Let’s Go Nats!

This has been a long week, with a lot of drama (some in our own home, some in the homes of family and friends…)  The super-hot weather hasn’t helped – we feel a bit like we’re under siege.  Or maybe that’s just because I’m re-reading some of my old fantasy novels… In any case, we left our air-conditioned fortress last night to go to a baseball game – the San Diego Padres at the Washington...

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Comfort Food – Dessert Edition

This past weekend, I indulged in all sorts of comfort food.  I even followed through on a home version of a childhood dessert:  s’mores.  Until about a year ago, I hadn’t had s’mores in over twenty years.  They became a feature, though, of a certain writing retreat a while back – with the marshmallows cooked over the blue flame of a gas stove…  My new method has the gas flame method beat cold. Take graham cracker...

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The Plot Thickens

Thanks, everyone, for your kind words about Christina.  We’re having a somewhat quieter long weekend than we’d originally planned – neither of us feels totally back to normal. We did, though, head down to a tiny town in North Carolina yesterday, to check out the burial plots of Mark’s family.  We had very easy driving, going and coming back – something of a surprise, given how bad the traffic usually is, returning...

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My Recent Scarcity

I know that my postings have been erratic over the past couple of weeks.  I have a hundred and one excuses, but one of them was the fact that I was dealing with an ailing sixteen-year-old cat.  This morning, Christina, died.  I adopted her and her (already-deceased) brother when they were six months old.  Christina was a tiny, terrified kitty who had been brought to the shelter after some kind soul found her (and her mother, and three siblings)...

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The Law of Unintended Edits

I’m back, after a week of scrambling on a bunch of writer things and home things and life things and whatnot. Thanks, to all of you Brits-and-others who clarified cooking by mass, rather than by volume.  (I know that measuring by mass results in more precise measurements for baking; I just found it surprising that cooks would regularly use tools that I don’t even own.  I was amused to think, though, that my trusty measuring cups...

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