Category Archives: Health

Dairy-Free Blueberry Shortbread Bars

I have been doing the dairy-free diet for a few weeks now so I am starting to miss buttery sweets. While searching for a good shortbread recipe, I found this one. It was adapted from the book Butter Sugar Flour Eggs: Whimsical Irresistible Desserts. The original recipe was called Lydia’s Austrian Raspberry Shortbread. The first […]


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Tuscan Bean Stew

I found this recipe from The Best International Recipe cookbook but it is also available at the Cook’s Illustrated website. I modified it slightly to suit our tastes. Instead of soaking the bread, I topped each bowl with croutons just before serving. I also substituted chicken broth for water. This stew hit the spot on […]


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Everyday Minerals

I like cosmetics but don’t really wear much make-up. I always go for the natural look. A few months ago when I read about Everyday Minerals, I immediately ordered a sample package. I liked their products but  did not order more since I was trying to use up the 5 trial size containers. This week […]


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Maple Trail

“Start this run from Saltzman Road off the St. Helens highway, U.S. 30. The trailhead is a hike up from the parking area. Take the trail that heads south. The Maple Trail runs gently uphill a couple of miles before crossing Leif Erickson. This route can be turned into a loop, or run as an […]


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Garden Project Update July 2011

Better late than never. Summer arrived late this season but our garden is finally in full swing. Yummy raspberries. We have four different kinds. Blueberries are next. Peppers are slow but with warmer weather, they should be blooming soon. Pumpkins are getting ready for a fall harvest. Sweet peas. We made a tasty Thai Red […]


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Garden Update – June 2011

Although the weather has been unpredictable the last few weeks, some of our plants are looking good. We started most from seed sometime in April. Here are a few of them: The two different kinds of mint are going crazy. These are some giant onions. The peppers are finally starting to grow taller. The sugar […]


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Jam Session

Blueberry season is drawing to a close and I have yet to make a batch of jam. Fortunately, my friend Sokbun motivated me to have a jam session together. It was easier and more fun working together. Hopefully we can start with strawberries next year. We just followed the basic recipe in Ball Complete Book […]


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Homemade Dog Food

Have you ever tried making dog food at home? I thought I would give it a try. I guess just like with humans, the more wholesome the food is, the better for the dog. I found this recipe online but I do not recall the website. Since I am not sure how balanced this is, […]


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Seed Farm Update

Since the beginning of March we have been building up our seed farm. It’s amazing how fast the plants have grown since then. This window is facing North so there’s not a lot of sunlight. The plants are stretching their stems towards the window and it seems to be enough. We found the Bio Dome […]


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Heinz 57 No More

For a long time we believed that Mulder was a Hound-Mix Dog. That’s what the Shelter Volunteers said and besides he’s got the eyes and ears of one. Strangers would always try to guess what kind of dog he was and the more common guesses were German Shepherd, Rottweiler, and Great Dane because of his […]


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