Author Archives: Lana

New House!

It’s always been our dream to retire to the family orange ranch in Southern California, and we’ve finally achieved it! We decided to move about a month ago, and ever since, Lelly has been talking about “new house!” It helped that we took pictures of the house and we showed them to her, so she […]

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Vegan Sourdough Pancakes

I made a sourdough starter a few weeks ago, and so far I have made one loaf of bread that didn’t rise very high, some sourdough waffles, and some sourdough biscuits. I’ve kind of neglected it in the fridge, so I need to feed it a little more often this week and leave it out […]

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Stripey Monster (or: an adventure in re-doing my store, and then some)

Way back before Lelly was born, I knitted her a monster. When she was a newborn, she just sort of randomly reached out and touched it, but now as a toddler, she has tea parties with it and hugs it and makes it dance. The monster doesn’t have a name or a gender; I’ll let […]

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Pictures from Lelly’s first month!

Monday marked Lelly’s four-week birthday, and the time has gone by very quickly! She’s growing so fast. Please enjoy these photos I’ve taken over the past few weeks. I’m amused that this is the first chance I’ve had in a long time to get them uploaded, but that’s the way it is with a tiny […]

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She’s here!

My beautiful baby daughter is finally here! It’s awesome being a mother, and Daniel is a really great dad. We’re so happy that Allelia is now a part of our lives. I’ve got a few moments of quiet while she’s napping, so I’d like to share my birth story! I went into labor around midnight […]

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Tea Caddy from Recycled Cardboard

This morning after brunch I was overcome with the urge to clear out my tea cupboard and organize it. People who have had a cup of tea when they’ve come over to my house know very well that I have an overwhelming number of tea choices. I usually start helping people narrow it down by […]

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Lemon Poppyseed Scones

I’m pretty amused that a good portion of my posts are food-related, since I initially set out to make this a mostly-craft blog. But cooking is edible crafting, and lately it seems to be the only creative thing I do, given that my hands are swollen and stiff in my last month of pregnancy. (See […]

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Gingerbread Turtles

Daniel and I have an awesome holiday tradition of building a different gingerbread creation every year. Basically the only rule is that there can’t be any repeats of a theme, so half the fun is coming up with what we are going to build. Our previous years’ creations: 2003: A classic house. It was just […]

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Seven weeks to go!

Throughout my pregnancy, people have said that I look way more pregnant than I am, and at my last checkup even my doctor agreed. I had an ultrasound today to check Lelly’s growth, just to make sure she wasn’t growing out of control. Happily, the measurements today show that Lelly’s growth is average and my doctor […]

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Awesome vegan, soy-free pumpkin pie!

I love pie! Despite the fact that I’ve relaxed my diet a bit during pregnancy and I’m now much more omnivorous, all my baking is still vegan. I don’t like eggs and I don’t drink milk, so why have them in the house just for baking? It’s too much trouble!! So this Thanksgiving, I wanted […]

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