About a year ago or so ago, I read about a Pyrex museum in the little Kitsap County town of Bremerton, WA. Being obsessed with the vintage glassware, I made it a goal of mine to make the trip out there — a mere hourlong ferry ride from Seattle. The “museum” itself is more of a mini museum, just two small rooms attached to an art gallery. The walls are lined floor to ceiling with vibrantly patterned bowls, casseroles, and butter dishes — I felt like a kid in a candy store. Artist Amy Burnett started the museum to display her amazing collection of Pyrex, which to her represents “what America is all about.” She had a few vintage pieces for sale in the gift shop. And even though this museum is tiny, it apparently attracts visitors from all over the country — one visitor while I was there had driven all the way up from California! The Pyrex Museum at the Amy Burnett Gallery is located at 408 Pacific Ave., Bremerton, WA. –Megan B.
Our former neighbors just had a baby boy, and I wanted to bake something nice for them. I rifled through my recipes looking for something easily transportable (no tippable cupcakes or delicate layer cakes) but special. And then I thought of the macaroon-like chewy amaretti sandwich cookies from Gourmet that Iâ€™d seen on a few blogs recently. Even though they look dainty, they were delicious, easy, and cute as can be — but also sturdy enough to put in a box to send to someone. –Lisa C. Click for the recipe! (more…)
This year, instead of spending our tax return on things like paintings and fancy dinners out, we’ve decided to put some money into our new home — we’re springing for double paned windows. Not only will we be seeing savings on our energy bills, but the government has added some extra incentive. They’re offering a 30% return on the retail cost of certain eligible energy-efficient upgrades to your home. Eligible improvements like tankless water heaters, roofing, Energy Star-rated windows, and insulation could net you a tax credit of up to $1,500. And it’s not just for this year — the credit is extended for 2010 as well. To get the full $1,500 credit you’ve got to spend $6,000 (which was easy for us with the windows). You can find more detailed specifics about the rebates here. –Megan B.
According to Treehugger, Alice Waters doesn’t have a microwave. I don’t know if that’s shocking or not because we don’t, either. We donated our ancient college-years leftover when we moved more than two years ago, and we never got around to purchasing another. The only time I think one might come in handy is when my coffee goes cold. It wasn’t a matter of saving energy for us; it was just one less thing to have to move. What about you? Do you rely on a microwave, or could you live without it? –Mary T.
Photo by John Lee
Haagen-Dazs with just five ingredients and a lovely, simplified package design? I couldn’t just let that go by without a taste. So, purely for reseplace purposes, we brought home two pints of Haagen-Dazs Five: Brown Sugar and Mint. The Mint I like a lot; it’s simple, like the name implies. Not overly sweet, no fake coloring, tastes a lot like the homemade ice cream I used to get at family reunions. (I realize that sounds a little twee, but it’s true.) The Brown Sugar didn’t get such great reviews. To both my husband and me it tastes a little harsh — a little more cream to the brown sugar ratio might help, or maybe we’re just not that into the taste of brown sugar as a main ingredient. Overall, though, my interest is piqued, and I do love the idea of simpler food. We may have to give the other flavors a try so that I can report more fully. The sacrifices I make for this blog! –Mary T.