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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Pretty.  Simple.
Jun21

Pretty. Simple.

Teacup, shallow bowl, anything that can hold a bit of water can hold a single flower or six or more. A moving composition, by...

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You have your grandmother’s eyes.
Feb04

You have your grandmother’s eyes.

That is what everyone used to say. My grandma Margaret (my dad’s mom), that is. I don’t think I looked like her at all, but we spent a lot of time together, summers, and every chance I got. Eccentric. That is how people described her. Bold, creative, risk-taker, that is how I saw her. She has been gone for over 30 years, but she is with me every day. Margaret was a trailblazer. She owned a bar, was a seamstress who...

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We all scream for SNOW ICE CREAM
Jan17

We all scream for SNOW ICE CREAM

We have all been stuck indoors for too long, 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. •...

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COFFEE SOUP
Jan13

COFFEE SOUP

I think this old-fashioned recipe should be the next big thing. It does have some rather odd ingredients like butter, sugar, coffee, and crackers, but I just tried it again and it was delish! My Mom and Grandma Martha would make coffee soup for me on weekends or if I was sick or I think when we had nothing else. I totally forgot about it, then the other day I was thinking about my mom and the funny things she did like make coffee soup...

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You Gotta Ricotta Cake
Nov01

You Gotta Ricotta Cake

This cake is both elegant enough for company and easy enough for a weeknight. I think the secret to making this cake (or cookie) great is to mix the ricotta into the wet ingredients really well, that’s what makes it light. Also, I swapped out a bit of the flour for fine cornmeal and that is in this recipe, you don’t have to. Oh! I was looking for a simple way to apply a powdered sugar design for the top when Dave said he...

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