A Most Romantic Gift

Posted by mrssmythe on February 17, 2016 in Celebrations, Crafting |

CPT America and I broke with tradition this year and consulted one another about our Valentine’s Day gifts. It was his idea. He wanted a grain mill for his brewing hobby. “Was there anything,” he wondered, “that I had been eyeing?” I immediately thought of the Jamieson’s of Shetland Sample Card I’d been looking at just a few […]

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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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Valentine’s Day and Alice Springs Chicken

Posted by mrssmythe on February 15, 2015 in Baking, Celebrations, Cooking, Seasons |

It’s still cold here and very snowy. When you park at the library, this is your view: And when you get out of the car at the music store, this is what you see: It’s cold. Valentine’s Day was no exception. CPT America and I got out early to do our errands, which included a stop […]

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Valentine Snow

Posted by mrssmythe on February 16, 2014 in Celebrations, Seasons |

This is the current view out our bedroom window: We think (we hope!) this past week’s storms will be the last of the season. School was closed on Thursday and Friday. All those little Valentine’s Day parties…cancelled. All those little Valentines…unopened. In our own cupboard, we have 20 little Nestle Crunch bars taped to twenty […]

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The Valentine’s Day Sock

Posted by mrssmythe on February 15, 2014 in Celebrations, Crafting |

I had planned to give CPT America a really thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift this year. Weeks ago I ordered a couple of books for him – books I’d found in a university press book catalog my neighbor had given me. They were art-related books, and I felt certain CPT America would enjoy them. The problem was, […]

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