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Minor sewing room makeover, major impact

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I’m not talking sewing room demolition or anything here — just painting and other minor updates. Even though they’re small changes, they’ve made a big impact on my sewing mojo. Plus, it’s always fun to creep on other people creative spaces, so here’s mine. My sewing room, which also is our home office and guest […]


Cut-Up Couture

Upcycling guide. Image via Sew Daily shop. Do you subscribe to Sew Daily’s email newsletter? The Sew Daily site is a product of Interweave, a publisher of sewing and other craft books. The newsletter highlights projects and books designed to keep creative juices flowing. A recent email featured “Cut-Up Couture,” a book on upcycling men’s […]

What They Made: Baby beard

My sister-in-law made this for Paul! Check out Paul’s latest head wear: a crocheted hat and beard, stitched with love by his Aunt D! Way cool.She got the idea from the December issue of Real Simple. I’ve seen the baby beard pop up in Etsy, too. Anyhoo, she saw it and thought, “I can make […]

Some stuff I’ve made lately

Following are few notes on my recent doings and whatnot: Green-and-gold socks and brownies. Packers brownies, for consumption during an American football contest featuring the Green Bays. Nutty and sweet. Pecan pie for Thanksgiving, per my father’s request. (He doesn’t care for pumpkin pie. I, on the other hand, could eat pumpkin pie daily. A […]

Recommended Reading: Wildwood

Recommended Reading highlights articles, books, and sites that I think are worth checking out. Satisfaction is finishing a good, thick book. When I’m not reading books with the words “baby” or “management” in their titles (strangely, I have not read a book with both “baby” AND “management” in the title — yet), I like a good […]

Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Salt-Baked Potatoes

Baked on a bed of salt. “If someone told me they were a baked-potato aficionado, I’d turn tail,” I told Mark while making this recipe. “It’s like saying, ‘Hi, I’m the most boring person you’ll meet today.’” So now you know where I stand on baked potatoes. It’s not that I don’t like baked potatoes. […]

Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Recognition!

 Big-time national recognition! Woot! Guess who got a shout out from AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN? Me! Or actually, Sie macht. GO ME! Click here to read the post. Sie macht was recognized in the weekly Blogger Spotlight at America’s Test Kitchen’s The Feed. I knew Chris Kimball couldn’t stay away. To be honest, I wasn’t very […]

Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Potato Gnocchi

My favorite topping for gnocchi — freshly grated Parm. I don’t have too many notes to share on CI’s gnocchi recipe, which I think means it was successful. Technique: The potatoes for this recipe are pressed through a ricer. This makes the dumplings extra light and fluffy. Gnocchi win! I will, however, confess to liking […]

Under Construction: Flannel shirt of blue

The pattern and scraps. I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda getting bored with the Cook’s Illustrated reviews. Let’s take a break, shall we? I’ve been working on my most ambitious sewing project to date: a classic shirt. The pattern is from the Built By Wendy “Sew U” book.This shirt is a long time […]

Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Grilled Beef Satay

Beef satay skewers in their marinated glory. Meat on a stick. OK, Cook’s Illustrated. I’m listening. The article reads, “American restaurants have sapped the magic from this Thai street-food favorite with flavorless meat that’s either mushy or overcooked.” Magic meat on a stick? We’ll see about that. Following are my notes on the experience: Technique: […]

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