April 2009

Pot resurrected (and a roundup)

Last week I told you about my artichoke disaster that ended in a horribly burnt pot.  I am happy to report that after a little vinegar and baking soda magic, it is as good as new: The best part?  It didn’t require elbow grease or harsh chemicals or super-scratchy scrubbers.  Nope, I just followed these instructions […]

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Good morning

I was so inspired by Tea’s “Stalking Wonder” post that I went out to stalk some of my own wonder.  I’ve spent too much time inside lately so it was refreshing to get out into the morning sunshine.  I didn’t go far, only to my mailbox and back.  The apartment complex I live in has […]

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Coca Cola Cake

I was searching for ideas and tips on using soda (aka “coke” if you’re in the South) in cakes in preparation for this month’s Iron Cupcake: Earth challenge (soda pop is the theme ingredient).  And that’s when I found it.  And once I found it, I had to have it.  Do you ever get those […]

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100th post: What I’ve learned and my first contest!

Hi there!  Welcome to my 100th post! [Cue the confetti].  It doesn’t seem like I’ve written that many posts, but then looking back through the archive we’ve come a long way in just 100 posts.  And I’ve learned a lot.  A lot. I’ve learned that: * I should not be allowed to steam artichokes without […]

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Giving back a little

I like to spend my spare time thinking about happy things like chocolate, cupcakes, and blueberry pancakes. But sometimes it is important to take a step back and realize how fortunate I am in my life and give back a little.  So when I first came across Share Our Strength and its Great American Bake Sale (GABS) I […]

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While I’m scrubbing my burnt pot, here is a roundup…

I have cooked artichokes myself exactly twice.  Both times steamed.  Both times just kind of winged it from a “how to cook artichokes” I found online that says to put a clove of garlic, lemon slice and bay leaf into the water to add some flavor.  My first outing was successful enough.  1 artichoke in […]

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Good Friday: hot cross buns

What do you know about hot cross buns?  Until this week, I knew very little.  Unlike many other houses, it was not a tradition in my house growing up to have them before Easter.  But I see them around and am curious about these sorts of traditions so I consulted my good friend Wikipedia.  It […]

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