Half-Baked by Liz  recipes, crafting, & other fun things

Homemade Tomato Ketchup

February 20, 2017 | Savoury Recipes | Permalink

I started making my own ketchup a few months ago. It’s simple to make, is arguably tastier than the store-bought version, and I feel a bit better about eating it when I can control what goes in it (i.e. no high fructose corn syrup). Don’t get me wrong, it still has sugar in it – there’s no disguising this as a healthy-eating blog! – but at least the ingredients are recognizable.

However, I recently decided to read the ingredients on a bottle of Heinz Ketchup here in France, and was quite surprised to find this read more →

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A Weekend in Lisbon

February 19, 2017 | Travel | Permalink

A couple of weeks ago, Hitchen and I and a couple of our friends spent a long weekend in Lisbon. Honestly, our plans for the weekend centered around eating as much delicious seafood and Portuguese tarts as possible – and we definitely weren’t disappointed. The city itself was beautiful and vibrant, the people were super friendly read more →

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Bunting Flag Cake Topper

February 15, 2017 | Crafts | Permalink

I love little bunting flag cake toppers! They’re simple, cute, and fully customizable. I first came across them back in 2013 when I was searching for a topper for our wedding cake, and ended up finding one read more →

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Clementine Curd

February 13, 2017 | Sweet Recipes | Permalink

I’ve always loved classic lemon curd (I’m pretty sure it tastes good on everything), but it was only after my mom made some epic red currant curd recently that I thought of making curd with other citrus fruits. I followed the same basic recipe as my lemon curd, but I reduced the quantity of sugar read more →

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A Weekend in Crete, Greece

February 7, 2017 | Travel | Permalink

Back a couple of weeks ago, Hitchen and I spent a long weekend exploring the Greek Island of Crete. It’s the largest of the Greek Islands, and is known for its amazing food and scenery. Being mid-January, there were virtually no other tourists around, however, it also meant that some of the smaller communities were basically shut down for the winter, and it wasn’t quite warm enough for lounging on the beach (though it didn’t really stop us). read more →

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Capsule Wardrobe: Winter 2017 Edition

January 21, 2017 | Fashion | Permalink

It’s a new year and time for a new capsule wardrobe! I’ve officially been doing this capsule wardrobe thing for a full two years now (you can find my original post about it here), and I have to say that I don’t see myself going back to my old overflowing-closet ways. I love the clothes I have, wear everything in my closet, and don’t have the urge to buy new things unless I really need them! read more →

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Mac n’ (French) Cheese

January 11, 2017 | Savoury Recipes | Permalink

Mac n’ cheese is one of those awesome comfort foods that I really crave sometimes, especially during the winter months. I made a big batch this week, and decided to step it up a little with some delicious French cheeses! In addition to cheddar (which is surprisingly hard to find in France) read more →

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Galette des Rois

January 6, 2017 | Paris, Sweet Recipes | Permalink

It’s Galette des Rois day in France! Galette des Rois (“King Cake”) is essentially puff pastry stuffed with almond filling, and it’s a tradition in France enjoyed on the last day of the Christmas season. Actually, you’ll find them in bakeries starting around mid-December and stretching into January, but that’s probably because read more →

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