I just got my first box of spices from Burlap & Barrel. I debated joining. Was it worth it? Is it worth it? Shouldn’t I be supporting my local spice people? I just couldn’t resit getting a box at least once. Included in this box: Pemba Cloves- that’s some fancy cloves Toasted Onion- Will definitely…… Continue reading SPICE CLUB

July 4th 2022

Did you having a BIG cookout? Friends and family over and not giving a crap about COVID anymore? I’m STILL nervous. Am I stupid, over paranoid or what??? We did invite our buddies over 6 blocks away, but haven’t heard from them. I’m thinking their daughter got ‘em involved in something….oh well, as my cousin…… Continue reading July 4th 2022

Happy St. Paddy’s Day 2021

Are you going out to celebrate??? Is it safe? Is it safe outdoors drinking a brew or Irish coffee? Will the crowd maintain?? (6 ft away, wearing masks…) I’m thinking…maybe. AND maybe I’ll just head down to Jack London Square in Oakland to make up for lost time from last year when we closed it…… Continue reading Happy St. Paddy’s Day 2021

Pie, Pie, Me Oh My!

Source: Fannie Farmer Cookbook Basic Pastry Dough ( page 639 in cookbook) I bought frozen shells from Trader Joes 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon cloves (Only had whole cloves. Ground them in the coffee grinder) 1 1/2 cups cooked pumpkin or canned (mashed or…… Continue reading Pie, Pie, Me Oh My!

Day 119 Shelter-in-Place & tomorrow is Bastille Day

Can you believe it? Covid 19 isn’t going away, but getting worse! I really wanna go out and goof off, but I’m not. I want to! Can’t even walk the dog as she was attacked by a big ass dog with no leash. I tried to block that damn dog with no luck. Twice to…… Continue reading Day 119 Shelter-in-Place & tomorrow is Bastille Day