Monday, April 28, 2014


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There are just a few things left that I have not learned to make myself.  As a result, they rarely come into the house.  This weekend, I finally worked on making bagels.  I ordered some malt powder from Hoosier Hill Farm in Indiana, and went to work.  First round was whole wheat cinnamon raisin bagels, which is a favorite of everybody but me.  I used a Cook's Illustrated recipe, so message me if you'd like it!

As far as the process goes, this is really easy.  The mixer does most of the work, they sit in the fridge for 18 hours, and then it takes about 20 minutes to boil and then bake them.  Next up is WW blueberry, MY favorite!

Saturday, April 26, 2014


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There is a very intense backyard baseball game being played in the neighbor's yard.

When the ball comes over, he yells, "BALL!!!  BALL!!!" until the ball fetcher gets it.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Table is FINISHED!

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As I posted here back in the fall, I planned to make a farmhouse table for our kitchen.  I promised Chris I would wait until the spring to undertake this big project, and 2 weeks ago I started.  It was nowhere near as horrible as I thought it would be.  I had some snags along the way, but it turned out well.  I wanted a big, heavy, stable table, and that's certainly what it is.  Aside from having a friend cut the legs for me, I did every last bit of this table by myself!  I'm getting much better with the circular saw and the drill.  I plan to make a bench for this table, but right now I'm taking a break.

I used Ana White's farmhouse table plans.  They were super easy to follow and everything worked perfectly.

I have absolutely no desire to do carpentry on a regular basis, but I like being able to make things we need for pretty cheap.  If I never have to sand another piece of wood in my life, I'll be happy.  I'm hoping this holds up to 4 growing children who are not too gentle with furniture.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


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Really, who has time to wait on a garden to grow?  You can eat the compost the seeds are growing in and be just as happy.  People need to re-evaluate their standards.

The compost was organic, not to worry.