In case you’ve missed the news, California is having a drought. To help conserve water we’ve been catching the water from the tub as we’ve been waiting for it to warm up, some days we use the water to flush the toilets, some days we use it to water the plants, and every once in … More O @ 6 years/6 months, P @ 4 years/2 month
On the first day of Spring Break I cleaned out the kitchen hutch and found over 400 coffee filters that we’re never going to use because we have an Aero Press. I did a bit of searching on Pintrest and came across two tutorials to make coffee filter flowers (linked below) that looked uncomplicated enough … More and what do you do with 400 coffee filters?
This year I decided to give Asian pear butter another try. I didn’t use an exact recipe, and I used my crockpot. Fill crockpot to the top with cored and sliced Asian pears (I used my corer-slicer), add 2 cinnamon sticks for flavor Cook covered on low setting for 24 hours/overnight/until the pears are a … More Asian Pear Butter (2014 edition)
It is that time of year again, the Asian Pear tree is laden with fruit and I am torn between chucking it all in the green bin and doing something useful with it. There are already mounds of decaying pears laying in the jasmine, so I should probably start doing something about that, and with … More Asian Pears 2014
After my previous post about Herb’s Garden, I decided I wanted to put in some plant markers. While I may, one day, find a stash of second-hand dinosaurs, for now I am using parallel-cycled CDs. I hesitate to say upcycled because let’s face it, all I did was scrawl basil on the shiny side of the … More parallel-cycled CD plant markers
Our backyard has come a long way since we moved in, and I am continually working to make it a more child (and people) – friendly place. We recently splurged and had the mulch-pit redone, it was turning into a muddy pit when it rained (all winter), so it was scraped, re-weed papered and freshly … More Herb’s Garden
Long story short, we inherited a day bed frame and mattress. I really wish I’d taken before pictures, but I didn’t, so you”ll have to imagine what the a white-and-brass accented metal frame looked like before it was coated in layers of Rustoleum Hammered spray paint (in brown). Our old sofa was peeling (inexpensive bonded … More daybed makeover & slipcover project