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Amber Shehan December 12, 2014

Gordian Sisters hand-dyed scarves and yarn

fermenting foods

It is the fault of #fermentools that my counter is full of jars!

This week has been a busy one around the DePixi homestead. We’ve put up our small tree and hung a few ornaments, set up our standard holiday decor including the Christmas Walrus (don’t you have one?!) and sang traditional songs like “Gabba gabba hey, click click click” as made popular on the very silly cartoon show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. 

Now that we are properly decked for Yuletide, I’ve got to get back to work with writing up some posts for you lovely folks, featuring a few of the lovely ferments in the picture. The Daikon & Apple Sauerkraut is just about done, and boy, is it tasty!  If you have a person in your life who enjoys fermenting foods, consider a Fermentools kit as a holiday gift. It just makes the process so much easier, and makes my kitchen less sour ferment-scented. 

This weekend’s plans include bottling 5 gallons of porter, making soft, chewy gingerbread cookies for a cookie exchange, and hopefully having some sweet downtime with my love. I hope your weekend is lovely, too!

Here’s some nifty things I found to share with you:

If you’ve been interested in herbalism and brewing but haven’t had the time to make your own wine, consider making your own herb-infused wine. You can get your own herbs and add them to store-bought wine to make a fortified drink. The Mountain Rose Herbs Blog shows you how! 

Have you ever watched rabbits or squirrels eating fallen apples and getting tipsy? If not, you are really missing out on a giggle. But it isn’t just them – humans and pre-humans have been eating fermented fruits for a long, LONG time before we started brewing alcohol on purpose. SCIENCE!

Otherwhere on the webs:  

My favorite take on the Williams-Sonoma Catalog

If I ever have to refinish a table, or a deck, or a hardwood floor, THIS WILL HAPPEN

Check out my most Recent Pins:

This needs to be on my kitchen wall before spring.

Pumpkin. Porter. Brownie. Sundaes. Yes, please!


This weekly post is brought to you by Gordian Sisters: Hand painted yarns and fibers. If you are a fan of fine, hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns, you’ll love their line! Each skein is one of a kind. You can also get hand-dyed silk scarves. Browse her shop on Facebook and if you see an item you like, leave a comment and they’ll be back with you about pricing and other details.

Gordian Sisters hand-dyed scarves and yarn

Amber Shehan

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  1. Elizabeth Mycko on December 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I just received four scarves that I ordered from The Gordian Sisters — they are truly gorgeous! And their customer service is first-rate!

    • Amber Shehan on December 12, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Oh, thank you for sharing your positive experience, Elizabeth! I have a pinkish-bluish-purplish silk scarf from Gordian Sisters that I use on my straw sunhat, or my tophat, if I’m feeling fancy. 🙂

  2. Amy @ Tenth Acre Farm on December 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    That drunken squirrel video is priceless. I’m looking forward to hearing about your daikon and apple sauerkraut, I have soooo many daikons from the garden right now 🙂

  3. Connie Flint on December 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

    OMG, glow in the dark table! Didn’t know you could do that. Seems like a bruised shin preventive. 😀

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