Rodale’s Essential Herbal Handbooks: Landscaping With Herbs written by Nancy Ondra is an interesting little book.  It will tell you nothing about the use of the herbs recommended for planting.  It will tell you very little about the cultivation of various herb varieties.  It offers a number of very specific landscape […]

Landscaping with Herbs


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Part history, part memoir, and part cookbook, Fannie’s Last Supper is a wonderfully written story of the book and one man’s quest to create a twelve-course dinner representative of those created by the original readers of Farmer’s 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book.  Leaving no stone unturned, Chris Kimball gives us a real […]

Fannie’s Last Supper: Recreating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer’s ...


Yesterday morning I spotted this squirrel outside of our new patio doors …Enjoy! I have another video of it and maybe I will edit something together with better sound.

Squirrel on Crack?



Cut Cable TV
Nearly a year ago, Jill and I cut the cable off!  So, when we took the plunge, we did not know if it was going to be a permanent thing or just something to save a little money temporarily.  Now, it is definitely going to be permanent!!!  Here is my guide […]

Cutting the Cable


Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart is entertaining but slightly disappointing!  Interesting little book that provides some of the basic details about many poisonous plants, but don’t think that you will learn anything more than the basics from it.  The illustrations are useful for identification and while scientific names are given, the […]

Recent Read: Wicked Plants


I am rebooting my blog … it has been awhile since I have posted and I wanted to make a new start!  So, I am going to be changing a lot of things up here in the next bit … sorry for any outages or other strange behavior that may […]

AQCM reboot!



Okay, I have not been very good at keeping my blog updated recently. Well, I do have an excuse the last two weeks … I got a job! I am now working at the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum here in Alexandria, Va.  I am enjoying the new […]

Been busy …


An interesting peak behind the scenes at America’s only factory that makes nothing but footballs … and the ritual that occurs to get the correct ball manufactured in time for the Super Bowl!

Factory Porn | Wilson’s Super Bowl Footballs


Okay, it has been awhile since I have updated on what books I have recently been reading … The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – Yes, for the first time in a really long time, I read a work of fiction that was written less than five decades ago!  I […]

More recent reads … fiction, fish, food, & foreign



Since I got back from the AHA in Boston, I did a quick little post on the Harvard Collection of Scientific Instruments for the BSHS Travel Guide. More to come soon …

New BSHS Post