What I Love This Week: Time-lapse Videos

This week I’m loving the time-lapse function on my iPad. We had two snowstorms this week and I captured some fun videos of husband clearing the driveway and of the neighborhood kids coming over to play in our yard. You simply need to set up your iPad in a steady spot pointed towards what you want to record and select the time-lapse function on the camera. Let it run for a long time, then when you stop it, your iPad will create a video. The kids and I had a fantastically fun time making these videos and are already planning some more.

Our next ideas involve setting up to record the movement of the clouds and the sun rising and setting. Too bad that this historic snowstorm Juno mostly occurred throughout the night or I would have recorded that as well. Husband thinks I’m a nut but I’m having too much fun to care.


What I Love This Week: Vintage Corningware Dishes


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This week I’m loving vintage Corningware casserole dishes. I especially love the blue cornflower design. If I were to ever get a tattoo… that’s one of the designs I would consider. These dishes are fairly easy to find at yard sales, antique shops or eBay. I’ve picked up all of these ones at yard sales and have several others that are fantastic for roasting. These dishes saved me at Christmas when I was hosting dinner. They are sturdy, well made and you’d be saving something great from ending up in a landfill so if you see one you should buy it.


Homemade Chocolate

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It’s a new year and for the first time I actually made a couple of resolutions. One resolution was to stop eating refined sugar for the month of January. It’s been good but the most difficult part has been not having chocolate. For the most part I’ve been able to redirect my chocolate cravings by having a cup of tea but by the end of last week I seriously needed something chocolate. So, I found this quick and easy recipe for making a dark chocolate that satisfied my craving without any refined sugar. Read more…

Cocoa Nut Winners

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This cookie recipe helps me out during those harried holidays because it’s one that I can make in advance, throw the dough in the freezer and then slice and bake when I need some fresh cookies. Also, it’s perfect for those cookie swap parties because it makes a ton of cookies. My recipe card says “makes 13 dozen” which seems like hyperbole because I ended up with about 6 dozen cookies, but my cookies were bigger than 1-inch.

My husband likes them for the walnuts and because they are not too chocolaty. I think the recipe is aptly named because these are definitely winners. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Brew


WILTW-Trader Joes Triple Ginger Brew

This week I’m loving Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Brew. When I read about this ginger ale with a kick in the Fearless Flyer I knew I had to go get some. If you read this blog regularly you will know that I’m nuts about ginger. The ginger ale is in a green bottle with a old-fashioned flip top cork-type cover. When you open it, it sounds a very satisfying pop. So much that I would recommend buying some of this ginger brew for your News Year’s festivities if you want a non-alcoholic substitute for champagne. I placed the bottle in the fridge after I opened it and it still popped when I opened it a couple of days later.

WILTW-Trader Joes Triple Ginger Brew 1What I like about this drink is that it’s not too sweet like other sodas. I’ve had more gingery ginger ales like my homemade version but this was still very good. It was wonderful with a shot of Chambord liqueur mixed in to make a grown-up raspberry ginger ale.




What I Love This Week: Popcorn with Olive Oil

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This week I’m loving homemade popcorn with basil olive oil.  Take some plain popcorn, drizzle the olive oil over it and season with salt and pepper. It’s all at once fancy and homey. Read more…

Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad

quinoa and roasted vegetable salad

Here’s a side dish that can balance out all the decadent food that happens this season. I made this for a potluck lunch at work and while it wasn’t the most popular item on the table, (because I think people are afraid of quinoa) the people who did try it went back for seconds and asked me for the recipe. That’s a successful recipe in my book. Plus I could eat the whole thing all by myself. I like it that much. It can be served hot or cold making even easier for potlucks. Read more…


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