Archive for February, 2013

The best-laid plans

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

I’m never happier than when I have several different projects going at once… and all of a sudden I have three BIG ones. I can’t wait to share them with you! The first project is something that – surprise, surprise – was inspired by something my good friend T and I independently saw on Pinterest. […]

Just say no to Hershey’s

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

I started making our own chocolate syrup back in March of 2011. I wanted chocolate syrup in the worst way. I wanted to make my own Bailey’s (because I am a cheapskate), and was also looking for an easier way to make chocolate milk & cocoa (because cooking cocoa from scratch for impatient 2 year […]

Orange honeysuckle

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

I made soap again! This one’s the best one yet. Each time I improve on my recipe in small ways: adjusting the beeswax for bar hardness, coconut oil for lather, essential oils for fragrance. Originally I only made soap to find a helpful way to recycle my leftover grease. See my very first soap here […]

A mommyrant, for your benefit in case you ever wanted to have kids.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

If you never want to have kids, you might want to skip this one. Because it mostly has to do with poop. If you were considering having kids any time soon, then this is for ¬†your benefit. Because it mostly has to do with poop. Our afternoons lately seem to be falling into the same […]

A home-baked cure for stuffy noses

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Josh was complaining the other day that he can’t remember the last time we’ve all been healthy at once – that it feels like just as we are getting over one cold, another starts to set in. And it’s Josh that’s got it bad this time, clogged sinuses and all. He even stayed home from […]

Cake tips

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

I love baking gourmet cakes, and sometimes I am asked to make them for friends and family, which I really enjoy. I love the fussiness of whipping up entirely different recipes from scratch for each distinct part – a filling, a frosting, a drench, maybe a ganache or caramel drizzle, and of course the cake […]

Blue eggs in our future

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

I’m so excited that one of the araucanas I got has started to lay blue eggs. The other araucana lays very pale beige eggs, which is disappointing (at least, I think that’s from the other araucana. No way to be sure, really, unless I catch her in the act or isolate her). But I was […]

Firewood projects

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

I managed to sneak in an hour or two this evening and start really working on my firewood woodworking projects – beyond that of just sorting and matching pieces. I am making cheeseboards. Not cutting boards – the wood is too pretty for that and perhaps too soft. But it’s just perfect for gorgeous presentation. […]

More uses for firewood

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Superbowl? What Superbowl? We spent all Sunday over at a friend’s house in his woodworking shop, geeking out on power tools and really clever woodworking jigs. Remember three years back when we cleared our 1/4 acre lot so I could have a little farm-garden, and then spent an epic weekend splitting it all into two […]

Three weeks of meals in less than three hours

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

I usually spend an hour or two a day getting our dinners together. I’m lucky in that really do enjoy cooking, but making dinner just comes at a bad time. The kids are winding down their day. They are hungry and tired and Sofia wants snacks that I won’t let her have because she won’t […]