Christmas Preparations, a Fish Food-Eating Dog, Hats, and Chickens

Posted by mrssmythe on December 5, 2016 in Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, Week in Review |

Ginger decided it was time to set up the creche this week. She has four boxes of figures now, and her display spans three small tables. This is definitely one of her favorite things to do each December. What Ginger does not like is the way the cats get involved with the scenery. Shadow really should find another place to […]

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The Sweater is Finally Finished! (plus some kitchen news and a birthday)

Posted by mrssmythe on November 28, 2016 in Baking, Celebrations, Cooking, Crafting, Toys, Week in Review |

Pepper’s still cooking up a storm with her Great Courses “Everyday Gourmet” class. This past week, she made Vietnamese Noodle Salad as part of the stir fry lesson. Delicious! The kids weren’t overly enthusiastic, but I loved it. In other kitchen news, I ended up making two pumpkin pies this past week. Neither one was for Thanksgiving. The […]

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More Mitts, Autumn Leaves, and Some Chickens

Posted by mrssmythe on November 8, 2016 in Brewing, Celebrations, Chickens, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, libraries, Seasons, Week in Review |

Just when you think Fall is winding up, you drive by the library and see something like this: The Japanese Maples are in fine form and make a great subject for Prisma experimentation, as Ginger discovered. Echoing the red and gold theme – these berries I spotted on one of my dog walks. I’ve done […]

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101 Classic Cookbooks

Posted by mrssmythe on January 4, 2016 in Books, Celebrations, Cooking |

A friend of mine gave me a copy of this wonderful book for Christmas this year. I’m inching my way through it now, going slowly so I can “savor” each entry. If you’re at all interested in domestic history – cooking in particular – you really ought to seek this book out. The first half lists 101 significant […]

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Ginger’s Favorite Christmas Gift

Posted by mrssmythe on January 1, 2016 in Celebrations, Critters |

Meet CPT Bulldog. CPT Bulldog is not our fish. CPT Bulldog is a fish that we watched (fish-sat?) for a week over Thanksgiving when some friends of ours went to Oklahoma. Ginger especially enjoyed fish-sitting. She included CPT Bulldog in as many activities as she could that week. Things like school work… crafting… and even her birthday party. When it was time to […]

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