Fun & Games

How to Get Your Kids to Make Your Last-Minute Halloween Costume

img_20171024_155003.jpgWe’re not all crafty people. We don’t all own glue guns or sewing machines and we don’t all know what decoupage is. Then again, some of us are/have/know all these things and just get busy or tired or lazy. Plus, we don’t want to drop forty bucks (or more!) on a store-bought Halloween costume. What do we do?

If we have kids, we call it an art project. Continue reading “How to Get Your Kids to Make Your Last-Minute Halloween Costume”

Cooking & Eating

Fred vs. Amelia: A Sourdough Story

Fred and his bread

A few months ago, I made a sourdough starter. I named him Fred.

Fred was a late bloomer. He was sufficiently fed and watered, kept warm and cozy in his infancy, but he failed to absorb much of the yeast he’d need to make a good bread, and his sour was never particularly strong. I refreshed him regularly, let him warm his dough in the summer sun, tried nourishing him with sugar and milk and even beer. Like the parent of any slow-developing child, I sought answers in books. Some made sourdough starting sound easy; if I couldn’t do it, I must be a fool. Others proclaimed it a daunting task, virtually impossible and best left to professionals.

Well. Continue reading “Fred vs. Amelia: A Sourdough Story”