Cook’s Illustrated challenge: French-Style Pot-Roasted Pork

Carved and ready for consumption. This is the saddest story you’ll ever read about a pork loin roast. Behold the deets: The clock: It took me about an hour to prep all the ingredients, and then the roast spent another hour or so in the oven. Love that hands-off time! The technique: The roast is […]

Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Lentil Salad

A vegetarian main course: lentil salad. This recipe promises creamy but firm lentils. It piqued my interest, because somehow I always manage to mushify these quick-cooking legumes. Maybe this recipe will change my luck, I thought! It didn’t. Sigh. I ended with a bowl of tasty, yet overcooked, lentils. Following are my notes on the […]

Under Construction: Sorbetto top | Almost there

Milwaukee is having a bit of an Indian summer week, which is good weather for finishing a tank top. Ha. I’m about 90 percent there. The Sorbetto top has come together nicely. The directions from Colette are easy to follow. As you can see, I’ve sewn binding to the neckline and one armhole. I need […]

Handmade Brewers gear

(From left) Prince Fielder, Craig Counsell, and Ryan Braun are gearing up for the postseason, along with the rest of Milwaukee! Photo by Rick Wood via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Milwaukee Brewers, my hometown baseball club, are the National League Central champions. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. I repeat: […]

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, […]

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