Archive for February, 2010

Meet the pants

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Here’s the latest addition to Sofía’s wardrobe: red featherwale cordurouy overalls. They’re repurposed from a new dress of Grandma K’s – she didn’t like the way it hung she asked if we wanted to use the material. I took one look at the pleats, the ready-made button seams and armholes and the softness of the […]

The Big Snow

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Blackberry cornbread, hot chocolate, and beans-n-weenies.

All right, all right!

Friday, February 19th, 2010

I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with a ghetto-rigged cheese press. I knew it because I could not stop thinking about it. It bothered me the same way a single out-of-line book on an otherwise straightened bookshelf would bother me. (Wait, that makes it sound like I’m a neat-freak obsessive enough to actually […]

Working on it

Friday, February 19th, 2010

It’s time for Cheese Press Round 2. I never told you about the first cheese press I made – and with good reason. It was beautiful, sanded to a high finish and rubbed with coats of beeswax till it gleamed. It was also completely useless. (The idea had been to have a stationary platform on […]

Self-sufficiency in under an acre?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

This mini-farm business is going to be fun no matter what happens, but ideally – and unrealistically – I’d eventually like to make it a real working farm, capable of providing the majority of our vegetable intake and even sustaining us through the winter with cold-cover crops and veggies preserved during the summer. At the […]

$2.00 for 100 pounds

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Just scored again at the grocery store. I found an old withered 5 pound bag of small red potatoes on half-price sale. It wasn’t hard to see why they were on sale: they were probably one day away from the grocery’s dumpster. Withered, scarred, calloused, and… sprouting. All of them. Just little tiny buds with […]


Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Hm… springing from Rose’s suggestion, I’m kinda thinking I like “These Two Hands”. Now to dream up a banner… anyone good at that sort of thing?


Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

This blog is no longer what it once was. I originally set it up in grad school, just for myself mostly. It was a way for me to write out my ideas and see them in print (I’m a very visual thinker), judge them and work them out before writing papers on them. I posted […]

Catching up on crafts

Monday, February 8th, 2010

I just realized I never showed you Sofía’s new jacket. How could that happen?… …Oh. Because I finished it at 3am the night before leaving for vacation, and then proceeded to forget all about blogging. Right. Well, better late than never! The outside is a supersoft wool that I felted up a bit in the […]

It worked!

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

I just made dinner for the first time with one of my homemade cheeses – my first Colby, actually. It was just mac-n-cheese, but it was amazingly delicious! Of course, how could it not be, with 8 ounces of cheese and a whole stick of butter?