Our hydroponic garden provided a bumper crop of tomatoes to start our summer canning campaign.
We are hosting a mama bunny and her babies. She built her nest in our raised bed garden. We’ve counted at least 4 babies so far, but we’re trying to give them some space. They really are adorable to watch, but we tell the children they mustn’t touch them.
Let me tell you, one of my favorite upgrades we’ve done to this kitchen is a set of drawers Mark built for a cabinet that had been tragically underutilized. Aside from storing the slow cooker and the odd boy, this cabinet wasn’t getting much use. And this was all the more sad for it’s central... Continue Reading →
Under the kitchen sink cabinet, just where the toe lift meets the floor, was the grossest vent in the house. It was originally brown painted metal, but was now caked with rust and grime, since decades of floor mopping water had deposited a nasty patina of scum. An additional problem is that they had laid... Continue Reading →
This was a fun activity to do with the kids on a frigid day. If you’ve got fresh snow on the ground you can try it too. Just add a splash of milk to clean fresh snow and mix it gently. We added a bit of vanilla syrup and drizzled a bit of chocolate sauce... Continue Reading →
One of the more annoyingly innocuous aspects of our house when we moved in was an extra bit of soffit that had been used to attach a cabinet over the kitchen peninsula counter. Someone in the past had taken the cabinet off to open up the kitchen space, (a decision I heartily agree with), but... Continue Reading →
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!
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.
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.
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 →