Hangin’ around the yard…

By November 20, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

Yesterday, Amelia and I started work clearing an area in our yard for a composting bin. I decided after watching a reality show about Alaskan Homesteaders that I should attempt to use the extra wood and scraps around our yard to build our own composting bins. We cleared the spot and then I was perusing google for a prototype when I ran into a problem…step one: don’t use treated wood!


That was the wood I had been planning on using from a deck remodel. Argh.

Step two: cutting the wood. That dusty circular saw in the garage looks pretty sharp AND baseball in the yard with Patrick, Ty, Baby Grif and Amelia seems like so much fun!


Just call me Farmer Pippimamma!

By October 23, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

I love Halloween. It is one of my absolute favorite holidays. This year I had to deal with my pesky cat, Duncan getting into my garden beds…see my Renton Reporter column.

Learning a few tips and tricks from local gardeners, I finally figured out a way to grow pumpkins! Check out these glorious beauts! I am so friggin’ proud of myself.




Homemade Pizza at Camp Ossorio

By October 16, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

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I love making homemade pizza with my kids. Most people have no idea how easy and fun it is to make…the secret is adding seasoning to the dough (cheddar cheese powder, salt, garlic powder) to make it taste delicious and use my favorite local cheese by Beechers! Yum!

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Pippimamma and crew on an adventure with City Fruit

By October 15, 2014 Pippi Ramblings



Check out the link above and read about our super fun adventure with City Fruit! An amazing organization.

City Fruit Picking Tour…

By August 28, 2014 Pippi Ramblings
City Fruit Harvest! www.cityfruit.org

City Fruit Harvest!

City Fruit is a non profit organization based in Seattle that picks fruit and distributes it to hungry people…what a concept!

Pippimamma Jammin’ at Whole Foods

By July 13, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

Pippimamma giving a free canning demonstration! All preserves made today will be donated to a local food bank.

Pippimamma’s Bee Pollen Honey Hotcakes with Triple Berry Compote!

By July 8, 2014 Pippi Ramblings


Pippimamma’s Honey Hotcakes and Bee Pollen Compote

1 cup flour

½ cup oat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter

1 egg

1 ¼ milk

3 tablespoons honey

In a large bowl whisk together flours, salt and baking powder.  In a separate bowl whisk egg, then add milk, honey and melted butter.

Optional: Heat oven to 200 degrees and place pancakes in heat proof platter to keep warm.


Pippimamma Honey Fruit Compote

1 cup cut strawberries

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

1/3 cup honey

In a large sauce pan over medium heat add fruit and honey.   Cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced to medium thick syrup.


Yogurt and Bee Pollen Topping

1 cup of plain yogurt

1 tablespoon honey

Mix together.


Stack pancakes, pour on berry compote, add a spoonful of honey yogurt and sprinkle top with ¼ teaspoon bee pollen.

How to eat a bug at Camp Ossorio! Pippimamma is always here to keep you informed!

By June 17, 2014 Pippi Ramblings


Having the bug chef, David George Gordon out to Camp Ossorio was incredible…what a great guy!

I had to take out a bunch of nutritional claims I quoted from the bug chef’s book and I could use that as the copy for the blog??

According to The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, “Many protein-rich bugs are also good sources of vitamins, minerals, and fats.”

Gordon’s book, also advises, “Are you worried about warding off Osteoporosis? Then eat crickets, which are loaded with calcium. Want to avoid Anemia? Try termites; they’re rich in iron. One hundred grams of giant silkworm moth larvae provide 100 percent of the daily requirements for copper, zinc, irone, thiamin and riboflavin. It turns out that animals that eat greens have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, the “good” fats with anti-oxidand powers that can help thwart forms of cancer and disease.”

See my Huffington Post piece for more details!

pippimamma apron!

By May 6, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

Check out my new, custom made apron from amazing artist KB!  Check out her website at www.kokoleo.com.

Bug Chef at Camp Ossorio

By April 25, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

Stay tuned for upcoming episode three at Camp Ossorio where we meet Bug Chef and (gulp) eat deep fried Tarantula and other bug fare!