Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Vegetable Lasagna

The bright green basil pops against the red tomato sauce. I decided to make the Vegetable Lasagna pretty early in the challenge because it looked to be the most involved recipe in this issue of Cook’s Illustrated and I wanted to get it out of the way. It was extremely fussy, but it was quite […]

Show off your stash

Super-sized stash! Photo by emma_louise via Flickr. Looking for some inspiration AND maybe a free treat? Of course you are! Check out the Stash Bash pool at Flickr. If you’re willing to share your cache of crafting goodies, you are entered to win craftish books from publisher Interweave. Winners will be drawn tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. […]

Back to school, backing away from blog

This is what I’ve been staring at last week: the portal for my online classes. Aloha! You probably noticed I was a little light on posting last week. I’ve got a good excuse: school started. I’m taking online classes for my M.B.A. this semester, which allows me to be home with Paul. But because I’m […]

Under Construction: Jogging stroller redux | Road test

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress. If you’ve been following my Twitter feed, you know this week I’ve been working on the jogging stroller. Big news: it’s finished! Yay! MVH took it for test drive. Here’s the photographic evidence: There he goes!   This looks like an artsy pic, but it just […]

Sports bra fix

The patch from the outside of the sports bra. So when you start breastfeeding a baby, your breasts change. (Hello, Ms. Obvious!) I truly gained an appreciation for these changes during my first postpartum run. Ouch. I needed a new sports bra, and after some research, I decided on the Juno by Moving Comfort. And […]

Let’s pause for a minute

Grandma VH made one of her special cakes for Paul! Photo by MVH. Oh my goodness, I’m still recovering from the weekend. It was amazing, but action packed. On Saturday, MVH and I witnessed the marriage of a dear friend. Saturday also was the first time someone else put Paul to bed. (Babysitters, Mom, Dad, […]

What They Made: Seed of sunshine

 Standing tall. My neighbor pointed out recently this sunflower that sprouted near our brush pile between our houses. Apparently, sun plus seed plus squirrel or bird equals sunflower. I hope your week is off to a great start, and I hope you keep your eyes peeled for beauty everywhere!

Under Construction: Sorbetto top | Pattern puzzle

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress. The pattern before I taped it together. I am not standing on one foot here; don’t believe your eyes. But believe in the awesomeness of my mattified gold pedicure. I finally got around to putting together the Sorbetto pattern last night, and I thought you’d like […]

Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Other roast chicken recipes

I thought you might be interested in some other Cook’s Illustrated roast chicken recipes beyond the dish covered in this post. I’ve been a subscriber since 2005, and I thumbed through my back issues for other CI takes on chicken. Here’s what I found (the quotes are the subheadlines for each recipe story): Clockwise from […]

Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Weeknight Roast Chicken

The bird in question. “Why is the kitchen filled with smoke?” I had just returned home from a bike ride. MVH was watching Paul and minding the Weeknight Roast Chicken, as dictated by Cook’s Illustrated. And the lower level of the house was honest-to-goodness hazy. “It’s the chicken,” MVH said. “Or more accurately, we’ve reached […]

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