The Peachy Pixel

Advice for a happy indoor, outdoor life.

Bigger and Better!

Hello everyone! 

Bear with me! The site is currently under construction. Things may look a little funny at times. Other things may move or disappear. But I'm bringing it back! Bigger and better than ever before! 

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Kicking 2017 off with a scifi start!

For my first pick of the year, I chose Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein. It was a bit of an impulse purchase. I had some money leftover on a giftcard from Christmas, and decided that a collection of short stories might be a good way to ease myself back into daily reading. The cover of the book caught my eye, and on a recommendation from the store staff, I picked it up. What a lovely surprise it turned out to be!

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Dragon Age: Trespasser

I was lucky enough to get to play through most of Trespasser the day it was released. With the trailer and all of the dev teasers, I was really excited to get my hands on it, much more excited than I've been for any of the other dlc's. Though I wont say it was a total success, I will say that I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it.

Beware. There will be spoilers ahead.

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Pancake Muffins

Breakfast and baked goods are two of my favorite things in the kitchen. Naturally, I'm always looking for intersections between the two. Pancakes, waffles, muffins. I love them all! Unfortunately, pancakes and waffles can be time consuming to make fresh every morning. Muffins, however, have the advantage of shelf life. In the interest of having a quick and easy pancake breakfast every morning, I came up with the pancake muffin! It's the perfect compromise for those mornings where your just in too much of a hurry to cook. 

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Adventures in Canning: Part 1

I've been a busy bee these past few months! I apologize for the lack of articles recently, but my plate has been pretty full. I have good news though! I have several articles planned for the next week or two, as well as the months to come, and I'm looking forward to producing more content. Thank you for your patience! 

One of the things I've been working on lately is my garden. It's taken off and it's doing great! (Well, except for the cabbage and the broccoli. An army of caterpillars mowed through them. ) In particular, the cucumber vines have been growing prodigiously. Late last week I was cutting fully grown cucumbers off the vines, and by this Tuesday I had enough to make a batch of pickles! I have no prior experiences canning at all, but I've been looking forward to this all summer. Here's how it went:

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Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I've always been fascinated with tales of life on the frontier. I imagined covered wagons rolling slowly across the country, crossing windswept plains and forests tangled and brimming with life, fording creeks and circling up around a camp fire. Especially as a child, I would devour anything on the subject. Laura Ingalls Wilder was a hero in my eyes, and I read each of the Little House on the Prairie books with an eagerness that bordered on impatience. I needed to know what it was like to live in that era, so different from my own. As an adult my literary tastes are more diverse, but I still retain an appreciation for that era, particularly when considering the fact that Wilder grew up traveling in a covered wagon, but eventually endured both world wars and lived to see Elvis, broadcast television and commercial airline flights.

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Peach Cobbler Bites

Summer is finally here! My garden is bursting out of the planter boxes and the first peppers and tomatoes are starting to appear. The weather has turned hot and humid. Some of my summer flowers are starting to bloom. And, the first few, fresh peaches of the season are starting to appear in local markets. That means it's time for peach cobbler! Instead of my usual recipe though, I decided to experiment with a cookie version that would be easier to pack and take in my lunches or as a snack. They've been a hit!

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Strawberry Pie Bars

One of my mother's favorite recipes is for miniature cherry pies. Over the years it's also become a fan-favorite and someone requests it at almost every holiday party. It's delicious, but I've recently been experimenting and trying to make a version of my own. I prefer strawberries to cherries, and I also wanted to avoid having to use the miniature pie crusts which are expensive to buy and a pain to make yourself. This is what I've come up with: Strawberry Pie Bars. 

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Honey Spelt Rolls

I've been wanting to start baking my own bread for awhile, but I've been dragging my feet. It just seemed so intimidating. But yesterday I put my foot down and decided that I would procrastinate no longer. I decided to start with a dinner roll, and because I had some spelt flour, I chose to use it. It was a spectacular success! So, here is the recipe I used:

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Review of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science by Rachel Swaby

The disparity between male and female professionals in working in STEM fields is a well known problem in modern American society. According to statistics from the US Department of Commerce, in 2009 women made up 48 % of the overall workforce, but held only 24% of jobs in STEM fields. While the precise reasons for such a wide gap are not entirely understood, there are a number of obvious problems (females in STEM fields earn an average of 12% less than their male counterparts) and a number of obvious solutions to help correct the issue in the years to come. In Headstrong, Rachel Swaby attempts to provide one such solution by highlighting 52 female role models who made significant contributions to all the various STEM fields, many of whom are Nobel winners and trailblazers in their respective areas of interest. 

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