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It's all about experimenting...

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My dining room has become a lab and my science teacher husband thinks I'm a little bit crazy with my new experiments but at least he's accepting of my antics.  I have found myself saying "it's all about experimenting" often when trying to make excuses for my failed attempts at producing quality work.  That watermelon that I tried to plant in my garden this year only grew to about 2 inches in diameter and that printmaking project that I delved into a few days ago ended up being a total mess.  Oh well.  Next year I'll just plant the watermelon earlier and I have figured out to make cards much easier that with ink and a brayer.  

But back to the dining room.  Ever since I was pregnant my digestion has been iffy so my new doctor told me a couple of months ago about the book "Brain Maker" and I have been learning all about the microbiome, microorganisms, probiotics and the importance of taking care of my gut.  I still don't understand it fully but what I have taken away from it is that I should be eating more fermented vegetables and getting more probiotics into my diet.  I have never liked sauerkraut and wince at the story that my husband tells about his grandfather making kimchi and the creeping dirty diaper smell.  But I am challenging myself and am trying to convince myself that maybe homemade kraut will taste better, especially if I add an apple!  So, it's on day two of fermenting.  

A cooler of kraut.

A cooler of kraut.


Then today I bought a DIY kombucha kit.  Now THIS is exciting because I really do like kombucha and if it works I probably will drink it!  I brewed my tea and let it cool to room temperature and now it has the SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) installed and I supposedly now need to send it love for the next coupe of weeks for the bacteria to work it's magic.  Basically it looks like a jar of sun tea with a headdress and big jelly fish swimming about in it. I am curious to know how it will taste and if it will work, but for now I just have to wait and see. 

These things have come to pass and now we just have to sit back and watch the experiment happen.  And hope for the best.  And if it doesn't turned out as planned, we'll just have to make a different (and hopefully better) choice next time.