Snow Day!

Pretty, isn’t it?  This is my driveway this afternoon.  When the snow started coming down harder mid-morning, we thought we might be going home early.  Sure enough, cancellations started coming in, snow came down harder, and we decided to close up.  If only we had made that decision a little sooner!! Coming home, roads were …

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Just a Dozen Sugar Cookies

It just wasn't going to be Christmas without sugar cookies.  But on Christmas Eve, it was too cold and too late to get in the car and go to the store for the pre-made ones, or the refrigerated dough ones.  Besides, if I had six dozen, I would eat six dozen, and I didn't need …

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History of the Sewing Machine

I first started researching sewing machines a few years ago when I was lucky enough to find a vibrating shuttle machine with the branding of R.H. Macy.  I wondered who made it for them, and began to dig. This portable electrified vibrating shuttle machine was probably made around 1880.  Beginning in the 1800s, several manufacturers …

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Elegance of the Hedgehog – Review

A lonely concierge in a French apartment complex, a young girl with suicidal thoughts and a Japanese gentleman could hardly have anything in common, or could they?  The Elegance of the Hedgehog explores this premise intensely in an absorbing character study, devoting much of the book to the character’s thoughts. Renee, the concierge, has spent …

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Stacks: The Art of Vertical Food – Review

For beginners and experienced cooks, this book shows you how to wow your company and your family with little effort.  These are familiar ingredients and recipes, just a different way of presenting the dish.   The recipes cover salads, starters, seafood, savory and sweet.  No special equipment is necessary, although the stacks will be easier to …

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The Scrap Basket

How many scraps of material have you saved?  Do you have uneven pieces from cutting, partial yard leftovers, old clothes you can’t stand to give away because of the fabric or a pretty embroidery, bits and pieces of this and that?  Do you buy 4 yards of fabric when the pattern calls for 3?  “I’m …

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