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Summer Baking

Posted by mrssmythe on July 14, 2017 in Baking, Seasons |

Ginger has been using her freer summer days to try out new recipes. Specifically, cupcake recipes. Ginger has a passion for cupcakes. In the past, I’ve tried to steer her to recipe books, but she prefers to gather her recipes online. A recent discovery, Sally’s Baking Addiction, yielded a good recipe for frosting: Favorite Vanilla Buttercream. Ginger […]

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A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village

Posted by mrssmythe on July 11, 2017 in Books, Crafting, Museums, Old Books, Out & About, Seasons |

The girls and I were back at Old Sturbridge Village last week. We planned our visit for the day after the Fourth of July because, if you’ve ever been to OSV on the Fourth, you know how congested it can be. Wanting to avoid that sort of thing (and preserve the illusion of having stepped […]

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A Lazy Fourth…plus Odds and Ends

Posted by mrssmythe on July 4, 2017 in Books, Cooking, Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

We’re enjoying a warm, lazy Fourth of July here in Western Massachusetts – nothing on the agenda besides hamburgers and the finishing touches on a room swap we started on Monday (vacuuming corners, putting books back on shelves, that sort of thing). The past week has been equally (and pleasantly) low-key. I finished and framed a […]

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Summer Fun

Posted by mrssmythe on June 26, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Out & About, Seasons, Shopping, Week in Review |

Well, school is officially out for the year, and already the kids are bored. No – I’m exaggerating. But it has been an abrupt shift from readings and lectures to long expanses of free time. In an attempt to keep the days from devolving into non-stop Minecraft-fests, I’ve shifted into cruise-director mode, trying to get […]

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Drought in Massachusetts

Posted by mrssmythe on July 26, 2016 in Garden, Musings, Seasons |

We’re currently in the midst of a drought here in Western Massachusetts – the first we’ve seen since moving here. And, I’ll admit, one aspect of it has me baffled. The lawns. Very few people are watering their lawns. Which, of course, makes sense. But, it does surprise me. I grew up in the arid West where, […]

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