Sister CleanJeans doesn’t deserve to see a better version of your house than you do.
If it’s true that a book lover’s collection can never really be considered “complete,” then I’m (at the very least) approaching my quota.
Themed food, ugh. But you CAN celebrate PRIDE with dishes that fill your plates with a rainbow of gorgeous, delicious and unexpected seasonal veggies. Annnnnnnnd I also made gourmet rainbow shots.
Sometimes I want a cocktail that isn’t one of the standbys. Sometimes I want to break out of my rut.
the joy of cooking
Vegetarians -- and anyone else squeamish about raw meat -- might want to skip this one.
I'm not obsessed with quilting just because I have loving memories of the old people in my family doing it.

Jun 22, 2014 at 9:00am | 59 comments

construction adventures
Instead, we secured almost all the funds we will need with credit cards, and started digging. I hope that’s not a metaphor.

Jun 17, 2014 at 5:00pm | 31 comments

pattern making
There are no rules; this isn't some kind of sewing Fight Club.
For me, crafting has always been a reliable method of avoiding writing.
construction adventures
I’ve been playing home designer since I painted my walls Weezer-blue, ripped up my carpet and installed astro-turf in my room when I was 13. That is to say, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes.

May 30, 2014 at 5:00pm | 50 comments

I’d be FINE with never having plumbing, but it’s not like I haven’t fantasized about having my very own bathroom.

May 19, 2014 at 5:00pm | 99 comments

The most important metric: Was it better than a plain Oreo?
Featuring several dishes that contain mayonnaise, gelatin, or both.
pizza cake
So how does one make this assault on human decency?
Most tiny-house photos show lovely, spartan homes, unapologetically shaped like little shoe boxes, clear of any signs of life, save for some dog-eared copies of Kerouac and tiny pots of fresh herbs. Who lives here?
butter burger
Live every week like it's Burger Week.
Don’t stop drinking or recycling. Just use all those wine bottles and corks to make cool crafts!

Apr 29, 2014 at 11:30am | 16 comments

ice cream
I mean I enjoy ice cream year-round, but some people are particular about it being a “warm weather” treat.
While it does require a couple of hours to supervise as it cooks, stock provides a great excuse to hang out around the house watching bad television -- I mean, reading, and unwinding over a weekend day.

Apr 19, 2014 at 12:00pm | 42 comments

house hunting
Lucky for us, Alaska is full of folks that will show up and take away junk for free, no questions asked. What are they going to do with a rusted-out 1966 Chevy Van? It’s just better not to ask.