Arts & crafts



    Regrowing Green Onions in Water Only

    Week 9 of Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home covers a food hack that apparently everyone except Katie and me knew about before the pandemic. I think it’s a redundant topic by now (almost 3 months into shelter-in-place!) but if Katie’s post lends itself useful to anyone, then I guess it’s worth this real estate.

    Last week’s blog post goal was to decorate cupcakes using my new piping kit. Unfortunately, I failed at making buttercream frosting despite acing it the first time I ever tried when I hastily made cupcakes for Mary’s surprise drive-by birthday. So the cupcake piping demonstration post will have to wait for another time.

    In the meantime, I will share a tip that I never knew about until the beginning of SIP. My mom sent an article about all the different vegetables you could regrow just by placing a small end in water without any dirt. Vegetables like lettuce, celery, bok choy, fennel, and my favorite, green onion. I used to have a lone green onion growing amongst my oregano. I’d wait for it to become tall enough to cut, then strategically decide which dish would be lucky enough to receive it. Now that I know how easy it is to grow green onions in water, I’ll never need to buy them from the store (or worry about how I could best use the one little sprout from my garden).

    Gobble, for when you want to #treatyoself to not going grocery shopping

    With the leftover green onion from one of my Gobble meal kits, I placed the trimmings in a mason jar and filled with water to just above where the white part turns green. To my delight, the green onions really did regenerate in a surprisingly short amount of time!

    In just one week, I basically have a bunch of full grown green onions. Not only will this save money, but also ensures I can add a flavorful garnish to any dish at any time. If you try this yourself, just be sure to keep the jar near a sunny window and change the water every 2 days. You’ll surely enjoy the endless supply of green onions!

    Now back to mentally preparing myself to becoming a cupcake piping master…

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    My 8 favorite houseplants

    Growing up, I thought it was ridiculous how many plants my mom keeps around the house until I turned into a plant lover myself. Apparently ‘plant lady’ is the new cat…

  • Travel

    Cousins Ski Trip to Utah

    This is such a long post that I’ll compensate with a brief intro. Welcome to Week 8 of Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home by guest blogger Katie: a weekend itinerary…

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    Arts & crafts

    DIY: Painted terracotta pots

    Ever since I got into plants, I’ve read so much about the benefits of terracotta pots. The porous clay material allows for good air and water movement, promoting healthy plants with less chance…

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    8-Layer Russian Honey Cake

    This is Week 7 of Katie’s guest series, Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home. While her previous hiking suggestions inspired me to #OptOutside for a $40 hike (thanks nail in tire), today’s…

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    Home Work

    WFH essentials

    Essentials may be a loaded word (or clickbait, sorry) but these following items have been occupying valuable real estate on my desk at work – now home – for good reason.…

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    Social Distancing Hikes in the Bay Area

    After shelter-in-place orders were enforced, it seemed like Katie was going on a hike every other day (more than her usual hiking quota). This guest post, Week 6 of Day in the…

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    Misc Travel Work

    What’s in my wallet?

    Week 5 of the Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home series is as fun as money talk can get. When guest author Katie first pitched the idea, I originally wasn’t interested but…

  • Home Travel

    Cacti from Arizona: Then & now

    Guest blogger Katie, along with commentary from Mary on cactus #4, #10, and #11, share updates on their beloved Arizonian souvenirs in Week 4 of Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At…

  • Food

    Dalogna matcha (fail)

    With the remainders of my matcha powder and egg rations, I succumbed to trying out the latest quarantine trend: Dalogna coffee, or Dalogna matcha in this case. Spoiler alert: Creativity of…