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A Tribute to the Ten Pound Losers

A Tribute to the Ten Pound Losers

Dear Kay, A quick moment to pay tribute to one of the most brave, stalwart, and persistent groups you will ever find–and no, I’m not talking about all you Nashville parents trying to help your kids go sledding in a half inch of snow. I’m talking, of course, about the Ten Pound Losers group over at Ravelry. Back in September, this group was formed after some amount of wailing on Twitter about the desire to lose ten pounds....

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Stay Home and Knit Friday

Stay Home and Knit Friday

Dear Ann, I never shop on Black Friday. I don’t want to give The Man the satisfaction. It sounds like absolutely no fun, I mean AT ALL. Remember Shadow[]box? I made Shadow[]box last year, wore it a few times and forgot about it. The asymmetrical neck opening was kind of bugging me because, as it turns out, I am not the kind of person who has some cool brooch, or even a kilt pin, ready to hand as I walk out the door, to keep my...

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What Are You Fixing AFTER Thanksgiving?

Dear Kay, At this point, we are plus eight humans at our house now, I think, but people keep coming and going such that I don’t really know who’s here and who’s not. It’s really fun, and some of these people require diapers and such, which is a sort of drama I’d forgotten. OMG she’s gonna PEE! I had to buy Size 6 Huggies yesterday and could not believe the proliferation of butt-covering products in the diaper...

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The Not So Sophisticated Kitchen

The Not So Sophisticated Kitchen

Dear Ann, At about this time last year, I shared my ultra-secret fambly recipe for Corn Souffle aka Corn Casserole aka Scalloped Corn. This was well received by the people. It has a stick of butter in it–what could be bad? This year I am sharing yet another fambly fave. This one is also raved about by young and old, and in particular, people who hate cottage cheese, because you could never tell that it has cottage cheese in it. Not...

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Mysteries of the World: Solved!

Mysteries of the World:  Solved!

Dear Kay, I have so much to report. 1. The Eggs Our friends Josh and Katie were drafted to peel ‘n’ pop. (That’s the part where you zoop out the yolk into a bowl so you can mush it up with whatever goo you think is going to make it taste better.) They were surprisingly game about it all, but they’re like that. The net completed deviled egg count was 41 rather than a full 48, due to some cracking during boiling, poor...

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It Is So Hard to Find a Decent Emu Egg These Days

It Is So Hard to Find a Decent Emu Egg These Days

Dear Kay, Well it’s about dang time, is all I have to say. I’m at Whole Foods today (I’ve taken to calling it the Food Museum due to the priceless nature of its exhibits), and I come across this item: Emu eggs. $19.99 the egg. Granted, this emu egg is, like, four inches long and could probably make for a one-egg quiche, but still. Who would ever crack one, what with the incredible color of this thing? Really gorgeous. When I...

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A New Direction for Me

A New Direction for Me

Dear Kay, It all started when I was tapped to bring the cake for the Second Grade Puppet Show. This is an event right up there with your Fourth Grade Play, with all sorts of rituals including the making of puppets, the writing of the script, the cast party, and the Cake. This year’s play is Beauty and the Beaks, the story of a bunch of beauty shop chickens who rescue a turkey who faces a future of being stuffed with chestnuts. Their...

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Knitting SAT

Knitting SAT

Dear Kay, Isn’t this lace LURVLY? It’s time for a knitting quiz. Cristina over at Philacraft sent along this tantalizing pair of photos. She writes: “I’m trying to figger out what this is. A friend had this stole hanging in her window. The lace mohair was too itchy to wear, she said, but the stole was too beautiful to give away and she didn’t like to think that people in cars passing by could see right through that...

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Never Underestimate How Long a Blog Post Can Be

Never Underestimate How Long a Blog Post Can Be

Dear Ann, I haven’t forgotten about the recipe box contest. I got sidelined this week, moving our long-stored Stuff out of storage and back home. The good news: Little Rabbi is in the house! The bad news: I hate the rest of our stuff. I had gotten used to the stuff-free lifestyle. My next project: getting rid of stuff, without (and this is the tricky part) acquiring more stuff. The Contest It was really hard to pick winners for...

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Never Fail

Never Fail

Dear Ann, Out in the country (north of Omaha, south of Fort Calhoun), weakened by WiFi deprivation, I have been digging around in Most Moisturized Mom’s treasures. The Ancestral Recipe Box. The box itself is not so ancient. It dates to the 1960s, when MMM was beginning her career as a master mixer of canned goods. She was training under her mother-in-law, Grandma Mabel (who in life was called Grandma Gardiner, which sounds less...

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