I recently acquired a free leek. I am pretty sure I have never cooked with leek before, so I dove into my cookbooks to figure out what to with it. Turns out leeks are usually paired with potatoes, which is super because I love potatoes. I was drawn to a soup in Vegetarian: The Best Ever Recipe Collection because I liked that it included other veggies, not just leek and potato. Here’s my...
Just like the house, our yard was really neglected when Sam bought the place. The only good thing it had going for it was our enormous lilac bush on the front corner of the yard. The other houses in our little matching row have extremely small yards, but we lucked out by having a double lot. We have alleys along both the back and side, so it’s not a super-private oasis. But we have a...
Outdoor Movie Party →
We had a movie party in our yard last weekend, and it was really fun. Offbeat Home published my write-up about how other people can host one, too.
Slowly but Surely
The garden is still far behind where it should be by this time, but it’s looking better. Blossoms are popping up here and there, especially on the peas: The peppers look the deadest, but they are sporting some blossoms nonetheless. The broccoli is the only veggie variety still flowerless (but even it is looking healthier than it used to).
Gourmet Jell-o Cocktails →
Wow… this site is inspiring! I want to become a Jell-o shot gourmet now. I especially like the idea of Jell-o and fruit kebabs.
Home Energy Audits →
We pride ourselves on having an energy-efficient and fairly green house. The house may be old, but we installed efficient windows, siding, light fixtures, and Energy Star appliances. When our neighborhood recently sponsored free home energy audits through the Center for Energy and Environment, we signed up although we didn’t think we needed much help. We actually learned a lot! Although we...
Time for a Headboard
As I wrote earlier, our bedroom sorely needs some love. It’s about time that the mattress gets off the ground! We have a few criteria for a bed frame: Cheap. Thin profile and no footboard. The distance between the foot of the bed and the dresser is already only about 15 inches. If we give up much of that floor space, we won’t be able to open the dresser drawers. Bold. This room has...