strawberry jam vanilla cream doughnuts with sugar glaze

How awesome is it that it’s Mardi Gras?! Yeah, it’s dreary outside and it’s been raining a lot, but it’s not too cold. At the same time there have been people walking around in costumes, especially over the weekend and just a few hours ago, a kurent was running around our building.

strawberry jam vanilla cream doughnuts sugar glaze

And let’s not forget about the doughnuts. That’s the most important thing, right? Not that I can’t get a doughnut throughout the year, or make doughnuts myself, it’s just different these days. All the stores and bakeries sell so many doughnuts you’re basically buying them out of the fryer, they’re super fresh and so, so cheap! The prices go down around even before Fat Thursday and I love it. My hips not so much, but I don’t care, not today anyway.

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diy funny valentines day treat bags

I don’t know what the situation is like in your area, but over here, pretty much every store has a “red” section at the moment, dedicated to the upcoming Valentine’s day. Heart-shaped lollipops, chocolate boxes filled with pretty pralines, chocolate flowers, cards, baloons, heart shaped donuts, heart-shaped everything. That’s just the grocery stores. All stocked and ready for you to buy a gift of love.

Ooh, how uncool does that sound? 

diy funny valentines day treat bags

And I think I’ll save my deeper thoughts about the holiday for a later time, because today I just want to share a quick and easy DIY gift with you. For me, Valentine’s day isn’t just reserved for lovers. It’s for those who love and are loved, it’s for everyone. Your mom, your sister, your friend, hey, even your dog or cat. As a proud pet owner, I include my cats in everything. Yeah, I’m that person.

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year-round homemade tomato sauce - canned tomatoes

Can’t believe it’s February already, but I’m happy at the same time. Last week was so weird. The weather kept changing day-to-day and everything would get wet in the evenings without it raining at all.  And I felt cranky all the time and probably annoyed my boyfriend way too much. (It’s what us girlfriends are for, no?)

year-round homemade tomato sauce - canned tomatoes

I saw this article on Buzzfeed about de-stressing in the kitchen and I totally relate to it. My favorite way to de-stress in the kitchen is making dough and washing the dishes. I prefer to do the latter first, then make some dough and on a super asshole-y day I make pizza out of that. Nothing beats cheesy pizza and a beer. Well, maybe lasagna does.

Add some TV to that and I am #blessed.

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