Joon’s Famous Caramel Sauce

Joon could have her own cooking show so I decided to let her guest star on my blog. She’s a natural.
Take it away Joon.


This is my famous caramel sauce. Here is how you make it:


First: get a plate. Second: get a waffle out of the freezer. Third: Put your waffle in your bread thingamajiggy/toaster.

Step four: wait.

Step five: get your syrup and whupt cream.

Step six: do jumping jacks while you wait for the toaster. Pop! It’s done.


Step seven: place everything nice and neatly like this.


Step eight: you put the syrup on the side of your plate. Step nine: put the whupt cream on top of the syrup and waffle. Step ten: mix! (see top photo for visual)


Step eleven: enjoy!

Here is a video:

Joon’s Famous Caramel Sauce from secretagentjo on Vimeo.

SAJ 2016 Calendar rough draft is here!

SAJ-2016-Calendar-2I finally finished the SAJ 2016 Calendar! You know the drill: click, print, edit and get back to me on all the errors I may have made via email or in the comments. It’s free for now but once I’ve fixed all the typos I’ll put it in my shop for a couple of bucks. I didn’t put all the holidays in this year. I just couldn’t figure out which ones to include and not include so discuss and let me know what you miss.

It’s in my shop here!

Lucy the cat approves.


I’m pretty happy with it. I don’t love August but that was a super busy month with all the moving and dramatic heat-waving…so that’s how it goes. And I left out the llama banner in favor of the black turkey illustrations from my Where’s My Snood game. It seemed more Novemberish. One of these years I need to break down and make a real calendar with full-size illustrations and sell it for $20. Maybe next year.

In other news:

Maybe you noticed from my instagram feed that Payam is putting up a shed in the backyard for all his woodworking hobbies. I’m very excited about it because it will mean two things: first it will be a special place for him AND secondly (and most exciting for me) all of his many tools will go in one place and I get to use the space that he is no longer using for CRAFTING! Woot!!

All the cupboards in the garage that have been blocked by saws and air compressors and work benches filled with sockets and wrenches and miscellaneous stuff will be gone! We will have to have a grand reorganizing party when he is done and I’m pumped. Yes, I’m weird. I like organizing.

I’m super happy for Payam because he loves working with his hands and he doesn’t really get to do that with his day job. This is going to be a special place for him to make really cool stuff.  One of these days I need to write a post about all the things he has built around the house.

PayamsShed-2I remember when I was living in the sticks there was a time when I thought it would be the most fantastic thing to build a tree in my living room for Bug’s fairy party. I know now that that is a really stupid idea but I remember sitting there in the living room trying to figure out how I could install a giant branch that would attach to the ceiling with brackets and I gave up because it was too hard. I remember clearly thinking that if I ever dated again I would have to date someone who was handy. It was just a daydream back then but my wishes came true!! And the most wonderful thing about Payam is that he wouldn’t even try to talk me out of a giant tree in the living room. He’d totally be down with it.