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Reclaimed/Recycled Wood Bed Frames

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

If you don’t count finding the wood, taking apart whatever it was before, removing the nails, and cleaning it up; then it really only took us a few hours to put these bed frames together.

Oliver’s bed is made from a found futon frame (the nice looking ends), and some cheap, real wood cabinets we bought extremely cheap from a thrift store in town.  The queen size bedframe is made from the same cabinets and a pine futon frame (different than Oliver’s).  Both were designed to have airflow underneath the bed to help with mold issues in the summer.

We’re planning to write a booklet on the different projects we implemented this year, and the design for these will definitely be included, as they were very simple to construct, and in the case of the queen size bed frame, has looots of storage under it.

Homemade Ice-Cream

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The heatwave has brought on the most delicious of dishes to the KPEC: hand-cranked, homemade vanilla coconut milk ice-cream.  We use the recipes here as a guide and modify it as we want.  The coconut milk is amazing for ice-cream, and the whole vanilla beans we had ordered on ebay from a women’s vanilla bean grower’s co-op in India (Free-Trade, Organic).  Which, on a different note, we had used to make vanilla extract, in a similar way to this site.

Blueing Bolete

Monday, July 26th, 2010

We found some blueing boletes growing in front of our house a few days ago.  When you rip them, the inside turns blue upon being exposed to oxygen.

The rule of thumb is, if a bolete turns blue, don’t eat it. Maybe we’ll get lucky and find some chanterelles growing under the oak trees in our yard.

The Sign

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

It’s official!  We have a sign.

Our friend and biking superhero Emily/Stardust made a sign for the front of the house.  It’s resting next to a flag pole support on the front of the house.

The next question is, what kind of flag should we put up?

Emily is currently planning a superhero service bike ride through Mexico for this winter.  If that sounds appealing, we can send you her contact.

Many thanks Stardust for the beautiful sign!

New Phone Number and Ready for Visitors

Monday, July 12th, 2010

We have a phone line!  Give us a call at 660-627-0035 to set up a time to visit, get a tour, have dinner, talk sustainability and community, stay the night, or whatever else you have in mind.

Also, our house is ready to host visitors.  We don’t have any guest bedrooms, but there’s plenty of nooks, a couch, an air mattress, and an entire unfinished basement.  Give us a call, send us an email, or write us a letter to set up a visit.  As always, everything we do is by donation, so all we ask is that you give what you’re joyful to give so we can keep the project going (even if you can’t donate anything, we still want you to visit!).  Hope to see you soon!


Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We moved a piano into the future KPEC on Monday evening.  It came from about 10 miles past Newark, and I certainly understand how heavy a piano is now.  There were five of us lifting, and we couldn’t have done it without all five of us.

It’s out of tune, but not too badly considering how long its been since its last tuning, and three of the keys aren’t striking the string.  If you know of anyone who can tune a piano and fix the three notes, we know someone who will barter a professional Swedish massage for the work.

The House

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010