Book Reviews and Going Down a Rabbit Hole

This month was an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction. The second book took me down a rabbit hole for a while with a book leading to a movie, then to music from decades ago. But, let's start with my favorite North Carolina author writing in her style of magical realism. Other Birds by Sarah …

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Stashbusters – Final 2022

Today is the final check in for Stashbusters, reporting your December monthly totals and the final year to date. December was busy with holiday fun, so I didn't get a lot of sewing completions done. I did finish the Christmas Quilt. I was able to use not only a panel brought into the stash in …

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Happy New Year 2023

I didn't get a tablescape done in time for this post, so here is my Japanese Inspired Tablescape from my New Year post in 2020, along with recipes. Everything on the table except the flowers and napkins came from my thrift store and estate sale excursions. I love these lacquer dishes and they blend nicely …

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Looking Ahead to 2023

Well, I thought I was being cute on Tuesday with the video, but it didn't get the response I thought it might. It was supposed to be a clue to let you all know a new mystery quilt along is coming in January, but only a couple of readers figured that out. I couldn't do …

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Christmas Wishes

On this Christmas Day, I want to wish you joy and peace, with love and laughter of family and friends. A wish for all my readers, no matter where you live or what your faith, of health and happiness on this day and every day. I wrote these wishes in 2016, republished them in 2020 …

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Quick Meals – Cook What You Have

Quick recipes are sometimes the best thing when you need a meal and you forgot to plan or defrost something. Even better when you can create a meal in just a half hour or so, out of pantry staples, like this tomato soup recipe from Milk Street. The new cookbook from Milk Street called Cook …

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Sunday Chat – Christmas Ideas and a New Visitor

Dawn over the mountain to the east this past week brought beautiful color with the clouds reflecting the sunrise glow. The quiet of the early morning is a nice time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, just breathe, and plan the day. Looking south, it is lovely to see the dark architecture of the …

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