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Diner Pancakes (Lazy Day!)

We went to Dee’s (Bridgeside Diner) for breakfast this morning because we were feeling a little lazy this morning. We allow ourselves to eat out once (or sometimes twice) a week, and Dee’s is one of our favorite places to go because they do all the things we would never. It’s guilt-free and occasional, so […]

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Bread Pudding Pancakes (Yisss)

I do not like to waste things. That is why when we have bread that is about to go stale, we take the ends and put them in a bag in the freezer for bread pudding. I have been doing this for about twenty years.  I love bread pudding, and now I think I love […]

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Pineapple Pancakes

One of my most favorite things about late February is that all the golden things start returning, including pineapples. They’re in season, so they’re on sale.  This year I tried a new method to prepping the pineapple. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/technique/how-prepare-and-chop-pineapple I saved the top to plant and juiced the eyes and core, but threw out the skin […]

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Savory Æbleskiver

Okay. srsly. For the third day of pancake week, my true love gave to me: a lovely plate of savory  æbleskiver (or Dutch Pancakes). I started out with the recipe for regular (sweet) æbleskiver, but omitted the sugar (obvz) and added parsley & feta. The recipe is a tiny bit more complicated than a regular pancake because […]

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Desayuno Dia Uno

Pancake Week: Day One Justin & I have been keeping added sugars out of our diet for the past couple of weeks, so I thought that Pancake Week , this year, might prove to be difficult. So far, I stand corrected. When I got up this morning I spied two yellow squash that we’ve been […]

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Slash & Spread (Part Two)

I am so glad I tried this. Grading the pattern was fairly easy math, and I ended up developing a method that I really like. First I slashed the pattern in 3 parts, then held it together with some scotch tape. Then I used very wide masking tape to join the two pieces together, after […]

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Slash & Spread (Part One)

It sounds more revolting than it is. I bought a lovely pattern book a few days ago. It is filled with beautiful, simple, feminine style. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s Japanese! Super great, right? Except all the patterns are drawn for Japanese women, which, if you haven’t noticed, don’t typically fall under the same […]

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Second Shirtwaist

Sun, Feb 16, 2014, 1:30p: All pieces cut out, matching thread wound.  I did not have enough fabric for this project, so I had to make some very advanced decisions. I decided to contrast some elements with white. Bodice, skirt, sleeves & 1 yoke: Orange with black-outlined white circles, cotton. Collar, sleeve cuffs, bodice and […]

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Gertie’s Shirtwaist Dress

So I’ve had Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing since it came out, and I’ve made some really cute things from its patterns. I LOVE shirtwaist dresses, and Gertie’s is especially dorbz, but I was afraid to try it because it looked difficult. I read some pattern reviews, and many people said that it wasn’t […]

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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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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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Nut & Seed Balls

So Justin & I are observing Lent, despite us not being Catholic, nor even Christian. Still, I feel like it’s a good practice that coincides nicely with the mindfulness practice of Buddhism. This late winter season is one to find a grateful person, if for no other reason than remembering that it’s not always this […]

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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 […]

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Salsa Verde

So anybody who spends any time with me at all knows that I LOVE salsa verde.  I make it at least a couple times a month and almost always have a batch on hand. I eat it on everything, but one of my favorite ways to eat it is as a salad dressing over really […]