Category Archives: Experiments

white soap

I wanted to make this batch of soap as close to the archetype as possible: bright white, dense, and extremely cleansing. Most of the soap I’ve made has largely been comprised of liquid oils, which makes for a soft, silky … Continue reading

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this and that

      Here are a few recent things not worthy of their own post: Up top is an incredible mirror I got my mom as an early mother’s day present (and also, Pip, pretending to be majestic). It’s so … Continue reading

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homemade soap

Soap making has been on the docket for years, but something’s always stopped me from getting organized enough to make a batch. There are hundreds of cold-process soap recipes on the internet, and it’s hard to know which are reliable … Continue reading

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nebula shirt

For Christmas, I made my brothers some nebula shirts. I looked at a lot of online tutorials and gleaned a little bit from each one, but also came up with a couple of my own techniques. I started with two … Continue reading

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chocolate rose cake

This cake was for my mom-in-law’s birthday. We knew we wouldn’t be in town the day of, so we carted it the five hours from our house when we visited for Thanksgiving. It turns out five hours is exactly how … Continue reading

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groat crumble

I know, it sounds more like a skin disease than the name of a dessert, but trust me– by the end of this post, you’ll be ready to dig in. These are groats. More specifically, they’re whole oat grains, complete … Continue reading

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strawberry jam with a secret ingredient

I got a hot tip about some cheap strawberries last weekend. It’s a little while past the peak of their season, and sure enough, they weren’t the prettiest berries– but at 99 cents a pound, I knew they had jam-making … Continue reading

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we got worms

I don’t know if spending my whole childhood hanging out with my two brothers incited my fascination with crawly things, but I think worms are awesome. These worms are especially awesome because they are busy composting most of our vegetable … Continue reading

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how to make yogurt

Blog posts have been few and far between recently, and the main reason is that it’s been rainy and overcast every time I thought to take out a camera. I almost caught a break the other day, but soon after … Continue reading

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homemade danishes

Alternate title for this post: how I consumed a quarter pound of butter over a period of two days. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at laminated dough for quite a while now, and when I got it in … Continue reading

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