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Comfort Food & Uncomfortable Thoughts

Last night Chris went out to the movies with a friend, and I stayed home (the movie did not interest me) and cooked one of my favorite comfort foods: Chard and White Bean Stew courtesy of Smitten Kitchen. I urge you, even if the thought of beans or leafy greens disgusts you, plan to make Read the full article…


My Facebook Vacation

For the last week, I haven’t been on Facebook. My self-inflicted exile from the parallel universe of social media has allowed me to reclaim countless hours in my day, reconnect with my children, and save the battery on my iPhone from discharging at a rapid pace. But it has also inspired me to perhaps give Read the full article…


A Who’s Who List of Toiletry Ingredients

After yesterday’s post on chemicals, Mira posed a question in the comments: “Are there chemicals/soap ingredients you so avoid? Which ones and why?” Great question. I was going to simply reply to her comment, but then I realized that the list and accompanying explanations are worth publishing as their own blog entry. Also, there are Read the full article…


Better Living Through Chemistry

This past week, Chris has been on a “stay-cation” from work. We’ve gotten a lot done around the house. Two projects we will probably post about soon once they are fully complete: making Farmhouse Cheddar and clearing the creeping juniper off our slope. But today, I want to get up on my soapbox (pun intended!) Read the full article…


Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien

People are afraid of a lot of things. I just talked in San Fancisco in a bookstore, and this woman said, “I have a pear tree in my yard, but I’m afraid to eat the pears.” And I was like, “Well, why?” [To myself] I was thinking, “My God! A pear tree! I would die Read the full article…

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