favor-“ette”: make your own flubber kits!

favor-"ette": make your own flubber kits!

November 19th, 2015

It’s that time of year again. No, not fall. Not Thanksgiving. Not “the holidays”. It’s Noah’s birthday party – and the yearly quest for the “right” goody bag. And by “right”, I mean: NO disposable crap. NO junk food (well, maybe ONE piece of junk food). And YES to something each child can make or […]


favor-“ette”: a halloween candy tip

favor-"ette": a halloween candy tip

November 3rd, 2015

Got candy? Color me remorseful on November 1st. Every year. As I face down a trash can full of Butterfingers “fun size” wrappers I am reminded of why I don’t keep candy in the house. And it doesn’t help that Noah is not much of a sweets kid (I know – believe me, I know). […]


halloween “in the house”: blood splattered cookies

halloween "in the house": blood splattered cookies

October 14th, 2015

Ew. Yet, awesome. These cookies are so easy – and so much fun – that I suspect that you are already thinking about how quickly you’re going to be able to make them. The good news is that they’re super fast, too. All you need is a batch of sugar or shortbread cookies (homemade, slice-and-bake […]


favor-“ette”: a recipe tip

favor-"ette": a recipe tip

October 13th, 2015

I came across this article in The Kitchn recently, and it reminded me of a draft I’ve had in my head for months now, wanting to share this with you. In the almost (gulp!) five years that I’ve been writing this blog – as well as creating food content for various other sites – I’ve been doing […]


o/n15 capsule wardrobe!

o/n15 capsule wardrobe!

October 6th, 2015

Is it me, or was September, like 5 minutes long?? My last capsule was June/July/August, and yet – not only have I been wearing these same items for all of September too – I haven’t even thought of switching things up. I guess there have been a number of factors at work here: 1. Back to […]


favor-“ette”: a baked goods tip

favor-"ette": a baked goods tip

September 22nd, 2015

So do you ever find yourself baking late at night, and then wondering what to do about that still-warm sheet of cookies/pan of brownies/tin of pie? Go to bed. It’s ill-advised to cover hot or warm baked goods using traditional wrappings (plastic, tin foil, etc.). Steam and/or condensation will form – even if there’s just a […]


favor-“ette”: lucy knisley

favor-"ette": lucy knisley

September 15th, 2015

Here is just a short – and random – sampling of things you will probably never hear me say: “Can’t WAIT for our upcoming camping trip!” “Try this goat cheese; it’s delicious!” “You like my dress? Thanks, I sewed it myself!” And so on. And – up until very recently, I would have included the […]


favor-“ette”: a brown sugar tip

favor-"ette": a brown sugar tip

August 25th, 2015

I use brown sugar often in my baking, so I always have it on-hand. To keep it from hardening I store it in the freezer after I open a bag. That said, I recently reached for a new bag in my cabinet, and it was rock. Hard. See what I mean? I almost tossed it, […]


favor-“ette”: how to quickly slice grape tomatoes

favor-"ette": how to quickly slice grape tomatoes

August 18th, 2015

I recently wrote a post for mom.me, sharing my favorite kitchen hacks – many of which you’ve seen here! – and it reminded me of a couple more I have up my sleeve! Like this: Because you never slice just one or two grape tomatoes, amiright? Here’s what you do: Place as many tomatoes as will […]


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August 17th, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackToClean #CollectiveBias There’s something about summer that seems to make rule-bending come so naturally. Food rules, bedtimes, all the “rituals” take a hiatus once school lets out. And this card-carrying neat freak doesn’t even stress as much about the […]