The Common Creative

Friday, January 30, 2015

New Years Cake?

January is always a funny month. Working in coffee, I see the classic New Years' patterns. Pastries are avoided for the first week after the New Year is rung in, sugar is cut back, people switch from large lattes to black coffee... it's a little predictable. I like to be a little unpredictable. Making decadent chocolate cake in January is how I start new habits!

My husband got me a wonderful cookbook for Christmas: Flourless by Nicole Spiridakas. I have been eating gluten free for almost one year (since finding out I am celiac), and Jordon has been very gracious in eating all sorts of gluten-free fails (and successes). This book has a neat philosophy that goes against trying to make all desserts taste 'normal' by replacing them with gluten free flours. This book is all about keeping it simple, natural, and delicious. It uses lots of nut and seed flours, and who doesn't love almonds and pistachios, really? 

This pear chocolate cake is a delicious, moist, and beautiful dessert. Check out the full post on the Farminista Blog

Saturday, December 13, 2014

7 Handmade Gifts from Saskatoon Makers

This is maybe a little late in coming as the amount of time to order online in time for Christmas is dwindling! But we thought we'd put together some small gift guides from a few Canadian cities for all of you locals that would like to support handmade. Today, we're starting with Saskatoon! We both love Saskatoon and love to support the artists living in and around the area. Here are seven small gifts of varying price ranges that can be found within the city of bridges. 
1. Mint Modern Light Print from Gawky Osmosis 2. Anchor Necklace from Vinta Bella 3. Cinnamon + Oatmeal Soap from Bison Charlie 4. Chunky Knit Cowl from Anahareo Seasonal 5. Striped Newborn Shorties from Cattura Imagery Shop 6. Matryoshka Doll Embroidered Ornament from Cee Stitchery 7. Bon Matin Mug from The Local Kingdom

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Spy Our DIY

Ah the end of November is coming up and while it's kind of hard to believe, Christmas is creeping up, too! But I know some of you American readers are still gearing up for Thanksgiving. So I thought I'd just share a couple places that we've found our Thanksgiving place cards popping up. It's always fun to see when your work is featured around the internet!
Brit + Co has this lovely roundup of 17 DIY Place Cards. All of these look lovely- it would be hard to choose just one! Thanks Brit + Co!

We also found our place card in this post on CraftGossip's Scrapbooking page. It looks like they have all kinds of ideas for both Thanksgiving and Christmas- be sure to check it out for ways to liven up your holiday decor. 

We're always looking for new ways to decorate. Do you have any fun ideas you've seen around lately?

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