Category Archives: DIY

March
5 - 2010

Friday Wrap-Up: “I Confess” Edition

Tomorrow night, a great old band, English Beat, will play live in my hometown of Denver. I don’t think I’ll be there, but I’ve had this song in my head. Here’s a hint — the photo at right is about remedying a slip-up. I rent a shared office part-time. Usually, I bring my own coffee from home in the morning, in a nice stainless steel mug that my husband orphaned.

February
8 - 2010
February
7 - 2010
February
1 - 2010
January
22 - 2010
January
21 - 2010

Garden wrap-up: DIY potatoes (grow + cook), firestarters, pop-tarts and more

Let’s continue wrap-up this week! I don’t know about you, but everything is so gray and cold around here that I did a double take when I saw this tulip photo in my online album. Really? Those grow in MY garden? They will be back in just a few months? Whoo hoo!! So this selection of links is garden-themed. If you’re like our household (especially Mr. Cheap and Mlle. Cheap), the winter  weather has you poring over garden catalogs. Mlle. Cheap has requested a garden of her own this year (after all, she’ll be 9 years old!) and has lofty plans. Cardoons, anyone?

January
15 - 2010
January
8 - 2010

My DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

As you might know, a very famous coffee chain makes a popular fall and winter beverage called the pumpkin spice latte (let’s give them a little nickname … PSL for short). I admit that I’m among those who rush out each fall and suck down the spicy, sugary goodness. In fact, a conservative estimate would put my PSL spending this fall alone, starting as soon as it was launched in September, at $40 or more. Often, buying designer coffees is my main cash outlay, so I don’t really mind if I spend $4 or $5 a pop on them, but I do try to frequent independent coffee shops. Sadly, the PSL lures me in to the chain again and again, so that I forget what my favorite stores even look like — not to mention the calories and sugar (with nonfat milk, 260 calories and 48 GRAMS OF SUGAR!, and […]

January
6 - 2010
January
4 - 2010
January
2 - 2010

12 Days of Christmas: Candied Orange Peel

This year I’m celebrating the holidays with a “12 Days of Christmas” series on the abundances of our kitchen and garden. Share your experiences, too, and happy holidays! On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … 8 oranges’ peels, candied 7 dozen pounds of pork … and fat to render 6 farm-fresh eggs, 5 daikon pickled for banh mi, 4-some gallons of beer, 3 quarts of applesauce, 2 half-gallons of sauerkraut, and 1 quart of yogurt, homemade.

December
30 - 2009
December
29 - 2009
December
28 - 2009
December
27 - 2009
December
26 - 2009
December
4 - 2009
November
16 - 2009
November
12 - 2009

Welcome KUSA-TV Viewers – The Food Stamp Challenge

This afternoon and evening, I’ve gained my 15 minutes of fame with Denver’s Channel 9 television. My daughter and I participated in a local reporter’s story about shopping healthy — and on a budget — in these tough economic times. You can find the story and video at KUSA-TV’s Web site here. If you’ve found my blog from that story, welcome! You might be interested in a few previous posts that I mentioned in my full interview with Channel 9.

November
11 - 2009