First Hydrangea of the Season

Posted by mrssmythe on July 8, 2016 in Garden, Mrs. Smythe |

Small confession – this hydrangea isn’t mine. I spotted it while walking the dogs this morning. It had a lone blossom, down near its base, so hidden, I almost missed it. This particular hydrangea is part of what I call a “shrub island.” A very successful shrub island, I might add. You’ve know the sort I mean – the […]



Crown Jewel Dessert

Posted by mrssmythe on February 16, 2016 in Celebrations, Cooking, Mrs. Smythe, Old Books |

A while back, I wrote about a vintage cookbook I’d found on the library FREE shelf. (You can read all about that HERE). It was titled The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook and was published in 1959. I’ve had some time to go through the book, and one section interests me keenly: the “How to Feed a Crowd” section. I find […]

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The Cats’ Favorite Christmas Gift

Posted by mrssmythe on January 6, 2016 in Mrs. Smythe |

The cats have a favorite Christmas gift this year, too. Just like Ginger, they think Emmanuel the fish is an outstanding addition to the family. Ever since we set up the tank, they’ve shown marked interest. In fact, both Mr. Wa and Shadow now spend significant parts of each day fish-watching. So far, they seem […]


Mashed Potatoes with Greens

Posted by mrssmythe on November 18, 2015 in Mrs. Smythe |

When I first saw Southern Living‘s recipe for “Mashed Potatoes with Greens” I thought I’d skip it. Everything else in their Make-Ahead Thanksgiving menu looked fine, but potatoes with greens? That sounded weird. I was puzzled why anyone would feel the need to add anything to mashed potatoes. CPT America was in agreement. We grew up […]

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Just a dog in a hammock. Nothing to see here.

Posted by mrssmythe on September 23, 2015 in Family, Mrs. Smythe, Travel |


With travel comes new experiences. For Pepper that meant hanging out in a hammock last night with Jack – my sister’s nine-month-old boxer. Fun stuff!


(That’s a lot of dog for a hammock!)

From my mother’s dining room table,

Mrs. Smythe




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