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08 Nov '13

Cranberry Maple Sauce

Posted by Annie Messing in Recipes

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks ago, I'm sure many of you are starting to think about the menu. While I'm sure you have your tried and true favorites, how about adding a little something new too?

This recipe for cranberry maple sauce is one my sister and I created a few years ago. It's so yummy, we kind of wanted to just eat it spoonful by spoonful instead of saving it as a garnish!

xoxo, Annie 

cranberry-maple sauce


1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1 cup maple syrup
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the cranberries, water, and orange juice in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until cranberries pop (approx. 5 minutes). Place 1/2 of the cranberry mixture in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Pour the cranberry puree back into saucepan and mix well. Add maple syrup, sugar, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until thick. Add vanilla and cool. Will last up to two months in the refrigerator if placed in an air tight container.

Yield:  3 1/2 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)

05 Nov '13

Sydney Says

Posted by Kari Spikkeland in Brimful Favorites
Sydney Says


From the moment my daughter Sydney set eyes on Andoni, it was love. Here's what she had to say about him:

"I just love Andoni because he is soft and sooo cute. He has a mustache he tugs on and red pants!"

Babies and big kids alike will adore our soft alpaca wool animals, dolls and pillows

01 Nov '13

Happy Friday!

Posted by Annie Messing in Happy Friday

Hope you all enjoyed a fun night of costumes and candy last night. Or maybe you eschew trick-or-treating and did a harvest festival instead? Either way, I hope you are enjoying a little more sugar than usual today! 

The weather here in New Mexico has turned decidedly chillier this week...we still have a wonderful blue sky overhead, but I've been digging out the down jackets and knit caps for me and my little ones. 

With frosty mornings and chilly temps in mind, here are a few of my cold-weather favorites as well as other links to check out over the weekend:

The World's Best Leggings - Wunder Under Pant by Lululemon (I live in mine!)

Thick Lotion for Chapped Hands - Vanilla and Bergamot Body Butter by Bliss

A Very Cool Graphic Novel - The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Best Movie I've Seen In A Long Time - Intouchables 

Something for the Little Ones - The Adorable World of Pip And Posy

Kari and I will be working hard over the weekend adding several new products to the shop, so check back next week! 


29 Oct '13

Makeup Products for Tired Mothers

Posted by Kari Spikkeland in Fashion and Style

Some days there is hardly a chance to sit down. Then the night comes and we hardly sleep a wink! With dark bags under our eyes, we press on through because that's the ebb and flow of life + parenting, right? 

Annie and I wanted to each share our top three tried-and-true "tired mama" makeup products that keep us looking fresh, even when all we want do to is take a loooong nap to recharge. 

Annie's top three are: 

1. Nars Pure Sheer Lip Treatment 
2. Trish McEvoy Correct and Brighten
3. Maybelline Great Lash mascara 


annie's makeup favs


Kari's top three are:

1. Ecco Bella Soft Eyeliner
2. Pacifica Radient Shimmer blush
3. Ecco Bella Flower Color Coverup 

kari's makeup favs

What are your favorite products that keep you looking fresh? Leave us a comment on Facebook!


23 Oct '13

Gluten-Free Rosemary Crackers

Posted by Annie Messing in Recipes
rosemary  crackers


Have you ever wanted to try making your own homemade crackers? I have...but for some reason, I always thought it would be very difficult.

Well, let me just tell you...it's not! I whipped up a batch of these gluten-free rosemary crackers in less than half an hour. 

The crackers have a great crunch (as any good cracker should) and a nice flavorful kick of rosemary. Eat it plain or with a soft cheese spread. The adults of the house will love it...and so will the little ones! Whether you eat gluten-free or not, these rosemary crackers will come in handy for all your upcoming holiday parties.



Gluten-Free Rosemary Crackers

1 ¾ cups blanched almond flour (note that this is different than almond meal)
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt and rosemary

In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil and egg

Stir wet ingredients into almond flour mixture until thoroughly combined

Roll the dough into a ball and place between 2 sheets of parchment paper

Use a rolling pin to press dough to ⅛ inch thickness 

Remove top piece of parchment paper

Transfer the bottom piece with rolled out dough onto baking sheet

Cut dough into 2-inch squares with a knife or pizza cutter

Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden

Let crackers cool on baking sheet for 15 minutes, then serve

Makes about 24 crackers

See original recipe and how-to video here.