My Foray into Canning

I’m having all sorts of adventures these days, which is a really fun carrot to dangle in front of my nose as I plod through the scintillating reading on the nervous system. I know that sucker is important, but man…could you BE any more boring? The other day, I was high on the success of…

I made some cheese!

So, the sad tale of the whey-filled cheddar. Victor and I decided one fine day in Los Angeles (but really, when is there anything but fine days in Los Angeles…I know, I know, it’s really hard to complain about good weather getting monotonous, but I’m here to tell you that it DOES. Those damn birds…

The Soap That Changed My Life

This is a long-awaited post for me, and probably one of my favorite things to crow about around the dinner table. It was my first extremely successful all-natural beauty product, and remains one of my greatest long-term successes. As a little backstory, I got all whipped up into a frenzy about the crap in all…

Inspiration

And as an added bonus today, I am reposting this article my mom sent me, because I think its seriously the coolest thing in the world. Victor and I have already decided to do this on our “compound” when he retires.  In my mind, its different than the “micro-house” concept, because there is plenty of…

Chemical-Free Living, Part 1

There are a couple of reasons why I am going as chemical-free as possible. First of all, it saves packaging, in fitting with my new low-waste lifestyle, because its much easier to buy a single gallon of castile soap (recyclable container) and white vinegar (recyclable container) and use it for ALL THE THINGS than it…

Victory Bread is Mine!

As a little backstory, my father has been making the most delectable, most scrumptious, most wonderful whole wheat bread for most of my life. Because the demand in the household is so high for this bread, he is basically his own little commercial baker, perfecting the art of turning out five or six loaves at…

Happy Monday!

So, today I tried my Greek yogurt for the first time! The first bite triggered a dramatic reenactment of the Mask (Jim Carrey) death scene:   Because, you see, I have been a store-bought yogurt consumer all my life. I have NEVER HAD real yogurt straight from little delightful bacteria.  So it was quite…tart.  The second bite,…

Mr. Belvedere and His Closed Ecosystem

How many of you have heard of aquaponics?  I hadn’t heard of it. I had heard of hydroponics (in other words, how all the best potheads are shutting down entire energy grids with their grow lights), but aquaponics? What on earth is that?  Aquaponics: a system in which the waste produced by the farmed fish…

Cheese Update (And some yogurt too, oh my!)

Here it is, guys!! I just waxed my cheddar cheese, and I will be eating delicious cheddar in a mere four weeks. Hopefully its delicious. After all this work, though, I’m eating it even if its foul. The cheese will be eaten, damn it.   And I bought a beautiful acacia (sustainable) wooden board for…

Say Cheese!

This morning started like any other ordinary Monday morning. My cat woke me up by thundering around the house, which I stubbornly ignored until she pulled out her trump card and started scratching the one remaining good piece of furniture in the house. I leapt out of bed and chased after her, and she gleefully…