Category Archives: Family Life

Le Petit Chou

I love cabbage.  Made into a crunchy slaw, lightly steamed with butter, pickled, stir fried, or rolled around ground meats, cabbage is a versatile, cheap, and nutritious vegetable. Cabbage is also accorded very little respect. For some, it calls up … Continue reading

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A Fun Project

If, like me, you’ve got bits and pieces from last year’s garden lying around, here’s a fun, inexpensive, and relatively easy mixed media project to use them up. Sometimes called a spirit box, I have called mine a heart’s desire … Continue reading

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Just Saying . . .

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Surprise!

This beautiful bouquet of roses arrived on a day when the temperature are far below zero, the world is frozen and white, and gardening seems like a hazy, unlikely dream. {Thanks, honey.  You made my day.} I think beauty shared … Continue reading

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

For an unprecedented second day in a row school was canceled yesterday due to cold weather.  This just doesn’t happen in Minnesota.  But wind chills were in the -60 degrees range in the Twin Cities on Monday, with actual air … Continue reading

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My Grandmother’s Fruitcake.

  I appreciate the speed and ease of modern technology. Texting and e-mails are great. But there’s something so evocative about the handwritten word. The handwritten recipes in my recipe box are rich with memories—not just of the dishes themselves … Continue reading

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Amaryllis

I love amaryllis. They brighten the grayest of winter days, and watching and waiting for the buds to open is a fun reminder that spring will be coming soon. For years, though, I avoided them. For most of my adult … Continue reading

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