Making room for a new fridge

The refrigerator that came with our house was, for a long time a detriment to our way of life. There was a weird condensation leak that I needed to put a dish under, the freezer was on top and it was tiny. Last June 13 (2015), we pulled the trigger on prepping the kitchen for a new refrigerator. When the house was built in 1956, I’m sure the tiny refrigerator was sufficient. W...
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Homegrown squash, now what?

This summer, we grew gourds for the first time! We went with Baby Butternut, Jack O' Lantern Pumpkins and Cucumbers. The cucumbers were prolific and we had lots of fun with them (Spicy IPA Pickles). The Pumpkins were a bit harder. They got a bad case of Powdery Mildew, we did however get 2 or 3 pretty nice ones. Now, the Baby Butternut... it was wonderful. Or is! We should stil...
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How I keep on top of the cleaning around here.

Last year, we moved an hour north from beautiful Bernal Heights in San Francisco. We went from a fantastic one bedroom, first floor flat with a great backyard in a perfect neighborhood. The apartment was about 600 square feet. I was able to take all of the laundry to the laundry mat (I don't miss that), clean the house top to bottom and do the grocery shopping all in one da...
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Building simple raised planter beds

Once we got everything going in the large planter beds, we realized quickly that we were going to need more space for vining things. The cucumbers, squash, pumpkins and the like were all going to need way more space. Since we built the initial beds with a good amount of space in between, we were able to add the lower beds right in between. They are a more simple design and buil...
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Keepin’ it real about Pinterest worthy outdoor spaces!

You've seen these perfectly staged outdoor spaces on Pinterest. You Pin them and drool and dream. The funny thing is, what none of those pictures show, is that you have to WORK to maintain that perfection. At the very least, teak furniture needs to be oiled twice a year and should be vacuumed and wiped down every season. The photo to the left shows what happens to teak if left ...
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Building Our Chicken Coop

In 2007 we would daydream about owning an island with a double shower. We thought we wanted to lay around on a beach all day. Over the years, we have realized that we like to work. We like to build, maintain and improve the things around us and to then share our spaces with great friends and family. (Not that a week or two on the beach doing nothing sounds terrible...) Cultivat...
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Building the road- Fruit Tree Alley

When we bought our property in February 2014, we almost immediately started planting our Fruit Tree Alley. The plan was to build a road the length of the backyard in between the trees. This would (eventually) allow for easy access to the chicken coop and to the planter beds (the planter beds are featured briefly in this post). The road will also serve as extra parking or space ...
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Breakfast smoothies in the Vitamix

A few months ago we went one step further into our juicing. In addition to our Breville juicer we added a VitaMix to our collection. A few times a week I will juice oranges, carrots and apples and keep it in a vacuum sealed container. I usually make enough for two days worth of smoothies. The VitaMix is an incredible machine, but to get the best use out of it, the ing...
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