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Almost spring cleaning

Friday, January 11th, 2013

January is a time of renewal, new resolutions, of starting over from a clean slate. For me, this usually translates into a determination to be better organized, keep the house tidier, or in some other way do a better job of making this house a home. I have to admit, it’s halfway through the month […]

The third little tree

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

I never thought we’d have more than one tree at Christmas. When I was growing up, it was just the one, that was it, it was THE. Christmas tree. Now that I have kids of my own, we dutifully go and pick out a real live tree, decorate it, and put it in the place […]

Shirt makeover tutorial

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Sofía goes to this awesome preschool that does field trips all the time, to parks, the zoo, the library, that sort of thing. They all wear red shirts when they go out together. We looked around for a few days for solid red shirts for her, but all we could find was a Snow White […]

Dressing up the tree

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Last year was the first year we stayed home for Christmas instead of traveling across country to visit one set of grandparents or the other. It was reallllly nice! I especially enjoyed having our first-ever Christmas tree and some place to display the handblown glass ornaments I love to collect. Only one thing was missing – […]

Quick mini tree skirt

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

We found a Christmas tree in our basement today! Ok, that’s not quite accurate. We knew the previous owners had left us one, but it was bundled and swathed up in black plastic bags and we never really got around to bringing it up. But today Sofía was playing down there with me while I […]

Slipcover attempt #2

Monday, November 28th, 2011

So I found this awesome chair at a garage sale months and months ago. For FREE. Fancy like an appletini! And in great shape, except for the upholstery, which was badly worn. And outdated. Nothing a good cleaning and a slipcover can’t fix, I thought! And I cannot resist the siren call of free. So I […]

Bacon-makin’, part deux

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Bacon! Real bacon! Remember what I started back here? As soon as I figured out that bacon was only pork I could still tolerate? I followed the tips in this article and set those six pounds of fresh pork belly to curing in maple syrup, kosher salt, pepper, and homemade brown sugar in my fridge […]


Friday, February 4th, 2011

I know I said I was going to regale you only with my retrospective blog post series for another 2-3 days, but I just couldn’t sit still. I decided to make my own butter and I have to share! You know I like to cook, and I like to cook things that taste good. The […]

As if we wanted more snow

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Having just come in from shoveling 5 inches of icy snow crust off my hoop houses, my pants cuffs still wet and coldly slapping my ankles, the irony of this morning’s snow-globe making is so not lost on me. I mean, haven’t we had enough snow already? It’s February and snow is no longer romantic. […]

Growing crystals

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Inspired by one of Martha Stewart’s holiday ornaments, Sofía and I grew our own borax-crystal suncatchers. And while they certainly don’t look anything like Martha’s, they’re pretty (and dead easy and educational to boot) enough that we will probably be making them again. Make a suncatcher creation out of a pipe cleaner. Then mix 9 […]