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Mac & Cheese Doughnuts... because I could!

Challenge Accepted: Mac & Cheese Doughnuts

The Internet is full of strange and wonderful things, my friends. This isn’t exactly earth-shattering news, but there are a lot of people doing a lot of “interesting” things, and the ‘net allows us to catch a glimpse. Of course the vastness of the web is too much for even the most devoted digital subject, so it helps that our friends link us to various things, thus saving us the trouble of having to plumb the binary depths ourselves. Such was the case when a friend linked me to some Mind-Blowing Mac & Cheese Donuts that I felt missed the mark.[Read More...]

by 06/02/2014 2 comments Nibbles
Across the Universe

Notes From the Road

We were, as you might guess, on the road this past weekend, specifically to and from Mobile, Alabama, for MobiCon. It was #3 on the circuit of 6 conventions I’m taking my book to this year and we had a fabulous time. We usually try to drive over the night before any given convention so we’re not road-weary when the show opens (usually around noon on Fridays for most cons), but that means grabbing dinner somewhere on the road. Since travelling is one of those times I try to be especially careful what I eat (so I don’t end up[Read More...]

by 05/30/2014 0 comments Just for Fun

Blood From a Stone, Funds From an Escrow Account–Same Difference?

“The time has come,” the Dollhouse said, “to talk of many things… Like, namely, when’re we gonna get the contractor paid for the roof?!” Good question, Dollhouse, good question indeed. Who knew our house was a fan of Alice in Wonderland? How Draws Work in a 203(k) Renovation–A Worst Case Scenario Guide Now, if you’ll think back to when we first went down the 203(k) road (back in January), you might remember that there are several moving parts to the renovation side of the mortgage loan. It’s not just the contractor’s numbers and a bump for just-in-case, there are fees for[Read More...]

by 05/29/2014 3 comments The Gingerbread Diaries
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47, 54 | I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

This post is part of our ongoing exploration of The 64 Arts. Aside from being one of my favorite lines from The Princess Bride, it’s also a perfect lead-in to our next language art: 47 Speaking Regional Languages and we’re going to combine it with an Art further down the list (the randomness of the list is totally at odds with my linear left-brain!) 54 Knowledge of the dictionary Giving the Sanskrit equivalent of local dialects and popular jargon Sure, we don’t have a lot of use for Sanskrit around these parts, but idioms, jargon, and slang are very useful to know. In[Read More...]

by 05/28/2014 0 comments 64 Arts
Eggs Benecio!

Daring Bakers: Pao de Queijo

This month’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge took us on a trip to beautiful Brazil! Renata of “Testado, Provado & Aprovado!” taught us how to make Pao De Queijo, tasty cheese buns that make the perfect snack or treat, and that will make your taste buds samba! When we were going through the elimination testing for the Low-FODMAP thing, I had come across these Brazilian cheese rolls made with tapioca starch and Parmesan cheese but were otherwise made just like pate a choux. Fast forward almost 18 months and I had a dream about these rolls, specifically about not being able to find the recipe[Read More...]

by 05/27/2014 2 comments Nibbles
Movies I Need to See

Movies I Need to See

The other night while doing laundry, Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins popped into my head for reasons I cannot even begin to fathom. Nonetheless, it reminded me that I still haven’t gotten around to seeing Saving Mr. Banks and that’s a shame, because I dearly love Emma Thompson movies. So that’s today’s Free for All Friday: the movies that I never seem to make time to sit down and watch already! (In no particular order, as brought to you by my Amazon Watch List) Saving Mr. Banks Iron Man 3 The Croods The Purge Monsters University Planes Despicable Me 2[Read More...]

by 05/23/2014 2 comments Just for Fun
Padded headboard, lush drapes, and wall-mounted reading lamps.

Old Habits, New Perspectives

The past two weekends were the annual Parade of Homes put on by the Tallahassee Builders Assn and it’s been our Mother’s Day tradition to take Mom out for browsing the homes and then to dinner. We were a week later than usual due to a sudden uptick in our social calendar, but this Sunday we trekked out to see about half of the 27 homes in this year’s showcase. Now, in previous years there has been an element of ‘someday,’ a bit of aspiration to our browsing, but this year–with Mom having recently purchased property and us having just[Read More...]

by 05/22/2014 0 comments The Gingerbread Diaries

46 | Build Your Own Phrasebook

This post is part of our ongoing exploration of The 64 Arts. While it’d be great to be fluent in as many languages as possible, the reality is we either don’t make the time to do so or might not even have the luxury of learning much at all if an impromptu trip comes up. Whether you’re still learning or in a hurry, compiling your own phrasebook will be more beneficial than trying to flip through a larger one you can pick up in the bookstore or download to your smartphone. Not only will it be a customized cheat-sheet, writing[Read More...]

by 05/21/2014 0 comments 64 Arts
Tuesday Reviews-Day: Totes Amaze! by Amanda McKittrick

Tuesday Reviews-Day: Totes Amaze! by Amanda McKittrick

It’s no surprise to anyone who’s been reading here for a while that I like to make things. While making stuff just for fun is all well and good, I especially love it when my hands-on time is spent making something useful as well as nice to look at. And even though a lot of my handmade projects are intended for others, every now and then I will make something for myself, too. Which is why I was more than happy to take a look at Totes Amaze! 25 bags to make for every occasion by Amanda McKittrick. A tote[Read More...]

by 05/20/2014 0 comments Tuesday Revews-Day

The Importance of the Right Attitude: 4 Ways to Improve Your Daily Life in the Face of Dietary Changes

When we have to change our diets–whether you’re going gluten-free because you’ve just been diagnosed with Celiac or your cutting out trigger foods for your IBS, migraines, or other allergies–it can be easy to go into a knee-jerk panic mode concentrating on all the things we’re giving up and how horrible and hard everything is going to be from here on out. I’ve seen it happen with almost every newcomer to the support lists I’ve been involved in from time to time (and not just diet-related ones, there’s a big fear of the unknown in any life changing instance), but[Read More...]

by 05/19/2014 0 comments Nibbles