Category Archives: winter

mixing bowl sunday

Superbowl Sunday is my day in our house.  It is the day when Nate goes off to watch football and I have the house to myself.  I cheerily bake Valentine cookies and snuggle in with Masterpiece.  It is one of my favorite days of the year.   Read more…

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…

“cozy New Englandy” Christmas cookies

Remember when I was making crazy bright Christmas cookies?  That was so 2 weeks ago.  I dramatically changed the color mood for this set.  I was starting to worry that they were a little drab when a friend said they have a “cozy newenglandy feel.” Read more…

the good deal tutorial.

Here’s a secret that every winter cookier should know: piping pine/ coniferous needles is crazy easy.  The end result looks like it requires way more skill and effort than it actually does.  It’s like getting a really good deal– this design is the 40% off coupon code of cookies. Read more…

inspired by neckties

I love men’s ties.  I secretly wish the 1980s women’s necktie trend would come back in fashion.  I openly wish my husband were a necktie kind of guy.  But alas, microbiologists dress like college freshmen.   Read more…

I’m dreaming of a bright Christmas

I have such a difficult time transitioning to cozy winter colors this time of year.   I’m still thinking summer can’t possibly be over.  When I was cruising the internet for holiday inspiration, I was more drawn to Pantone’s Spring 2015 palette than to Pottery Barn’s current holiday color trends (I passed over a lot of buffalo plaid on my way to making these cookies.) 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…

a lot of cookies.

I try to pace my posts this time of year, but inevitably, I end up doing a Christmas Eve blog dump.   Read more…

nordic sweater tutorial

I am a big time doodler. I doodle during meetings at work. I doodle during conference calls. I doodle during regular calls. I doodle a lot, and mostly cookie patterns. Read more…

’tis (almost) the season

I got a jump start on holiday cookies this year.  Last weekend, I started to make Thanksgiving cookies.  I cut out a bunch of circles, intending to revisit the pie cookies I made last year. Read more…

home renovations and cookie decorations

I had a very busy weekend.  I finished my Christmas cookies AND we completed the living room renovation.  I am feeling super crafty and handy right now.  I am also feeling tired, so I will keep this short.  Merry everything, everyone!

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options paralysis

It is already December 8 and I am still searching for this year’s holiday style.  I started out with a retro theme, which morphed into an ugly sweater theme, which has devolved into a total free-for-all.   Read more…