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Chickpea Chronicles

In mid-May, I was just crazy about sprouting things. I was sprouting our regular spicy seed mix (sandwiches & salads) that we get at The Green Grocer, but also mung beans for nime chow, and chickpeas for hummus. Before we ground up the chickpeas into sprouted hummus and falafel (both delicious, by the way), I […]

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Kitchen Garden

The little cottage garden is starting to really come together. Justin & I have been collecting our pistachio & peanut shells since September. Originally, I had planned to use them as mulch for the garden beds, but then when I realized that the mulch for the ground around the sideyard area was worn and thin, […]

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We went outside today.

Well, it was the first consistently nice day all week, so Justin and I decided to take a day trip out to the Book Barn in Niantic, CT, and meet up with Eggie, Darian & Aivar at the beach. We love the Book Barn all the time, but especially in Covid Times because much of […]

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The Feels of Springtime

There’s, like, eight feet of snow outside. We can’t even open the back door. I’ve been digging out the back door by harvesting snow to feed my carnivorous plants (they are fickle and don’t like city water). Meanwhile, INSIDE the apartment, it’s like some kind of freakshow blooming parade! An orchid that bloomed a couple weeks […]

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All Signs Point

Oh. My. Stars. My friend, Petra, invited me to go with her, her husband and her sister to Niantic for their annual pilgrimage to the 30% off book sale at the Book Barn.  So first of all: The Book Barn. My first visit to The Book Barn was with my dear friend Eggie a few […]

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The Storm Has Passed

Well, it is January, and we had a storm. It is New England, after all, and we’ve been pretty lucky with a reasonably warm winter thus far.  I heard the total accumulation was only 18″ or something, but some of our drifts are waist-high, as you can see here: Really, it’s so pretty, that I’m […]

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The Great Chicken Tender…

I’m tending some chickens, and I hope to be great. A little side job came up for a backyard chicken / garden handyperson, and apparently, my boots fit the poops. Today was my first day, and it was supposed to rain, but never did. It was a bit more tha 50F, which was a welcomed […]

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Sept 20, Grocery Project

Things are moving along smoothly as we make our transition from summer to autumn in New England. The nights and mornings are noticeably chillier; the sun is a bit weaker and sets earlier. I have started bringing my plants in as well as re-potted many indoor plants that had outgrown their homes over the summer. […]

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Sept 14, Grocery Project

We started the sauerkraut today. One cabbage looks like it’s going to make a bit less than one half gallon. These are exciting times, my friends!  The contraptions on top of the jars are called Kraut Kaps, and we got them from Amazon. I forgot to save a cabbage leaf for the weight, but I had […]

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Bag of Bags

My bag of bags is finally finished! I used probably about 100 one-use plastic bags to make this multi use bag. It took about a month to make, but I wasn’t consistent in knitting time, just little by little. Also, I found that the little produce bags were the nicest to knit. Very silky. I […]

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Homemade Hygiene

There are many reasons why I created this blog, most from which I do not benefit due to my inability to keep it updated. Today is different. Maybe. One reason I like to blog is because I like to make things. I like to make practical things, too, and I don’t like to spend money […]

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New Plant Projects

I have a few plant projects going right now that I’m most excited about.  First, there’s the “avocado forest,” which consists of every avocado pit that our neighbor Stephanie, Justin and I have eaten for probably the last year. There are plants in all stages of growth, some as old as two years; others as […]

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Wickerman 2013

Our dear friend, Eggie, Justin & I made the sojourn to Pennsylvania for the Wickerman Burn Festival again this year. Each year is so different from the last; each an experience unto itself; this year was no exception. We arrived late Monday night after an almost-11-hour drive from Rhode Island to this patch of land […]

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Almond Milk

I was writing a recipe to a friend that calls for spent almond meal that is left over from making almond milk, when I realized I do not have a post on how to make almond milk (gasp!)  and also what myriad of things one can do with the delicious (and commercially expensive) almond meal! […]

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Joe, Snow and Phô

So we had this snowstorm, right? You might have heard. Friday evening the storm knocked out our power. What we didn’t realize was that our electricity somehow controls our house heat, which made for stupidly cold floors and an even colder day. But I didn’t know any of this, really, when I heard Justin making […]