Giftry + The Fauxmartha

When you find something that works, and works really well, it must be shared. With that said, it’s a double tip week. Stick with me, I’ve got some explaining to do. I’ve confessed it here before. I’m a terrible gift giver. Awful, really. Maybe the worst. Thinking of gifts (good ones worth buying and giving) is absolutely debilitating for me. I freeze up and forget every idea I never had for the person. Then I declare, “No gifts this year!” Eventually I order something lame online and keep eye contact to a minimum until the awkwardness has passed. I’m not kidding when I say this—gift giving is a real problem for me. Read more

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Maple Pumpkin Latte Syrup | The Faumxartha

Let me start out by saying—put down your dukes. Have you read the news? This is a heated subject—Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Put out your hand. Mine’s out too. Let’s shake. We’re all still friends here no matter how we take, or don’t take, the PSL. Agreed? Agreed. I’ve been using my mom voice a lot lately. It’s weirding me out too.

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Whether you have a baby or not, trust me when I say you need a $5 baby bottle scrub brush (fit with a rounded top and a long neck) in addition to your regular brush or sponge. It easily cleans drinking glasses, wine glasses, Chemex’s, pitchers, and the like without making you want to curse.

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Baby's First Birthday Cake | The Fauxmartha

Monday’s are much too frequent these days. Somehow 52 of them have passed, and I have a 1 year old. During bath times I always say to Hal, “Remember your first bath when you were teeny tiny, and this towel nearly swallowed you whole?” She looks at me with a smirk—that I know when she’s 10 will be accompanied with rolled eyes—like, “Mom, stop it. I’m a big girl.” Where did this 8 tooth, food loving, sassy lady come from? Read more

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If there’s one dirty dish I hate cleaning most, it’s a cheesy one. Hot water and a scrub brush just mean melted cheese shmeared everywhere. It’s counterintuitive, but turn your water temp to icy cold when cleaning cheesy dishes. The cheese will harden. Then trade your scrub brush for a pan scraper and scrape off the hardened cheese. Resume normal cleaning methods once all signs of cheese are gone.

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Quick Raspberry Jam | The Fauxmartha

I could write the story of our life based on google searches. Is it normal to change a newborn’s diaper 15 times a day? Why do newborns cry all the time? What is the climate like in Minneapolis? How long does it take to build a home? How long does it take a moving company to deliver your stuff? Where is the best biscuit in the Twin Cities? We landed at Sun Street Breads based on the aforementioned search a couple weekends after moving here. My biscuit, which was mighty good, came with a side of raspberry quick jam. A couple weeks later, I met Stephanie for lunch at The Buttered Tin. I can’t pass up a good biscuit, and they had a good biscuit on the menu. Once again, it came with a side of raspberry quick jam. Whatever this phenomenon was, I needed it for my weekend biscuits. Read more

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After countless times of finding a layer of spoiled or smashed berries by the time I made it to the bottom of the container, I finally got smart and started eating berries upside down from the container (especially delicate raspberries). They last a bit longer this way too.

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