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Foraging for wild BC Blackberries in Vancouver
Garden, Kitchen

What To Do with all the BC Blackberries

Next to my community garden is a lane that goes nowhere, a busy street, an empty field and a few houses. The last time I went to weed, I noticed a massive blackberry bramble along the hedges of the lane-to-nowhere – with the fruits just turning black. I have weird […]

Growing vegetables in the Pacific Northwest
Garden

Growing Veggies in the PNW: August Check-In

Some TLC. Some mistakes only a beginner would make. No pesticides. A few batches with insufficient watering. Some bugs and mice. Some square foot gardening gone awry. Here’s how everything is doing, three months in. Died: Broccoli Romanesco All of the regular broccolis save one (the caterpillars apparently found them […]

Kitchen

DIY Tortillas

Like all rational people, I love tacos. Perhaps unhealthily so. They’re the perfect food – easy, compact and flavourful. But, while my taco (filling) game was strong, I never bothered with the tortillas themselves. They were easy to come by in a small grocer near my house, so I always […]

Garden, Kitchen

All that remains (of a winter garden)

Alternate title: pick plants that don’t need much. When I get inspired to do something, I want to do it immediately. (Still learning patience in my 3rd decade.) So when I decided I wanted to garden, I started gardening… in late October. From my post back then, the benefits were […]

Life

Taking Care of Things: Shoe Edition

I’m hard on my things. Not that I’m intentionally destructive, but I don’t give things the TLC they deserve. Dry Clean Only items hang out in the back of my closet for years. Hand Wash items are destined for a short life. And shoes, oh shoes. I did discover the […]

Splitting Wood
Forest, Life

How to split firewood

Chopping firewood is one of those things you assume you know how to do, until you’re out in the cold with an axe and realize you’re in all likelihood about to chop off your leg. Being rather attached to my leg, I turned to the two greatest sources of truth […]

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Desserts

On DIY at Christmas

Every Christmas, I decide I’m going to get crafty. Blinded by Pinterest and Facebook videos that condense 26 steps into 6, I’m sure that this will be the year that I make my own soap, create a beautiful artisanal wreath, and effortlessly put together centrepieces from empty wine bottles and […]

Safety First
Forest

8 Things I Learned While Getting my PAL

First up, PAL stands for Personal Arms License. It’s the first step to hunting, or the first step towards being legally armedΒ come the apocalypse. I figured it was a good thing to have for my Bad Girl DIY, even though the only reason hunting appeals is the prospect of hanging […]

Check your mushrooms
Forest, Kitchen

Forest to Fork

The whole point of learning to forage (and getting the supplementary reading material) was to be able to safely identify, harvest and eat wild edibles. We put that endeavour to the test when a recent hike on Mayne Island turned out to be a magical fairyland of mushrooms. While looking […]