Kombucha Mother: Part 2

Kombucha Mother: Part 2

Last week my husband and I set up our new kombucha SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast) to ferment some tea. Next, we had to allow the kombucha to ferment five to nine days. After five days we did a taste test and decided that we wanted the tea to be stronger. Shorter fermentation … Continue reading

Kombucha Mother: Part 1

Kombucha Mother: Part 1

(Written by Rainy) My husband and I are pretty excited because we have a new pet. It is a kombucha Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast also know as a SCOBY. We may as well call it a pet because it needs love and care for it to live and thrive. Luckly, the care required … Continue reading

DIY Fictional Writting

DIY Fictional Writting

(By Rainy) I did something new this past November. I took the National Novel Writing Month Challenge: writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. I have always wanted to write a novel since I was young. Throughout the years, I have completed only a small number of fictional short stories and many failed … Continue reading

Pickles, The Traditional Way

Pickles, The Traditional Way

(Written By Rainy) Last year, I made pickled dill cucumbers the way most of us modern do-it-yourselfers do it. I boiled them in mason jars with vinegar and dill. I saved the pickles for later in the year. They turned out just how I envisioned them: dilly and vinegary. A commenter inquired if my pickles were crisp. … Continue reading

Summer Sautéed Squash

Summer Sautéed Squash

(Written By Rainy) I grew up thinking squash was icky. It came frozen in a box. Then it was heated up in a Coring Ware dish in the microwave, and when served resembled bland baby food. It was not until I grew yellow summer squash in my home garden that I discovered the delectability of fresh … Continue reading

Book Recommendation: Cooked

Book Recommendation: Cooked

By Rainy I have been a fan of Michael Pollan since my Uncle let me borrow his copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma in 2010. I like his balanced approach to food choices as well as his outreach to educate the public about how food is grown. He approaches each subject as a journalist and asks questions … Continue reading

Self Watering Containers

Self Watering Containers

By Rainy With spring warming up here in the Seattle area, I’ve been working on some garden plans. Most recently, we made self-watering containers out of buckets. The buckets were scavenged from a person who didn’t want them anymore. I am growing some hop plants next to the south side of my parents’ house in these self-watering buckets. The … Continue reading

Strawberry Vodka Infusion

Strawberry Vodka Infusion

By Rainy I have been itching to find an excuse to try my hand at infusing liquor for a while now but I haven’t yet because I am not much of a drinker. I simply like the look of infused liquor. I find the colors to be clear and beautiful. Fortunately for me, with the … Continue reading

Spring Garden Preparations

Spring Garden Preparations

By Rainy After my uninspired effort in vegetable gardening last year, I decided to increase my enthusiasm. It is possible slogging through the middle of winter was influencing me; but this year we are going to try a real garden utilizing my parent’s yard. They have a section of their suburban front yard that has … Continue reading

Roasted Rabbit

Roasted Rabbit

By Rainy Since spring arrived I have had lots of tasks keeping me busy. The pace of the year always picks up once people start planning lots of activities outside in the warmer weather. I wanted to do something to celebrate the change from winter to spring. Most choose to celebrate the arrival of spring … Continue reading