Chả Cá Lã Vọng – Fried Fish with Turmeric & Dill

I wish I had a travel memory of eating Chả Cá Lã Vọng in Hanoi but alas, this will need to go on the bucket list. We did not partake of this tasty fish dish when we visited Vietnam two lifetimes ago. Regardless, this is one of my favorites and below is my working attempt […]

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Bow ties make everything better

In 2012, a dear friend asked if I would sew a dozen bow ties for a New Year’s celebration. Challenge was accepted and I have never looked back, many scores of ties later. What started out just as an opportunity to sew something new and hack a pattern has really evolved into a unique way […]

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Glittering Ornaments – Canning Lid DIY

A few years ago, I started making a homemade ornaments for family. This year’s ornament is a (be)dazzling canning lid ornament. It is the perfect way to reuse the inner lids (that you can reseal) and if you are anything like me, you might seems always have more of the canning rings than jars. Hmm… […]

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Candy Cane Christmas Trees

Need a quick maybe even last minute holiday treat for school? These candy cane trees are simple, only a few supplies needed and the kids can definitely help or maybe do all themselves. Have a little more time – embellish them with glitter, sequins, poms etc.  I just free-handed a quick tree on a piece […]

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Bowl-y Bugs – Toddler Art Activity DIY

Another fun, quick and easy toddler art activity – bowl-y bugs. Not a specific insect per se, but you could certainly do red and black lady bugs, yellow and black bees but I really like letting my little guy chose his own colors and be creative. Supplies Paper bowls or plates google eyes pipe cleaners […]

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POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand by Andy Ricker

Awesome cookbook that captures authentic recipes and techniques. It is not watered down/simplified, however author does provide some guidance on ingredients and the setting surround the foods consumption. It will take me a bit to cook through everything and I want to do more research on the sour meat techniques but a few of the […]

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