots develop. Fill with tepid water.
Snip a large healthy leaf and place it in the water. Leave in a sunny window.
When significant roots show up (2-3 weeks), gently remove the cutting and plant in potting soil in a well-draining pot. Enjoy!
Here’s a great link for more information
Pics from here
We had a ton of fun yesterday making one of my favorite foods… homemade sushi! It’s really not that hard and fun to do in a group – everyone fills their rolls with their favorite Japanese morsels and then you have bites of all different combos! The key is buying fresh fish and good nori. Here in Washington, DC, I love to get the seafood at BlackSalt and you can get fresh roasted nori at the H Mart groceries. More photos and steps after the jump…
We were in Buffalo for the weekend and were delighted when our friend, Doug, made these for breakfast one morning. We thought he’d been up for hours fussing in my mom’s kitchen… kneading and waiting and rolling… little did we know! He did spill the secret, which you’re just not going to believe! I’ve made homemade doughnuts a few times and they’re always delish, the problem is just that if you’re serving them for breakfast, that means you’re up hours before everyone else… Not anymore… Keep reading for the secret 🙂 Continue reading
We’re embarking on a journey back to my favorite adventure from my winter break from work. I’ve always wanted to tackle homemade croissants from start to finish entirely by hand and I did just that. I’m going to warn you – it’s quite a laborious task, but I think it was SO worth the efforts for the end prize (and my husband’s family did too – though they didn’t have to do the rolling!) Bon Appetit!
Recipe after the break…This recipe is from a 2000 issue of Gourmet Magazine… Continue reading
Even though it’s Make-It Monday, I don’t think you need the how to on this one… Go outside and bring the last little bit of Fall inside with you to enjoy for just a little bit longer! These branches were huge, making such an impact in a room. Easy, inexpensive, stunning!