Tuesday, January 31, 2012
But look at how cute it is! And the zipper actually works! I like it so much, I'm already planning to make more. If you are reading this, you'll likely be getting one (or several) of these for Christmas. Just forget you read this and then act surprised when you open yours up in eleven months. Okay?
Friday, January 27, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
But seriously. They're so adorable.
All those drawers... all those labels... it's true love.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Right now, it's living on the kitchen table until we find a good spot for it. But I'm beginning to think that the kitchen table may be as good a spot as any. Perfect for an ongoing grocery list, or little surprise notes to one another.
On the same shopping expedition, I snagged a card catalog. It's waiting to be picked up, but I'll share some photos once we've got it home!
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Even though it has a handy nail hole for hanging, I never hung my jewelry keeper up. Instead, I've kept it behind my sock basket in the armoire. Here it is in its natural surroundings:
Don't worry about my tried and true jewelry keeper. It's still in its rightful place behind the socks, holding a few things that didn't fit on the new one. And I like to think it is a lot more comfortable now that its drawers aren't crammed completely full.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Pithy Instructions for Delicious Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes
- Mix equal parts chili powder, cumin, and salt in a small bowl. We used about 1 Tablespoon of each because we like a lot of flavor, and because we were making a lot of sweet potatoes.
- Rub the seasoning on clean sweet potatoes.
- Wrap each potato in tinfoil. We cheated and wrapped several of the small potatoes together, which seemed to work just fine.
- Pile them all in the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours (the recipe says to cook on high, but low worked fine for us).
- Serve with rice, black beans, salsa, cilantro, and avocado. Yes, please!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Start with a package of refrigerated biscuits in a tube. Get the butter flavored ones if you must. Relish the feeling of opening the tube. Shape each biscuit into a basic small animal form. Think rounded blob with smaller rounded blob sticking out.
Sterilize the scissors on your mini Swiss Army knife and snip the dough to create spikes. The more spikes, the better. Just keep snipping.
Bake according to the instructions on the package; serve warm with honey.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Elsworth did a lot of research before starting his critters.
Hanna, piping away:
Karl... so serious! He probably didn't want to get any meringue on the new sweater his wife made for him for Christmas.
A few favorites! The m&ms dots on the mushroom didn't quite turn out as we had hoped...
A squirrel angel:
Monday, January 2, 2012
We hung die-cut moose from the candelabra, just above the centerpiece (which was actually a collection of pieces, in the center of the table). The moose are a red and white Scandinavian print (thank you, Ikea).
Here are the centerpiece items up close. Nut cup, anyone? I found the little papers for the nut cups at a specialty baking store. They're shaped like little flowers, with petals. They're really meant for mini cupcakes, but they worked just fine for our woodland treats!
This was in the middle of the kitchen island, where all of the baking activity took place. The squirrel box is full of candy.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
This year, for our Woodland Critter Christmas theme, I used the cookies I was already making and created some thematic treats out of the same dough. The parsons' hat dough, plus some slivered almonds, became hedgehog cookies.
After baking, alongside some of the original recipe parsons' hats: