"A Jack of All Trades is a Master of None, but oftentimes better than a Master of One."

Brightening Up a Cold Day

I’m going to brag a moment on this cold winter day. Chris is so great to surprise me at times. In the past, every few years I’d get a random delivery at work. This year, he did not disappoint with sending my favorite flowers on a blustery cold day. He knows I don’t like wasting money on such things, but he always tells me he got a good sale. Continue reading…

Slow Cooking for a Slow Winter

My desire to cook has finally returned. It took me well over a year to feel that desire again to meal plan and cook (it’s been a stressful year of food changes), but alas, it has returned and thank goodness not a moment too late.

The past two weeks I have spent a good portion of time using my slow cooker to accomplish new meals and make life easier as we continue on our somewhat busy schedules both working two jobs and taking care of the kiddos. We did pick up a smaller slow cooker, but I am not pleased with how hot it gets as opposed to my 10+ year older version. Split pea soup was boiling! Agast!

So, I may use that more for chicken dishes or ones where I know the recipe process better than making something entirely new in it. If anything, I’ll cook more on low for longer (it only has a few button options) or add more water to any recipe to make sure nothing overcooks by drying out. Continue reading…

AeroGarden Hydroponics: One Year Later

I purchased my AeroGardens almost a full year ago, and now it’s time to reflect on that purchase and what I’ve learned through hydroponics and the seasons. Plus, I have some tips for making your herbs last longer than their 6-month expected lifespan.

When I purchased these Harvest models, I had no idea what was involved in hydroponics, nor what that even meant. My hope was to grow herbs and some vegetables indoors so I could enjoy them throughout the year, outside of the standard growing season in NJ. What I got was a good lesson on growing, lighting, temperatures, water conditions, and nutrients. Overall, it was a relatively easy process and one I highly suggest if you have a brown thumb (as I used to have).

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Maplewoodshop: Learning to Use Hand Tools in Woodworking

On Friday, I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to learn how to use hand tools in woodworking through my school district as we look to integrate innovation labs and maker areas across disciplines. When woodworking came up as an option, I jumped at the chance knowing that these skills would be great to learn in my pursuit of lifelong learning and great to share with students in my library.

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