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Suburbia, Sofritas & Grocery Project 9/27

I don’t like suburbia. It makes me sad with its sticky pavement under beige-and-smog backdrop. There is no joy in the suburbs, only heartache. Only traffic. Only box stores and styrofoam columns covered in a thin layer of peeling stucco. Only open- and closed-malls that carry the same things every other suburb carries: broken dreams […]

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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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10 day update, Grocery Project

So far, our tally shows a $4.71 per person per day cash money spent since Sept 1 on groceries. Certainly, someone must be thinking, “my god, what kind of garbage must they be eating for so little money?” So I put together the menus for the last ten days. All items are homemade (from scratch) […]

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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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Man Sized Sugar

I’ve been trying to balance a number of things in my life lately, namely spending more offline time and making things. One of my most favorite things to do is listen to lectures online while I’m making said things. The topics revolve, but lately, I’ve resurrected my interest in argument surrounding food politic and policy: […]

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cuff-down socks

So I have been knitting for a while now. Lurvez. I love socks, but I hate buying socks.  I feel like I can never find a pair that are worth the money and that will last. When I sometimes do find a pair I like, I will mend them for years over. I’m very particular […]

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For the love of guacamole

My good heavens, do we ever LOVE guacamole. Both Justin & I have our own methods of preparing it. His is garlicky and chunky, full of flavor, but really focuses on that sweet and delicious avocado. Mine is more like a real dip, extended with gracious amounts of peppers, onions, shallots, coriander and cherry tomatoes. […]

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Succulents

  I love succulents. In my hometown of Carmel, California, one can’t step more than five feet without encountering these fleshy, variant baubles. Here in Rhode Island, the weather isn’t mild enough for many succulents to survive out of doors with exception to Hens & Chicks, Seedum and some crawling carpet succulents. But indoors, my […]

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Nime Chow

While I was preparing the Thai Basil seeds for harvest, all I could think about was Nime Chow, a delicious spring roll made with fresh, crisp ingredients, namely Thai Basil. It’s not usually very expensive, but because we had a very tight schedule this weekend, we couldn’t make the time to get out to Apsara […]

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Harvesting Basil Seeds

One of my most favorite things about summer is basil, all types of basil. In my plot right now, I have at least four varieties: genovese, bush, lemon & opal. I may even have more, but it’s hard to tell what’s really growing in there sometimes. One of the gardeners hasn’t been able to tend […]

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Pillows!

For the past month or so, I’ve been trying to find new ways to use up all the old fabric scraps I have before I go and buy new fabric for more projects. I have only a finite amount of room to store fabric and I’ve been at maximum capacity for, oh, more than a […]

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Summer Pillow Case Blouse

After I made the bed sheet dress, I had a few scraps left over and a really pretty pillowcase, so I tried my hand at making a blouse using this formula pattern. It turned out pretty cute and it’s perfect for gardening. I still need to add pockets.  

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Sew Much

I picked up sewing again. But this time, I’m being far more meticulous about it. I’m using proper thread color & weight! I’ve even been using the proper needle. This is so unlike me with my usual sewing style (because I don’t normally sew to make clothing, I make art). But the meticulousness is paying […]

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Garden Update

Of course,  gardening takes up a significant portion of my obsessionspace. I started all my plants from seed this year, but I’m most proud of my peppers. I’ve never had good luck with growing peppers from seed, but this year, they just took off. These are not only peppers I grew from seed, they are […]