Monthly Archives: October 2010

Chicken Pot Pie & Biscuits

Enough for a family! Fills a 9X13 baking pan, and sometimes more.  In saucepan, combine: 1 cup sliced carrots 1 cup frozen peas 1 cup frozen corn 2 cups cubed potatoes 1/2 cup chopped celery 2 cups chicken broth (feel … Continue reading

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Old is new again

We received a KitchenAid mixer as a wedding present from Chris’ parents almost twenty years ago. As an avid baker, I use the mixer frequently – several times a week, usually. Countless batches of cookies, cakes, breads, candy, whipped cream, … Continue reading


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Right side in

Here’s a picture of the Christmas stocking I’m working on, which I’m knitting inside out to help with the tension issues I generally have with fair isle projects. As you can see, I’ve passed the heel and am chugging away … Continue reading

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Going SLS-free

As I take my health into my own hands, I have recently added another crusade: SLS (and SLES), known as sodium laurel sulfate (and sodium laureth (laurel ether) sulfate). SLS is an inexpensive surfactant, foaming agent, and degreaser – commonly used in … Continue reading

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Looking up

Quite some time ago we scraped the popcorn acoustical ceiling from the kitchen. Nasty stuff to have in a kitchen. After scraping, we saw why it had been put up: cracks, raised seams, (bad) patches, and water stains. We put … Continue reading

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Inside out

I have learned a trick to help control tension when knitting fair isle in the round: knit inside out. Having the floats stretched along the outside helps solves the problem of too-tight stitches.

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of checking out a Zipcar and running some errands for work. While ordinarily not an event in and of itself, I chose to check out a Mazda 3, which happened to have a tiptronic transmission. … Continue reading

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To the Needle, and beyond!

Working in the shadow of the Space Needle like I do, I visit the icon surprisingly few times each year. Saturday I trekked up there, however, to attend the etsyRAIN bazaar – a fabulous collection of vendors that were … Continue reading

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In a mood

Today I have my cranky pants on, and I’m not really sure why.  Well, I know a little bit why but it’s not enough to make me feel as grumpy as I do. I suppose everyone has these days, right?  … Continue reading

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The tile goes on

Sunday was spent putting up the rest of the kitchen tile. It went about as expected, considering the 70 year-old house — which is to say there was plenty of swearing and sweating and awkward angles, trying to tile walls … Continue reading

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