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how to make The BoxTrolls cookies (wearing real boxes!)

  The creators of Coraline and Paranorman are at it again with another 3D stop motion fantasy adventure. This time, an orphaned boy raised by underground trash collecting inventors (or, trolls wearing boxes) faces an evil exterminator to save his friends in The BoxTrolls, based on the book, Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow. Please […]



how to make food scary just by adding eyes

“Cute,” “scary,” …. “tomato,” “tomahto.” No one is likely running away from these in fear, but it is stunning how you can transform anything into a Halloween treat by just adding candy eyes. I buy candy eyes by the 100s, by the way. Especially this time of year. Here are a few treats from the […]



from the archives: 9 fabulous treats for Fall

O’ Fall, you’re finally here (I mean on my blog, if not in DC yet). Away with you, humidity and stifling heat of summer. I like your laziness, but I’m ready for apple picking and crisp breezes and pulling out my boots. Here are some of my favorite fall treats from the blog. As always, […]



How to Throw a Cookie Decorating Party for Kids

It’s really so much easier than you’d think to host a cookie decorating party, and I feel confident using the term “universally adored activity” by kids. In all my years of decorating cookies with kids–at festivals, at parties, at school, at home, wherever–I never met a kid who didn’t join in the fun with glee. […]



August from the archives: Rainbow unicorn cookies

So I’m joining the rest of DC and checking out for a week in August. My kids are driving me insane. My house is a mess. It’s hot. I’m bothered. I’m doing something I never do… I’m taking a break. I’m using the “advice column method.” When advice columnists are on vacation, they post past […]