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About halapeno

"I believe the need to make and create is inherent. Self-made, if you will!"

DIY Light Box for Less than $60 Dollars

As a self-proclaimed “Aspiring Minimalist,” I’m always amused at the “things” one must take-on in order to facilitate the purging of certain items. And lets be clear about those certain items, I mean a once-cherished-all-consuming toy collection. And for this collection of things to leave my house, … Continue reading

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San Francisco, How I Love Thee – Let Me Count the Days

Eight days house sitting for friends who were off to Burning Man, I decided to do a lot of biking since I would be in a city central location. I procured a new bike that shipped to San Francisco AND … Continue reading

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En Route to the Airport

  I seriously underestimated peak time traffic and then I boarded the wrong BART to Berkley instead of Oakland. Uhg! I stressed at every street light while on the shuttle. I unhappily cleared my specially selected security scan with eight … Continue reading

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How to Get a Bike to Your Vacation Spot AND Help a Local Charity for Less Than a Round Trip Taxi Ride from the Airport.

I decided for my recent house sitting vacation trip to San Francisco – I wanted to take my bike but, it seemed to be cost prohibitive at $195 dollars to ship my bike round trip and an additional $75 dollar … Continue reading

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. . . or How to Save a Cake Disaster So I was making carrot cake and decided to do it jellyroll style. Unfortunately, the batter was too delicate. It cracked and nearly fell apart. I was devastated with the … Continue reading

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Gifts from the Heart :: Marshmallows & Maple Pecan Popcorn

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I’ve always been drawn to the idea of homemade marshmallows. I was curious about the construction and exactly what they were made of. Doing a little research – sugar, corn syrup, gelatin – got it. Doing a little shopping – … Continue reading

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