cookie jar: vegan cookie dough Ritz sandwiches!

cookie jar: vegan cookie dough Ritz sandwiches!

February 26th, 2015

Too much? That was my response when Chelsea sent me the link to this recipe with the words “PLEASE MAKE!!!!!!” in the subject line. Since she’s turned vegan we have both been on a headstrong quest to find as many great recipes to replace all of the meals and treats she could no longer have […]

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favor-“ette”: a skin care tip

favor-"ette": a skin care tip

February 24th, 2015

A friend and I were chatting on Facebook recently, sharing our skin care routines. This woman is close to my age and is as obsessed with taking care of her skin as I am. She also has amazing skin, and manages to accomplish looking youthful and yet totally natural – so I was paying close attention. […]

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“four” you: a blogiversary giveaway!

vazu, liddabit sweets, cold spring apothecary, l'occitane

February 17th, 2015

This Friday Donuts, Dresses and Dirt turns 4. And I can hardly believe it. As I’ve said many (many) times before, I truly started this blog as a lark – a whim – to provide an outlet and a platform for sharing all of the things I was passionate about (click here to read about […]

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favor-“ette”: a valentine card placemat

favor-"ette": a valentine card placemat

February 13th, 2015

So if you have young kids you are probably going to be greeted later today with a backpack full of Valentine’s Day cards from “the class”. When Chelsea and Conor were young, this deluge posed a conundrum each year. The kids hated to part with the cards – and I hated the clutter. So this […]

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the balance project!

the balance project!

February 11th, 2015

I am super excited today to share with you all an interview I have featured at Susie Schnall today! It is part of her series called “The Balance Project”, and it is one of my favorite weekly reads: “Late in 2013, I thought it might be fun to ask women I admire how they—pardon the expression […]

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mason jar mix #2: hot cocoa!

mason jar mix #2: hot cocoa!

February 9th, 2015

As soon as I saw these adorable jars I knew they’d be the perfect little gifts for Noah to hand out for Valentine’s Day: I’ve never made my own hot cocoa mix and have no idea why – it is DELICIOUS and whipped up in 5 minutes in the food processor. Noah helped by putting […]

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mason jar mix #1: chocolate chip cookies!

mason jar mix #1: chocolate chip cookies!

February 5th, 2015

As you know, I am NOT a fan of the birthday party goody bag (you can read my mini-rant in this post). And since Noah’s birthday falls out during the winter, I try to come up with favors that offer a temporary cure for that dreaded cabin fever. This year I decided to do a […]

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101: how to make a “surprise” cake

101: how to make a "surprise" cake

February 3rd, 2015

This was fun. And “surprisingly” easy (sorry). Ever since Chelsea was a little little girl, I’ve asked my kids what kind of special cake (or cupcakes) they’d like for their birthdays. And I’ve done it all – from Pokemon to Hello Kitty, Power Puff Girls to Scooby Doo, Arthur to Winnie the Pooh. I’ve done […]

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cookie jar: classic pignoli cookies

cookie jar: classic pignoli cookies

January 29th, 2015

Right up there with vanilla and coffee (okay, and malt), I love all things almond-flavored. And one of my favorites? These: If I’m staring down a bakery display case, these are my target. And because they’re so ubiquitous (even my local grocery sells them), I’d never thought to make them myself – could I do […]

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101: dry shampoo

101: dry shampoo

January 27th, 2015

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had to wash my hair daily to keep it looking fresh. And while not always so convenient, it was never really a problem till recently. Now that I’m older, my hair has gotten much drier. And in addition to regular straightening sessions, I’m visiting the colorist every […]

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