Barbara’s ginkgo tree 2022 update
Nov15

Barbara’s ginkgo tree 2022 update

UPDATE I have been following Barbara”s tree (and others) for years, and this year most leaves fell on November 12, but for the first time, they did not fall all at once, and there are still some leaves clinging on. At exactly 9:32 am on Saturday, November 11, 2017, every leaf fell off Barbara’s ginkgo tree. This came as no surprise, although a little late. Most years, it’s the 4th or 5th of November. This tree knows...

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Stack them up
Oct18

Stack them up

Give one as a gift, or better yet, make two for you, one for now and one for the freezer. Think of this as one big flat biscotti, with a similar flavor, but the dough is pressed into a single flat sheet that can then be broken up into pieces. Cornmeal-lemon sheet cookie serves 4 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup fine ground yellow cornmeal 1 t anise seeds 1/4 t baking powder sea salt 3 T unsalted butter 1 large egg, plus 1 egg white,...

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Creamy Kale, Sausage, & Sun Dried Tomatoes Penne
Oct13

Creamy Kale, Sausage, & Sun Dried Tomatoes Penne

It’s mid-October and getting colder and it is raining, and when it’s like this I love to look at all the interesting colors outside and cook a dinner that’s warming on the inside. This recipe seems made for this weather, really pretty to look at and is so easy every time I make it it turns out exactly the same, delicious. Creamy Kale, Sausage, & Sun Dried Tomatoes Penne Serves 5 or 6 1 pound penne pasta – cooked and...

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Pumpkin Cake with Honey Frosting
Oct02

Pumpkin Cake with Honey Frosting

Pumpkin Cake with Honey Frosting This recipe is adapted from the kitchens of Martha Stewart. I have been making it every fall for at least ten years, it’s an easy recipe that always makes a moist, delicious spice infused cake, with a surprising honey icing finish. Cake One stick unsalted butter- melted 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 T baking soda 1/2 t salt 1 1/2 t cinnamon 3/4 t ginger 1/2 t nutmeg 1/8 t allspice 1/8 t ground cloves...

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Lucy’s dresser repurposed
Sep29

Lucy’s dresser repurposed

Ok, I will admit I didn’t do this alone- Dave (you know the drummer) had a lot to say about this project, like “Hey! My drums will fit perfect in there!” Kidding aside, you can use this idea for other collections too. Here is how Dave did it. (I helped!) Take off the door and pull out draws. Turn on the side – reposition legs – add a flat piece of wood to cover where bottom once was. Paint or not. Design should never be...

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goose, goose, gorilla
Jul15

goose, goose, gorilla

Carnegie, Pa, is home to over 20 local businesses that support visual & performing arts. Performing arts organizations represent over 100 local performers, and visual arts organizations represent over 200 local artists. Carnegie Arts walk was in its first year and had a newly formed committee to make it happen. The four of us set out to set the benchmark and showcase our town. We had sponsors and over 33 stops for the day in just...

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