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Chalk It Up, Part One: Ooh, Spicy

Today’s post is a lesson in Learning From My Mistakes. If you like drinking games, grab a beverage and drink every time I say, “In retrospect…” Maybe go ahead and get two beverages.

Cabinet space is very limited in our cozy kitchen; our spices were housed in a tiny above-the-stove cabinet that is completely impossible to navigate, even for tall folks like us. It’s a miracle we never got hit in the forehead with a rogue jar of cumin.

Apologies for the terrible photos. Big surprise, the lighting in the tiny kitchen is awful.

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Nerd Love

Normally, we are not huge on Valentine’s Day or cheesiness or big red hearts in general, but we wanted to share few things that we really love, and then how they are so important to our life together, because it’s our blog and we can, so there.

Distance. Science. Spaaaaaaace!

The first part of the “Space” episode of RadioLab, in which Carl Sagan’s widow describes the moment they fell in love. The whole episode is worth listening to, but this story starts at 3:18.  I’m a total ball of mush.

Again, with RadioLab. The beginning of the “Desperately Seeking Symmetry” episode is one of the most lovely things I’ve ever heard, and I listened to this during one of my many hour-long drives to see Jeff  during the first few months of our relationship. This is a mythology from old Greece, and is similar to a Greek proverb that resonates with me, “The pot rolls around until it finds its lid.” Continue reading

Dragon o’Clock

I wish we could say we timed this project to correlate with Chinese New Year, the year of the Dragon. But we did not. The truth is, we’ve been on a marathon session of How I Met Your Mother, which, despite its laugh track, is actually a really good show! And on the show, they’ve decorated their way-too-big-to-be-for-real New York City apartments with all kinds of vintage games, like pinball machine displays and Chinese checker boards.

I have been marginally obsessed with clocks lately, so it seemed natural that we’d make a clock out of a Chinese checkerboard.  Continue reading

Holy crap. We made bacon.

One of my favorite things, and there are many, about my dear friend Carolina Gypsy are the Intimidating Food Parties she throws. The rules are deceivingly simple; stick to the theme, and make a dish that is intimidating to you. This could be making toast, mastering a family recipe, or deboning a duck, depending on your experience level and degree to which you want to stress yourself out. This past party’s theme was “Bacon and/or Beer,” and seeing as how we won the last party’s Most Intimidating award (with mole, for the “Latin” Foods theme), we were not to be outdone.

We took this challenge very seriously. Bacon or beer? We chose bacon. Just bacon. From scratch.

Thanks, Carolina Gypsy, for providing this picture, as we were too ravenous (and late to your party) to remember to take one ourselves.

It should also be pointed out that I’m a *cough* “vegetarian.” Most of the time.  I don’t eat it as an everyday rule, but I don’t deprive myself of wonderful food experiences.

SO! Here’s how we made bacon in 8 days and without a smoker or a grill.   Continue reading

I feel melty.

EDIT 11/5/2012: We are no longer selling custom crayon pieces in our Etsy shop. We are now focusing on a new jewelry project, so please check that out and we hope you enjoy the tutorial below!

Edit: We are now selling custom crayon pieces in our Etsy shop! If you have questions about commissioning your own artwork, please see the shop or email us at lightandspoon@gmail.com.

Here’s our contribution to the melted crayon craze on Pinterest. My original inspiration was this one, though original source is apparently unknown, because I found it on Pinterest. Grumble. *Edit! Thank you to commenter SoKnitpicky, I have now seen the original “crayons through a glue gun” pin. Not much more to it than the picture, but she answers a lot of questions in the comments about how to make the crayons work in the gun.

Anyway! We wanted to put a little more of ourselves into it, literally. We started by taking a silhouette photo of ourselves, which Jeff traced on the lightbox and transferred to the canvas with pencil and tracing paper. (We were both smiling in the picture, which means we sort of don’t have lips in the silhouette. But I like it that way.) Continue reading