Brown Sugar Brown Butter Cookies = Love

Sometimes you get invited to a last minute event – be it a dinner party, birthday party, et cetera – and want to bring a little something something as a
“Hello, I love you.”

While wine is absolutely lovely, (and believe me, I love a bottle of wine when throwing a dinner party) I think it’s sweet to bring something homemade.
But, when you’ve been invited to a last minute get-together, that can prove to be just a little bit difficult.

Do not despair – there is a solution!
They’re called brown sugar brown butter cookies.
Um, yum.

browning some butter

They take a couple of hours of chill time (1 hour of butter chill, 1 hour of dough chill) but you can get primp and prepare in between the chillage.  Which is exactly what I do.  Beautiful.

cookies in a mason jar

Just add a mason jar and some ribbon and you’ve got a prezzie!

bow time

You’ve Been Shot… With A Love Arrow!

Blow Up! did the sweetest guest post for Martha Stewart Crafts;
adorable little love struck pencils!  They were so effing cute I just had to make them.  I couldn’t resist!  Oh man… I am such a cheeseball.

love struck

Eeeee how fun are these?  Paint and feathers and colored pencils… oh hello.

eeee featherssssss

I couldn’t find the natural feathers they used in the diy (argh I went to two different art stores!) so did a little improvising by glue gunning an array of feathers and wrapping a little bit of ribbon around them to cover up the ugly that were the cut tips of the feathers.

feathers and fun

You’ve been hit!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here Comes the Bling

So, I make jewelry sometimes.

My friends yell at me on a constant basis about the fact that I don’t really do much with it other than wear it myself or give it away.
I love giving gifts!

Since I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather and just a little bit (ok a lot bit) stir crazy, I went at this jewelry making in a major way.  First, I finally made a bracelet I’ve been dying to make for months from Honestly…WTF :

look at all of those colors! and that bling!

Then I decided it was time to do something with the massive number of vintage chandelier crystals I keep in my art dresser.
(yes, it a dresser… and a shelf… plus some other things…)

repurposed vintage crystals

What do you think?
Oh, and I chopped off four inches of hair last weekend.
That shit cray.


Victoria, I’m So Impressed!

This is so delightfully adorable, it just makes me wanna wiggle!


The Cookbook Shelf – I Need More!

Chefs talking about their cookbooks collections?  How am I just finding out about this??!!??

This is so exciting.  I love cookbooks.  I think my head just exploded.
It’s only the third installment (over the course of four months) but seeeeriously, c’mon guys, I need more.

Queue The Cookbook Collection from Eater.

image courtesy of eater

Per Sara Moulton:
“If a cookbook doesn’t have 200 recipes, it’s not a serious cookbook.”
I mean, I couldn’t agree more, but does it have to be serious to be enjoyable?

Golly Gee Willikers this is an exciting discovery.

Shake Rattle and Roll

or, How to Peel Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds.

Thanks Todd – this instantly solves the worlds’ garlic peeling problems!
My mother will be particularly happy.  She loathes peeling garlic.

Things To Worry About

Sometimes I worry too much… I mean, who doesn’t?  It’s only natural.

Deirdre recently sent me the link to a letter F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to his 11 year old daughter in 1924.  It felt so perfectly befitting my worrywart ways that I decided to share it in hopes that perhaps it would make you stop worrying so much too.

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship

Things not to worry about: 

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about: 

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

It’s kind of unbelievable how everything on his list is still applicable today.

Oh, and PS Deirdre please start your blog.  Peer pressure.