Thursday, January 27, 2011


Roshi the lynx. From e's house last night.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Best catalog ever

Who knew a seed catalog could bring such joy. And what if this spring I'm planting in the ground! It's possible....

A local farmer recommended the catalog to Elizabeth, and it's arrival actually made me giddy.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011


  • Gym membership canceled.
  • Family medical insurance plan canceled and replaced with separate workplace plans. So much cheaper.
  • Home phone service shut off.  Cells only.
  • Cable tv, dvr, and all that stuff, canceled.

Savings:  A ridiculous amount of money. 

Down payment, here we come.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pepper Jelly

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Recipe Rursday: Pepper Jelly

I had never heard of Hot Pepper Jelly until this summer, when we were given a jar (home canned) from a friend on Chris' softball team.  Many months later, I read up on how hot pepper jelly is used and found that more often than not, it's served with goat cheese on crackers as an hors d'oeuvre.

Turns out, it's sweet like jelly, but leaves behind that great heat that comes from peppers like habaneros, and for some reason it's a perfect compliment to tangy cream cheese or goat cheese. 

Canning/jarring preserves seems like so much work to me, though I hear it's not that bad.  Maybe late this summer we'll try making pepper jelly.  In the meantime, if you see a jar in a Winter Farmer's Market.  Get it.  (Camera has been playing dead on and off for two months now. Phone pics only for a while.)
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January Snow Day

Providence, 1/12/11.
No work, no cars running, no going anywhere.  I'll be enjoying the day making home made pasta sauce and reading about urban chickens and gardening. Happy snow day.