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we’re really excited about the typewriter in the kitchen right now. it just sits there and people sit down and type stream of consciousness. sometimes it becomes an ongoing house conversation. Right now there’s pretty typed things all over the house.

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deepfried everything

One day, Amanda said out of the blue “I wonder what deep fried avocado would be like ?”

Next thing you know she’s whipping up a batter and heating the oil. Alex Orange and I join in, and we ended up deep frying everything we could think of in the house. Here’s the official list of everything we tried!


  • orange slices (yum)
  • hot peppers
  • pickled peppers
  • yams
  • bread
  • garlic cloves
  • garlic tops (from garden)
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • strawberries
  • avocado (sooo good)
  • graham crackers
  • vegan cheese
  • onions
  • apples
  • ginger (the only major fail!)

amanda enjoys deep fried goodness

Alex’s pet rat wants to try some!

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it was as yummy as it looks.

lots of photos have been taken, posts coming soon. hope you are all enjoying summertime!

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there is nothing here you are mistaken

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Amanda’s Everything Cookies

Amanda is the most fearless baker and cook I have ever met. There is nothing she is afraid to make, try or combine.

Today she made cookies and added So Many Ingredients! Like, everything in the house! I cringed as I watched her toss it all into the bowl, unmeasured and completely random, of course. But, to my surprise, as usual, they turned out delicously! We devoured the whole batch in about ten minutes.

Ingredients in Amanda’s Everything Cookies

  • almond extract
  • grated carrots
  • ground coffee beans
  • carob powder
  • oats
  • poppee seeds
  • icing sugar
  • ginger
  • banana
  • apple
  • whole grapes
  • puffed wheat
  • almonds

After cookie eating, we made music together, singing loudly. Here’s some photos from the evening:

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Winter Update!

Winter times means warm sweaters and blankets, space heaters, plastic on the windows, and lots of soup. We have re-instated the “Soup Clock” and are taking turns making big pots of soup to share. We’ve had a few exciting adventures in the kitchen lately, including making meals by combining a little of every item in the house, or cooking with the most unusual vegtables possible. Believe it or not, all of these experiments have turned out fabulously!

Alex has moved back into the farmhouse, and Sara is taking a four month trip over the winter, and we are happy to have Mapris in her bedroom for the next several months.

The garden is partly covered for the winter with a heavy multch, but part of it is still growing kale and winter greens. We also harvested tons of jerusleum artichoke and potatoes about a month ago, and are still eating some of the garlic we grew over the summer.

In no particular order, here are some photo from the past several months:

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an evening of pizza and candles

I came home to Dan, Sara and Amanda making candles, using beercans as moulds.

We started the pizza. Whole wheat dough. Flour, yeast, water, oil, and salt. We let it rise for one hour, then rolled it into the pans.

Before it went into the oven. A thick layer of pesto, a thick layer of pizza sauce, and a thick layer of vegetables. I splurged on vegan cheese, which I’ve never bought before. It was our first time eating “Daiya”, which came highly recommended by friends.

MEANWHILE.. Amanda unwraps a candle.

Dan looks closely at our new candles. Besides the wick, there are also garden herbs in them.

The rosemary in the wax catches on fire, creating a beautiful flame.

Burn, baby!

Pizza after cooking. The cheese .. sorta.. melted. It was melty and stringy once you move it, but it did look a lot like it did when it first went in. It was delicious. though!

We set the table with our new candles, and chowed down on the pizza. How did it taste? Lets just say, there was no crumbs left at the end of the meal, and Patrick, one of our resident meat eaters and a regular pizza purchaser said: “It was one of the best slices of pizza…I’ve had in a while”.

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garden glory

Heya everyone! It’s been a long time! I lost my camera for a long while. Then my computer broke. But it’s back now, and I bring you images from the past two months. This time around, I decided to skip the tacky fancy-font captions, and give you the photos in a convenient slideshow.

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Greenhouse Snapshots

About our greenhouse.
Built by Erin several years ago, it is made of two by fours and heavy plastic. It is built off the back of the house, which besides being very convenient for our daily watering trips, allows us to let the excess heat from the greenhouse into our basement. We recently scored a bunch of large glass windows, and this summer we will be upgrading the greenhouse from plastic to glass. I’ll post pictures when it happens.

Most of the time we sprout our seeds in good soil taken from the garden. It’s working well for us and we don’t need to buy or make potting mix. A side effect of using garden soil is that there is lots of seeds already in it. Mostly this is a good thing: kale, borage, chickweed, tomatoes and sometimes even carrots sprout up among our “planned” seedlings and we couldn’t be happier about it. If a plant we don’t want sprouts up, we just pluck it out once it’s been identified. We do keep a bag of sea soil around for those times we want to be 100% certain about whats sprouting.

When a seed is first planted, we water the top of the soil with a spray bottle (we buy high-quality ones through Sara’s work because 1-2 dollar ones break quickly – save money, and plastic, and don’t buy them!). Once the seedling has grown a bit, we keep the roots wet by “bottom watering” – pouring a thin layer of water into the bottom of the tray the seedlings are sitting in. This way, they are not damaged by streams of water, you get to water the roots directly, and it even saves us time, too.

(tacky design warning! I have used this post as an excuse to download and play with as many funky/tacky fonts as possible.)

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tons of garden pics, with fancy captions.

As the sun shined yesterday, I got inspired to take about a million photos of the garden. Under the cut is most of them! Continuing in the theme of going over the top, I also added fancy font captions to every picture. So, please relax, hit your F11 key, and leave us a friendly comment when you’re finished.

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