favor-“ette”: a quick cake tip

honey cake with sugar coating

September 30th, 2014

Wow – so many of you made this honey cake last week – which makes me very happy! Even better? A bunch of you wrote and asked about the sugar-y looking coating around the top and sides. Which reminded me of a tip I’ve been using ever since I saw it in Cook’s Illustrated a […]


favor-“ette”: a little earbud tip

an earbud tip

August 26th, 2014

So I know that I’m getting older – and that my eyesight is failing – daily. But, REALLY WITH THE EARBUDS???? I can’t believe I’m the only one who cannot easily read the left vs. right – which, we all know, is critical before starting your workout. Now that my running partner has flown the […]


favor-“ette”: the bouqs

the bouqs ranunculus

August 19th, 2014

So I HATE getting flowers delivered. Which probably puts me in a group of, oh, one? Much like houseplants (which we all know by now that I tend to kill), my home is where packaged bouquets come to die. I don’t change the water, I forget to add food/sugar/Sprite/whatever it is you’re supposed to add, […]


favor-“ette”: the easiest way to peel a mango

easiest way to peel a mango

August 12th, 2014

You’re doing it wrong. Peeling mangoes, that is. Is it me, or are mangoes one of the more annoying fruits to prep? First, you’ve got that awkwardly shaped, gigantic pit to contend with. And then there’s the peel – I can never seem to find just the right tool to use to get as much […]


favor-“ette”: parchment paper cupcake liners

parchment paper cupcake liners

August 5th, 2014

Much like salt, flour and butter, cupcake liners are something that I always expect to have on-hand at all times. Till I don’t – which I inevitably discover only after all the ingredients are out and ready to go. Fortunately I have a friend who has a seemingly bottomless supply of liners – and will […]


say hello to chicory app!

chicory app button screen shot

August 1st, 2014

Hi all! You may have noticed a new little button at the bottom of my recipes, like this: I’m so excited to introduce you all to a most-clever new app called Chicory! Chicory connects all the ingredients to my recipes with online grocers (like Peapod), so you can get everything you need delivered straight to […]


favor-“ette”: mason jar pour spout

mason jar pour spout

July 29th, 2014

I know – another mason jar post. But don’t worry, I don’t think this is going to be a thing. Yet. But how could I resist sharing this adorable, easy – and basically FREE – idea?? I’ve had the same little jar, filled with kosher salt, for years. When the hinge finally snapped off I […]


favor-“ette”: garbage disposal “pods”

garbage disposal pods

July 22nd, 2014

Does your garbage disposal ever get that “not so fresh feeling”? You know what I mean – and if you’ve ever tossed some lemon or lime peels down there you are going to love this little DIY. Using materials that you probably have right now in your kitchen you can make these eco-friendly “pods” to […]


favor-“ette”: mason jar blender hack

mason jar blender hack

July 15th, 2014

Mason jars – have you heard of them? JK… It’s all but impossible to scroll Pinterest, Instagram or most food/craft/lifestyle blogs without being assaulted by the next cute way to use a mason jar – from photo frames to hanging lights, soap dispensers to terrariums. Yes, the mason jar is certainly having its moment – so […]



eighteen bees wrap bracelet

July 10th, 2014

Wow – thanks so much for all the great feedback on my first post in this series! So without further ado….. Crushed: Birks! For YEARS Gizeh’s were my summer sandal. Until they weren’t, and I swore that my Birkenstock days were DONE. But my Instagram and Pinterest feeds have been flooded over the last few […]