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Recipe Quick Takes

Nancy’s Chopped Salad – This is one of those delicious green salads that has cured meat and cheese on it. Yum! The way this salad is constructed, it keeps well in the fridge and would travel well for lunch. Everything but the tomatoes and greens are folded into the dressing – if you stop there, you … Continue reading


Stripey Jersey Skirt

Earlier this summer, I got it into my head that I wanted a striped jersey skirt – a version of Kwik Sew 3513, which I’ve successfully made up previously, that is not relegated to “house clothes” status as my other two are. As you can see it turned out really well, and it’s very soft and … Continue reading


Trip Diary: Las Vegas

Why the American Library Association saw fit to drag 13,000 librarians to Las Vegas in June is beyond me, but that’s where we were for this year’s conference. It had been 30 years since the last time ALA rotated through Vegas, and I heard many people say they hoped it was at least 30 more. … Continue reading


June 2014 Hatchery Box

This arrived the night before I left on a business trip, plus I’d told Handsome he could unbox it, so the June box sat around for about a week and a half before  I even looked at the contents. Virgin Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Sauce by Saucy Sister White Truffle Mayonnaise by Empire Mayonnaise Original Recipe … Continue reading

cooking / food

Recipe Quick Takes

Kale & Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Salata – I linked this recently from another post, but it’s worth highlighting again. Super delicious and easy. I made it again recently and skipped the quinoa because I was feeling lazy. Still yummy! Also very forgiving of the “just throw in a big handful” method of salad making, if … Continue reading

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June 2014 Ipsy Bag

I have to say, I was a little disappointed by the June bag. But having looked at all of the possible things I could have received this month, there wasn’t really anything that was particularly interesting (though there were some things I would have preferred over another eyeliner). With these types of things you are bound to get … Continue reading