Let’s Just Get it All Out on the Table

OK. I admit it.

This post is going to be the “Not me Friday” like MckMama’s “Not me Monday” except for that I am not the mother of many small children and we the family Antila don’t go on spur-of-the-moment vacations and I theoretically should be able to get my butt to the grocery store.


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Make your own Dishwasher Detergent – the experiment

Here is what it takes to make your own dishwasher detergent!

Lately, since I’ve been cooking for a living, we’re running the dishwashwer two to three times a day.

Catalyst Cooks is cooking up more than just food! I’m also cooking up my own cleaning products.


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A beautiful day at Parley Lake Winery

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit and begin set up at Parley Lake Winery!

I am always amazed at the feelings of peace and serenity I feel when I go out there to visit.

Maybe it has something to do with the beauty of the place.

I made sure to bring my camera […]

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My New Buds

Woke up to a cloudy day

Found Sunlight in the garden anyway

We need the rain, so it’s okay


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Cooking is the Drug

Hi everybody!

I’ve missed you…

Just back from a trip to D.C. to visit dear friends Paul & Rachel and their lovely kids. One of my favorite moments was putting in some practice teaching pasta-making to Grace, Vera and Peter (ages 9, 6 and 2) in preparation for this summer’s Kid Cooks: Pasta Making and […]

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Serv-Safe, Lunches, Bronze- Another typical Monday

Good morning and happy Monday to everybody! Happy belated Mother’s day to you Moms out there.

For those that missed it, there is a love letter to my mom on the Minneapolis Star Tribune website from Saturday 5/8. I responded to a tweet from Bill Ward, a reporter who covers local stories and writes […]

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Is this really Minneapolis?

As promised, photos from the walk Neighbor Dave and I enjoyed on Sunday, which was so beautiful it led me to procrastinate terribly (as seen in yesterday’s post.)

There was pretty blue sky and the PCF was high (PCF= “Puffy Cloud Factor” according to Dave)…

Sky over Lake Harriet Rose Garden, […]

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Cooking Notes

Today, I went for lunch with Prayati and Jennifer (thanks ladies!) and was sharing with them about my morning getting ready for coffee with Stephanie and Deb K (thanks to you ladies too!). They insisted I blog about my cooking, so I thought I’d start today!

My coffee date was to begin at 9am, and […]

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A Bit ‘o’ Trivia

(Repeat opening) YES- this is the Catalyst Cooks website- for the time being! I’m excited you’re here, if you typed in www.CatalystCooks.com, you are not in the wrong spot!

Some of you may be here for the first time- this blog is the story of how I started this new business.

However~ I’m doing a […]

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And Now for a Break from our Regular Posts…

I was talking with my mom, Pam, on Monday night. I updated her on Neighbor Dave’s and my visit to the Upper Peninsula, she talked about her weekend, and somehow that led to discussion about Grandma’s bills and paperwork. By the end of the call we were both laughing~ I think I suggested she should […]

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