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Beautiful food

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(NOTE:  If you arrived here via my email about side dishes and the knit along, that post is here.  Sorry, I inserted the wrong link in the email.) This weekend was my grand-daughter's second birthday ... what a treat! My daughter did a wonderful job of putting on a special birthday party for her, filled with all kinds of magic and surprises. A few family friends joined us all for an afternoon of good food, pleasant chatter, and plenty of laughter. By the way, I have made slow progress, but progress just the same, on the blanket I am knitting...

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Split Pea Soup Tuesday

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Today is a perfect day to have Split Pea Soup for dinner -- it is cold and crisp outside with a beautiful blue sky and we still have snow on the ground. Even if you live someplace where it is balmy, Split Pea Soup would be a delicious choice for an evening meal. When I lived in California I tried making soup and was not very good at it. I did create a recipe for butternut squash soup that was a success with my son (designer and Etsy seller FlyingJunction) in particular, but other than that my soups tended to...

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The foods that bind us

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I made twenty dozen of these scrumptious cookies to send off to loved ones this Valentine's Day.  A chocolate-based cookie, I used premium bittersweet cocoa powder, doubling the amount the recipe called for.  In addition to a standard dose of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, I added one bag of large Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate morsels so that each cookie would have one or two extra chunks of premium bittersweet chocolate. With other interesting ingredients like whiskey and coffee, these cookies seemed the perfect choice for a Valentine confection. Everyone who received them seemed to agree. I gave my husband his own...

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Happy Valentine's Day

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To all of my readers, thank you so much for your fellowship and interest in the stories I tell and the art that I create. Your emails, comments, and feedback are heartwarming and encouraging. You are special Valentines to me ... I just thought you would want to know that. Have a beautiful day. ~firefly

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A walk in the city

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My latest tribute to Etsy sellers ... a Treasury titled, "A walk in the city." Here we are on the farm, out in the country enjoying a beautiful winter of abundant snow, cold temperatures ... beautiful weather and cozy times in the house. However, feeling a touch of cabin fever I imagined for a few minutes that I was driving and walking along city streets. Side Bar: The smell of homemade bread is wafting its way through the house, from the kitchen, reaching me here in the livingroom ... mmm.  Just a sec, I have to take it out and...

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