Recipe Archeology

Suddenly, it’s all about the cookies . . . well, maybe the candy, too. It seems we all have our favorite holiday treats that we carry with us from childhood, and we must have them at Christmastime. At our house, it’s been the mad search for “my mom’s Mounds Bars”, which my husband embarked on…
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Are You A Peeker Or A Shaker?

The question at this time of year is “are you a peeker or a shaker?” I am a reformed peeker, although I can become a shaker, under the right circumstances. We peekers and shakers know who we are: impatient souls who can’t wait for Christmas to find out what delights await us under the Christmas…
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A Long, Strange Trip

I am reading “The Leper” by Steve Thayer, a novel set in the mid-1920s. It’s a terrific book, with a really unusual story, but it’s what my mind is doing to it that is noteworthy. I know history, and I know that many of the things we enjoy utilizing today were not invented prior to…
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Who’s Got The “Good” Scissors?

I had one of those “my mother was right” moments the other day, as I dug a knitting marker out of the box. Knitting markers are round, brightly-colored plastic pieces that are used to help count stitches or mark one’s place. The best ones are small flexible spirals that will fit on various sizes of…
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Ma’s Stuffing And Other Traditions

Traditions are like the ghosts of seasons past, coming out to haunt us during the holidays. Some we carry on from our earliest memories, and others start with our marriage or first child. Melding the traditions of two or more families can possess all the charm of a post-war treaty; neither side will get everything…
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