Category Archives for Gifts

Preserved Lemons Two Ways: Weekend Project?

I typically don’t/never do this: 1. Post a recipe I’ve made only once. 2. Suggest you make something I’ve never tasted. Why am I making the exception today? Well, this is the thing: preserving, as many of you know, takes … Continue reading

10. January 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Condiments, Gifts, Preserves, techniques | 30 comments

A Few Gift Ideas

1. Something homemade: Toasted Muesli Since discovering toasted muesli this past summer, I can’t get enough of it — seriously, we make double batches of it twice a week. Its virtues are countless — healthy, whole grain, full of fiber, … Continue reading

06. December 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, craft, Gifts, Holidays, Pizza | 77 comments

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Idea: Aretha Frankenstein’s Waffle Mix

A few days ago, Ben came home from work to be greeted by shrieks of joy from the children. They lept into his arms, then immediately threw themselves to the ground in the living room where they began their usual … Continue reading

15. June 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, craft, Father's Day, Gifts, Holidays | 18 comments

Orange-and-Ricotta Pound Cake & A Few Gift Ideas

As five of us celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving down here in Virginia, the rest of my family journeyed north to Vermont to the shores of Lake Champlain for a wild gathering with my aunt and uncle. Upon returning, my mother … Continue reading

30. November 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, craft, Desserts, Fair Trade, Fall, Gifts | 43 comments

$150 Gift Certificate Giveaway from Minted

I received my first minted card in the mail three years ago just before Christmas. Upon opening it, I remember holding the card in my hands, rubbing my fingers over its thick paper stock, staring in awe at the quality … Continue reading

27. November 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Gifts | 245 comments

Double Chocolate Cake, Fair Trade Cocoas, & A Giveaway from Lake Champlain Chocolates

Nearly a decade ago, a pan of brownies emerged from my oven that changed everything. Before discovering this recipe, I couldn’t stash enough brownie recipes away, particularly those sounding most outrageous, the ones loaded with chocolate, the more varieties the … Continue reading

30. October 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Fair Trade, Gifts, Must Have Recipes, Olallie Cafe recipes | 150 comments

Homemade Vanilla Extract, Moo Labels

I know it’s hard to think about the holiday gift-giving season when it’s 1000 degrees outside, but if you’re the type that likes to be prepared, I suppose it’s never too early. Here’s a fun little project to undertake the … Continue reading

20. July 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: craft, Gifts, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 62 comments

Festive Treats, Pressed-Leaf Gift Tags & Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone! Here in the Stafford household we’re feeling particularly festive. Ella has been dressed in her costume since Monday. Yesterday I made candy corn-topped mini cupcakes. And today I found myself making pressed-leaf gift tags. What can I … Continue reading

27. October 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cookies, Fall, Gifts | 12 comments

Pumpkin Bread

Everyone and their mother has a recipe for pumpkin bread. This happens to be my mother’s recipe — not sure where it originates beyond her — and it is incredibly delicious. Made with oil not butter, the batter comes together … Continue reading

13. October 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Gifts, Olallie Cafe recipes | 122 comments

When People Come to Visit…

…it’s always nice to have some baked goods on hand. Here are four that never fail to please. 1. Granola. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t welcome a bowl of homemade granola with milk or yogurt topped with fresh berries … Continue reading

05. October 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Cookies, Gifts | 20 comments

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