“In My Kitchen” November 2018

Along with a bit of kitchen gadgetry, I am sharing a craft that would be perfect for holiday gifts. . . . → Read More: “In My Kitchen” November 2018

Homemade Gifts 2016

Here’s this year’s round up of our homemade gifts: infinity scarves, yard dice, cedar cacti planters, money boxes, cookbooks, book marks and dog biscuits. Oh, my! . . . → Read More: Homemade Gifts 2016

Memory Boxes

Keep track of all the joy and happiness that 2016 will surely bring. Make a memory box to keep track of all the new year happenings. . . . → Read More: Memory Boxes

Gift Ideas

No Christmas posting theme here this year. Things are just too hectic, but the Ghost of Christmas Pasts is visiting today. Here are my gifting-themed posts from 2010 to present. . . . → Read More: Gift Ideas

Farolitos: DIY Decorating

So I am starting my own game of Christmas  CLUE with you today.

Clue #1:  Today I am posting very difficult instructions (facetiously typed) for farolitos or luminaries to decorate your driveway or front step.

Clue #2:  On Christmas, I will post about the New Mexico state cookie.

Intrigued?

Have any guesses as to why . . . → Read More: Farolitos: DIY Decorating

A Reindeer Barbershop Sextet (or root beer pack to go)

I feel obligated to again share with you, dear reader,  as we embark on another Christmas gift giving season that I am an often ungrateful gift recipient.    (For more on my Bah Humbug attitude, click here.)    I have received some scary pig teapots…,some lovely wine glasses…,

lots of cat-themed items, regifted towel-sets (that . . . → Read More: A Reindeer Barbershop Sextet (or root beer pack to go)

Make Your Own Gift Bags and Go Retro

I become even more retro and vintage at Christmas time.   I think as I get older, I enjoy more retro stuff.   Er…or maybe it is me that is actually become more vintage.

Anyhoo, I found some old forgotten sticker paper in our office/guest room and I went nuts printing vintage images for packages . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Gift Bags and Go Retro

DIY Body Lotion

Is your skin still trying to recover from the harsh winter? Try out this super-simple recipe for a do-it-yourself, super rich lotion. . . . → Read More: DIY Body Lotion

Happy New Year

Some vintage images from my grandfathers’ post card collections and a couple of Happy new Year wishes to you and yours. (And, I finally got around to doing a Top Ten!) . . . → Read More: Happy New Year

Doo rags (and doo-doo rags)

Keeping up a tradition of gifting tidy-whiteys to the nephews, we created some original headgear for them this Christmas. . . . → Read More: Doo rags (and doo-doo rags)

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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