JANUARY 24, 2012 5:47PM

The Silent Armageddon

20120119 Solar Flare

M2.6 Solar Flare from 1/19/2012, courtesy wikimedia commons

The cell phones went dead. The landline wouldn’t work.  Worst of all, people could not buy beer with their credit cards.  As I wrote out a check for a pitcher of pale ale, my husband declared that, “Armageddon w… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2012 11:30PM

A Tonic for all Your Ills

Tonight, my newfangled birthday present led me to an old fashioned recipe: homemade tonic water.  Okay, so the recipe isn't totally old fashioned, but the making of tonic water with quinine has been around for a long time. Did you know quinine (cinchona) originated in Peru and it's bar… Read full post »
DECEMBER 27, 2011 12:31PM

Boxing Day Disc Golf

I got out of the kitchen by the day after Christmas just in time to burn off some pie and show the dads Chico's finest disc golf course, Peregrine Point.  On the way, we saw a highway patrolman driving slowly in the opposite direction, attempting to prevent some loose cattle from… Read full post »
DECEMBER 20, 2011 7:11PM

Winter Solstice Time, Chico Style

Below are some snippets of Chateau Baker from today. While I miss the snow at Christmas, it is novel and welcome to be playing disc golf in the warmth, looking at flowers, and wearing tank tops.  There is no chance I'll be pick-axing an ice shelf in my driveway this year…

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DECEMBER 17, 2011 1:42AM

An Evening at the Baker's

Tonight Chico felt more like home to me than any time over the last five months. The kids have friends, the neighbors come over to chat and drink beer, and I'm baking bread again. Leah is having one of her school friends, Alexa, over to spend the night. Alexa… Read full post »
DECEMBER 16, 2011 1:03AM

So Proud to Have a Villain in the Family

Tonight we attended the Sherwood Montessori Christmas show. No slipping out early for us- having a child in the youngest grade and another in the oldest grade. No matter, though, the show was entertaining, that quintessential mix of proud, embarrassing, and adorable moments.

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DECEMBER 12, 2011 4:05PM

The Hunt For Green December

Moving back to California held many promises for me, time with my family being the foremost of these. So with pleasure, this weekend, the Chico Bakers embarked on the annual Christmas Tree Hunt in Lassen National Forest. We were guided by Dad (aka Forester Frank) and Mom (bringer of cocoa and… Read full post »
APRIL 28, 2011 9:43PM

How To Laminate a Table

As you may or may not know, we're moving to Chico, California on May 31st. Our prospective domicile is a 1980's contemporary extravaganza and I have been up late nights planning the minutia of interior decor to suit the style of the house. Call it overactive nesting instincts…

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JULY 14, 2010 11:14PM

Watermelon Beets Up On Your Salad

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Call me a square but I really do not like watermelon, especially oddly shaped $300 ones from Japan as pictured above. This watermelon diss comes as an even bigger shock to people than my fear of tomatoes and allergy to cilantro combined. And now/…

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JULY 2, 2010 9:34PM


Picnicking is a lost art. It is so arcane that even the word looks strange to me; where did that extra k come from, anyway? With a little practice, however, we can revive a forgotten ritual. With a modern touch we can stave off the salmonella as well. Being smarter than/…

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MAY 29, 2010 7:38PM

Axel's Prizewinning Dandelion

MAY 26, 2010 11:09PM

Marching on with broken knees

Our windchimes stopped
jingling like they used to.
A member, broken off,
lays trodden on the deck.
The others, weary,
try to complete the song.
Remember, they sing
a vibration of the past.
But shortfalls,
missing the small piece.
Never will we ring
that song again.
A new one, in its stead,
too much to hope.

Editor’s Pick
MAY 23, 2010 2:15AM

An Oasis for Shrimp



This evening’s shrimp were deveined and frozen at a time when the Gulf Oil spill was not even a glimmer on BP’s balance sheet. Through the digestive passages of these cryogenic crustaceans passed only the usual amount of oceanic pollutants. Contamination aside, prev… Read full post »

**Warning: this is a profane blog post of specious worth to you and society as a whole. You probably should not even read it. Thanks. **

A fellow blogger - upon learning that I like the word weasel, hate the word turd, and my favorite curse word is dickweed - asked… Read full post »

1.   What is your favorite word?


2.   What is your least favorite word?


 3.   What turns you on? 


4.   What turns you off? 


5.   What sound or noise do you love? 

my children talking

6. &nbsRead full post »

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MAY 15, 2010 8:35PM

A Peck of Peas from the Farm Share

Peas, please!

My back is sore and I did sleep restlessly last night, but I’m no princess. The only peas in my house rest peacefully in the kitchen. We keep the "food in bed" rule at zero-tolerance around here, though sometimes the little guy traipses in at 5am covered in cream… Read full post »

MAY 11, 2010 12:02AM

Twitter Glitches and Twitches


Early Monday morning, in an unprecedented demonstration of the obfuscation of the real world, average tweeters everywhere were given the ability to make Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, and Betty White listen to their boring sub-140 character life updates. Yes, kiddies, it’s true.… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2010 5:21PM

Blast from Kitchens Past


It is Mother’s Day and my biggest concern is whether or not I should write under the influence of Flexeril. Such is my carefree lifestyle. The second Sunday in May is usually my favorite day of the year, but this one I am observing horizontally after pulling… Read full post »

Chuck Coyle literally drove away with the win today at the ICC Crit in
Englewood, doing a steering wheel style salute in honor of sponsor,
Groove Subaru. Chuck got away in a break of four guys with only three
laps to go. Dirk Friel and Thomas Roba were/…

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Today, apparently, someone typed a B instead of a M and the BM hit the fan, on an international scale. M and B are only separated by one key on the keyboard so I understand how this could happen. Typo's happen to me all the time.

In this case, though,… Read full post »

MAY 5, 2010 12:10AM

Twelve Steps to a Thinner You

Back in March, a study came out showing that high-calorie foods could be just as addictive as cocaine. Researchers put rats into three eating groups; rats that ate regular kibble, rats that would snack for an hour a day on high-calorie food, and high-calorie all-you-can-eat buffet rats. The high-calo… Read full post »

MAY 3, 2010 1:17PM

Cat 2's Get Krausified

The boys came back last night at about 2 am, following a twelve hour drive back from the Tour of the Gila in Silver City, New Mexico. The big story on the final Gila Monster stage was Krause's crushing attack in the valley during the cat 2 race. He came back…

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APRIL 30, 2010 11:39PM

Time Trials and Tribulations

Tour of Gila, Stage 3, the time trial. Jon's hope of a good GC showing was crushed today after a mechanical on his time trial bike, midrace, cost him over three minutes. Bummus Majoris. He is taking it in stride, however, happy that his form is top notch as the…

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APRIL 29, 2010 7:56PM

The Mayo Dichotomy

I suppose my real love affair with mayo began in Belgium, where it is mounded like whipped cream on top of frites. The frites come freshly fried from street vendors, served in a paper cone or tray and always topped off with a tiny plastic fork and healthy dose of mayonnaise. … Read full post »