Low-Commitment Projects: Water Birds

by brittany on November 24, 2014

little blue heron

How is it that when I photograph these things, the whites look totally white, but when I put them on the internets, the white looks all dingy?  Argh.  Anyway, here’s what I made for this week’s Low-Commitment Project.  It is a small series of water birds illustrated in cut paper (that I painted with gouache and watercolor).

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Beet and Fennel Salad

by brittany on November 21, 2014

beet fennel salad

We have favorite beet and fennel recipes (we love beets and fennel), but after receiving repeated deliveries of these fall favorites, I wanted to try something new.  Plus, it seems difficult to get enough non-squash/non-potato vegetables into our systems this time of year, so this Beet and Fennel Salad seemed like a great way to fill up on them.

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Apricot Goat Cheese Almond Bites

November 19, 2014

When we have guests, I try to avoid serving multiple starch-based appetizers, but those are the ones I usually think of first.  Little toasts topped with stuff are so welcoming, as are polenta squares, crackers and cheese, and dips with bread dippers.  Apricot Goat Cheese Almond Bites are my latest alternative.

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Low-Commitment Projects: Tae’s “It’s What It’s Not”

November 17, 2014

Tae’s “It’s What It’s Not” series is pretty hilarious.  Check it out on Low-Commitment Projects.

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Low-Commitment Projects: Sandwich Patterns

November 10, 2014

I think I should use cheese as my primary medium from now on–it is so satisfying to cut and shape, plus there’s the eating of the scraps.  Check out Cheese Flowers, above, and other Sandwich Patterns on this week’s Low-Commitment Projects.

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Owl Point Hike

November 7, 2014

This hike just shot to the top (or near the top, anyway) of our favorite hikes list.  Holy crap, it is so good.  The hike to Owl Point, with a detour to The Rockpile, induces joy step by step.  The forest is gorgeous, the little meadows charm the pants off you (not literally, at least this […]

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Chili Lime Cashews

November 5, 2014

Nuts are my best friend when we host dinner parties.  They’re make-ahead-able, everybody loves them, and we keep the leftovers in our snack department for grabbing handfuls to stay our stomachs before dinner.  And after breakfast, before hikes, and other assorted times.  Chili Lime Cashews are the newcomers in my nut rotation, and they’re there […]

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Low-Commitment Projects: Tae’s “Chunky Nuggets”

November 3, 2014

I kind of love the title and the images of this week’s Low-Commitment Project.  Tae’s Chunky Nuggets is pretty hilarious.

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Root Vegetable Mash with Bacon

October 31, 2014

What does one do with a giant, 2-pound, half-bulb of kohlrabi?  Especially if that individual recently tried kohlrabi in a salad and actually tossed said salad in the compost because she was so grossed out?  Add bacon.

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Cascade Locks West Loop Hike

October 29, 2014

Right up front, let’s be clear that this is a weird hike.  It is the kind of hike that people from less nature-blessed places would feel lucky to find, but we Oregonians might pass over in favor of stunning waterfalls, quieter solitude, or more sweeping views.  Here are the reasons to bother with the Cascade Locks […]

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