December, 2013

  1. hand embroidered Christmas stockings

    December 24, 2013 by Angie

    Now that we have a (dog) baby and a fireplace, I wanted a set of matching Christmas stockings for our mantle.

    Almost finished stockings on the mantle

    I bought these red stockings at Michael’s and hand embroidered them with green embroidery floss. I printed out a backwards alphabet and used that to trace our names onto pieces of tracing paper with an iron-on pen. Once the outlines of the letters were ironed onto the stockings, I went around the letters with a backstitch. I then filled the letters in with satin stitches.

    Robbie's stocking on Xmas Eve

    I finally finished Robbie’s today, on Christmas Eve.

    Sookie's Stocking

    Here is Sookie’s hanging above the fireplace.

    Geeked Out Stocking StufferWe got our stocking stuffers early this year. Sookie got her favorite thing: yak cheese. Robbie gave me these awesome Game of Thrones sigil coasters. I got him Spock socks and a bag of mini Twix. Merry Christmas!

  2. homemade sugar scrub

    December 23, 2013 by Angie

    I made a big batch of my favorite homemade sugar scrub as Christmas gifts. I pretty closely followed this recipe. These are the measurements for one jar.

    Homemade Sugar Scrub


    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup Florida Crystals white sugar
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    pinch of ground ginger
    pinch of ground cloves
    olive oil


    1. Mix all of the dry ingredients.

    2. Add olive oil and stir it in until it reaches a sugar scrub consistency.

    3. Put the sugar scrub in a jar to use in the bath. I tied a Christmas ribbon on the ones I’m gifting.

  3. Old Fashioned

    December 23, 2013 by Angie

    Robbie loves an Old Fashioned. My goal was to copy the beautiful “Old Fashioned Old Fashioned” they make at Ciro’s Speakeasy in South Tampa. Robbie and Conner were my guinea pigs. They say that my version is nearly identical. Success!

    Old Fashioned

    Ingredients (for one Old Fashioned)

    simple syrup: 4 oz of water and 3 tbs of Florida Crystals sugar (this is enough for 4-6 drinks)
    3 drops of Angostura Bitters
    tiny amount of orange extract (less than 1/8 tsp)
    1 and 1/2 shots of Darby’s Reserve Rye Whiskey (or the rye whiskey of your choice)
    several ice cubes


    1. Make the simple syrup by boiling the water and stirring in the sugar until it’s dissolved. You can store any extra syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator. The guideline is 2 parts sugar to 1 part boiling water. I used such a small amount of water that it started boiling away instantly so I didn’t strictly adhere to the 2:1 proportions but the drinks were still delicious.

    2. Get your drink glasses out. Into each glass, pour one spoonful of simple syrup, three drops of Angostura Bitters, and a tiny amount of orange extract. Stir.

    3. Pour a shot and a half of rye whiskey into each glass. Stir to mix.

    4. Add the ice cubes and stir again. I used around six ice cubes per drink. Throw a cherry into each glass.

    5. Get classy krunk.

  4. wheat-free dog birthday cake

    December 9, 2013 by Angie

    Our little Sookie girl is one year old! Her puppyhood went by so quickly. She still acts (and occasionally misbehaves) like a puppy so she’ll be my baby dog for a while longer. We had a little party for her at her favorite dog-friendly bar, New World Brewery.

    Mommy & Birthday Girl

     Sookie indulged us by wearing a birthday hat, at least for a little while.

    I made her a vegan, wheat-free, (arguably) gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, peanut-free, no sugar added, doggie cake. I found several almost identical recipes online and followed them with a few changes. I most closely used this one and this one. It’s a SunButter and carrot cake. The other recipes called for peanut butter, an egg, and wheat flour. I don’t mess with peanut butter because I’m allergic or eggs because I don’t buy them. I chose to use oat flour instead of wheat or unbleached flour because I avoid feeding wheat to our dog.

    Sookie's cake

    Sookie’s doggie cake


    1 flax egg (1 tbs flax meal mixed with 3 tbs water)
    1 cup shredded carrots
    1/4 cup applesauce
    1/4 cup SunButter, plus 1-2 tbsp (sunflower seed butter)
    1/4 cup honey (I used a little less than this.)
    1 cup oat flour (quick cooking oats pulverized in the food processor)
    1 tsp baking soda


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8″ cake pan.

    2. Make your flax egg by combining 1 tbs flax meal with 3 tbs water. Stir to combine. Set aside.

    3. Make the oat flour by pulverizing a cup of quick cooking oats in a food processor.

    4. Shred a cup of carrots. I used a vegetable slicer but since the food processor is already dirty that might be your best bet.

    5. Combine the first five ingredients. Stir to mix by hand.

    6. Combine the oat flour and baking soda in a small bowl.

    7. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix by hand.

    8. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 30 minutes. Mine was actually a tiny bit burnt around the edges after thirty minutes but my oven is wacky and I skimped on the honey so maybe check it at around 20-25 minutes just to be safe.

    9. Once the cake was cool I spread a little more SunButter on top to look like frosting.

    Sookie wants cake!

    Sookie couldn’t wait to eat her cake!