Author: Paulette Erato

MakerLifestyle

Mexican Hot Chocolate – Champurrado

What is Mexican hot chocolate (champurrado) and how is it different from regular hot chocolate? How do you even pronounce champurrado? Fret not, dear reader. You’re about to go on a magical ride. A chocolate-flavored magic ride! This is champurrado: And you can thank the ancient Aztecs and Mayans for …
Lifestyle

New Holiday Traditions to Celebrate in 2020

At first the idea of celebrating the holidays without family made me very sad. But then I got myself right and realized that creating new holiday traditions was its own gift! It’s no secret that this pandemic has been tough for me. I’m going to guess it has been for …
LifestyleRecipes

20 Best Mulled Wines for a Toasty Winter Evening

Some variation of mulled wine, a spiced warm drink, is popular in countries around the world. While some may use different base liquids or a slightly different ratios of spices, the similarities are very close. From Scandinavia to India, here are 20 of the best mulled wine recipes for a …
Sewing

Top 5 Sewing Patterns of 2020

There will be some familiar names and looks in my list of top 5 sewing patterns of 2020. Because what I found comfort in during the collectively weirdest year of all was returning to some old favorites. I love these #SewingTop5 lists. I focus on my wins, which is another …
RecipesBeer & Cocktails

Creating a Family Coquito Recipe

I’m Puerto Rican on my father’s side, and one thing Puerto Ricans love at Christmas time is coquito. Everyone has an opinion on it, and everyone has a family recipe. Except me. When I asked around no one actually had a recipe for me to make. And with Pandemic ChristmasTM …
Maker

The Do’s and Don’ts of Fabric Storage

Fabric storage shouldn’t be controversial, right? It’s fabric for crying out loud! But I like a little bit of harmless controversy. So let’s do this. Pinterest is littered with beautiful rainbows of posts like these: Well I contend that storing your fabric all pretty and visible like that is terrible …
Lifestyle

Benchmarks are Bullshit

If you Google the title of this post (and my new book) “benchmarks are bullshit,” you won’t find many people arguing against this fact. Yet at some point in our lives, we all seem to forget this simple idea. It leads to unhealthy behaviors like getting stuck “in the rat …
Maker

Black Friday 2020 for Makers

Updated 11/27 @ 3:13 pm PST. Here’s your one-stop shop for the Black Friday 2020 deals that excite makers. This post will be updated as new deals come in. Also not all of them are live yet! Check back regularly! Sewing: Black Friday 2020 5 out of 4 Patterns: 30% …