Category Archives: flowers

dreaming of a green christmas

Last Spring, we planted new bushes in front of our house.  Since 2014, our front garden has been a sad and barren wasteland in Winter.  So when we chose our new plants, we selected mostly evergreens.  It has been a total revelation.  2016 was not the best year ever, but a little green in Winter helps a bit.   Read more…

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simple hydrangea cookie tutorial

The internet is full of very intricate and impossibly detailed cookies.  I am occasionally guilty of creating overly complicated cookies.  But sometimes simple is better.
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what the folk?!

When I was home in December, I discovered a drawer with old table linens in it.  [“Table linens” is a generous way to describe some of the treasures I found, including plastic placemats from the early 1980s.]  Among disintegrating laminated alphabet placemats, I found a true treasure: the Hungarian folk art table runner I brought back from Szeged at the end of my study abroad program.   Read more…

Anne Shirley has a very bad temper.

I love Anne of Green Gables.  A lot.   Read more…

if you give an artist a cookie…

I recently made cookies for a very special bride-to-be.  She and her fiancé are both amazing artists and all-around fantastic human beings.  The benefit of making cookies for artists is that they turn cookies into art.   Read more…

mystery cookie cutters

I am terrible at identifying cookie cutter shapes.  For years, I thought one of my cookie cutters was a tomato shape.  Nate flipped it upside down and informed me it was a balloon.   Read more…

cherry blossom time

I live in beautiful Washington, DC.  Most of the time, my city is known for its partisan gridlock, political corruption, House of Cards-style power struggles, and complete inability to solve both real and manufactured crises.   Read more…

reuse, refresh, renew

I had planned to make a Valentine set based on the art of Roy Lichtenstein.  But last week, a colleague inspired me to do a bit of blog digging in the archives.  It was an interesting trip.  So, instead of pop art, I decided to make a whole set based on refreshing prior cookie designs. Read more…

so THAT’S what those funny shaped tips are for!

For my 30th birthday, my then fiancé (now husband) gave me a tool box filled with piping bags, icing tips, and food coloring. I had been decorating cookies with those little tubes of icing from the grocery store. That gift started me on the path to what has become a pretty serious hobby. Read more…

August!

In my world, August is the best month of the year.  Because this is not a national election year, it is suddenly very quiet in DC.  Congress has left town, work has slowed down, and half the office is on vacation.  My colleague, Laura, can’t stop exclaiming, “I  love August!”  I agree.  August is amazing. Read more…

spring, please.

The talking heads will spend the weekend debating the sequester, crisis governance, and partisan gridlock.  But I am thinking about cherry blossoms and warm weather.  I am sick of winter hats, wool coats, and grey skies.  I want to arrive home before dark. I want to wear sandals and white pants. Read more…