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    Ten Days…Still Incomplete DIY Kitchen

    by  • April 15, 2014 • 2 Comments

    Distractions like mushrooms, transplants, work and baby chicks aside, our DIY kitchen still isn’t completely functional. So much for the ambitious schedule. But we have been working day in and out. The IKEA cabinet delivery was a disaster but we’re working with them to make it right. We do have double ovens, sink, dishwasher, a...

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    A Mycophilia Interlude

    by  • April 11, 2014 • 1 Comment

    Our #diykitchen renovation project should be taking all our time, but we’re distracted by babies. Tiny seedlings, baby chicks, and these exciting newborns. Way back in the late autumn, I built a bed of wood chips, straw, and oyster mushroom spawn. It was old, suspected non-viable spawn from Swainway Urban Farm worthwhile only of...

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    Lessons in Demolition

    by  • April 6, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    1) Demolition is fun for the first swing. Then you will get tired. Lil effectively removed zero material but has been a trooper about entertaining herself while we work. 2) You will need a sawsall. We had two going at once a few times. 3) You will struggle with certain tasks until you find...

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    10 Days to a DIY Kitchen

    by  • April 3, 2014 • 0 Comments

    How's this for a #tbt? Very little Lil helping with the last kitchen renovation!

    In my last post about our kitchen plans, I mentioned that we think we can do this project in ten days. Our last kitchen went from demo to functional in about the same time, so we have some confidence that we can do this again. Why Rush The Timeline? We love to cook and...

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    The DIY Kitchen Master Plan

    by  • March 26, 2014 • 6 Comments

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    I asked on Facebook about what parts of our DIY kitchen renovation you want to hear about and people commented that they want it all. Ok, here we go: The master plan. Overall Vision We plan to create a highly functional cooking space by updating to more powerful appliances and adding much more storage....

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    Whole Grain Chicken Feed

    by  • March 19, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    When we started our flock of chickens with four birds, the cost and type of food didn’t matter much. We bought a fifty pound bag of commercial feed about once a month from a farm store. If the hens spilled and wasted some or the price of feed fluctuated, it didn’t make a big...

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    BIG Plans {Friday Five}

    by  • March 14, 2014 • 2 Comments

    What’s going on behind the computer these days? Planning, saving, measuring, and more planning. In the coming few months, our little homestead will undergo a lot of changes. Here’s what’s going on: Kitchen Renovation Underway – When Uncle Leonard, our personal contractor-like friend, suggests moving up the start date for the big gut and...

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    Buckwheat Almond Buttermilk Pancakes {Recipe}

    by  • March 3, 2014 • 4 Comments

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    I have a problem with pancakes. It seems to run in the family because my father has the same issue. We can’t eat a stack with syrup without a dramatic drop in blood sugar that makes our tummies feel sick and our heads spin. But like every good child, Lil loves pancakes. Alex likes...

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    Mark Your Calendars – March & April 2014 Special Events

    by  • February 27, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    As always, the creative community around central Ohio is offering a full slate of special events to usher in the spring growing season. Here’s a selection of dates we recommend: County Soil and Water Conservation District Tree Sales – Many counties around Ohio offer bare root saplings at discounted rates during the early spring....

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    Jefferson’s Garden at Monticello {Inspiration}

    by  • February 16, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    Who is your favorite president? Mine is Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson’s life was guided by science, reason, and curiosity. He loved gardens, arguably advancing America’s agriculture more than any other national leader. “I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural.” This past August we were lucky...

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