Archive for November, 2011

Slipcover done!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

It was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. I actually had to rip apart the sides multiple times, and then tear out the seat and recut it (smaller, thank goodness), before it would fit like I wanted it to. But… it’s finally done! And I think it looks pretty good. I’m really happy […]

Who let the chickens out?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

(bwak, bwak, bwak-bwak) Everyone knows redheads are troublemakers. The three red hens I got this spring have been nothing but trouble. They are so irritatingly smart. They are the only ones to consistently find tiny openings under the fence … and the only ones to figure out that they can squeeze and wriggle under them. […]

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 And outdated.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 […]

Thanksgiving 2011

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

A good time with great friends. Apple crisp A new-to-us fancy silk dress with smocking and petticoats – thanks Kris! Sofía’s handmade placecards on my grandmother’s china, our wedding crystal and my other grandma’s silver. Past family generations are remembered in the creation of new traditions. Smoked turkey breast. Sofía said it was her favorite […]


Thursday, November 24th, 2011

We are really, really lazy about raking leaves. In fact, we are so lazy that we only just started this past weekend. Almost all the leaves are off the trees already but snow hasn’t fallen yet – besides, the weather was just beautiful on Sunday. Perfect. Josh got the back yard raked (I, of course, […]

Applesauce, again

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Fall is for apples, right? Well, even sick as I’ve been, I couldn’t give up homemade applesauce! I had made sure to pick up a half bushel of sauce apples at the pick-your-own farm way back in October when we went for pumpkins. If you’re wondering why I haven’t blogged yet about all that delicious […]

Bread class

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Today I got to cross another item off my bucket list: I organized and lead a breadmaking workshop of my very own! Using techniques from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, I showed four lovely ladies how to whip up a delicious – and deliciously easy – challah braid from scratch using no more […]

Robbed (updated)

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Not too long ago, I saw this on the way inside from letting the chickens out in the morning: Horrifying. That, my friends, is a dead hive. Kaput. And I think I know just what had happened – some other hive robbed them. Honeybees will fight to the death when invaded, so every single one […]


Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been more than 3 weeks since I’ve blogged. I don’t think that’s happened since like… maybe 2007. As you might have guessed, my health is still not up to snuff; still anemic (up just 1 point) and now hypoglycemic too (after the glucose blood test). I’ve been having dizzy spells […]