Jewish Journal

  • DIY: Make a succulent terrarium for your indoor garden

    By Julie Bien

    July 14, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    Hello lovely readers! I'm back with my newest DIY post. Today, we're making terrariums. Why terrariums? Well...

    As much as I love my new apartment, the biggest issue I have with it is that it lacks a balcony or patio--so there's no place for a real garden.

    Because I love... read on

  • Mini-tutorial: New hardware on an old table

    By Julie Bien

    June 16, 2014 | 10:38 am

    Dear lovely readers,

    I apologize for my absence, but I'm back!

    This time I have a mini tutorial on changing hardware on a wooden side table with drawers.

    I found some snazzy mercury glass knobs to replace some fuddy-duddy old metal handles that came with the free... read on

  • DIY: Reupholstering a dining room chair

    By Julie Bien

    May 15, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    I'll admit it. I reupholstered the first of four chairs before documenting the process. I wanted to make sure that 1) I could do it and 2) that there wasn't any blood. So now that I'm totally an expert in dining chair reupholstery, I will share my wisdom with you! Seriously--this... read on

  • Adventures in moving

    By Julie Bien

    May 12, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    This month I'm moving into a really spiffy 1920s Egyptian Revival "Historic Register" apartment building. Quite a step up from my current "we-shoot-people-down-the-block" abode.

    Perhaps that's too harsh--I love my current building and my super sweet landlord, but the location is... read on

  • Recipe: Deluxe (and easy) tacos for Cinco de Mayo

    By Julie Bien

    May 5, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    We have a joke in our family that real Jewish cooking is simply a matter of being able to make boxed/canned/frozen food edible by dressing it up with fresh ingredients. This is how my midwestern mother's taco recipe came to be. It should be noted that my father, a native Angeleno... read on

  • Drunken Passover apple cake with melted cheddar

    By Julie Bien

    April 7, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    Inspired by the popularity of my drunken Passover grilled cheese recipe, I decided to figure out what other ways I could combine cheese, cheap wine and carbs for Passover (like I need an excuse to eat cheese, carbs and cheap wine.)

    And then this happened; a delicious, traditional... read on

  • Drunken Passover grilled cheese? Yes, please!

    By Julie Bien

    April 3, 2014 | 11:35 am

    In college, the week of Passover always presented  a major culinary challenge--how many ways could I eat matzo? It was like the non-treif version of the shrimp scene in Forest Gump.

    Matzo brie, matzo pizza, matzo dipped in chocolate, matzo with butter, matzo with matzo...

    ... read on

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Hi. I’m Julie Bien.

I’m a writing, blogging, coffee-drinking machine.

I also have a thing for sustainability, organic gardening, cooking, and easy crafting. I’m like Martha...

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