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Kombucha Made Simple

Posted on January 7, 2017. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , |

A small bottle of kombucha at the store is $2.99!  A whole gallon homemade costs me maybe $1!

First ferment is a pot of organic tea and a cup of organic cane sugar added to the gallon jar and filled with cool filtered water. Then check the temperature to make sure it’s 110 degrees or lower and add  the scoby with a cup or so of old batch.   When the second scoby has been formed you are ready – about 10 days. You can drink now or do a second ferment.

Different colors are due to the amount of green tea vs. black tea I used.

I do this in individual bottles and I add small pieces of candied  ginger and /or fruit juices and syrups I make. Wait another 10 days for a new tiny scoby to form, cap tightly and refrigerate. Enjoy! It tastes great and fuels the microbiome in our guts. A nice side benefit is you get great tasting drinks for really, really cheap!

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Posted on January 6, 2017. Filed under: Art, Just Fun | Tags: , , , , , , |

synesthesiadsc02884I was inspired to get back to abstract painting again this fall.  The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) had a members’ show coming up and I scored a spot.  This would get me painting!  I spied a beautiful overlook on my way home from the office filled with joyous fall colors, each tree standing out.  It gave me the idea for this painting, Synesthesia.  It was one of only a few abstracts in the show.  And I think it was greatly misunderstood.  My sister said, “How did you get the circles so perfect?”  My methods impressed her not.  When posing for the above photo at the museum a passerby asked excitedly, “Did you do the tractor?”  When I said no and indicated the painting above the tractor there was no response at all.  Wow, really?  Couldn’t you muster up a lie?  Ah well, all the greats were misunderstood in their time, no?

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Museum of Wisconsin Art

Posted on January 5, 2017. Filed under: Art, Photography | Tags: , , |

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend, Wisconsin is well worth a visit.  The building alone is spectacular.  Yes, it really does come to this sharp of a point.  There was no manipulation to this photo!  The clouds reflecting on the building were especially striking this day…


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