Math Meets Cookies

These thumbprint cookies (also known as "jam biscuits" !!!) are easy to make, and vegan: https://coconutcloud.net/blogs/coconut-cloud/vegan-jam-thumbprint-cookies include photos I used jam that was leftover when eating breakfast out at a restaurant. Other uses for jam: put water or milk in the jar and shake to make a juice/drink. I've also tried a jam cake and... Continue Reading →

Buttermilk two ways

With the cream from the Strauss glass bottle milk we buy, I've been making butter. I turn this butter into ghee by cooking it. The liquid from washing the butter from the cream - this is what is considered buttermilk! Since I culture the butter with yogurt, it is also cultured buttermilk. This buttermilk was... Continue Reading →

Friend Friday 76: Dara

Dara Brady is an amazing teacher, artist, writer, fellow vegan, and all around creative DIYer and kind person! Check out their work, and upcoming projects and makings here - so many I can't count: https://www.instagram.com/arttechteach/ This podcast is also great: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-meaningful-revolution/id1637936725 Yay for making!

Could-do Advent

I really love advent calendars, and each year I pull out ours, in which I have put in several activities for the family and myself that are exciting and fun, and well...honestly too ambitious (as my daughter says - we never do them!). Also, when we travel to visit family, they are left behind. So,... Continue Reading →

Color part 2

Image by Chris Martin from Pixabay Where do pigment and color come from? How are they made now? They have evolved from the natural dyes they used to be: https://atmos.earth/natural-dyes-synthetic-color-toxic/?ref=the-browser This year's color is one of my favorites, periwinkle, from the original crayon, to the flower, to the walls of my bedroom: https://www.cnn.com/style/article/pantone-color-of-the-year-very-peri-2022/?mc_cid=aa13f3eca9&mc_eid=ce26c5b3f6 You can... Continue Reading →

Green tip: Give the gift of green

For the holidays, let your kids make their own toys from the recycle bin. They can make gifts and cards for their teachers and friends, too! You can do the same for more grown-up gifts. Some ideas: - Have cards from previous years? Tear off the fronts and reuse them as postcards or one-sided cards... Continue Reading →

Cleaning the oven door

Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash Another tiny accomplishment: cleaning inside the oven door. For a while, there's been something that somehow dripped into the oven door - BETWEEN the two class plates. I had given up on it, until my recent post on "Search for a recipe" prompted me to "Search for a solution"... Continue Reading →

Another use for okara: cheese and crackers

Okara Cheese I've found yet another great use for okara aside from biscotti, brownies. Actually, two that can be paired together: cheese, and crackers. First, okara cheese. This is now my go-to. I made a mix of this recipe https://leculdepoule.co/2017/09/19/crottins-rotis-a-lokara-de-soja/ and this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hZoXHUauEM - grinding, shaping, and then baking. Unlike cream cheese, this is... Continue Reading →

Glue and Paper tape!

Whenever buying tape, I try to buy masking tape, or another paper-based tape which can be recycled. But how about making your own? Here's a recipe for wheat paste and paper tape: https://zerowastechef.com/2020/10/07/plastic-free-glue-wheat-paste/ Make a wheat paste: Spread on paper (in this case, the inside of a bread bag) - this was a bit thin,... Continue Reading →

Fruit soda

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay A friend of mine sent this really easy way to make fermented fruit sodas - and it's a great way to use up mushy fruit before it goes bad, too: https://www.thespruceeats.com/fruit-flavor-combinations-for-cocktails-760298 Fruit Soda 1. Cut very ripe fruit in cubes2. Mash well (spoon, masher, or hand, okay to leave lumps)... Continue Reading →

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