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Yearly Archives: 2013

As promised …

As promised in yesterday’s post, I am finally including some recipes for  you.  Let’s get started. Those who wanted the recipe for my Homemade Softening Salts (for bath or foot soak), simply click on that link. Make them for yourself or be a hit and give them as hostess gifts! This is so easy to […]

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Jotting it down, before I forget

This post is a series of items jotted down before I forget. I’ve been so busy lately: we’ve been doing a lot of entertaining so I’ve been doing a lot of cooking & cleaning; twice daily dog walks; workouts 3 times each week; some visiting; some exploring; oh yes, and now there’s yard work too; […]

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Circles of Life

Recently at one of my favourite groups over at Flickr, we were given a prompt to photograph circles. I took it to heart: There are so many symbols that can represent circles of life. Like my mother, and her mother before, I’m carrying on the tradition of lovingly “putting food up” or “putting food by”. […]

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Easy Peasy Hostess Gifts

I love giving hostess gifts and lately I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for gifts with a homemade touch. When we’re invited to someone’s home for dinner we always bring the age-old standby of a bottle of good wine. But I always feel that isn’t enough considering the host and hostess have spent […]

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At Table

“One of the delights of life is eating with friends, …” ~Laurie Colwin Don’t you love the sight of a table set for dinner, in expectation of friends and dinner to come? I’ve always enjoyed setting a pretty table as I’m preparing for guests, whether it’s family or friends. Once the final touches of pretty […]

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Making Marmalade

It’s that time of year again — the Seville oranges are in so as soon as I returned from a fabulous visit with my son (best son in the whole world) and grand daughters, I got the canning supplies out, bought some oranges, and spent hours making marmalade. Marmalade is one of those things that […]

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