by SmithorJones March 15, 2011 Around the House
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Recently, we tried our hand at making French Onion Soup. Smitty really likes it, and I’d always wanted to try making it – so we figured why not? I learned a couple of things while making it, but for the most part it came out really nice. The next time I make it I’ll do […]

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by SmithorJones January 31, 2011 Around the House
shelving

We live in a fairly small rental. The key words in that sentence being “small” and “rental”.  Not much leeway for making changes with someone else’s property. So, in the interests of making a little more storage space, with the smallest amount of “injury” to the structure, one day recently an idea blossomed in my […]

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by SmithorJones December 10, 2010 Cooking
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Do you have a favorite cookbook? Want one? How to Cook Everything, Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman. The guy’s a genius. Really. For years I had two cookbooks that were the go-to books in my kitchen. I had NUMEROUS cookbooks – but there were two that […]

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by SmithorJones November 27, 2010 JonesGirl
Kitten

ow, I’m not by nature a skeptic. I do tend towards being a little suspicious at times, but by and large, I try to look on the bright side of things. Of course, every now and then, some of those old “homilies” (like the title of this post) pop into my head, given the right […]

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by SmithorJones September 22, 2010 Gold Country
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Smitty is such a good sport. Money’s tight, and still he’s willing to drive me over to Sonora, PAY to get in, and traipse through a quilt show put on by the Sierra Quilt Guild. He even got into the spirit of things, and judged and voted on his favorite quilts.

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by SmithorJones September 16, 2010 Cooking
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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Fall! Almost all of the pieces are in place: Football season has officially begun – and if you’re a 49er fan, well – so much for the “will they or won’t they?” question after the dismal opener last weekend. Sigh. Our Hulu.com queue is exciting again. The fall […]

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by SmithorJones August 19, 2010 JonesGirl
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The mornings are lasting a bit longer now it seems. Lately, it’s still dark when I get up – back to the shorter days of waning summer. The beauty of the parts of California where I’ve lived is, although it has the ability to get quite hot in the summertime, normally the nights cool down […]

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