Something “New” to Read

Posted by mrssmythe on February 4, 2016 in Books |

I participated in a church-sponsored book exchange over the weekend. Actually, it wasn’t supposed to be an exchange, per se. Rather, the idea was for each of twelve people to bring in thirty books. The resulting 360 books were then set out on tables and offered up to anyone interested. All of this took place after services, […]

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Squirrel Surprise

Posted by mrssmythe on May 7, 2015 in Books, Cooking, Critters |

I’m still deep in the stack of outdated cookbooks I picked up earlier this week at the library’s used book sale. Since I last blogged, I’ve moved on from The Modern Family Cookbook (1943) to The Yankee Cook Book, first published in 1939. My copy is the revised edition, published almost forty years later, but it can’t be too revised, because […]

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Another Reason I Love Old Cookbooks

Posted by mrssmythe on February 4, 2014 in Kitchen, Musings |

Another thing I love about old cookbooks – and old books, in general – is the little clippings and slips of paper you often find among the pages. The cookbook I brought home the other day had lots of these little papers, and I had a good time looking at them before I carefully tucked […]


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