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Under Construction: Jogging stroller redux | Cleaning, pattern making

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress.  This weekend MVH and I got serious about fixing the jogging stroller. At Paul’s latest well-baby visit, our pediatrician said we could put him in the jogging stroller if it had the appropriate safety gear. It has a five-point harness, just like his car seat, so […]


What They Made: Ross Wellington

Introducing Ross Wellington. My husband, Mark (aka MVH), and his longtime friend, Brian Ellis, have been working on a graphic novel called “Ross Wellington” since 2004. Ross Wellington is the lone alien survivor of the Roswell crash, and he makes a living as a private detective. The story is sci-fi meets noir, and it never […]

Happy birthday, happy Easter

Two bratwursts, one kielbasa, and one toasted bun. MVH‘s birthday was last week, but the first chance we had for a proper birthday dinner was Easter Sunday. We knew the weather was going to be nice, and we were itching to haul out the Weber. The menu was German-inspired (save the kielbasa). MVH made a […]

Eats of Eden: Blogging Julia Child

Recently I was looking for something to watch as I ate lunch. I cruised over to PBS’s video archive for something entertaining. (There’s a lot of cool stuff in the archive — full episodes of “Frontline” and “Nova” in high definition = awesome.) I came across a collection of Julia Child videos. JC is very […]

Tomato windfall

Tomatoes from my in-laws’ garden are roasted for soup. Maybe I’m the world’s cruelest vegetarian (nevermind that I’m a meat eater). I love eating vegetables and fruits. I love choosing veggies to plant in the spring. I love vegetables more than meats on pizza (much to my pepperoni-loving husband’s chagrin). Caring for plants, though, that’s […]

Bottled

MVH fills bottles. First there was brewing. Then there was grainy tea. Then there was transferring the beer to the secondary fermentor (this wasn’t particularly interesting, so I skipped showing this part of the brewing process). After the secondary fermentor, which is a glass bottle large enough to hold the volume of two cases of […]

Grainy tea

Cool drink on a hot summer night. After we brewed beer, MVH steeped the spent grains to make a delicious iced-tea-like beverage. He was inspired by a drink he had on a business trip to China. Half a gallon of boiling water was poured over the grains, and they steeped for about an hour. The […]

First draught

MVH checks the beer recipe before we start brewing. Pots. And pails. Home brewers’ most important supplies are pots and pails. I was a little surprised by how many vessels my husband, MVH, and I used when we brewed a batch of American wheat recently. I had never been through the whole process at once. […]

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