Winter this year has been moody, but generally mild. My deck plants are all in the guest room for the winter, and as usual are blooming. The upstairs is heavy with the perfume of blooming citrus trees.
I bought an orchid at the grocery store awhile back. I’m fairly certain it was last winter, actually. I enjoyed its flowers, and have dumped a splash of water on it roughly once a week ever since. It put out 4 more leaves, and then a few weeks ago started sprouting buds. It’s been so… Continue reading Orchids
Last spring I decided I wanted to get a lizard. First there was research (best lizard: The Bearded Dragon). Then there was building (nothing pre-made fits in the space I have for a tank). Then there was custom ordering glass (for sliding glass doors…which I still haven’t installed). Then one of the breeders I follow posted… Continue reading The Dragon and the Raven
I love peanut butter cups–that is, I love my peanut butter cups. So does Zorro. I always dig out the recipe and then realize in surprise that I don’t follow it. It’s not that there is anything wrong with the recipe, it’s just that I have a near-celiac friend and started converting things to gluten… Continue reading Gluten free Peanut Butter Cups
Full disclosure: This project was actually completed in 2013. But it’s still pretty epic. There is that one picture of an AT-AT made by a baker in CA that has dominated the gingerbread geekdom and it really made me want to try making a geeky work of gingerbread myself. I’m really not sure if it… Continue reading Gingerbread Star Wars
The most accurate title for this recipe would be Mint Hybrid Ice Cream (or mint throwback) because the mint I used is from my mother’s garden–and the result of free mingling of spearmint, chocolate-mint, and probably peppermint. I guess calling it Garden Mint is almost the same thing. I got the idea from David Lebovitz and… Continue reading Garden Mint Ice Cream
‘Tis the season for gingerbread and pies, but why not make a ginger ice cream to go with that pie? Ginger Ice Cream and Pumpkin Pie were long lost lovers, you know. You should reunite them. I read a lot of ice cream recipes–including several ginger recipes before concocting one that cooked the eggs but… Continue reading Ginger Chip Ice Cream