Coconut Turmeric Chickpea Stew, aka our fave

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This stew is so good, we made a quadruple batch when camping with friends last summer, and it was all consumed. It’s yummy and filling and fragrant and pretty and it’s just the best ever! I got the recipe from the New York Times, but it’s often behind a paywall, plus I’ve changed some things up a bit to better …

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Pomona Pants, shorts version.

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I haven’t really been a shorts person in my adult life. Not sure why, but I will say that it’s hard sometimes, when you have a bit more junk in your trunk, to find cute shorts that fit well. I still (and will likely always) have that riding-up-in-the-center situation, but I think that has more to do with my thighs …

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A case for repetition…

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There are some makers who only want to make something once. They make something, they move on. I totally respect that, but that is not me, not at all. If there is something I like, I want to make it a bazillion times. I want to become so intimately familiar with it that I don’t have to consult the instructions …

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How many is too many Hinterlands? I’ll let you know…

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I’ve been thinking a lot about making. My making and what it does for me. Because, really, kind of above and alongside everything else, I am a maker. There’s not much that feeds my soul more than creating, be it through knitting, sewing, baking, cooking, or creating body care or cleaning products. My satisfaction and sense of calm comes from …

Super Yum: Vegan Lentil Soup

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This soup is sooooo good. Like, sooooooo good. Like almost everything I make, this is more a guideline than an actual recipe, but I was asked for this, so here goes!   You need: olive or coconut oil garlic turmeric basil oregano bay leaf or two 1 small onion, whichever color you like, chopped a couple of carrots, cut up …

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Super Yum: Cauliflower Bake

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This is one of my family’s very favorite meals. It’s so good, in fact, that the first time Hazel had it, she asked if we could have it every day. I made a vegan version for our cousin and she wolfed an entire pan of it down and then started making it for herself. A friend shared the recipe with …

More pants!

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With all of this talking about collaboration, I cannot ignore the obsessive component of my partnership/friendship/collaborative-inspirational-situation with my girl LJ. We both dive into things head-first, and often get super duper obsessed with things. There was the Pyrex-amassment-project of 2014-2015. The can’t-get-enough-pens-planners-and-stationary-supplies-enterprise of 2016-17. 2018 will go down in HerStory as the year of make-up. 2018 is also quickly becoming …

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Pants!!!

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Well, we are more than 3/4 of the way through the year, and I finally hit one of my beginning-of-year sewing goals: PANTS! On Tuesday, Lorajean and I made some Pants No. 1, in matching-ish fabric, because of course we did. No one who knows either of us, or has seen my forays into sock-obsession will be surprised to know …

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The Empowering Dress Society

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In one of those typical-of-our-age instances of rabbit-hole internet’ing, I stumbled across a reference to The Rational Dress Society, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind ever since… The society was a reaction to the absolutely not-practical dressing standards imposed on women of the time (the late 1800s in Britain). Their self-described purpose was this: …