Posts Categorized: Miscellaneous

I’m thankful for… (in no particular order)

homemade white bread with sweet cream butter and honey. a new box of crayons. finding an old copy of Mrs. Piggly WIggly at Goodwill. the smile Roman flashes me every time our eyes meet. drinking lemon verbena/ mint tea with Baron. being able to support ourselves with careers created by our passions. Vosges dark chocolate… Read more »

Classic Cooking

There are few things in life that I enjoy more than shopping for used books. It’s truly a thrilling hunt as you scour the piles of musty books in search of a real find. (Let’s be honest I always find something. I will always make room on my already crowded bookcase for another book.) I… Read more »

Pieces of Heaven; mixed with cereal

Remember those lovely little pillowy puffs of whipped sugar studded with vanilla beans? Yeah, so do I. I enjoyed countless cups of cocoa adorned with the sweet heavenly marshmallows… so many in fact that I had to go on a cocoa sabbatical so I can once again truly enjoy it’s chocolaty pleasures come December (true… Read more »

A moment of genius-ness

Have you ever come up with an idea so genius that you know you’re pretty much guaranteed fame and fortune just for conceiving such a brilliant concept? Well, the other day I came up with said idea. I really do believe that the world will never be the same once this revelation is unveiled. I… Read more »

A soup while you wait.

In the past week I have sat down several times to write a post and my efforts were always halted due to some other pressing issue. For example “Mom, I need to go potty.” from the 2 1/2 year old. “wahhh ahhh blphhh” from the 5 1/2 month old. “bark bark woof” from the new… Read more »

Warming up Fall

There is a subtle chill in the air. The sun is sleeping in longer than I am. Wearing my thick knit orange sweater and my big brown boots I am hit with the realization that today is my first day of fall. Whatever the calendar says, I ignore it because today is the day that… Read more »

Be afraid no more.

Puff pastry can be intimidating but the hardest part really is waiting. When making the classic version there is a lot of time that the pastry needs to relax. So if you are itching for a buttery, flaky piece of heaven go with the quick puff. Your craving can be satisfied in just a couple… Read more »

Puff the magic Pastry

Thanks to all of you who kept an eye on this lonely blog over the past couple of weeks. I was computer-less for about a week but I am now once again up and running with a shiny new (to me) MacBook Pro. So computer (don’t have a name for it yet) and I are… Read more »

Super Sweet Treat

The other day I wanted something sweet. But this wasn’t my usual daily sweet craving….typically I long for treats that just hint at being sweet, where the complexity of taste is covered with layers of flavors… tart, slightly salty, and gentle whisper of sugary sweetness. But this day I wanted something super sweet… I mean… Read more »

Ratatouille for Dinner

Thanks to this recipe we had an amazing dinner the other night. And thanks to my husband we have some amazing pictures to show for it. The next night I had some of the leftover vegetables that were sliced but not cooked. I caramelized some onions then added some chopped tomatoes and cooked that down… Read more »


Basil Mint Ice Cream with Chocolate Soup and a Panini I’m working on my next class…. “Beating the Summer heat with some tasty frozen treats.” That’s not really the name of the class I just thought of that right this very moment…. which is actually quite impressive since my brain feels like a big pile… Read more »


I apologize, for this is now the second consecutive unsweetened post I have written. But I just wanted to take a moment and show all of you some of the veggies of my labor. This being my first year of attempting to grow a plentiful garden I am so proud of this image. These snow… Read more »

So Proud.

My extremely talented husband and his equally talented brother had the honor of photographing Sherry Yard’s wedding in May. They posted a number of photos and a link to her album on their blog. Sadly, as many of you know, I can not say that I attended the wedding because I was to preggo to… Read more »

There is hope…

Just a quick update… In Bellingham we are fortunate enough to have a large local garden that supplies gorgeous produce to thousands of residents. I anticipate the opening of Joe’s Garden every year and with much excitement, I read the billboard that tells me what they are selling currently every time I drive by the… Read more »

A Sweet Entry Into The World

It has been seven days since Roman entered the world. Seven days of recovery, rest, restlessness, craziness, confusion and complete joy. If you had been following my Twitter at all you would know that I was done with pregnancy. I had had enough aches, plenty of restless nights, more than enough outbursts of uncontrollable sobbing,… Read more »

Roman has arrived!

Baby boy #2 has finally come and we couldn’t be happier. We just arrived home from the hospital this afternoon. So far he is eating great and sleeping wonderfully as well, although he only has one night under his belt so I won’t get too cocky yet. Thanks to everyone for your support, prayers and… Read more »

I Twit!

In these crucial days of expecting baby I don’t always have time to blog but Gabe and I both have been trying to update our Twitter. If you are interested in following along with our labor/delivery check out my Twitter (or Gabe’s as he might be updating as I am laboring). You can see the… Read more »

Having a Pity Party!

Husband and Sherry Thanksgiving 2005 My pity party morning began with a super yummy, gooey cinnamon roll. I washed that down with orange juice and donuts. Next on the menu I am planning on indulging in a super juicy, laden-ed with-special sauce- cheese burger, crinkle fries and possibly a milkshake. Why all the festivities you… Read more »

A Few Photos as Promised

The almost finished garden project. You can see a few barely blooming starts on the lower right hand side. I managed to plant most of the rest of the garden on a rare sunny day a couple of days ago… after the snow had passed… finally!! Two of our three chickens. We used to have… Read more »

Pictures from the Farm – BEFORE

Here are a few pictures to show our progress. Hopefully very soon our pictures will show quite a bit more progress! Our friend Garrett, the tree pruner, trying to bring some life back to this old apple tree. The future garden spot. The chicks. The garden almost ready to be planted. My little budding farmer… Read more »


It feels rather Spring-like around our house these days and I am loving it. I think I have come down with a severe case of “nesting” because I seem to have given a sudden boost in motivation to get things done in and around the house. It has been rather exciting and productive but I… Read more »

A Meme about Me

While on vacation I was tagged for a Meme by the very lovely Aran from Cannelle et Vanille. Now that I am back getting settled into my non-vacation life I thought it was time for me to sit down and figure out what exactly is a Meme. This particular meme asks me to divulge 5… Read more »

Sunny and 70 in San Diego

Gabe, Baron and I along with my parents are enjoying a relaxing week on the beach of Mission Bay. I think of it as a sort of last hurrah before baby #2 arrives. Not to say that when he comes our lives are over, but rather life will become all the more hectic. Packing our… Read more »

Skillet Street Food – Seattle, Wa [guest post]

Great Food from an Airstream Trailer Roaming around Seattle Written by Gabe Rodriguez – husband and guest blogger Somewhere along the line I heard about some creative people that had turned an Airstream Trailer (which Ashley and I dream of owning one day, indeed we do… is that weird?) into a roaming and mobile restaurant…. Read more »

Chocolate Overload

I have been devouring fellow baker’s blogs, websites, cookbooks, and magazines searching for the perfect chocolate dessert to serve at tomorrow’s Valentine’s Dinner. What a task this is! Dessert is the final impression. The last taste that these romantic diners will have in their mouths before they go home to do who knows what. It… Read more »

Winter Wedding Cake

I have a love/ hate relationship with wedding cakes. I think it is quite silly to try to create a delicious, moist cake that is vertical and structurally sound. At the same time I absolutely love the challenge. I always tell my clients that taste comes first. I will never serve a dry piece of… Read more »

Orangette is coming

Author of the very popular food blog is coming to teach a cooking class! Molly Wizenberg of Orangette will be teaching two classes in our brand new kitchen. The first class is this Tuesday and we are so honored to welcome her. She and new husband, Brandon Pettit will be teaching a course on Misunderstood… Read more »

Baby, Book & Baking

I sincerely apologize for the longest pause in posting in Artisan Sweets history. In the past two months life has drastically changed. From the craziness of catering, baking, mothering and wife-ing of the Summer to all-day sickness, constantly tired and a disdain towards food that comes with being pregnant. That’s right, bun number two is… Read more »