Paper Plate Basket for Home Baked Goodies: a Thank You Gift DIY

Home-baked goodies are a meaningful way to engage your littles in creating a gift and saying thank you to teachers, neighbors or others. While the sample baskets below are made by a toddler for daycare staff, there is no reason older children will not have just as much fun and creativity in designing the simple […]

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Paper Plate Art Toddler Activity

Nothing fancy but a fun quick craft activity with my two year old pterodactyl. We colored, traced stamped and stickered up several paper plates for festive fridge decoration (hello shamrock!) and greeting ‘cards’. Momma cut the center shape (heart, clover, etc) out at the end, but older kiddos could certainly practice scissor skills.   I did […]

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Best Irish Soda Bread: Beer Me the Recipe!

I made my first loaves of Irish soda beer bread in college in the tiny dorm kitchen of the hallowed Knowles Hall (Go Griz!), Pretty sure that was with a can a PBR too. To this day I still enjoy fresh warm beer bread but now I love it even more (and so does the reluctant […]

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Barney Google and the Applesauce Cake: Vintage Recipes from my Kitchen Today

This is a tale of two baked goods whipped up on different days but from the same awesome vintage cookbook, courtesy of Trinity Treasures (from Trinity Episcopal in Everett, WA a la 1965). I love love love cooking out of vintage recipe books, it is a something of a challenge, in part that recipes are written […]

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Cuban-Style Black Beans: Moros y Christians right out the pressure cooker

Frijoles Negros! I am really enjoying making beans in the pressure cooker. The key is remembering to soak them the night before but the texture is great and you can’t beat the speed. Again, sorry to sound repetitive but seriously love the Great Big Pressure Cooker Book, my recipe is based on the Cuban Bean […]

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Black Bean Ole! Soup – Es Muy Rapido

This recipe truly is speedy but also simple, flexible and tasty. on’t be turned off by all the canned items in the ingredient list. This just makes it pantry friendly, but I frequently use fresh ingredients.

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