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French for Epiphany

Posted by on Oct 26, 2009 in Found Treasure, Life, Minutia, Things | Comments Off

French for Epiphany

I originally went to Paris in 1994. It was a thrilling trip, and I tried to soak it all up. I loved the cafes and the way that the French really seemed to use the cafes as an extension of their homes. Mostly the cafes were either very low key (loved those) or completely famous and intimidating a la Le Cafe Deux Magots, etc. There were cafes I went to near my hotel in the Marais which were wonderful and to which I would return and be remembered. That part was magical. One of the things that really stuck in my head was the water carafes used in...

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Spoons, wooden and lovely

Posted by on Apr 20, 2009 in Craft, Featured, Food, Things | Comments Off

Spoons, wooden and lovely

When I was growing up something I learned from dad (without him saying anything about it) was that it’s always good to have the right tool for the job. He had a toolbench full of crazy stuff which he was mostly always willing to teach me to use. By the time he bought the thing that filled shotgun shells I didn’t bug him so much anymore about tools. The point is though, there was always a thingy for that project. My mom was a bit the same way in craft-land (something I’ve only truly come to appreciate recently). When you have...

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Rise, my dough, rise.

Posted by on Apr 1, 2009 in Food | Comments Off

I’d like to say I don’t get sucked into things. I would. But that’s just not how I’m wired. There was a graham cracker recipe of Alton Brown’s that I made that I was really annoyed with. I swore a pox on him. And yet, there I was, watching him again. This time it was pizza. In my defense, there are others too. So, I watched the pizza episode and thought that it seemed like a perfectly reasonable plan to make pizza at home. It looked so simple. I momentarily forgot that all recipes are simple if you have the right...

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Market Totes

Posted by on Mar 31, 2009 in Things | Comments Off

There’s no easy way to take this on.  I will simply ask for dispensation.   I have a thing for bags.  Fortunately those closest to me understand this and have their own bag demons.  This extends to re-usable shopping bags / market totes / call them what you will.   The greenest thing to have done would have been to use the first 3 or 4 I acquired and turned my head away from the siren call of the others.  This did not happen. I have many. The larger early versions from Ikea have mostly turned into laundry totes.  The...

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Rancho Gordo Beans

Posted by on Mar 29, 2009 in Food | Comments Off

I’m not quite sure how it started with the beans.   I didn’t care about beets until I read Jitterbug Perfume.  So, it’s not like there’s an equivalent for beans.  That aside, awhile back I placed my first order for Rancho Gordo beans.  It spiraled from there.  The beans were fantastic.  Plus, much like the ritual of making tea, the ritual of making beans is very pleasing.  I was hoping that my family would love them too.  Success with the adults… not so much with the short crowd (to be fair, my toddler...

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Chair-chive

Posted by on Mar 29, 2009 in Furniture | Comments Off

The joke around here is that we have a chair-chive in the basement.  When I was small we had these very, very groovy chairs on the patio under the very-southern-california patio roof that dad built.  The chairs allowed one to admire the half wine barrels full of flowers and hanging cymbidiums, orchids and the like.   The chairs left a significant pattern on bare skin, but I’d still love to have them back.  Recently I’ve run across a spate of vintage patio goodness.  It makes me feel nostalgic for the little orchid fingers. It...

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It’s gotta start somewhere.

Posted by on Mar 29, 2009 in Minutia | Comments Off

And it wasn’t 5 minutes ago.  It was when I was a kid.  I think I thought about having ditto jeans for at least a year.   Stick around, see what I get obsessed about now.

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