This is Offbeat Home's archive of posts by Ariel Meadow Stallings.
Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. You can gossip with her on twitter: @offbeatariel
I fully recognize that I'm one of the last people on the planet to discover rice cookers. I'm also fully aware that cooking rice shouldn't be hard, right? It's just a pan with water. IT'S JUST A PAN WITH WATER. So why can't I ever make rice without burning it? Why is it always undercooked or burnt and blackened at the bottom of the pan? The answer is simple: I'm stupid and I suck at cooking. I mean, I'm no Megan (sorry, bitch!) but I'm just not very proficient in the kitchen.
Enter the Rice Robot.
I am vegan, and my girlfriend is not. We are looking to move in together, and I had always had this (now unrealistic) idea that my home would be a vegan one.
How have other veggies and meat=eaters gotten along, and what are some tips for making everyone happy food wise?
Thanks to the Tiny House Blog for introducing me to Greg Fowkes' story. He's a new dad who's converting a $200 trailer into an amazing modern mobile home that he, his wife, and their new baby can drive down to Mexico and live in.
As Greg says, "When you think about getting back to basics, what could be more basic than family? Change starts at home."
Given the ubiquity of fruit stickers (…at least here in the US; is this a regional thing?), we've had a longstanding tradition in my house of collecting our stickers on the top of our water filter pitcher.
This begs the question: my husband and I can't be the only people who can't stand to just throw away a sticker. What about you, Homies?
Over the past year, I've favorited a lot of photos containing this color combination. Some of them are of actual interiors, or homes, or at least buildings, but some of them are of waterfalls over tunnels in sides of mountains in China.
So short of having straight up torches on the walls or just living on a window-washer platform outside my apartment, forever looking in at dusk, how do I replicate that kind of light?