Hooray for Pruning

A (vastly abbreviated) list of things I have trouble with includes: self-doubt; restraining my boot inventory; unwieldly reading lists; sleep schedule; and, when it comes to the garden, pruning. I’m greedy for growth and it feels SO WRONG to cut off living parts of a plant, even if I know perfectly well it will inspire new, lusher output.  This is particularly hard in spring and early summer, when it feels like every leaf is one more win against the cold grimy tail-end of winter. So, a stern visual reminder for myself, for next year…

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Recipe: Emergency Peach & Pear Upside Down Cake

The reader will be forgiven for wondering what constitutes an upside down cake emergency, but as it turns out the ingredients are simple: take two well-intentioned fruit purchases (peaches! for healthy snacks!  Pears! for a delicious and nutritionally blameless dessert!); combine with several days of unrelenting junk food consumption; add one weekend out of town; and behold this sad state of affairs:

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That right there is a bowl of unappetizing fruit, my friends.  I hoped to at least avoid adding food waste to our list of recent sins, so I decided to salvage as much as I could of these sad specimens for a baked good.

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The Grotto, Part 1 (a tale of failure and despair)

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Given that we are renters in Boston, we have access to an embarrassment of outdoor space: a roomy back porch, landlady-approved container veggies in the side yard, and arguably best of all, a fire pit and seating area out back sheltered by a garage, a high fence, and a rock hill that provides sound protection, topped with trees to keep things cool and shady even in mid-summer, fronted by terraced beds built by the original owners.

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Greetings

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Hello friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Robot blog, soon-to-be home for recipes, garden tips (or dilemmas), and assorted DIY projects. Pull up a chair, hope you’ll like it here!

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