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happy friday!

I’ll be in a class all weekend so while you are out enjoying the sunshine, I’ll be stuck in a classroom learnin n’ stuff. But it’s all good. I can bake on Monday (it’s not so much that I want to devour a bunch of sweets as it is that I miss baking. Is that [...]

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Pickled grapes with cinnamon and black pepper

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I have never been a pickle lover. That is to say, I like pickles but I have never loved them. When a dill spear comes along side a sandwich at a deli, I often leave it untouched. But sometimes I do like a pickle or two on my hamburger. Given my lukewarm feelings about pickles, [...]

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Bread and butter pickles

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Welcome to Day 10 of What have I gotten myself into? (aka NaBloPoMo). I’m actually surprised that I’ve found something to post everyday without struggling. Then again, I did have a lot to share from the 4th of July which helped. But I woke up this morning and thought “I got nothing”. What to do? [...]

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Back to basics

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I went backpacking at Henry Coe State Park this weekend with a couple of friends.  We hiked out five miles, camped overnight and hiked back the next day. There was about a 1200 foot elevation change in less than two miles.  Needless to say, my legs are tired.  But it was a great getaway and [...]

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Rhubarb madness

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After the sorbet, I was left with about a pound of rhubarb. My first thoughts led to pies and cakes, but I have been trying to eat lighter and have been craving refreshments more as the weather begins to warm up. And that was when I ran across the rosemary lemon rhubarb spritzer on Simple Recipes. [...]

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Pot resurrected (and a roundup)

Last week I told you about my artichoke disaster that ended in a horribly burnt pot.  I am happy to report that after a little vinegar and baking soda magic, it is as good as new: The best part?  It didn’t require elbow grease or harsh chemicals or super-scratchy scrubbers.  Nope, I just followed these instructions [...]

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