Heeland Coo: A Scottish Heather Ale

Our latest batch of beer has just finished, and we’ve poured a few for ourselves and friends. It’s a Scottish Heather Ale, and we’ve named it Heeland Coo. Our Scottish Heather Ale is made with heather instead of hops, an ancient Scottish practice when people were still inventing beer and putting weird plants into things […]

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Before and After: Organizing Craft Supplies with an Ikea Expedit Bookcase

I’ve tried to keep our small home organized, while housing two people who love costumes, cooking, books, movies, games, crafts, home brewing, gardening, cluttered rooms, and dislike dishes and laundry. We’ve had some successes. Our small kitchen is packed with organizing hacks. Our bedroom is a quiet haven, where everything has its place. Our DVD […]

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A Beer Pairing Menu from Fort Collins Brewery

To celebrate our first anniversary, Michael and I went to a Beer Pairing Dinner. (The anniversary and dinner were back in October, but it takes me a while to get around to writing this stuff.) It was a one-time event presented by Fort Collins Brewery, and served at The Buckhorn Exchange, Denver’s oldest restaurant. The […]

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From the Kitchen: Delicious Dream Challah Bread

One night, I woke up from a very vivid dream. In it, I had been eating a delicious bread. The sweet scent and buttery-honey taste intoxicated my senses. I woke up and told Michael all about it. “It tasted of honey, and warm hugs, and heaven,” I pined. “That sounds like Challah bread,” he said. […]

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How to Make Body Scrubs with your Kitchen Ingredients

This past weekend, I attended a Bath Party. Now, there’s a good chance you hear that and think one of two things: something adult with lots of bubbles, or one of those things where a friend of a friend tries to sell things at you, but you go anyway because there’s free food. This was […]

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Happy New Year! 2013 in Review at Neeland Cottage and A Look Forward at 2014

The 10th of January marked the first anniversary of our Neeland Cottage blog. A lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions, but I’m more of the mindset that if you want to change something, start any time instead of waiting for a new year. That being said, it is fun to look back on the […]

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How to Make Soap Dispensers from Various Bottles

Hello, Internet. Today we are going to make soap dispensers from various bottles. This is one of those how-to articles that seems ridiculously simple, but then I think about how simple I need other people’s directions to be, and I figure, why shouldn’t I write a lengthy tutorial describing what can be shown in a […]

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Design Notebook: Amy’s Fabulous Ladies’ Parlor

My friend Amy recently bought a new house, and was recently seeking my opinion about what to do with their front room. Naturally, I took this as an invitation to design the entire thing and then expect her to go out and buy everything I suggested. Some Parameters The room in question is the first […]

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From the Bookshelf: The Drunken Botanist

If you know me or are a regular reader of this blog, you would know that I am an amateur home brewer, an enthusiastic (although easily distracted) gardener, and a true lover of books. So you can imagine my delight when, for my birthday, my sister-in-law presented me with this beautiful book called The Drunken […]

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Design Notebook: A Bedroom for Baby Harris

My good friends are having a baby, and we had a lot of fun the other day looking at the room they’ll be converting to a nursery, sketching out design ideas and talking about possibilities Here are some of the ideas and parameters that needed to be incorporated in the design: The room must be […]

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