21 2 / 2012

Happy Mardi Gras, Michigan style!
Paczkis (pronounced “punch-kees”?) are a Polish treat, kind of like a doughnut, eaten on Shrove Tuesday as a last-ditch attempt to consume as much fat and sugar as possible before Lent.
Thanks to a couple co-workers for bringing them in!
I admit to preferring pancakes, but didn’t get up early enough to make some. Maybe for dinner instead?

Happy Mardi Gras, Michigan style!

Paczkis (pronounced “punch-kees”?) are a Polish treat, kind of like a doughnut, eaten on Shrove Tuesday as a last-ditch attempt to consume as much fat and sugar as possible before Lent.

Thanks to a couple co-workers for bringing them in!

I admit to preferring pancakes, but didn’t get up early enough to make some. Maybe for dinner instead?

18 2 / 2012

Parsley!
Just before Tu B’Shvat last weekend, an obscure but fun holiday of the Jewish birthday for the trees, I visited the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, where the Jewish Cultural Society hosted a family-friendly event for the occasion.
One of the booths at the event had DIY parley planters.  Mine finally sprouted today! Hopefully they can replace the larger plant that I seem to have neglected…
Thanks to all those who shared in Tu B’Shvat seder I co-hosted! Since the meal revolves around various types of fruit and wines, I was reminded that these holidays are much more fun to celebrate in a Mediterranean climate. We did our best to represent Michigan with some dried cherries and frozen strawberries & blueberries, but please forgive our carbon footprint for the imported citrus, pomegranates, nuts, and bananas.

Parsley!

Just before Tu B’Shvat last weekend, an obscure but fun holiday of the Jewish birthday for the trees, I visited the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, where the Jewish Cultural Society hosted a family-friendly event for the occasion.

One of the booths at the event had DIY parley planters.  Mine finally sprouted today! Hopefully they can replace the larger plant that I seem to have neglected…

Thanks to all those who shared in Tu B’Shvat seder I co-hosted! Since the meal revolves around various types of fruit and wines, I was reminded that these holidays are much more fun to celebrate in a Mediterranean climate. We did our best to represent Michigan with some dried cherries and frozen strawberries & blueberries, but please forgive our carbon footprint for the imported citrus, pomegranates, nuts, and bananas.

14 2 / 2012

Win a Valentine from Common Cycle!  Send a love poem for your bike to info@getdowntown.org to win one of these snazzy, homemade spoke cards.
Or, you can be one of the lucky people to have a card delivered straight to you, if your bike is in just the right spot today. I could be tucking one in your spokes soon…. (I didn’t mean for that to sound dirty.)

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s some advice if you’re looking for a green idea for your sweetie.

Win a Valentine from Common Cycle!  Send a love poem for your bike to info@getdowntown.org to win one of these snazzy, homemade spoke cards.

Or, you can be one of the lucky people to have a card delivered straight to you, if your bike is in just the right spot today. I could be tucking one in your spokes soon…. (I didn’t mean for that to sound dirty.)

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s some advice if you’re looking for a green idea for your sweetie.

24 12 / 2011

Our guests were quite industrious at our holiday party last weekend. I inherited ~30 lbs of (mostly stale) brightly-coloured candy from the previous gingerbread decorating extravaganza I attended. I wanted to dwindle that down as much as possible, so I brought out the goods at our place.

My first attempt at royal icing and gingerbread turned out rather successfully. (Pieces stayed together, and no one died of salmonella.) Emerging from the pile of sugar included a structurally sound and detailed house by the carpenters, and some really creepy gingerpeople by the artists in the croud.

I don’t think we made much of a dent in the candy pile, though, especially since we were also given a 3 lb bag of gummi bears (which I remember being delicious, but sadly are off-limits to me now since they contain gelatin).

The party gave us a chance to mix friend worlds, eat piles of food, and add brandy to whatever we were drinking. Thanks to everyone for coming!

23 12 / 2011

Finally, a white Christmas in Nova Scotia! And just yesterday, it was gross and wet and grey — more typical for a Maritime winter. Hopefully the snow lasts for tomorrow night, but the roads get cleared so I can visit friends and family…

Finally, a white Christmas in Nova Scotia! And just yesterday, it was gross and wet and grey — more typical for a Maritime winter. Hopefully the snow lasts for tomorrow night, but the roads get cleared so I can visit friends and family…

20 12 / 2011

Happy Hannukah!

Happy Hannukah!

12 12 / 2011

Christmas tree decorating is progressing slowly but surely. Since I’m used to holiday decorations coming from a box in the attic and not a store, I couldn’t get myself to buy more than a couple strings of LED lights. Plus, I expect that I’ll accumulate this stuff slowly, so I wanted to start small in a new place. 
For garland, I used the classic preschool paper chain approach, with a $3 piece of cool homemade-style paper, and leftover gold paper from this project. 
Only a few more days to finish before we host our holiday party!

Christmas tree decorating is progressing slowly but surely. Since I’m used to holiday decorations coming from a box in the attic and not a store, I couldn’t get myself to buy more than a couple strings of LED lights. Plus, I expect that I’ll accumulate this stuff slowly, so I wanted to start small in a new place. 

For garland, I used the classic preschool paper chain approach, with a $3 piece of cool homemade-style paper, and leftover gold paper from this project

Only a few more days to finish before we host our holiday party!

08 12 / 2011

Gingerboat!
Apologies that work seems to have gotten in the way of more important things like blog posting…  Here’s an update from last weekend.
I now have at least 30lbs of candy in my basement. This was gifted from a friend, who along with his wife, are avid gingerbread house builders and decorators. They hosted a handful of people to create their own, and since they were all students leaving in the spring, I got to keep the extra goodies to carry on the tradition next year. Or next weekend at our holiday party. The candy is already a few years old, so another season probably wouldn’t do it in.  
This quasi-schooner was what I came up with. Not quite visible here is the figurehead, which is a chocolate Santa, complete with Kisses for cleavage.  (I was going for something mermaid-esque.)

Gingerboat!

Apologies that work seems to have gotten in the way of more important things like blog posting…  Here’s an update from last weekend.

I now have at least 30lbs of candy in my basement. This was gifted from a friend, who along with his wife, are avid gingerbread house builders and decorators. They hosted a handful of people to create their own, and since they were all students leaving in the spring, I got to keep the extra goodies to carry on the tradition next year. Or next weekend at our holiday party. The candy is already a few years old, so another season probably wouldn’t do it in.  

This quasi-schooner was what I came up with. Not quite visible here is the figurehead, which is a chocolate Santa, complete with Kisses for cleavage.  (I was going for something mermaid-esque.)

02 12 / 2011

Shabbat candles with advent calendar. Perfectly normal to me.

Shabbat candles with advent calendar. Perfectly normal to me.