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This is NOT a baking blog. Really!

August 19, 2013
This is NOT a baking blog. Really!

Remember when I said this isn’t a cooking blog? And you said, well, dummy, I know that—obviously it’s a baking blog, right? No, please. I don’t write a baking blog. I write about life, and sometimes I bake stuff because I really like eating what I bake, and sometimes those experiments turn into blog posts.…

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Perky Produce People

September 17, 2011
Perky Produce People

If I were alone in the world and needed a friend, the first place I’d go is the produce department of my local grocery store. I mean, have you ever noticed how the people who work in the produce department always—and I mean always—say hi and ask if they can help you? Of all the places…

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The Modern Woman vs. the 179-year-old Cup Cake Recipe

September 7, 2011
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Modern conveniences and I are fast friends. I could not have lived in 1832; I would have figured out a way to have myself preserved until the twenty-first century, perhaps in a pickle jar—like the ones touted in The American Frugal Housewife. I discovered this 1830s-era version of Hints from Heloise via Amazon. It was…

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"Poise" vs "Posie"—or, why spelling matters

August 25, 2011
"Poise" vs "Posie"—or, why spelling matters

My husband has a favorite misspelling story from his business life that has to do with the word “public.” Leave out the “l,” and you’re left with what is perhaps the most feared of all misspellings. I fell victim to that same horror once too, but fortunately for my career, I caught it before it…

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Five things I hate about my cell phone

August 20, 2011
Five things I hate about my cell phone

A couple of years ago, my new Blackberry Storm was one of the best smartphones on the market. (Obviously this was pre-iPhone.) Its cool features and Verizon’s buy-one-get-one-free deal hooked my husband and me into buying a pair. I’ve rued the day many times since then. His BB Storm has served him well; mine has…

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How city living stacks up to country life

August 18, 2011
How city living stacks up to country life

I miss my stacks. Nicely, neatly organized stacks of canned goods, chocolate chips, cake mixes, napkins and paper towels, cereal, gravy mixes, Crisco—if it kept well on a shelf, I had six or seven. For 26 years (most of my adult life), I lived in a beautiful rural setting that was at least seven miles…

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