Slime Time: Oobleck Toddler Activity

Playing with slime or more ‘scientifically’ oobleck is fun for all ages but is a great messy sensory play experience with a 16 month old (and a multi-decade old person). Oobleck is slime or more specifically a fictional non-Newtonian fluid precipitate (yes, properties of both a liquid and solid) made famous by the pen of […]

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Artichokes with Anchovies….tomatoes and olives

I have been spending the last four months getting acquainted with my stovetop pressure cooker. This recipe is (right now only slightly) adapted from The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book, which by far and away is the best recipe book for really making the most of your cooker. I have yet to find a recipe […]

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Forbidden Black Rice Pudding: Pressure Cooker Recipe

Happy Lunar New Year! This year’s celebratory dessert was the product of many firsts. First time cooking black forbidden rice, first dessert in the (new) pressure cooker and first batch of rice pudding. The result was a¬†warm, comforting, lightly sweet, simple yet crowd pleasing dessert. This doubles easily, if your pot is big enough, and […]

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Cold Smoked Maple Cajun Party Nuts

The Smoking Gun rides again! This time to impart its delicate smoky wisdom upon some roasted maple syrup and Cajun spiced mixed nuts (walnuts and pecans to be exact). ¬†Roasting nuts is easy and sky’s the limit for flavor. I happens to have ajar of organic Cajun spices and maple syrup asking to be used […]

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Felt Christmas Tree DIY

   Sure these are all over Pinterest, but I still want to share my version of the felt Christmas Tree. Easy to make and the amount of time will really depend on how much detail you want to put into each ornament. I kept the ornaments simple but let the packages at the bottom be […]

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