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The Challenge!

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Come Together | 0 comments

Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 4.26.00 PMI’ve been thinking about throwing down a challenge here for quite a while, and there’s no better time than birthday week (err…now that I haven’t posted for 2 weeks) month. You know “my thing” is store-bought remix so I’m asking YOU to share a time when you made something that you usually buy in a box. Leave a comment or drop off a link to a blog post.

For inspiration, check out the Bite this Book from Simple Bites. I LOVE this sentiment:

I think that the food system itself has taught us that we have no business making this stuff; we should just do the convenient thing and buy the boxes, bags, and containers they’ve prepared for us. … I always advise people to start with one or two foods that feel really exciting to them. If we start with the joy of it, and let our curiosity lead us to a few recipes, than often, those foods themselves will lead you to others, and the process happens on its own.

-Alana Chernila, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making

We can do it!

Sous Chef

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in BettyBecca Baby | 0 comments

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I have a new buddy in the kitchen. I usually do my cooking while he’s napping or in bed, but every now and then, he joins me. He’s picking up a few things here or there. He’ll be a whiz in the kitchen in no time!

Celebrate!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Come Together | 0 comments

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This week, I’ll mark the second birthday of this blog. Let’s celebrate!

I missed the first birthday because I didn’t realize and the date passed me by. Blog, would you like a smash cake and some striped paper straws to make up for it?

I also recently racked up another accomplishment over here…200 posts! That doesn’t seem like many since I’ve technically had this ship running for 730 days, but I didn’t post as much when I was cooking the wee one. I just wasn’t that into it, ya’ll. BUT, the fever is back now (the blogging fever, that is!). And I’m ready to put on a party hat!

I’m going to go easy on myself (in new mother fashion) and post about Everyday Celebrations this week. That’s kind of my style anyway (see resolutions: 2011 / 2012). Let’s do this!

Scrub-a-Dub!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Store-bought Remix | 0 comments

How brilliant is this – Hot Ingredient for the New Year: Elbow Grease?

I found this post when I was reading the kitchen tune-up post.

I have whipped egg whites into submission* by hand before. It was fun…one time 🙂

Personally, I think you’re one step ahead if you make your own whipped cream instead of buying cool whip, but I fully understand where thekitchn is coming from. It kind of reminds me of this post from Kate, if you’re into that kind of thing.

*Julia reference

Stuffs

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Kitchen Tools | 0 comments

So, it’s probably too late to talk about stocking stuffers, but I’m going to…because they’re too cute not to share. My husband and family find me the cutest kitchen gadgets to surprise me with.

This year, I got

These beautiful “hand-painted” measuring bowls from Pier 1 (from my mom).

And these nifty measuring beakers (from Mr. J) [These are from OXO. There is a 4th one, the smallest, but it’s in the dishwasher.]

Last year, I got

These measuring matryoshkas (From Mr. J) [a Fred product]

And this long dog appetizer server – perfect for mixed nuts or olives (from Mr. J)

Two years ago, I got these adorable timers.

Love it!