Mostly Handmade Holiday

September 22, 2011

I was happy to see that I’m not the only one preparing for a handmade holiday season before the first day of fall has even landed. Things are very tight this year so most my crafts have to pack a punch and be very inexpensive. I’m very into repurposing fabrics for projects or giving an old item a facelift. I looked through my photo library to see if I had any old projects or ideas to share. Maybe one of these will spark an idea for someone else.

I sew a lot. I have lots of fabric gift ideas, unfortunately most my photos are on my old computer. Luckily, I found a few. None of these are super new ideas but the result will be unique depending on your choices.

Bags are always fun gifts. Simple shapes are easy to knock out and the fabric choices are endless.

This Obi apron comes from a free pattern on Burda Style. I used a mustard linen like material and it’s super cute.

Maybe you can make a pair of custom café curtains for someone. This is a really personal gift and best suited for someone who you really know. You’ll have to measure their window and make refinements as you go.  These curtains were a hit in my old house and I’ve had lots of requests for them!

If you patchwork a bunch of fabric together for curtains and have leftovers, you can use it to make smaller items like pillows. This particular pillow was not sewn together great but you get the idea.

Market bags are always a nice gift. Especially if you live in a city like Santa Monica, Ca that has a plastic shopping bag ban! The styles and fabric choices are endless. Just make sure that they are pretty sturdy. This bag is made out of oilcloth, eyelets and interfaced cotton straps. Repurposed fabrics make great market bags. Think t-shirts, vinyl banners, nylon, and old dresses and skirts.

I love making fabric covered buttons. If you’re like me and have a ton of fabric scraps, this is a great project. You do have to buy the button cover tool and the buttons you can cover. You can get these at Joann’s.  I like to pick 3-5 buttons that compliment each other and attach them to a handmade card. These are great for crafters and non-crafters.

Using embroidery hoops as fabric frames is always nice. I like this giant hoop. You can print a fun saying from a hip poster or embroider it. I would add a wire across the back, like you would on a big picture frame, to hang it straight. You could also print on photo transfer paper for fabric and layer an image or words that way. Make sure if you use words to flip them before you print them or they will transfer backwards. I used foam stamps and fabric paint.

Never underestimate thrift store finds! I’ve found some awesome kitschy art work for just a few dollars. I look at everything through a spray paint lens. The ugliest things can become beautiful mantle worthy pieces with just a little primer and paint! Just make sure you gift these items to the proper personality.

Great framed embroidery thrift store finds! Love the orange frames!

Hard to see here but the wood framed stag etched on glass was a great cheap thrift find!

This white owl used to be a gaudy gold, green, yellow terror. A little primer and paint has transformed it into a cute piece that could grace any mantle. The pitcher/vase was also a thrift store find. Both would make cute presents.

Don’t be afraid to paint on canvas. The outcome may even surprise you! When I’m making a painting for someone else, I really try to see their personality in color. I start with color and I just begin to layer. I’m not a form based painter. I love the abstract and the process of building color, texture, and feeling through movement, experimentation  and emotion. Sometimes I write a special note, poem, or letter inside an envelope that I tuck into the back of the frame. Use a decent gallery canvas and don’t expect to finish in a day. Buy some painting knives, some painters tape and just play. I work on my paintings for weeks and sometimes years! If you get frustrated or disconnected from it just stop and come back to it later.

A painting for myself. Playing with color and texture and memories of sunny play days at the beach.

This painting was a gift for a good friend and represents her love for a complex city.

A painting in the works. Who knows if I'll ever finish it. It's already been about 2 years in the works. Sometimes inspiration just comes and goes.

The next best thing to handmade is buying handmade. Check listings for things like Unique LA and Renegade Craft Fair. We bought some great presents and Renegade Craft Fair a few months ago. One of my favorites is from a seller named Miles to Go. They print t-shirts, bags, etc based on books. The t-shirt pictured is the Stephen King book The Gunslinger. We recently gifted the book and the t-shirt to our nephew. It’s a fun way to get people to read books and support a great small business!

Our loot from the Renegade Craft Fair!

I hope some of these suggestions help or inspire some fun gifts for the holidays or anytime of year. I think gifts should be given all year and for no reason! Get those hands working on a project!

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the flat: part one

August 18, 2011

We’ve taken a lot of care with this move to make sure that our new space wasn’t filled with IKEA furniture.  It’s not that we don’t appreciate IKEA, It’s just that we practically lived next door to it for three years. It’s a blessing and a curse. It’s great for when your just moving in and need some staples like hangers, curtains, etc. It’s horrible for breeding furniture in your house. I swear I would go to bed and wake up in the morning and the cabinet would breed with the bookshelf and a new hybrid cabinet bookshelf would be in the room. It happened in every room.  Soon after the finishes on the furniture would start to bubble or peel. We would swear to ourselves that we would just save up and get the piece of furniture we really wanted instead of constantly disposing of stuff we bought on a whim. Our old 550 sq foot apartment was jam-packed with horrible mismatched storage solutions. Our house was only made up of a series of walking paths between storage solutions.

When we finally decided to commit and move, we also decided not to bring any of the IKEA with us. We would’ve loved to keep our old sectional but it didn’t fit. Well, the bookshelf that houses all our records also came with us. We got rid of everything! We sold it all with the promise of investing in more non-disposable furniture.  I was so surprised at how easily we just let go of stuff.  It was a nice cleansing process. The cherry on top was that we made some decent cash! We scrimped and saved and purchased items thoughtfully. We were also very patient. With our diligence and our creativity we’ve begun the process of creating an ever-changing space that feels cheerful, creative, and more mindful. Our dining room and living room are pretty much done but will always be tinkered with.

For now, here are some before and after photos of the living and dining rooms. Maybe it will inspire some makeovers somewhere else out in internetland…maybe it won’t but we had lots of fun putting it all together!

In the dining room we put up floating picture ledges to create a wall of impermanent art. If there is one thing we’ve discovered about ourselves, it’s that we change things around a lot. Art is always being moved around. The walls in our last apartment can vouch for that! these shelves give us the opportunity to create multiple new installations. We don’t have much for it yet but now we can keep collecting more prints and interesting pieces without having to think about where to place them!

Before: Our old empty dining room. The rug is actually from IKEA and i love it!

After: Picture ledges on one side for revolving art, Modernica chair that moves around the house, and new curtains and rods.

DIY chalkboard project! This measures about 4 ft X 5 ft. It's pretty fun!

peter drew this moth. Still needs legs but looks so awesome!

We move the table under the chalkboard to create a roomier workspace. When we need to entertain or just want a more formal sitting area we bring it back to the middle.

To make this chalkboard, we simply had hard board (found in the paneling section) cut into our desired dimensions at Lowe’s. We created another chalkboard for the kitchen with the extra piece. It was about $6-$10 bucks. It comes in 4 ft X 8 ft pieces. Make sure you have a car that fits your cut pieces! Then we just painted it with chalkboard paint.  We did two coats over two days. Then we let it sit for four days. Then we primed it with the side of a piece of chalk. If you don’t do this the first thing you write or draw will be there forever. We bought chalk and an eraser at Michael’s. We hung this directly into the wall with 6 screws. We plan on adding some molding to the bottom to create a chalk rail. If you have carpet you’ll should be mindful that chalk creates a lot of dust that travels to the floor. until we create a rail, we’re just using white chalk.

My dad made the table and benches for me close to 9 or 10 years ago! I love this table.

In the living room we built our own love seat at The Sofa Company. This style is the Rupert. We had them add buttons on the pillows to make it look more mid-century. The bookshelf, rug, desk, curtains and curtain rods are all from West Elm.  The mini wing-back chair was from the clearance store that H.D. Buttercup used to have in Culver City.

Before: From the dining room in to the living room.

Before: View out of the front window.

After: Here she is all dressed up!

This image is from before we had our rug but it shows the style of the love seat a bit better.

After: We dressed up the patio a bit!

After: Our cool Olly Moss print from Peter's work!

We moved one of the benches out of the dining room to create more space.  We’re using it as a temporary coffee table. I think we need to sell more of our stuff off before we can buy one anytime soon! this works for now. I’m all about repurposing furniture before buying it.

The next rooms on the agenda are the bedroom and the guest room!

                  

it’s been hot. very hot. when it’s hot i crave gazpacho from Le Pain Quotidien  (pictured above).  i owe this great this great discovery to my good friend amie who always knows where to find delicious gourmet foods. in a moment of synchrony a few years ago, we ran into each other at farmer’s market in santa monica.  i was walking around with my mother-in-law pauline and amie wanted to grab some lunch, so we tagged along. as always, she had the perfect suggestion for the moment. this is when i met the gazpacho i have grown to love so much. the reasons for the love are plentiful. something about the smooth texture of the purée with all the flavor notes just sings. the mango also sweetens the bowl and cuts some of the garlic and tomato acidity. the cucumber is delightful. the avocado, if you choose to add it is a great final touch. it’s also served with two types of rustic bread and butter. this cold soup paired with a mint iced tea on a hot day is difficult to top. it’s always consistently good. i personally can’t afford gazpacho everyday in the summer. peter and i went on a mission to recreate it as best we could this last weekend. we looked up some recipes but they were all chunky and had weird additions. we wanted it to be super fresh. we had some non-negotiable elements we wanted to make sure to include in the recipe. the soup  texture was very important. no onions because peter hates them. i wanted to make sure that we had mango and cucumber sliced into the purée for texture variation. i think we knocked it out of the park. it was so delicious. if you  have leftovers, it’s even better the next day. it seems that many people on the internet are searching for how to make this. hope this helps!

this is what we came up with. it’s a blend of a few random recipes on the internet and whatever we could remember  from the Le Pain Quotidien. for us, the most important part was the two different textures. smooth soup with some  sliced cucumber, mango slices, radish slices, and avocado  slices. nothing about this recipe is static! feel free to play around with it! it’s an easy one to riff on. it’s really healthy too. enjoy!

 

Gazpacho 

makes about 5 small-medium bowls

Ingredients:

10 on the vine tomatoes

2 japanese cucumbers or 1 regular cucumber

1 yellow, red or orange bell pepper

1 large jalapeño

1 mango

2 large cloves garlic

2 large radishes

1 lemon

1 handful of flat leaf italian parsley

1 handful of cilantro

1 handful of basil

*1 avocado

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp white grape balsamic vinegar or substitute with red wine vinegar

sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

Dice and salt the tomatoes. Drain and reserve liquid.

In a food processor, finely dice/mix (almost purée) 1 cucumber, bell pepper, jalapeño, 1 radish, ½ a mango, parsley, cilantro, basil, garlic and  tomatoes.

You’re going to blend this mixture next.  I just find it easier to blend if it’s all been diced.

In a blender add the the ingredients you just diced, oil, vinegar, and  the juice of half a lemon. Puree.

Add the reserved liquid from the tomatoes as needed to reach the desired consistency. You may want to transfer to a large bowl and use a hand blender at this point.

Julienne the remaining cucumber (cut ½ inch in length), slice or dice the remaining mango and thinly slice the second radish. Add to soup and chill in fridge.  It’s ready to serve when it’s nice and cold.

*Optional: Add sliced avocado before serving.

Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with a lemon wedge.  Serve with crusty gourmet bread.

rediscovery

July 20, 2011

moving has been great for peter and myself. we’ve gotten out of the house more, recommitted to our creative paths, taken on new challenges, reconnected with friends, and really found a space to breathe. our old apartment was so small and our furniture so big that it just weighed us down.  there was no room to do anything, especially for people with as many hobbies as hipsters have clever t-shirts. it just felt like our creative and social animals were dying!

this summer has been pretty lovely so far. we’ve been out and about!

there are some simple pleasures in los angeles! often, longtime residents like myself become jaded by the plasticity of the energy that seeps out of every crevice of this city. it’s hard to find substance in a city that asks you to wear a mask all the time and where everyone wants to put on a mask.  we forget that we have a beautiful coastline and mountains nestled into that coastline. we have amazing music venues like the hollywood bowl and little neighborhoods that offer you something outside of your hood. there are so many great restaurants and gastropubs popping up that are serving fun food for decent prices.  our farmers markets are awesome and the bbq weather has been perfect! every weekend there is some sort of festival promoting food, art, music, craft, or all the above.  when i transferred some photos to my computer this morning i was looking at all these great moments.

our culture has trained us to move on. i just did all these activities recently, and already the pace of the city has made me forget the moments. i guess the lesson always lies in gratitude and remembering that creative and positive moments are sleeping all around us, we just have awaken and feed those moments!

go out and rediscover your city or just try to appreciate it! not everything is plastic here. most things but everything!

 

summer days phase 1:

hollywood bowl

 

bbqing at our friend chaz’s house

    

renegade craft fair (los angeles historical park)

playa del rey (my old stomping grounds)

the tripel (awesome post beach beers in playa del rey)

free subway rides (personally i loved carmeggedon!)

chinatown

olvera street

union station

staring out my new window

so excited for phase 2 because it involves camping in big sur!

we made a delicious pizza for our fancy friday meal in our new kitchen. we started fancy fridays in our last apartment to have a nice sit down meal with a friend or two. sometimes it’s just us. it’s a great way to decompress and catch up with friends or each other. we had a long hiatus from fancy fridays because we didn’t have a dinner table at our old apartment.  we’re bringing it back since we have the perfect space for it now! i think everyone should have fancy friday at home. reconnect with your friends, your partner or family over a nice fun meal!

this weeks meal was the mini-zucchini pizza with a lemon basil pesto.

the flavors are amazing! i made this up on the fly while i was at trader joe’s picking up some wine. i was craving summer flavors and pizza. try this one at home! here’s the rough draft of my recipe!

baby zucchini –lemon basil pesto summer night pizza

ingredients:

dough

garlic & herb pizza dough from trader joe’s, in the refrigerated section. i’m sure you could use any type of pizza dough. for the trader joe’s dough, take it out of the fridge and let it sit for  about 20 min. after letting dough rest, sprinkle area where you’re going to roll out dough with masa harina or flour.  roll into desired shape, i prefer rectangle.

lemon basil pesto:

fresh basil,  start with 1 cup to 1.5 cups of basil leaves

1/2  of a lemon

olive oil, i  start with about a ¼ cup.

a handful of marcona almonds ( the salted skin-on ones from trader joe’s work great!) you can use regular almonds too or walnuts or pine nuts…any nut you like.

1 large clove of garlic or 2-3 small ones, crushed

about a cup of “quattro  formaggio” cheese from trader joe’s.  you can sub parmesan or another cheese blend.  the quattro formaggio blend is asiago, parmesan, fontina, and mild provolone cheeses.

a little salt is optional. this is not a science. taste as you go…add more or less. this pesto would also be great tossed on a pasta!

directions:

i use a little kitchen aid chef’s chopper.

chop the basil in your mini processor.

add your olive oil (start slow…less is better than more and you can always add more). blend/chop again.

squeeze half a lemon into mixture. blend/chop again.

add almonds.blend/chop again.

add garlic.blend/chop again.

add cheese. blend/chop again.

taste and if it’s awesome, set aside. if not start adding more of the flavors you like.

i blend and chop often to make sure everything is the right consistency.

this way i know what ingredients to add more of.

toppings:

a bag of baby zucchini from trader joe’s. (or any type of zucchini available to you) sliced into thins. i use the side of a cheese grater that lets you cut slices. you could use a mandolin or cut by hand.

goat cheese crumbles (for sprinkling)

pink himalayan salt (or sea salt) optional

quattro formaggio blend or your choice of cheese (you decide how cheesy you want it. keep in mind there is also cheese in the pesto!)

olive oil with red pepper flakes soaking in it. (enough for drizzling or brushing pizza)

assemble:

spread the pesto on the pizza dough.

top with desired amount of cheese.

layout zucchini  in desired formation.

sprinkle with goat cheese crumbles.

bake according to directions on pizza dough.  it said 8-10 min.  i did about 15-18 min at 450 deg until goat cheese crumbles browned.

sprinkle with pink himalayan salt and drizzle or brush with  red pepper flake infused olive oil.

crack open some wine with friends and eat!

ebb and flow

May 4, 2010

“Unlike humans, wolves do not deem the ups and downs of life, energy, power, food, opportunity as startling or punitive. The peaks and valleys just are, and wolves ride them as efficiently, as fluidly, as possible. The instinctual nature has the miraculous ability to live through all positive boon, all negative consequence, and still maintain relationship to self, to other.”   –women who run with the wolves,  by clarissa pinkola estes, phd


love. it confuses people. it confuses both those who are falling deep into it and those watching it happen from a distance. sooner or later those who are lost in the boon of love are challenged by others to reframe or reshape that love into something that suits them better. the quote above reminds me that, for humans, to ebb and flow is life. my heart hurt a little recently. i felt like little bruises were left on my heart. in processing my experience i cried a little, i ran a little, i wrote a little and i remembered who i am a little. the bruises began to shrink and my breath returned to me.

i spend a lot of time alone. i love to write, express, ponder and curate my emotions. as i get older, more time is spent here, in this  contemplative world. i found some pictures i took a few weeks back. i was driving home from my grandmother’s house when i noticed we were between rainstorms and the wind was picking up. i was right by the beach knew i had to stop. these photos speak to me in ways i can’t communicate in words. it is moments like these that heal the unintended bruises that life presses onto your heart.

optimal enchantment

April 25, 2010

it’s been a tough week. i’ve been living in this very emotional and stagnant place for too long. this past weekend i hit the wall with my thoughts. we really can become prisoners of our own minds. the cycle of repetitive thoughts, thinking about tomorrow instead of today and projecting fears onto ourselves. worst of all, this stagnant crust begins to grow and it  paralyzes us from being positive. i knew what i had to do. i had to seek optimal enchantment.

optimal enchantment can be found in a room on the second floor of a building on santa monica blvd in santa monica. i call it optimal enchantment because of the sign that says that inside of the building. i think that is what it says. regardless, it is what i wanted it to say in that moment. the real name of this place is santa monica power yoga. about ten years ago i stepped foot into this space nervously. what the hell was my friend making me do?

smpy has a lot of lovers and a lot of haters. people love it or hate it. for me, brian kest changed my life. he was my first yoga teacher. smpy is his donation based studio. when i started there, they had one location. a weird room upstairs that always had a crazy line around the corner for yoga. it’s a smelly room with no frills. its kinda what i love about it. some people don’t like the crowded room but i feed off it. the energy of people coming together to level out. there is nothing like it. some people don’t like his teaching style because it’s so physical. i argue what starts out as physical seamlessly evolves into a mind and body practice.

when i first started doing yoga, i was in a job i hated and had a lot of personal anger towards the world. i’m the shy and quiet type but my anger had just kept growing over the years. it was this cycle of anger and anxiety that found me in my first downward dog. when i first entered into my practice i wasn’t sure what was going on and didn’t totally know how to listen to my body. all i knew was that i was working some shit out. i noticed that i was calmer at work and my body didn’t hurt when i was on my feet all day. i actually even took up running for a while because i learned how to breathe.

i was lucky, my back corner spot was open. it was like no time had passed. my heart instantly began to feel full and we hadn’t even started class yet. it was a nice reminder that making the extra effort to level out and find balance is always worth it. i wasn’t even upset that brian wasn’t there to teach. travis took his place and i welcomed it. it was hard to remember to listen to my body until i tried to lift one leg in the air and realized i had a muscle pain in my leg. the kind that could rip if not listened to. this was a reminder of how important it is to move our bodies daily. that emotional and stagnant feeling builds up in our muscles when we stop caring for our bodies.

i stand on my feet all day on concrete floors, half hunched over teaching children or cleaning up their art messes. my muscles begin to forget that they need opening up. that crusty layer of ick began to peel itself off as soon as i entered into my first child’s pose. it was amazing. i left class and i felt like i reset my mind. i felt like i connected with that moment after my very first class,10 years ago, when i emerged from this room and everything was crisp. leaves on every tree were vivid and alive. i felt open and ready to heal. next time i feel like fear, anxiety and my own thoughts are cocooning  around me, i will remember to seek optimal enchantment in that special little hidden stinky room above the radio shack on santa monica blvd. namaste.

its always a constant challenge to find new and innovative gluten-free and vegetarian meals. one of my favorite tacos is from hugo’s tacos in studio city. they have a string bean, corn and zucchini taco that is pretty delicious. they messed up our order once and gave us a mystery salsa. my guess is that it was either the salsa habanero or the honey chipotle. it was a happy accident because it was delicious. i’m not sure if their corn tortillas are gluten-free.

i wanted to recreate my own version of these tacos. the hugo’s version is a hard shell taco. i was feeling lazy so i went with soft shell. trader joe’s sell gluten-free blue corn tortillas that we use for everything mexican inspired. trader joe’s is a great resource for gluten-free items. they have a gluten-free list on their website.

i started with boiling the green beans for a few minutes. i  also prepped the roasted corn from tj’s frozen section. i just used a little bit. i drained the green beans and then sautéed them with lots of shredded zucchini with a little olive oil. next, i added the corn. i spiced it all up with cayenne, cumin , salt and pepper. i also squeezed half a lime over the mixture. we used some leftover refried black beans but i would eliminate this next time. too mushy.  i would possibly replace with a little regular black beans in the sauté.

as i said earlier, i made these soft. i would fry up the shells next time and make hard taco shells.start by placing veggie mixture inside taco shell. add a layer of queso dip and a little habanero salsa. (trader joe’s also sells a gluten-free queso dip in a jar.) a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro and you have a delicious vegetarian and gluten-free taco!

many improvements can be made on this recipe. you can also make a delicious tostada with this same recipe. i would also add sliced avocado next time.

diy kayak!

April 11, 2010

i have always been one to tinker around with stuff. i enjoy learning how to make things myself, even when it would be cheaper to go out and buy the item i’m interested in making. i owe a great part of this need to tinker and create to my dad. we create things in very different ways. he is a former engineer and math is not my strong suit. immediately, it’s easy to see where our creative paths split. i’m the sociologist who is very into the process of art. he is the engineer who likes to create large scale math based wood working projects.

so he is making this wooden kayak in his garage. i wish i had been smart enough to take photos from the earlier stages of construction. i wasn’t, so what i do have photos of are closer to the end stages. he got some instructions off the internet and tweaked them a bit and this is where we are at. it is beautiful. the differing woods and the designs are really coming out as he begins to add coats of shiny liquids. i don’t know what they are to be honest. next i think he has to fiberglass it or something close to that to make it water ready.

we don’t know if it will float. that is part of the great experiment too. as my mom says…if anything it will be a very unique planter in the garden. it’s exciting to watch. the amount of patience it has taken him to plan out, problem solve and create is so far beyond anything i have patience for! pictures of the water launch to follow once it’s water ready!


cultivating patience

April 2, 2010

it’s  that time of year in southern california when the weather seems unseasonable compared to other parts of the country. early spring hikes, premature wearing of flip-flops and our first pair of shorts find their way into our wardrobe rotation. its invigorating and exciting to watch our natural world wake up. leaves unfurl themselves, pesky bugs begin snooping around my plants and the farmer’s markets begin to fill with tantalizing fruits and veggies.

last year we began growing our own fruits and veggies in our garden. many were a success and some went to that farm upstate where bad plants go to live out the sad end of their lives. this year we are trying again to be our own farmers. allow me to preface this by saying that we’re growing all our veggies and fruits in containers. we have a small yard and no room to plant in ground, so we’re going the container route.

peter has started many seeds inside the house, while we already have some larger plants growing outside. the picture above shows his sprouting seeds from hatch, new mexico. peter grew up in el paso ,tx  and often drove through the chile fields in hatch and has quite fond memories of fresh delicious sun-kissed hatch chilies. that being said, we were sadly informed that hatch chiles can only be called hatch chiles if the are grown in hatch, new mexico. so we are calling them our hatch inspired chiles! they are doing great so far, probably because I’ve had nothing to do with them!

we’re also working on sprouting some carrots, peas and radishes. outside we’ve planted swiss chard, eggplants, strawberries, jalapeños and grapes. many people may say “why bother?” i say, because it feels so good! i love being connected to my food. whether we get to harvest all these plants or not, we get to watch them evolve and learn about the process of growing food.  one day when we have a larger garden it will be so rewarding to be able to plant rows or chard, lettuce and chiles and perhaps know what we’re doing. these are all test rounds. farmers aren’t great farmers overnight.

the other aspect of growing your own food that is nice is the meditative process of cultivating patience. peter has taught me that, by tending to his baby seeds everyday. it is amazing to watch another person connect to the process the way he has. patience is everything with gardening. perhaps that’s why i’m not the most talented gardener!

if all goes well, we plan on having a nice harvest party at the end of the year. we’re vegetarians and also live a gluten-free lifestyle. this makes it so hard to join dinner parties or even accept an invitation anymore. i think people feel that we’re a pain in the ass. this is true. we’re a pain in the ass. we can’t eat a lot of things! hopefully our harvest bbq will show that we can be social and eat at he same time. we also hope to showcase some delicious gluten-free and vegetarian foods complete with recipe book! it should be fun and enlightening experience for everyone!

lets hope our plants all make it to harvest!