Category Archives: make monday

How Tu-esday: Soft Kiss Cookies

21st January 2014

titleI’ve never considered myself a huge fan of the gingerbread cookie. Too flat and hard for me to bite into. This has never stopped me from eating them as soon as Christmas came around, though. I love the gingerbread flavor, but hated the texture and found that, even with the frosting that sometimes goes on a gingerbread man, its pretty bland. Thats when I pulled out my mixer and decided to figure out how to make a ginger bread cookie that I could bite into without feeling bored or breaking my teeth upon chewing. It took some time, but I eventually made THE most delicious batch of cookies…that I never wrote down the recipe for.

After years of making these cookies without a recipe, I decided it was finally time to get it down on paper. Literally!lables

INGREDIENTSdirections HOW_TO_BAKE

I suppose you could use a plain old chocolate chips instead of Hershey Kisses. I also suppose you can own a Furbie instead of an adorable puppy. Hum a song instead of listen to it on full blast. Tweet your jokes instead of telling them to your real friends. BUT WHY!? Live life to the fullest! Use those kisses. Make some delicious cookies and eat most of them on your own. Enjoy!
yummy cookie

 

D.I.Rye

23rd April 2013

I recently got to work with the people over at Whole Foods online magazine, Dark Rye! I was asked to submit a tutorial that is environmentally friendly and cute. I had lots of fun making baskets out of paper, and strawberries out of watercolor.

Check out the whole tutorial that I shot and illustrated, over at Dark Rye!

How Tu-esday: Ham and Gruyère Pop Tarts

8th January 2013

Ok, to their more of a “turn over” than a pop tart, but pop tarts are just such a fun breakfast food that I these deserve that title, anyway!

I was in a bit of a bind when Christmas came out of nowhere this year, and I had offered to contribute a dish to a family full of cooks. Christmas eve is no time to brave the grocery store, so I used some things sandwich essentials I had in the refrigerator, along with some pre-made pie crust that I like to keep in the freezer. With this, I put together with what has now become my new favorite hand held meal!

It was so easy to make, that I didn’t even know how to take photos of the short process, so I drew it out instead!

Some great things about these ham & cheese pop tarts:

  • it takes nearly no time to make, for a ton of people
  • instead of baking them right away, you can freeze the pocket and thaw/ bake it on a later and lazier cooking day
  • you can add lot of things other than just ham and cheese. (examples: mushrooms, peas, bacon, macaroni!!)

To make about 15 of them, you’ll need these things

*You’ll also need a baking sheet and some parchment paper, but I forgot to add that doodle. Ooops!

Now, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and follow the instructions on how to make some pop tarts:

grate the cheese, dice the ham, and roll out the doughCut the dough into rectangles. Pile some ham and cheese in the middle of one rectangle of dough, then stack another rectangle on top of it.Seal the pop tart by pressing along the edges with the tip of a fork.

Separate the yolk from the egg, and lightly brush the egg white on top of the pop tart. (It’ll give it a nice glossy toasted look in the end.)

Place the pop tarts on a parchment lined baking sheet, and put them in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve them with a little whole grain mustard and pat yourself on the back because you’re totally a baker, now!

How To Make a Fancy Xylophone

19th November 2012

One of my favorite places to look for trinkets, is party stores. They usually have bins full of throw away toys that are usually no more than 3 bucks for the more high end stuff, like a set of three spring formed goggly eye glasses. I recently picked up a little musical instrument and had SO much fun with it. I learned how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Happy Birthday, and other classic hits. Now that I was playing such sophisticated songs, I figured it was about time for people to take my xylophone a little more seriously, too. Which is why I turned it into a xylocrome! It was super easy! Heres how I did it:

All you need are these things:

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