favorite recipes

easter_brunch 8Apparently I’m in organizational mode here on the blog. First it was the PROJECTS page and now a roundup of favorite recipes. Truth be told, with the exception of the few regular visitors, most readers are here for a handful recipes that I posted years ago. I thought it would be nice to have everything in one place, particularly because I used some of these recipes on a regular basis and it would make finding them easier. Anyway, without further ado, here are some of the best recipes from Cute and Delicious history.

red_velvet_ice_creamRED VELVET ICE CREAM

spinach_artichoke_dip_ 214BAKED SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP

crumpet_largeCRUMPETS

vegan almond cake 01ALMOND CAKE

pure luck 193PURE LUCK JACKFRUIT CARNITAS

fudgeFUDGE

lentil loaf sandwichLENTIL LOAF #1 and #2

peanut butter cream piePEANUT BUTTER CREAM PIE

RAVIOLIPUMPKIN RAVIOLI

peppermint cookiesThen there are all the cookies. So many cookies
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT COOKIES
MOLASSES SANDWICH COOKIES
MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE COOKIES
LEMON ICEBOX COOKIES
ESPRESSO BEAN SHORTBREAD

Looking back there are another handful of recipes I’d like to go back and retry, like the creme brulee and the white russian cupcakes. Things have come a long way though and where I used to have to make up vegan recipes, now many others have already succeeded in perfecting them. It means a little less adventure, but also more reliability.

spiderweb washi dress

wash dress 1I realized recently that though I make clothes for myself fairly often, I don’t usually take the time to photograph them. I made this dress back in November but it’s taken this long to make it to the blog. I used the Washi Dress patten which works really well with stiffer fabrics. It’s really good for making stuff from your favorite patterned quilting fabric rather than traditional apparel fabric. I also love empire waists, and was thrilled to find a pattern that was neither for a child or maternity wear.

wash dress 2 I made the whole thing in about two evenings, it was very fast. If I had more time, I would have made some alterations to the cut, but it fit well overall, particularly because the back is cinched with elastic thread. I accidentally cut the skirt fabric upside down, so the spiderwebs are hanging up rather than down but it’s not devastatingly noticeable.

In other news, I’ve added a PROJECTS page to the blog so I can keep track of finished things. There’s a new button over on right sidebar if you’re ever interested. Eventually I’ll add a section of future projects since I always have a list running in the back of my head. I could also add recipes there if that’s something that you all might be interested in. Let me know!

joshua tree

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The thing I love the most about going camping, besides the quiet, is being able to come home and see the place you live with a new perspective. This applies to most travel I suppose, but there’s something particular about car trips. You spend all this time examining new places, trying to understand them from the outside. It’s easy to keep those inquisitive lenses on for just awhile when you return to try and see what your home is like from a different angle.

Mostly though I just like the quiet. The quiet and the dark and the stillness. There are no pressures on you to do anything at all except feed yourself and perhaps explore if you are so inclined.

This was the third national park we’ve visited in the past year. I’d love to say that I’d like to visit them all, but with 8 in Alaska, 3 in Hawaii, and several on other various islands, visiting all 59 seems quite daunting. Perhaps we’ll just start with the 9 parks in California (that makes us 1/3 of the way there already). Yes, I like numbers. This is something you should know about me.

Wildfire

WILDFIRE – Glendora, CA January 16th, 2014 from Shawn Bannon on Vimeo.

We’ve entered wildfire season in Southern California. Yesterday this fire broke out in Glendora, just east of Los Angeles. It’s crazy to see the fire planes flying so low to fight the flames. Today the fire is still burning but it’s not entirely out of control.

2013 Films

2013 movies
First film of 2013: PRINCESS MONONOKE
Last film of 2013: AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY

Favorites:
12 YEARS A SLAVE
UPSTREAM COLOR
HER

Highlights:
MUD
ALL IS LOST
THE CRASH REEL
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
FRUITVALE STATION
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY
SIGHTSEERS
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

Unreleased favorites:
THE FIFTH SEASON
WE ARE THE BEST
BLUE RUIN

Less films than last year indeed. And quite a few less on 35MM. Sign of the times I suppose.