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Carolyn Valdez
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Pantry Challenge: Day 2
I admit these are going to be the easiest couple of days, but I thought I'd share what we've done to "use up" some of the food in the fridge/pantry. We also used up the daikon radish by incorporating it into the kimchi (noms). Introducing, kimchi soup: Upda...

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Pantry Challenge
You know how you squirrel away food that's on sale, that you use frequently, or that you stuffed in the back of the cupboard and forgot about? Yeah, that stuff. Inspired by my blogger friend Erica over at PNW Edible, I decided it was a good time to clear ou...

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Tribute to 2013
I'm a little behind on reflecting on 2013, but I figured it's better late than never. Things of particular importance or excitement this year (in no particular order): Went to a Gordon conference by myself. Made a periodic table of cookies. Had a dinosaur-t...

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Chemistry Update - March 2014
oOn't worry, I won't actually be featuring any real chemistry here, I just thought I'd share a few exciting photos relating to chemistry that have happened recently. The first is that I was recently trained on the XRD (powder x-ray diffraction) instrument, ...

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Dreams
Waking up to a snow-filled Seattle was pretty magical. Over the night a blanket of white had settled on cars, fluffy trees, and sleepy coffee-addicted people excited for their last day of work for the year. Ahem, that would be me. I sat on the bus ride to w...

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My hippie ways (no judgment here)
I hesitate to use the term "hippie" to describe a few "green" habits that I've adopted. As my mom and I discussed, there are (1) "tree-hugging" hippie ways, like recycling and repurposing; and (2) "free-love" hippie ways, like, well, I won't go into it. For...

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Thankful
On Facebook many of my friends are posting "what I'm thankful for this month", and I don't want to force you all to read that like on Facebook, but I'll do it here where you come in voluntarily. I'm stressed out about my general exam and so this is just a q...

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Make your own granola
No, seriously. It's easy and delicious. If you think all of my other harebrained ideas are crazy, way too hippie, or too difficult for you, this is definitely not. My friend Johanna first told me that I should try making homemade granola, and after some goo...

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Mayer Group Camping Trip
It began one Friday evening. My colleagues Derek, Carlos and I were sitting in my office drinking beer, saluting the end of the week. We ...
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