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Homemade Chai Concentrate

What is Chai? Confession: I used to be so confused by chai. Is it a plain black tea? Is it a sugary syrup mixed with hot milk, like at Starbucks? Or is homemade chai concentrate something else entirely? In some languages like Arabic and Indian, the word “chai” simply means tea. In India there are…

Butternut Squash Carrot Lentil Soup

It’s Soup Season! Hello! Is it cold where you live this time of year? If yes, are you keeping warm this winter? It’s been going back and forth here in Oregon between freezing and unseasonably warm. The mornings this weekend found the grass and streets covered in ice. But yesterday got up to 60°F! On…

Baking Sourdough Bread at Home

Hello! Remember when everyone started baking sourdough bread back in 2020? Well, here I am, a little late to the party, but loving sourdough more than ever. In fact, my cousin gifted me an amazingly helpful book about sourdough this past summer – New World Sourdough by Artisan Bryan Ford. To be honest, this was…

Kitchen Bucket List – 2021 Review

Happy New Year! 🎇🎆 Have you made any resolutions or goals for 2022? I love taking some time to review the past year and plan the unwritten year ahead. And in 2021, I made a “kitchen bucket list” for the first time. This was comprised of a list of recipes that I wanted to try,…

Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake)

Happy Winter! Christmas is over. New Years is over. Now we can fully enjoy the peace and stillness of Winter, since we still have two and a half months in this glorious season! Hold the horses on Valentine’s and Spring. This is the time of year to really embrace all that Winter has to offer…

Miniature Gingerbread House Cake

Winter is in full swing! What have you been up to during this unofficial gingerbread season? I’ve been over here baking up a storm! 👩‍🍳 And I wanted to surprise my family with an extra special cake for Christmas. This miniature gingerbread house cake is fun, festive and so adorable! It has tiny gingerbread houses…

Hagrid’s Hut Gingerbread House

Inspiration for a Gingerbread House This was my very first attempt at constructing a gingerbread house made from scratch. I’ve made a few gingerbread houses in the past, but it was always with store-bought pre-constructed walls. And what better theme for a gingerbread house than Harry Potter? I mean, Christmas is all about Harry Potter,…

Christmas Treat Box

What is a Christmas Treat Box? Hi, friends!! WE ARE IN THE SAME WEEK AS CHRISTMAS! Woo hoo!! 🎄⛄❄🎅 Can you feel the magic in the air? The anticipation of a wonderfully joyful day? There is a chance we’ll even get snow on Christmas Day this year here in the Portland area! Okay, let me…

Foodie Christmas Gift Ideas

Can you believe it? Christmas is NEXT WEEK!! 🎄 Have you sent Santa your wish list? Did you brave the holiday traffic to go to the stores? If you have been procrastinating your holiday shopping, or if you have no clue what to ask for this year, I got you. This is my ultimate list…

Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

Homemade Holiday Gifts Happy Holidays! We’ve made it to the most wonderful and giving time of the year! There are so many options for gifts these days, but I like to give my friends and family at least a few homemade presents each year. It shows that I took extra time to make something with…


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