Bake Your Own Bread

One of the most simple things you can do at home is to make your own bread. I used to be terrible at baking bread. My first early success was using Jim Lahey’s No Knead bread recipe. I was proud, but felt that the bake-in-a-cast-iron-pot method was a little fiddly. (What if I was already […]

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Home for the Holidays

I haven’t been home for the holidays in years. And that’s actually been a really good thing.  There’s something about being somewhere different that I love. I miss California, and the t-shirt weather Christmas mornings, but it was awesomely fun to be somewhere that’s actually cold and dark for the holidays. The spouse-unit grumbled constantly […]

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Sisters

I always feel so blessed to have two children that get along so well. I’m like the princess of disclaimers though, so I have to point out that there are plenty of times they don’t get along, and that I know their relationship will change over time. But overall, they are unbelievably sweet to each […]

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Fueling the craft fever

Something happens to me in October. Some of you might call it catching the fall bug, but I call it fall-obsessed. It goes like this. I wake up to a smell in the air. I step outside and feel the chill. My mind starts to spin with all the ideas for scarves and hats and […]

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Nothing screams ‘Fall’ like roasting pumpkin seeds.

Which  I have never actually done before. Successfully, that is. I remember trying it at one of our first pumpkin carving parties. In hindsight (oh, that naughty, naughty hindsight), we did everything wrong. The seeds were still sopping wet when we spread them on the trays, they steamed into slight soggy shells, and it’s even […]

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Duck in a Pot

I’ve been making broth lately. Broth. Stock. From the spouse-unit’s unspoken vegetarian point of view, I’m sure it looks like big greasy vats of bubbling animal parts, chopped and dissected, with random vegetable matter thrown in for good spell-making measure… Seriously, if only magic was so simple. If. Only. But back to boiling dead animals. […]

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The Fine Art of Moving

We have moved. (That’s a strange sentence, akin to stopping by your favorite ice cream joint and finding it replaced with a Middle Eastern takeout.) The spouse-unit’s work has taken us to what is supposedly the mecca of all geekdom: the Bay Area. I love that term. So vague and yet, heavy with ironic specificity. […]

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Santa Cruz Waldorf: A Casual Stroll

The spouse-unit & I like to visit Waldorf schools where ever we go. It’s an odd thing, but I think it has something to do with how easily we fall in love with new places and have closet dreams of moving there some day, in a parallel universe. The first consideration is often school for […]

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oh hai, cardboard!

Barely a smidge of rain, and the girls would rather stay in and play airplane. They’re using their portable booster seats as airplane seats (the amazing OXO Seedling boosters that have traveled everywhere with us), playsilks as seatbelts, and I’m the flight attendant serving oranges and water for snacks. What a great Friday. :-) Update: It’s now a […]

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Why You Need To Whale On Chicken Breasts

I’m a terribly impatient person. I’d have to say one of my biggest fears is looking back on my life and realizing that I was never in such a hurry as I think I am. Here’s an example. How many times have you seen fancy-schmancy instructions for cooking chicken breasts? And then you get to […]

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