Wednesday, August 24, 2011

You know you like to drink.

Don't forget to RSVP to the wine class by Thursday. Details below!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wine Appreciation

Get ready to get your drink on! Our next class will be hosted by Jenni Jones, who will teach us how to get the most out of our vino. You'll learn how to use your taste buds to discover your favorite grapes and develop your palate, and decode bottle labels so you can spend your money with confidence...all with samples of course! There will be a cost associated with this class, but we won't know exactly until the RSVPs come in, expect somewhere in the $8-$12 range. Here's the details:

Topic: Tasting and buying wine with purpose
When: Saturday August 27th, 3pm-6pm
Where: Jenni and Sara's house, 402 Heartwood Drive, 78745

Please RSVP in the comments by next Thursday (8/25).

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Final Reminder - This Saturday!

Last reminder guys...if you plan to come to the Green Living class this weekend, please RSVP in the comments by Thursday. I'll be emailing directions and carpool options to everyone who has signed up. Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Reminder: Green Living (June 2011)

Don't forget! Next Saturday (6/26) is the Green Living class, hosted in the lovely Texas Hill Country. Below is more info from Jay about what he will be covering. Please RSVP in the comments if you plan to attend, and see previous post for location/time info.

I think we have all been hammered by pleas for being “environmentally responsible,” with mind numbing statistics about climate change and our own private “carbon footprint.” I assumed you don’t want to hear any more philosophy lessons on “sustainability” but are interested in some practical information - less idealistic rhetoric and more realistic pragmatism.

I’ll be suggesting some rules of thumb to help you make basic decisions about your home, not become a scientist. Looking for things that have the most impact for a limited budget. Feeling good about going green with less money AND less guilt? Frugal superiority?

What are the best ways to reduce your apartment or house utility bills?
What are the things that contribute the most to your comfort?
What do some of the terms being thrown around mean - and when you forget them where can you look them up?
Maybe the mysteries of selecting a light bulb (A19, LED, CFL, HID) will be resolved for you.

Bring questions about your own place for the Q&A.
Questions on native plants, rain water and construction accepted…and maybe answered.

If this wonderful weather continues we’ll be meeting in the air conditioning and making a brief excursion to look at our rain water collection system - and the 1959 Airstream that Lynne is restoring.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Green Living (June 2011)

Just in time for yet another excruciating Texas summer, Jay West will teach us how greening your living space can help you feel self righteous AND save you money at the same time. How can you actually reduce your utility bills? Where should you spend money and where should you save it?

Topics will include simple fixes like weather stripping, as well as a tour of his huge rain water collection system. (And if you think you're leaving without seeing the spotted tree frogs living in his handmade water feature AT LEAST once, you are sorely mistaken.)

Since the house is about a 45-minute drive from Austin, we're making this a WYFK summer event. So bring something to throw on the grill, beers to share, maybe even a musical instrument, and stick around awhile. We like to mix a little fun in with our learnin'. Please RSVP in the comments, and feel free to invite anyone you like. There will be plenty of room and lots to discuss.

Topic: Green Living (on a budget)
When: Saturday June 25th, noon til the beer runs out
Where: Jay and Lynne's house, 3873 McCall Creek Rd, Blanco, Texas (directions to come)

Pickle Adventures.

Just wanted to post a few photos from our pickling experience, which turned out to be pretty easy, and extremely tasty. Some of the items we pickled included: onions, apples, pears, carrots, green beans, cucumbers, beets, and garlic. So far, all reports are positive, though I would suggest cutting your carrots into very thin pieces if you don't want them to stay super crunchy (my personal experience).

Patty recommends this link as a good starting point for pickling at home. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Homemade Pickles (April 2011)

Patty Burns has offered to teach us how to pickle our own vegetables next month! I don't know about you, but learning how to pickle things has been a lifelong goal of mine, so I'm very excited about it. Here's the deal:

When: April 17th, 10am to 4pm (***note time change from first posting)

Where: French House Co-op (710 W. 21st St, 78705)

What to bring:
1. glass jars (should be the kind with the flat disk and metal ring that goes on top - various sizes available at HEB).
2. spices (fresh garlic, dill, hot pepper, or a combo, depending on your preference)
3. pre-cut vegetables (cut for the size you want for pickles. again, your choice on the type, but Patty says any of the following are delicious - green beans, onions, apples, watermelon rinds, carrots, hot peppers, cauliflower, and cucumbers)
4. $5 (for the other ingredients that Patty is supplying)

Additional info: Patty has secured us access to the enormous kitchen at French House Co-op, so we will have plenty of space. You MUST RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Please reply in the comments if you plan on coming. Get ready to get your pickle on!