Agapanthus is the Devil

This is 1/2 of our front yard.  The other half is essentially the same.  Small, square, dirt full of pea gravel, and filled with vigorous agapanthus and an unknown sprawling shrub that collects spiders.  I want vegetables and flowers like calendula, coreopsis, bl ...more

Cajun Spiced Potato Empanadas

I created this empanada in hopes of Max liking them.  He loves cajun spiced fries.  He loved fried potatoes.  He needs to eat less fried foods (as in: frozen tater tots and fries).  So I thought some cajun spiced empanadas would be just the ticket.  Flavors he likes all neatly packaged up in dough ....more

Empanada Dough Recipe

This week was the first time I have made empanadas.  I was hoping that I could get Max to eat them because I thought empanadas would be the perfect little packages of food.  He liked the package aspect and the flavor of this dough.  He did not go for the filling.  But we did.  That recipe will follow ....more

Polka Dot Shirt and Striped Pyjamas Show and Tell

I said I was going to make myself wear patterns again.  I told myself that if people out in the world want to think a large lady shouldn’t wear polka dots or loud prints then let ‘em!  I’ve been hiding for so long now in shame because I hate my body so much.  It has de ...more

Kid-Approved Cinnamuffin: So Tasty They Won't Know It's Healthy

Editor’s note: Angelina baked this tempting cinnamuffin for her son, Max, who declared it “just like a Cinnabon!” We’re guessing Max didn’t realize that it’s made from wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, whole-wheat flour, and applesauce. A glaze made from powdered sugar and maple syrup sweetens it up and makes it pretty looking too. --Jane ...more

The Black Smock with Striped Seersucker Details

This is my favorite of all the smocks I’ve made recently.  I admit that it’s largely because it’s mostly black.  With stripy details.  I should have washed my cotton gauze before sewing this because when I washed it the black bled into the seersucker a little bit.  It’s not that I don̵ ...more

How to Make Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent is very easy to make and costs a lot less to make than buying the eco-friendly and natural detergents that I use.  If you are used to buying really cheap detergents with lots of perfumes and unnecessary chemicals then you may not see much of a cost sa ...more

Cannibalistic Hot Dog Over-shirt

There’s little hot-dog men eating hot dogs while their olive-headed wiener dogs loaf around, as they do, and I have to wonder if the hot dog the hot dog is eating is ACTUALLY a barbequed dog?  Or some third-party wiener? ...more

The Dining Room and Living Room Tour: Unpacked and Settled In

Remember when I gave you the house tour right after we moved in and showed you all the scary piles and the crap everywhere?  Well, we finished unpacking long ago and there are still generally piles of ...more