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Wednesday is a world away

A world away in Israel people are making tiny homes. I found this posting of Joe in Israel and he wants to do what I want to do and that is to use my two hands to have a life in a community that is sustainable and less expensive than the world I am currently living in.   Oh and this site is wonderful Tiny House Swoon! I am going to be paying attention to this site for ideas and I will be sharing things that I think should be shared with the world.   Thanks for reading!


Kitchen Science!

How to Make Soy Yogurt
For all my Vegan, soy, and veggie friends but not limited to all my DIY friends or my crafty friends, or my crazy kitchen stuff is cool friends, oh and not to forget all of my friends that say “I will do it myself damn it”… also if you just think what a neat concept you people might enjoy it too!
Simpler and shorter than 12 step programs but they are important so pay attention to the times.
        Soy Milk
        Starter (plain soy yogurt)
        Yummy things after the yogurt is made to give it some more hooray in your mouth flavors.
The ‘Steps’ 
Step 1.
        Buy or make soymilk < Yeah you can totally make it yourself and it is simpler than you might         think.
Step 2.
        Heat the milk to 42°-45° C or 107.6°-113°F  Important!
Be sure that the temperature is correct.  Yogurt culture will only survive in a very narrow temperature.  Use a thermometer, I would normally say this is a tip but really don’t do this without a thermometer because I love ya and I don’t want you to hate yourself if you get this wrong.
Step 3.
        Add 4 tablespoons of the starter to the soy milk and mix well with a sterile spoon. Also by sterile I am not talking about running a spoon under the hot water and using a towel to dry it. Use soap and wash the damn thing because the cultures are sensitive and you want to be sure you get this right. 
Step 4.
        Put the yogurt into a yogurt maker.  Follow the directions for your brand of yogurt maker.  Yogurt makers will vary wildly in price but all do the same thing and have a timer but for those of use who don’t have one of these things here are some ideas on doing it without a separate device.  For the record I totally want a yogurt maker because kitchen gadgets are super fun!
*If you don’t have a yogurt maker, put the yogurt in the oven at 42°-45° C or 107.6°-113°F, for about 5-6 hours.  Also you can use a Heating pad by the way to do the same thing also you can if you have crock pot with programmable settings for temp and time that works too.
Step 5 or as I like to call step 1 part B.
        Yogurt will be runnier than dairy yogurt so you need to thicken and chill.
Add one level teaspoon of agar powder or 2 teaspoons or starch premixed with 50 ml of water to the soy milk when it begins to boil.
Alternatively, add one tablespoon of soy protein to soy milk before boiling it.
Okay people if you make this at home I want to hear about your science experiment with growing things in your food and then eating it.  This is why kitchen science is cool!

Simple Chemical Solutions


Don’t like chemical hair removal crap like Nair and not a fan of shaving or waxing?


Sorry I really hate the smell of Nair but I have used it and it irritated my skin and I have done waxing and it wasn’t fun and then shaving is tedious for me and does nothing for the health of my skin.  (Actually since I had my cancer treatment a few years back it left me with very sensitive skin so I don’t shave anymore.)   I was thinking of the simple chemicals that are used in homemade beauty products and did some searching for an option for hair removal.

  • Homemade Hair removal that isn’t terrible!
  • 1 tbsp of iodine 2%
  • 1 cup of baby oil.
  • Rub your hairy area with the mixture and let set for only 5 minutes.
  • Then gently wipe away with a damp cloth.
  • Viola!!!! NO MORE HAIR!

SO hooray for home use of science and that is really what DIY is homemade science solutions.   I have a book that is a collection of homemade simple items that make the cost of home lower.  

I’d love to build a home


Juice for thought


So I tried my Juicer today for the first time in a long time… and it was fun.

I made first carrot and apple juice and then I tried beet leaves and apples.    My favorite of the two?  The beetroot leaves and apple was the best by far.  I’ll post some pics later when I have some but I cleaned up and enjoy the drinks already.

Garden Dreams


Yup it’s the last week in January and all I can think about having a real garden to plant in this year.  We are going to have drought conditions in most places and strange wildfires in California and Oregon currently.  There are other things trying to distract me like the Syrian conflict, shootings in the U.S., the Winter Olympics but with all of the problems out there I just want to grow something.  

I was asking my friend about her gardening plans and she let me know about another friend who was looking to split some seeds and order through the same company.  She also said that another person was wanting to do a Start exchange.  So of course I went crazy and created a spreadsheet in about an hour and copied and pasted planting and seeds for the right month and dreaming up this great network.

After taking a few bits to the grinding stone with the input of some folks my spreadsheet was done.  I think my crazy was a bit too much but I am just so excited about having a garden this year and not just pots.  My hope is that I can just get a few things to grow and that I can harvest a 3rd of what I can put in the ground.  

Good luck everyone and never let anyone tamp down your excited feelings about gardening if you do it will never grow. 

How to Exercise Your Human


Apparently I need to get a Purrsonal trainer to get in shape. Thank goodness for cats and dogs everywhere helping us humans get healthy enough to take care of them.

Work work work


I seem to do as much work away from my job as I do when I am at home.  This a common story told but like is about working to make it work.  Anyway tomorrow I return to work after being off for my knee surgery to repair my torn meniscus.  Sadly I am up because my brain will not turn the toggle switch to off. So I’ve gotten back up and did some update to the pages on my blog and I hope you will check them out.  The plan is to keep improving my blog site here and I am planning on creating a recipe page for cool things I have tried or am planning on trying.  Other plans include a section page dedicated to fun projects I am working on like building a beehive and growing some fun stuff in my garden space.

I am going to try and get back to bed now that I have gotten some ideas out and on the page of my blog.  Thanks for putting up with my midnight musings.

Crafty easy fun


Super sexy right?



Well I found this great DYI on making your own and I think this would be great idea for some other clothing.



Lookie, lookie sexy.


Coming up roses



  1. Prepare 3 or 4 glasses of warm water with different food coloring. Make sure to use a lot of coloring, the stronger the better. 
  2. Use cream or white roses and split the bottom of the stem in 4 pieces, about 2 inches high. 
  3. Put each piece in a different color water and let sit for approximately 36 -48 hours.