Jennifer Richardson

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That looks like them, Greg! Thanks for the heads up on the lower prices.
4 hours ago
We would like to have a sewing machine for the Lab.

I have never done machine sewing, only hand sewing, so I know nothing about sewing machines.

Projects we would like it to be able to handle include window quilts, which involve wool thread and fabric and ~5-inch-thick wool batting (see pictures below). It would be great if it could handle the quilting, too.

Also we would eventually like to be able to upholster couches and chairs, make mattresses to stuff with natural materials, make quilts/duvets, etc.

Also we would like it to handle clothing repairs (including insulated coveralls, canvas jackets, etc. as well as lighter things like tee shirts).

Is there such a sewing machine? Preferably one that isn’t astronomically expensive? Repairability is also a plus.

4 hours ago
These Lodge cast iron pans are the ones I used to have at home, and liked, if people are interested.
4 hours ago
Here is a video of Josiah explaining the quick sourdough sandwich bread method he has been using to make bread for all of us lately, which I mentioned when requesting the bread pans:

7 hours ago
Here is a video of Josiah explaining the quick sourdough sandwich bread method he has been using to make bread for all of us lately:

(BRK Day 79)
7 hours ago
I made “golden coconut rice” today, which is something I just made up.

I had some spices (ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, dates) left over from making golden milk earlier today, so I decided to reuse them in a decoction (simmered about 30 min) of the remaining coconut milk topped off with water as the rice cooking liquid.

I added salt, extra black pepper, and about a teaspoon of turmeric to the cooking liquid for flavor and to make it a pretty golden color.
1 day ago
With all of us sick, I have been making some recipes from this free herbal medicine mini-course lately:

Today I made golden milk (picture and recipe below).

I really want to take her full herbal medicine making course:

But my bank account is below the threshold I try to maintain, so I am being good and restraining myself from buying the course for now.

However, I thought I would share for anyone who’s interested. The full course is normally $350 (ouch!) but I have a 50% off coupon that’s good for until April 10th, making it only $175. The code is HEALTHYATHOME for anyone who would like to use it, and it’s not limited to one-time use, so feel free.

(BRK Day 78)

The cast iron does take a bit longer to heat up, but in my book that’s a good thing—the extra thermal mass of the thick pan holds heat, which means your bread cooks evenly and forms a nice crust all over, and things don’t stick as easily to the heated pan.

I have definitely preferred cast iron to the tin pans I’ve used in the past, but if we come across some really cheap I might pick them up. We avoid aluminum cookware for toxicity reasons—does anyone know if tin has similar issues? Thanks!

It has definitely been a little stressful to be down right as we are beginning spring planting, with lots of fencing projects that need to be completed, etc., but mostly we have just been working to the best of our capacity and being gentle on ourselves. We have been getting some design and planning work done, and I have been working on indoor projects like the window quilts since being outside much gives me a chill and hurts my lungs. Orin has been a champ about carrying the workload as the only healthy person, and Josiah has been doing a lot of heavier work (like fencing) despite being sick. Hopefully things will start gaining forward velocity this next week!