Kill Your Mum
Sep10

Kill Your Mum

Mums. They’re everywhere from grocery stores to flea markets this time of year and we are programed to sit them around and then try to plant it for next year (mine mostly die). With an average cost of $5 why not rethink your approach. Mums are beautiful, they come in awesome colors, have nice sturdy stems and the plant almost always has a nice variety of buds and flower size. Perfect for an artful arrangement. All you need is a...

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Curtain Call
Sep03

Curtain Call

I say you still have a chance to make the best tomato pie, tomato jelly, tomato salad, or the absolute best tomato sandwich this season. Make it all, then make a sandwich for yourself to savor. Here is how Dave and I approach the classic summer dish. Mediterra* sourdough bread (and never get this pre-sliced, you can do it!) Slab bacon (peppered, cook in a skillet, crisp) Hellmann’s mayonnaise 2 tomatoes thick sliced 2 slices...

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Tomato Jam & Cornmeal Cookies.
Aug18

Tomato Jam & Cornmeal Cookies.

This clever take on a dessert cookie can be served with wine, tea or add them to your August dinner party table. Jam. 2 lb assorted tomatoes 1 cup sugar .25 cup apple cider vinegar 1 T orange zest 3 T orange juice 1 T grated fresh ginger 2 t sea salt 1 t ground coriander 4 whole cloves Add tomatoes to boiling water for one minute to loosen skins, plunge into ice water to stop cooking. Peel core and chop and place in a saucepan. Stir...

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The OONI pizza oven, connecting food and art
Jun04

The OONI pizza oven, connecting food and art

The OONI PIZZA OVEN uses a small amount of space. Delivers on big taste. I ordered ours from Huckberry, a great online catalog. It is simple and fun to use and turns pizza-making into a party. Like Paint Monkey but better. I know you are skeptical but see for yourself in this step-by-step guide to pizza perfection. Step #1 Set it on a solid surface (outside, of course!). Step #2 Add wood pellets and light with a lighter cube, one is...

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art, imitating life
Mar08

art, imitating life

When My daughter Lucy was about to turn 16 I wanted to publish a Happy Birthday post for her. I poured through photos of past birthdays, school days, and sports photos mostly when she was really little, so many cute photos and stories. But, then I thought of this photo taken of her for a great project I worked on for SWAN Day. She was 13 when this was this shot and I think it pretty much sums up anything I could ever say except Love...

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We all scream for SNOW ICE CREAM
Feb14

We all scream for SNOW ICE CREAM

We have all been stuck indoors for a year, and I’m sure you think you are running out of creative ideas for yourself or your family to do on a freezing afternoon, plus I think there is another snowstorm coming this way sooo it might be time to make quite possibly one of the best treats you have had in a while. Yep, snow ice cream. My grandmother used to make it for us kids, easy for anyone to make. Yummy for everyone to eat. • 1...

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