My Secret Garden

“There's naught as nice as th' smell o' good clean earth, except th' smell o' fresh growin' things when th' rain falls on 'em.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden I have been a little absent lately. I apologize. I’ve had a lot on my plate. Spring is wonderful but it has brought a … Continue reading My Secret Garden

The Dark Side of Slime

There is a phenomenon. A possessing of children in households everywhere. You may be tempted to give in. It seems harmless at first. It may even seem educational, a great science project or sensory experiment. You would be wrong. I’m here to warn you before you make the same mistake I did. The harmless will … Continue reading The Dark Side of Slime

The Science of Baking

Bread is the staff of life.— English ProverbCited as“The proverb was first recorded in 1638 in Penkethman, Artachthos” in Martin H. Manser, The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs (2007), 33. I love, love, love to experiment in the kitchen. Everything about cooking, about baking is science. It's all about denaturing proteins, chemical reactions, fermentation. … Continue reading The Science of Baking