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Agua de Sandia

Agua de Sandia

Watermelon Water is a Perfect Summer Drink This drink is one of many possible varieties of Agua Fresca, and it’s an easy one to make as watermelon is already mostly water just waiting to be slurped up. When we have a watermelon sliced open that we can’t eat before it starts to ferment or attract […]

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

May we be the compassionate and engaged citizens our experiment in democracy requires and deserves.

In Praise of Puffy Clouds

In Praise of Puffy Clouds

We’ve got some famously blue skies here thanks to Perry Como (well, to be precise, right across the water from my own “here”). We don’t seem the bluest blue all that often, but when we finally do, it’s glorious. I actually have another song running through my mind whenever our skies look like this. Way […]

In Praise of Bumblebees

In Praise of Bumblebees

It’s National Pollinator Week, and I want to sing the praises of bumblebees. Without them, nothing in my own garden would be pollinated. We do get a few honeybees (we’re sure they come downhill from the hives our Pioneering the Simple Life friends keep), but bumblebees outnumber them by at least 100 to 1. My […]

DIY Flower Petal Ink

DIY Flower Petal Ink

Yesterday was the first day of summer vacation for my daughters, and it’s already off to a promising start. My rising 2nd-grader slept in until just after 11 am, then promptly announced that she was “so, so bored.” I love boredom as a motivating force – Left to her own devices, she ended up collecting […]

Lemon Rose Sourdough Cake

Lemon Rose Sourdough Cake

This is my favorite sourdough cake recipe yet. The Chocolate Orange version is delicious, but I was craving something lemony. I love citrus cakes and I thought the extra depth of flavor that comes along with the sourdough starter would be wonderful combined with lemon. I searched online and found a few variations on the […]

Chocolate Orange Sourdough Cake

Chocolate Orange Sourdough Cake

Sourdough – It’s not just good for bread. I went to a friend’s house for lunch the other day and came home with a head full of good conversation and a jar of home-cultured sourdough starter. My friend followed the instructions here at Pinch My Salt and had a lively starter one week later, complete with […]