I guess I love owls, because I love this Owl Bookend and Eyeglasses Holder. How cute would this be on a bedside table? It comes in mint, gray, and red. $63
Living on the California coast, I have thought once or twice about harvesting my own salt from the ocean. I haven’t tried it, mostly because I suspect that the amount of effort and money spent on electricity would be higher than just buying salt in the store.
Then I ran into this video about Ben Jacobsen of Jacobsen Salt in Oregon. His passion about salt harvesting reawakened my interest in harvesting salt from the ocean.
Now I’m curious. I haven’t harvested my own salt yet, but maybe I will. It looks easy.
1. Collecting clean salt water in jugs or a cooler.
2. Running the water through a cheesecloth to get rid of seaweed/other particles.
3. Slowly evaporating the water over many hours, usually in an oven or on a stove top set on low heat.
4. Collecting the salt crystals.
A gallon of water will produce between 3-8 ounces of salt, depending on salinity. To make it worthwhile, you probably want to do a lot of water.
Here’s a video that shows the whole process from start to finish:
Almost by accident, I grew a lot of kale this year. I put a few seeds in the ground, and suddenly I had a ton of it.
So I tried making kale chips with it in my oven. It was insanely easy and took only 10 minutes. The kale chips were crisp and tasty:
What do kale chips cost? $15 dollars a pound, or something? These cost me about $.50 to make.
The only complaint I have about this recipe is that the chips get stale pretty quickly, so only make small batches at time.
Baked Kale Chips
8 kale leaves
1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Wash and clean the kale leaves. Remove the ribs of the kale and cut into 2-inch piece. In a bowl, toss the kale with olive oil and about a half teaspoon of salt.
Lay the kale leaves onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake until the kale chips are crisp, about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
I love these Scarves That Look Like Bird Wings. Lovely!
They are hand-painted and digitally printed on cotton or silk. $56-$160.
The Etsy shop repeatedly says that the wait to get the scarf is long, which can be a bit of a red flag. But the scarves look like they might be worth it.
So it turns out that the humble shower ring is a great way to organize your closet. Here are some things shower rings can help you organize:
Scarves (Or ties or belts.)
Hats (I’m totally doing this one.)
As promised, here’s the other cocktail I made up with DIY Cocktails. It’s called Deadly Nightshade.
The drink is a mix of black current juice, current liqueur, and bourbon. We also added some grapes in the glass for a creepy garnish. It’s a bit more manly tasting than the Blood Orange Margarita, but both drinks would be great at a Halloween party. Recipe:
- 1 1/2 oz bourbon
2 oz black currant juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz. creme de cassis (current liqueur)
8 or so grapes to garnish
Shake bourbon, juice, syrup, and liqueur over ice and strain into cocktail or old-fashioned glass. Add some ice and a small handful of red or black grapes. Top off with club soda. Enjoy.
These Fox Shaped Sugar Cookies are so cute. And they don’t look hard to make. The tutorial shows you how.
I’ve talked about reducing food waste quite a bit on this blog, but it looks like the issue is getting worse. A new study says that Americans waste 40%–almost half!–of their food, according to the Natural Resources Defence Council. An average family of four wastes $2,275 in food each year, or 20 pounds per person per month.
This is especially crazy at a time when food prices are skyrocketing and many families are struggling to pay their bills.
Even though my food waste isn’t anywhere near half of my food bill, this is an issue everyone can do better on. This month, I’m going to write down everything I throw out and then use that to get a sense of how much I’m really wasting. After that, I’ll take steps to rectify it.
I’m already doing better, too. Instead of tossing some old pears to the chickens today, I put them in the food dehydrator and am making dried pears instead. However, there was no saving that 1/3 of a watermelon that had mold on it. Into the compost it went!
Stay tuned for an update on this situation. In the meantime, here are some posts on reducing food waste:
RecyclArt has a round-up of examples of people Turning An Old Sewing Machine Into Furniture. I see these old machines in thrift stores all the time, and there is something captivating and lovely about them. So why not turn them into furniture?
See the rest here.
You know what? I cannot find a floor lamp I like within my budget. Maybe the solution is to make my own.
Like this one.