Knitting Project Confidential

“Hello, my name is Alicia and I am a knit-oholic.” …ok, that may not actually be an official addiction, or even a real word, but I certainly am doing my best to stretch my ability to complete a knitting project to the breaking point! I’ve just bought more yarn today for my ever-growing collection. ..after…

Recipe post: Family Dinner FTW!

Since I’ve been spending some extra time up at the family home in Eastern Ontario lately, we’ve been enjoying some pretty awesome Sunday evening Family Dinners! My stepfather, K, is an amazing chef-level cook, and he is a huge fan of celebrity chef The Barefoot Contessa, AKA Ina Garten (or as he calls her, The…

Blast From The Past: Jam Recipes!

This morning, while perusing my vast collection of recipes on my computer, I stumbled across a document I had thought lost forever; a series of jam recipes a pastry friend and I developed when we were running a funky little foodie blog called Chronic Masterbakers. The blog now being defunct (*sadness*), I wasn’t able to…

Halloween is AWESOME!

I love the Halloween season. I love its culture and history, and how it is so closely related to the Pagan Samhain (pronounced “Sowwan”), which is believed to be an ancient Celtic/Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season, and beginning the “darker half” or winter part of the year. While I am not…

Top Ten List: Introduction to Cloves (7th of 10)

This is a little bit of an odd Top Ten list, but I thought I’d take you through my baking cupboard (yes, I have an entire cupboard dedicated solely to baking supplies…um, and another cupboard…and a 4-tier rolling rack…but I digress). Since a Top Ten list would make this blog post too long, I’m splitting…

Recipe and Tutorial Post: Sugar Cookies of DOOOOOOMMMMM! (Part 2)

As per my previous post on sugar cookies, here is part deux discussing the decoration of said cookies! The client’s United Way theme this year was “Be The Hero”, and my inspiration picture was of a hero’s silhouette in white with a cape and the UWay logo on the chest. Well, I wasn’t hand-drawing the…

Recipe Post: Sugar Cookies of DOOOOOOMMMMM! (Part 1)

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. – Barbara Jordan I have a great friend in Ottawa who hooked me up last year with his employer, a HUGE National…

New Knitting Project!

I have a small confession. I am…ahem…riddled with….knit-itis. It’s a pernicious disease; I cannot seem to pass by a yarn sale or a crafting convention without ogling piles of beautiful “yarms.”..and when it comes to being able to say “no” to donations of yarn and notions from friends cleaning out their own stashes, I have…

…A flame about *this* high?

Yep. Time to look for a job again. Thanks to a whole bunch of “reorganization” (code for cuts-cuts-cuts!) at my place of business last week, my contract came to a more abrupt end than I had anticipated, so I’ll be once again underemployed as of next week. Le boo. I was really looking forward to…

Oh Canada!

Canada Is Really Big – Arrogant Worms Canada is weird. I mean, I love my country with all my heart, and never become more patriotic when I’m away from it, but I’ve come to understand that Canada is an odd little duckie in the eyes of the world, and many people seem to think that…

Top Ten List: Introduction to Cinnamon (6th of 10)

This is a little bit of an odd Top Ten list, but I thought I’d take you through my baking cupboard (yes, I have an entire cupboard dedicated solely to baking supplies…um, and another cupboard…and a 4-tier rolling rack…but I digress). Since a Top Ten list would make this blog post too long, I’m splitting…

Recipe Post! Let’s Have a Garden Party, Part II

As alluded to in my previous post, here are some recipes and a few pics I managed to snap of the delicious salads that were made and served by my super-awesome sister, for her dad’s birthday party this past weekend. I hope you feel inspired to try them! BLT Potato Salad Modified from Original Source:…