This Thanksgiving, The Niece & The Nephew asked me for some homemade hot chocolate. No problem! As the milk was warming stovetop, I took the whim to add some surprise fun and silliness to their “be sure there’s tons of marshmallows pleeease!” cocoa.
I dipped the pointed end of a toothpick directly into food coloring vials, and drew the faces on two large marshmallows in three simple steps. Two dots for eyes, then a sweeping line for the smile. [The less you fuss the food coloring, the better, even if it’s a bit imperfect.] Then I floated a raft of mini marshmallows for the big guys to nestle in.
When I delivered the hot chocolate, their smiles were even bigger than the ones I drew. :D

This Thanksgiving, The Niece & The Nephew asked me for some homemade hot chocolate. No problem! As the milk was warming stovetop, I took the whim to add some surprise fun and silliness to their “be sure there’s tons of marshmallows pleeease!” cocoa.

I dipped the pointed end of a toothpick directly into food coloring vials, and drew the faces on two large marshmallows in three simple steps. Two dots for eyes, then a sweeping line for the smile. [The less you fuss the food coloring, the better, even if it’s a bit imperfect.] Then I floated a raft of mini marshmallows for the big guys to nestle in.

When I delivered the hot chocolate, their smiles were even bigger than the ones I drew. :D

Another little salutation treat for my various clients! This time for Thanksgiving.
As you can see by the process pictures above, the idea & execution is simple. But these are a clever twist on common elements of autumn decorations, making something wonderfully unexpected from something ordinary. Gather leaves, cut off stems, draw cute turkeys on them with colored permanent markers, then pair with tent cards.
Notes: I chose ginkgo leaves for the shape, coloring & abundance in my neighborhood. But this project would work just as well with other leaf varieties, most especially oak or maple. Double-sided tape was again at the rescue, securing the wee turkeys to the tent cards, so they’re stable & ready to greet the recipients. The turkeys don’t have to be perfectly drawn; these are supposed to be cute & fun, so have fun with them!
These would make super dinner place-cards. :D

Another little salutation treat for my various clients! This time for Thanksgiving.

As you can see by the process pictures above, the idea & execution is simple. But these are a clever twist on common elements of autumn decorations, making something wonderfully unexpected from something ordinary. Gather leaves, cut off stems, draw cute turkeys on them with colored permanent markers, then pair with tent cards.

Notes: I chose ginkgo leaves for the shape, coloring & abundance in my neighborhood. But this project would work just as well with other leaf varieties, most especially oak or maple. Double-sided tape was again at the rescue, securing the wee turkeys to the tent cards, so they’re stable & ready to greet the recipients. The turkeys don’t have to be perfectly drawn; these are supposed to be cute & fun, so have fun with them!

These would make super dinner place-cards. :D

I love being able to use what you have. That’ll be one of the going themes of this blog. Here’s a recipe putting that credo to work in the kitchen.
Impromptu Apple Crunch
My last two honeycrisps were starting to go soft. Rather than eat them a tad mealy or ignore their mutiny and let them mush all the way bad, I made them into a tasty apple dessert. This is what I had & used. Recipe can be tweaked +/- to the number of apples.
Thinly sliced apples
Sugar
Soft butter
Shredded wheat bitties*
Turn the apples in a baking dish until well coated with sugar & spices [I had cloves, cinnamon & ginger]. Liberally cover with a layer of shredded wheat bitties. Blob softened butter on top, spacing the blobs by about 1”. Bake at 350d until apples are soft through.
If I were to make this on purpose, I’d definitely want brown sugar and vanilla, but it was darn good as-is. Would be nicely complemented by the cream of your choice [ice cream, whip cream, fresh cream].
* “The bitties” is the term my sister & I coined to describe what’s left in the box/bag of shredded wheat cereal after all the whole squares are gone. We both save the bitties in a resealable container; great on yogurt, fruit, yogurt&fruit, &c. This is the first I’ve used them in baking, but they worked very well — to similar result as uncooked oats — soaking/softening in the butter & apple without losing all texture.

I love being able to use what you have. That’ll be one of the going themes of this blog. Here’s a recipe putting that credo to work in the kitchen.

Impromptu Apple Crunch

My last two honeycrisps were starting to go soft. Rather than eat them a tad mealy or ignore their mutiny and let them mush all the way bad, I made them into a tasty apple dessert. This is what I had & used. Recipe can be tweaked +/- to the number of apples.

  • Thinly sliced apples
  • Sugar
  • Soft butter
  • Shredded wheat bitties*

Turn the apples in a baking dish until well coated with sugar & spices [I had cloves, cinnamon & ginger]. Liberally cover with a layer of shredded wheat bitties. Blob softened butter on top, spacing the blobs by about 1”. Bake at 350d until apples are soft through.

If I were to make this on purpose, I’d definitely want brown sugar and vanilla, but it was darn good as-is. Would be nicely complemented by the cream of your choice [ice cream, whip cream, fresh cream].

* “The bitties” is the term my sister & I coined to describe what’s left in the box/bag of shredded wheat cereal after all the whole squares are gone. We both save the bitties in a resealable container; great on yogurt, fruit, yogurt&fruit, &c. This is the first I’ve used them in baking, but they worked very well — to similar result as uncooked oats — soaking/softening in the butter & apple without losing all texture.

I’ve been brainstorming for days about fun & easy treats to leave with clients to celebrate Halloween. Then one particularly lovely and crisp afternoon while walking in the park, I took a second, then a third, look at all the gorgeous, burnished-orange acorns that had fallen to the ground.
Inspiration hit!
As you can see by the process pictures above, the idea & the execution was really quite simple. Gather acorns, draw funny jack-o-lantern faces on them with a permanent marker, then pair with some candy.
Notes: I used double-sided tape to help keep some of the wee “pumpkins” standing.  I can see these being delightfully versatile: made into magnets, glued to lengths of sticks or chenille [pipe cleaners], even earrings!

I’ve been brainstorming for days about fun & easy treats to leave with clients to celebrate Halloween. Then one particularly lovely and crisp afternoon while walking in the park, I took a second, then a third, look at all the gorgeous, burnished-orange acorns that had fallen to the ground.

Inspiration hit!

As you can see by the process pictures above, the idea & the execution was really quite simple. Gather acorns, draw funny jack-o-lantern faces on them with a permanent marker, then pair with some candy.

Notes: I used double-sided tape to help keep some of the wee “pumpkins” standing.  I can see these being delightfully versatile: made into magnets, glued to lengths of sticks or chenille [pipe cleaners], even earrings!