Monthly Archives: August 2010

Watch this video

Noel shared this Ted talk with me today. So incredibly powerful and right on in my humble opinion! I hope you take the time to watch this through to the end.

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Blackberries, eggplant, squash & tomatos!

Juicy blackberries are in full bloom on Bainbridge and the surrounding Puget Sound…thus, we’ve been making pies! Last weekend, Noel and I picked berries on our walk along the Burke-Gilman trail, between Bothel and Woodinville. Noel’s a great pie-maker, while I’d never made one in my life.

That all changed this week, when I discovered a plethora of blackberries growing right at the end of my block! Jack and I picked 4 cups of berries, to which I added about 1 c. sugar, 2 tbs brown sugar, 1/3 c. flour, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1/2 tsp of fresh lemon zest. I poured the mixture into a Marie Callendar’s pie crust, and coated the top with Vanilla Soy milk, and a generous sprinkling of sugar….delish! We took a step stool with us yesterday to reach the high berries and made yet another pie.

On a walk around my neighborhood last evening, Noel and I discovered another huge blackberry grove behind Virgina Mason Clinic (along with apple trees and other berries)…will pick more today and we’ll tackle making our own pie crust this time!

Last night’s dinner?~! Fresh from my tiny potted garden – eggplant, yellow zucchini, and chives, combined with fresh button mushrooms and farmer’s market shallots. Seasoned and stir-fried with soy sauce, kirin, garlic and veggie broth, and served over rice. What a treat!

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An urban water solution!

Having grown frustrated filling the filtered water pitcher several times a day, and trying to keep it clean (ick), then wondering if I’d been using the filter for more than the subscribed however-many-gallons-it’s-supposed to filter, I tossed it into the garbage once and for all. I live in an old trailer home with questionable pipes, so I do NOT drink tap water, despite living on pristine Bainbridge Island.

As I perused the http://www.apartmenttherapy.com website one day, I came across a great solution for drinking water. I found a photo of a vintage ceramic dispenser which could hold a 3 or 5 gallon, refillable container on top. I live near two health food stores that sell incredible water for 41 cents a gallon….now the hunt was on to find that dispenser!

Amazingly, I found the perfect dispenser on my first trip to an antique store in Port Orchard, for only $12.00, including the stand. The water bottle from Central Market was another $8, and the first 3 gallons of water cost me 82 cents (they gave me a 41 cent discount on the first gallon..haha)….Now I’m in business with drinking water. The nasty water pitcher is gone, and I have a great looking addition to my butcher block table. What do ya’ll think?

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Fabric Sandwich and Snack Bags

Noel found this cool idea on Etsy, so we used some of my old fabric to make our own washable sandwich and snack bags this week. We made 5 bags in less than an hour, all told…and sweet they are!

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