Archive | Gift Idea RSS feed for this section

Printable Food Pun Valentines + Gift Ideas!

Printable Food Pun Valentines + Gift Ideas!

I’m so good at wasting time. So good. Basically an expert. Just this morning I spent over an hour thinking up little gifts to pair with my printable food-pun valentines from last year. Remember these? Can you guess them all? (Btw, figuring out food puns is not wasting time — it’s good for your brain. Shopping is also really […]

Read More
5 Kitchen Tools You Need Right Now

5 Kitchen Tools You Need Right Now

I’m not really a gadget person, but will occasionally find a kitchen tool that I absolutely love. Here are my top five right now: (1) AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener I’ve owned every knife sharpener imaginable, and none compares to the AccuSharp. The AccuSharp is small and compact (making it easy to store and hold), and sharpens all of […]

Read More
Peel & Stick Wallpaper: New DIY Obsession!

Peel & Stick Wallpaper: New DIY Obsession!

Oh my goodness, I just discovered peel-and-stick wallpaper and it is the MOST fun. It’s easy to apply, and there’s virtually no commitment: you can peel it off and move it as many times as you want! We got this one for the laundry room: I’m putting it directly over our old wallpaper (circa 1990) […]

Read More
12 Easy Recipes to Make in Your Food Processor

12 Easy Recipes to Make in Your Food Processor

I teach cooking classes several times a month in Austin at Patricia’s Table. (My next class is coming up on June 28, if you’re interested! Sign up with a friend and BYOB; great food and lots of fun guaranteed!) We use a food processor in nearly every class. And invariably, as I’m introducing my sous chef […]

Read More
Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests

Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests

I’m actually a little surprised it took me this long to look it up. Here I am 36 years old and I’m just now learning why we tell our children that a big bunny brings eggs on Easter. This is the explanation on History.com: According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the […]

Read More
Fig Bacon Salad

We Found a Fig Tree!

Last week, I was in search of a fig tree for our yard. Thanks to some great suggestions and insight (thanks especially David M., Chelsea B., Shannon D., Natalie T., Dave E., Susanne H., Tiffany M., Miriam P., and Carla C.!), we found a little Celeste Fig Tree at Barton Springs Nursery. I wanted the […]

Read More
Easter Treats: Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops

Easter Treats: Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops

I love this TED Talk about art. It’s by Korean novelist Young-ha Kim. His premise is that, as children, we are all artists and have an innate desire to play. He says that, as we get older, this type of free play and creation is discouraged.  For example, he says that, as an adult, if you were […]

Read More
Easter Treats: Rice Krispie Treat Nests with Candy Eggs

Easter Treats: Rice Krispie Treat Nests with Candy Eggs

I rarely know what day it is.  Probably because I don’t write checks very often or work a regular job.  And probably also because I have a three-month-old and three-year-old at home, neither of whom has any concept of time.  (Although I did get a laugh the other day when Jack, the three-year-old, told me […]

Read More
Personalized Favor Tags via Cocina Marie

Personalized Favor Tags

If you enjoyed these personalized cupcake toppers, I bet you will love these personalized favor tags, too! These were also for a wedding shower, so all of the pics are of the bride- and groom-to-be.  I also included a few of their sweet doggie, Hank.  Ar. To make them, start by following the instructions for […]

Read More
Photograph Cupcake Toppers

Personalized Cupcake Toppers

I freaking love hosting parties.  Planning, shopping, preparing, cooking, baking.  I love it all.  And I especially love thinking of some little way to make the party “extra special” . . . like these personalized cupcake toppers. I made them for a couples wedding shower that we hosted not too long ago for our friends, […]

Read More
Gift Idea for New Mom

Gift Idea for New Mom

Jenna, my best friend growing up, just had her second baby.  That’s us in the pic below, circa 1987 or so. I haven’t talked to her yet, but I can imagine that she is — in equal parts — thrilled, overwhelmed, and exhausted.  (And that pretty much sums up motherhood, doesn’t it?)  A mutual friend […]

Read More
Simple Candied Roasted Nuts

Simple Candied Roasted Nuts

After having candied walnuts in a salad at Fleming’s Steakhouse and candied pecans in one at North by Northwest recently, I wanted to make some candied nuts of my own.  And with Jack at home during the mornings, now that his preschool has ended for the summer, this week seemed like a good time for […]

Read More
iPad App for Cocina Marie!

iPad App for Cocina Marie!

I heard a story on NPR a couple of months ago.  It was about how, now, with social media, some authors are able to get input from readers as they write.  I can’t find a link to the story or remember how it all worked … but I do remember thinking, “What a good idea!” […]

Read More
DIY Valentine's Day Gift Idea That Isn't LAME

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Idea That Isn’t LAME

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I, for one, am so excited!  I’m hoping that John gets me either a diamond heart pendant from Kohl’s, or a new Lexus with a big red bow on it! Not. Sorry to say, but Valentine’s Day is overrated.  After John’s birthday and Christmas in December, and […]

Read More
Adorable Gift Idea For Babies, Toddlers

Adorable Gift Idea For Babies, Toddlers

I did a little Christmas shopping at this year’s Holiday Collectibles Show in Austin, Texas.  What a wonderfully unique selection of products! My favorite booth was the Kandle Kidswear — a company started by Kim and Laura, two super creative stay-at-home moms in Austin.  They make and sell organic cotton onesies and children’s t-shirts with adorable […]

Read More