Hazelnut Biscotti

Lately I’ve had a serious hankering for biscotti. It just hit me out of the blue and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Yesterday I finally had time to make some.

I’ve made a number of different biscotti recipes before, and while I’ve liked all of them, the one whose texture charms me the most is this one, a cardamom biscotti from Martha Stewart.

Unlike most biscotti recipes, which are made only with flour, or with a combination of flour and cornmeal, these are made with ground almonds in addition to the flour. While I love that cardamom biscotti recipe, it wasn’t exactly what I was yearning for. So I decided to make something different, but keep the ground almonds in there for texture.

I had some hazelnuts in my pantry, so I thought the nutty combination would hit the spot nicely. I swapped out regular all-purpose flour for whole wheat pastry flour, cut the sugar back a bit and threw in a little bit of cocoa powder to compliment the hazelnuts.


Owl You Need Is Love

Owl You Need Is Love Cookies -by amber's hands-

I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to top our Valentine Cookies from last year. The Steampunk Valentine Cookies we made are still my favorite to date.

I think these are still pretty cute, though. 🙂 I was inspired by this artwork.

These cookies gave me a little trouble, for a number of reasons. None of which were really about the difficulty of making the cookies themselves. Overall they’re pretty simple.

The first snag I hit was that when I was working on these, an amazingly talented blogger named Haniela posted these cookies, which are pretty much the same idea as the ones I was making. I nearly decided not to post these at all, but decided that they’re different enough that you might want to see another take on the heart-shaped owls. You should definitely check out her blog. That woman is really talented and seriously prolific.


The Quiet Book Blog

Hey everyone! You can catch me today over at the quiet book blog, talking about the book I made for Little Man. You’ve probably seen all you want to see about it on this site, but you should definitely check out Jocelyn’s other posts by some very talented folks. There is a ton of inspiration to be found there, and I only wish it had been around when I was making mine!

Anyway, you can check out my little interview here and then explore some other amazing projects! Thanks, Jocelyn!

Bee Mine {Quilled Valentine}

Valentine’s Day is next week!

Since WordPress tells me that I get lots of views on my blog from searches related to quilling, I thought I’d share a really simple quilled Valentine. Complete with requisite corny Valentine pun. 🙂

So let’s get to it!


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