Thursday, December 30, 2010


bringing out the juices and flavors in their fullest and merriest

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

a bit like brain

No two ways about it - raw meat just ain't pretty.

the facts were these

When I add these ingredients I really question the authenticity of this recipe - but I never question its deliciousness.

Monday, December 27, 2010

alton's secret

While Alton Brown's spaghetti recipe doesn't bear much resemblance to this family gem, he does include some of those non-traditional ingrediants that call its origin into question.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

the more the merrier

I have learned the secret to making almost any food more palatable to both my husband and my roommate is to be liberal with this cousin of a lily.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Many recipes are treasured and revered in my family, but one of the all time tops is the family spaghetti recipe. It entered our family when a customer at my Great-grandmother Mary Lou's diner. The story is that he was one of her regulars and thought she needed to have an authentic Italian spaghetti recipe, so he gave Mary Lou his own Mother's recipe (shocking the wife who herself had not received it) on the condition that she keep its secret. She told no one but her own daughter who in turn kept the secret until her children were adults when she gave it to them. The recipe stayed tucked away unobtrusively until it made its official debut in the family cookbooks she compiled. Every time I make it I feel close to her, so I wanted to share the experience as my Christmas present to whomever cares to have it. Enjoy the unfolding.


Today celebrates more than a cut out of white jews, more than a twinkling season, more than goodwill, more than family time. Today celebrates the most humanity has been gotten - God taking on flesh so we could know him.

The representations and explanations may be cheesy, trite, or even cliche, but the truth behind them is enduring.

Friday, December 24, 2010

instead of thumbing

"Rudolph's puking balls of holly and Old Saint Nick ain't all that jolly. Sleigh's in the shop cause it's broken down, but Christmas won't stop cause Santa Clause is thumbing to town" Relient K

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

more patterns I want to try

In the interest of keeping track of some of the projects I most want to try I have been keeping this running list for the past monthish (since Nov 2 to be precise). I will probably make this a monthly tradition.

an origami/a-line skirt in triangles and trapezoids

yoga skirt? why do they call it that?

belle dress I want this for me :-D

a doll I have already started a similar doll from a different pattern, but it is useful to consider the variant

notebook covers


lollipop quilt

flower quilt I don't know that I would make this exactly but it is a cute idea to have on the back burner

I must admit - owls are adorable

house placemat a little busy but still cute

picnic bag-sket I love the quirky picnic basket Chris bought at our church yard sale right before we got married - but it is not always the most practical option, so I am loving the idea of this.

for giants

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Merry Christmas Here's to Many More

although my camera wasn't really up to the task (but lets be honest - a camera can always get a little nicer and the key is to work with what you have got not what you haven't) and my feet were kind of numb by the time it was all said and done - this is the best concert I have been to

Thursday, December 2, 2010

a sample quilt of sorts

I love hexagon quilts. When I first thought about trying to tackle on I thought it would probably make me want to poke my eyes out. UNTIL I decided that I want to make a hexagon from from the scraps of every project from now until whenever I have enough ... As an added bonus I think this will make it easier for me to let go of some the cherished fabrics I inherited.

thoughts on quilting a hexy