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revive your mascara

Pin It The Damsel loves a new tube of mascara. There’s something so nice about the way it goes on, smooth and–well, black.  It gives the Damsel a hopeful feeling that maybe even she can put on a decent coat of mascara, despite her fashion handicaps. Everything goes along well for a while–a month, perhaps–and […]

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shelf life of food

Pin It Here’s a handy chart showing the shelf life for many common foods. Do any of these surprise you? As you may know, expiration dates are often wildly inconsistent with reality. You may be pitching food that’s perfectly good. Comments below: The Damsel is no expert on this topic, but she does think one […]

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make your own spray starch

Pin ItIf you’ve never had the luxury of sleeping on a ironed and lightly starched pillowcase, please proceed to the ironing board. Maybe it’s not for every day, but this is one of life’s little pleasures that Grandma knew all about–and we’ve forgotten. Try it once, and see if you don’t agree. “But I don’t […]

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Pin ItAt the Cottage by the Mountains, snow isn’t unusual. It’s a pretty constant companion through January and February. Snow is common off and on from Halloween to Mother’s Day. But snow this deep is pretty rare. (A shot of the path to the chicken coop.) All this snow makes the Damsel crave a cup […]

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citrus-infused vinegar

Pin ItThe Damsel has long sung the sweet song of vinegar as a frugal cleaner. But what if you hate the smell? What if it makes you feel more like this:                     than like this:                       […]

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homemade snow cone syrup

Pin ItIt’s really heating up here at the Cottage By The Mountains.                     Would you rather be too cold or too hot? The Damsel ponders these little mysteries of life at odd moments. If you’re too cold, you can always put on a sweater, right? Or […]

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regrow lettuce

Pin ItThe Damsel has been playing with more kitchen castoffs.             This was a stump from a head of romaine. The Damsel just stuck the stump in a dish of water and waited. This is about two weeks old. To be clear, you’ll put the weird, flat, brownish side down, […]

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regrow celery

Pin ItThe Damsel was so taken with the easiness of regrowing green onions that she reached out to the universe and found out there are other things you can do with produce trimmings besides compost them. (Click here for green onion instructions) You can regrow celery. Amazing. Imagine here a photo of the bottom of […]

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DIY Whole Wheat Pancake Mix

Pin ItClass: Please welcome substitute teacher Katheryn Rivas. D.I.Y. Whole Wheat Pancake Mix:  An Old-Fashioned Classic for Modern Times One of the warmest memories from childhood is waking up to the smell of pancakes before a long day of school. But gone are the days when moms have the time to make pancakes from scratch […]

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Pin ItGreen onions! Mmmm! The Damsel loves them. They have that great onion flavor, but somehow fresher tasting, and usually not harsh or bitter. They cook fast. They’re cute. What’s not to love? Well, they don’t store as well as grown-up onions. But what if you could grow your own, easily, quickly, and–free? The Damsel […]

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