POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand by Andy Ricker

Awesome cookbook that captures authentic recipes and techniques. It is not watered down/simplified, however author does provide some guidance on ingredients and the setting surround the foods consumption. It will take me a bit to cook through everything and I want to do more research on the sour meat techniques but a few of the […]

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This week’s food inspiration: fresh, mostly local

beet carrot radish salad coriander

My garden is not going gangbusters but I am enjoying a new CSA we are trying this summer, Growing Washington. Having so  many colors and options to play with makes the peak of summer a great time to prepare food. Mixed in you might also find ways to integrate food from the larder to make way for […]

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Glittering Golden Birthday Party Ideas

We hosted a 40th 29th birthday for a dear friend, D, who is all things glittering and gold. With a fall party, creating the golden decorations started the house off nicely for holiday decorating, building up from Thanksgiving through the New Year. In a few weeks, the Christmas tree will be up and all in […]

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National Honey Bee Day!

Out celebrating National Honey Bee Day this morning…. Here are some photos and quick videos. No stings either! Happenings at the hive entrance (video clip, complete with buzzing) Quick video clip of my honey bees being busy on the inner cover. Note: this is actual bee speed. It was a warm day and they had […]

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Collection of Murals, Mosaics and Graffiti in Cuba

I fell in love with the murals in Cuba but was also enamored by the graffiti and mosaics. No lame tagging full of misspelled words and old-school pacman shapes. Their focus on the arts is evident. Enjoy, this small slice! Notice the homage to Che Guevera – don’t be distracted by the hubs “Kaepernicking” in […]

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Beekeeping Photo Competition: Odds & Hens Submission

Just for fun Hubs and I are submitting photos to a calendar competition. Between the two of us we keep the images flowing for Odds and Hens. I did try taking pictures once while working in the hives. This is not a smart idea – its sticky business. Having my trusty helper, second opinion and […]

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