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DIY Lights OUT! Getting Creative in Emergency Situations

Posted by on Aug 10, 2013 in Blog, DIY | 0 comments

DIY Lights OUT! Getting Creative in Emergency Situations

My first year as a Costa Rica travel writer, there was a week so windy I could have sworn I was living in The Wizard of Oz. Traffic signs and roof tiles flew off their posts and torpedoed into cars (and sometimes unfortunate pedestrians). Both the power and water were out in Liberia for 3-4 days; it was so dangerous that school was cancelled, work was postponed and you couldn’t even leave the house for fear of getting smacked in the face with flying objects. Fortunately, I lived right next door to my best friend at the time, and between the...

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DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch (& Homemade Wicks!)

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in DIY | 0 comments

DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch (& Homemade Wicks!)

It’s rainy season again, and in Costa Rica that means mosquito season. In an effort to keep the swarms at bay, I tried out dozens of do-it-yourself solutions found on the internet so that you don’t have to. (You’re welcome.) First I made mosquito traps made of plastic bottles filled with sugar/yeast: FAIL. Then I put orange peels inside of electric insect repellent plugs: FAIL. Next I planted basil and other anti-mosquito herbs in containers around the house. FAIL. And on and on. Nothing worked. Finally I came across an idea for DIY...

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Do-It-Yourself Mason Jar Container Gardens

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog, DIY, Gardening | 0 comments

Do-It-Yourself Mason Jar Container Gardens

One of my lifelong dreams has been to take care of a garden without inadvertently killing all of the plants in it. My “black thumb” has a long track record of being the curse of death for anything pretty and green. This week, I decided to change all that.  First, I took a taxi to the local vivero, or nusery. They didn’t have any seeds, so instead I purchased some starter plants. I got all of this for 6,000 colones, or exactly $2 USD per plant: thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, lemongrass and hierbabuena (spearmint). Next, it was time...

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Do-it-Yourself: Coconut Milk

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Do-it-Yourself: Coconut Milk

Coconut milk: it’s delicious, it’s nutritious and it’s expensive. At upwards of $4 USD a can at the local supermercado, chances are this superfood doesn’t fit very well into your meal budget — tragic, considering how perfect it is for sweetening coffee, livening up soups and thickening smoothies. Luckily raw coconuts only cost about a dollar a piece, and just one can yield the equivalent of 1.5 to two cans of its store-bought counterparts. Plus if you make your own milk then you won’t have to deal with preservatives like BPA...

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