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How to Make Wool Lambs

Please forgive my fascination with wooly balls. No, don’t. They’re so much fun and the cuteness. I mean, can you even? I can’t either. I shall name him Shnookiewookiewoolsiewoosie. What you will need: 1 pound ivory roving wool 1/2 pound

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How to Make Wool Ball Garland

Sometimes a girl just has to break out of the traditional and make somethin’ a little funky. A little hippie. A little ballsy. What you will need: Roving wool in colors of your choice. Oh, the colors out there. So loverly!

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How to Cook Prime Rib with Red Wine Mushroom Gravy

This post could easily be entitled “How to Make Guests Happy” for this is what a great prime rib roast dinner does.  With the holidays coming up, perhaps eating prime rib would be a lovely way to celebrate. Look for a

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Creamy Red Pepper and Tomato Soup Recipe

Soup season is a lovely time of year. A cuppa. A bowla. A cozy mix of whateva’ for whomeva’. Ingredients 5 medium tomatoes 3 red bell peppers 6 cloves garlic 1 medium sweet onion, cut in quarters 3 tablespoons olive

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How to Roast a Whole Chicken

If you are new to the whole roasting a whole chicken thing, you’re gonna dig this post. Roasting your own chicken isn’t only easier than getting a pre-roasted chicken home without leaking in the car, but it’s oh so yummy.

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Homemade Tomato Bacon Soup Recipe

Bacon is not necessary, but it is always welcome. Amirite? Why not in tomato soup too? Ingredients 10 medium tomatoes 6 cloves garlic 1 medium sweet onion, cut into quarters 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon

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French Press Coffee Tray With Chocolate & Whipped Cream Toppings

When one goes to a fancy schmancy place, one feels fancy schmancy… that is, unless one doesn’t realize the appropriate attire for the Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet is semi-formal and one arrives in jeans. Then one does not

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Mocha-Filled Almond Florentines Cookie Recipe

Only one thing could make a florentine any fancier, any better, any tastier. That thing would be mocha filling. I blame the Scandinavian peeps. Preheat oven to 350°F. Florentine Cookie Ingredients 2/3 cup unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup

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Flat Almond Florentine Cookies Recipe

I lost count of how many cookie orders I filled each Christmas while working at Scandia Bakery many years ago but I haven’t forgotten everyone’s favorites. The little bakery in Stanwood, Washington drew crowds from all over Washington state. No

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What Labels Are you Wearing?

My daughter and I had a fun talk about being introverts recently. If you’ve been thinking introverts are shy, boring, and unsocial, I’m sorry to tell you that is inaccurate. We are very social and pretty darn fun. We just

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