And here are the answers to the questions you asked:
What are some helpful tips you have that aren't ordinary? (i.e., you can't find it in a book...perhaps something your mother or grandmother taught you, etc)
Hmm. . .I can't really think of anything. I do tend to bake with all my "cold" ingredients at room temperature and I think that helps the texture and flavor.
Why don't you introduce us to some of the blogs you link to on the side of this blog? An intro and a mini review for each would be great "filler" when you haven't blogged in a while but have nothing to show. Since there are so many, if you spread them out, they could last quite a while.
I actually really like that idea! I'll work on doing that and I'll spread some reviews in between my other posts! Thanks. :)
from Igina: (welcome, lurker!)
What is your favorite thing to cook or bake?
Cook: I really love everything involved in Thanksgiving Dinner - especially the turkey. I like the prolonged process and the attention it requires. Makes me feel like I'm really doing something ;-)
But now that you mention it, what is your favorite spice?
If I'm making meal food - I've really loved cumin lately.
If I'm making baked goods - I love nutmeg.
Where do you get inspiration for your decorating (other than Blue Print which I also loved)?
There is no place in particular. I read blogs and websites about decorating. I pay attention to the interiors of buildings in movies and television shows. When waiting in offices or buildings or other people's homes I'm often viewing everything around me with a critical eye - both appreciating the good and thinking of better ways to do things. Design is very tactile for me - I can see an idea that I like but until I have the materials in my hands in the right space - its' hard for me to really know what it should look like.
aren't you glad i photographed [your Christmas presents] so you could remember
I think your favorite Christmas gift was "Kirsten", but maybe not....what is it? there's lots of years to think about...and when you decide what your favorite Christmas gift is/was, answer the question of "why".
Kirsten would probably be it. (American Girl doll for those of you not in the know. ;-) ). I just thought she was cool and she was something I wanted for a while. Though - the Kitchen Aid mixer from this past Christmas is a close second!
And, hello to my other lurkery friend, Jenn who commented but did not question! :)
Hopefully I'll have some recipe or design thing for you soon. I've been domestically uninspired lately.