Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year!

I started 2013 gleefully telling my Big Boss that I planned to retire in September.  Looking down the months from January to September I thought the time would never pass.  I was able to look around and say goodbye to … Continue reading

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Review at Merlyn Perilous for Death In the Time of Ice by Kaye George

My book blog Adventures of Merlyn Perilous is finally perking along.  I decided I should just say what I want to about books I enjoy and not try to have a formal review.  Books and my reaction to them are … Continue reading

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Waldorf Salad (Fannie Farmer)

Some of my former co-workers used to bring the tastiest salads to staff potlucks using apples and other fruits in the salad, and since salads are another of the things I’d love to do well, I looked through my small … Continue reading

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Holy Basil, Batman!

Since I’ve decided to grow and use herbs in abundance next season, I thought to grow Holy Basil  “Ocimum Sanctum.”   It has culinary and medicinal properties, including perhaps being an immune system booster. Pinetree Garden Seeds had it listed but … Continue reading

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I Guess I Need the Library After All

As you may recall I wondered about finding a new library for myself once I wasn’t in one everyday.  Since I retired in September, I’ve been in my local library once to pick up a request.  I haven’t been anywhere … Continue reading

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Picky Palate’s XXL M and M Chocolate Chip Cookies

I thought I’d report on my monster cookies.  They turned out great and are perfect dunked in milk.  Nice soft cookies.  Very chocolaty.  I personally was mongo impressed by scooping up a quarter cup of dough for each cookie.  I … Continue reading

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What’s Cooking? You Ask.

Well, since you ask, there is a nice stew in the crockpot simmering away on low.  It smells heavenly. I have all these recipes I’m twitching to try, but there is just me and Mr. DOA so I can’t fill the … Continue reading

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Get Spicy!

There is usually an article in the paper or elsewhere at this time of year when so many of us are blissfully cooking our little hearts out telling us to look at our spice cupboard and check for old spices. … Continue reading

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Talking Volumes

I attended some of the Talking Volumes author programs this fall for the first time.  I wasn’t sure if I liked the interview format but it has grown on me over the course of the series.  I think many interesting … Continue reading

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Christmas Card Production Begins Now!

I have all my Christmas stamps and pads out. Have my various glues, dots, and embellishments… Snowmen signed by my boy while he was here for T-Day   Now to just customize as much as I can each card to … Continue reading

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