Cedar Toy Box

Toy box for our friends new baby girl. Accidentally turned into an anarchists tool box thanks to literary influences from Lost Art Press. Once it’s done holding toys she can fill it with tools!

Halloween Pumpkins

I tried the pumpkin eyeball method with success this Halloween. I broke out my proper acrylic paints from art school and really tried to get into the spirit of the thing. Also our pumpkin family has one more member than it did last year.

Tools of Mass Production

Mark painted the garage with a paint sprayer. The end results look so much better and cleaner. The garage had probably not been painted in 40 years. Now with everything hanging neatly, I notice how many shovels, rakes, hoes, axes, trimmers, machetes and other implements of destruction we have.

Pumpkin Spiced Butter

This isn’t a recipe, it’s more of a general method. Start with several pie pumpkins. Wash and slice pumpkins into wedges. You can discard the pumpkin seeds, but we dry the seeds out for a day, then give them to the squirrels. Drizzle oil of your choice over pumpkins, or use a pastry brush. We... Continue Reading →

Side yard landscaping

We replaced some very pathetic looking day lillies and assorted weeds with new plants. I don’t even have a before picture, but be assured it looked awful. Mark enjoyed renting the tiller and driving it through the soil.

Grow Your Own

Today’s garden haul. Potatoes, cucumber, green beans, pumpkins and onions. There’s at least 5 pounds of tomatoes ready to pick but we’re running out of places to put them, so they can stay on the vine a bit longer.

Sweet Pickle Relish

The garden is giving us plenty of cucumbers this summer, so we’re using the KitchenAid’s meat grinder attachment to make sweet pickle relish. Excellent for hot dogs, tuna salads and tartar sauce.

Zucchini chips

We broke out the vintage food dehydrator to make zucchini chips. The results were satisfyingly crunchy, and now we’ll play with the seasonings.

Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow

Maybe you've noticed the abundance of rainbows that appear each June for pride month and wondered what the symbol meant in the past. Or perhaps you've wondered where the purple iris flowers got their name. The answer is found in Greek mythology, with a lovely and often overlooked goddess, named Iris. Jupiter sending Iris by... Continue Reading →

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