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Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles

Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles

Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles light up any morning! Since I showed off my vintage Griswold waffle iron in the last post, I felt it only appropriate to share the recipe that makes this little cast iron batter baker sing: apple sesame whole wheat waffles […]

Five Great Vintage Kitchen Gadgets

Five Great Vintage Kitchen Gadgets

Kitchen gadgets: treasures in them thar drawers I sometimes joke that I was born in the wrong century, and then four words spring to mind: dental care and indoor plumbing. Nope, I’m very happy in the twenty-first century as long as I can benefit from modern […]

Bulldog Chronicles: Buddy and His Ottoman Empire

Bulldog Chronicles: Buddy and His Ottoman Empire

Buddy (my bulldog) and I have settled into a daily routine, one that succumbs to tweaks now and then, mostly based on who is willing to budge, acquiesce, or turn the other cheek. So far, I still wear the crown, but my clever boy knows an opportunity […]

Buddy and His Climb to the Top

Buddy and His Climb to the Top

I’m an early riser, but this morning at 4:32 am, I was an earlier riser. A poorly set alarm clock named Buddy awoke me by bounding out of bed with an urgency usually reserved for small bladders and long movies. Within seconds of heeding his march down the hall, […]

Bulldog News: Buddy Is in the House

Bulldog News: Buddy Is in the House

Bulldog News: First Edition! We just finished week two together, and Buddy and I are settling in quite nicely. Yes, the lovefest continues full throttle. Of course, welcoming a new canine comrade to the house is a lesson in patience, understanding and dishing out an inordinate amount of […]

Ringing in the New Year With Buddy!

Ringing in the New Year With Buddy!

Celebrating New Year’s Eve has never been a social long suit of mine. My internal time clock chimes in around 10 o’clock p.m. with “Commence shutdown! Eyelids standing by.” But this New Year’s Eve, I really had something to cheer about, and keep me awake a […]

A Fitting Goodbye to Christmas Past

A Fitting Goodbye to Christmas Past

A week of celebrating, and a drizzly, slate-gray morning have led me to reflect on some of the small moments of this big season. Yep, some fond memories and a cuppa joe are warming my winter chills this morning. Chastened by the benefits of age and expectation, I tend to enjoy Christmas in a less-is-more fashion. Gone […]

The Beauty of Gratitude: Thank You

The Beauty of Gratitude: Thank You

My year has been marked by the loss of my two favorite furballs: Boz and Gracie. But my year has also been marked by the exceptional, generous and heartfelt remarks, condolences, considerations and well wishes of many of you here on this blog. And for […]

Saying Goodnight, and Goodbye to My Gracie

Saying Goodnight, and Goodbye to My Gracie

Each night, when I call it a night, I canvass the main floor for any lights left on or doors unlocked. I check the woodstove when needed, and the fireplace should embers be present.  As I turn off the last light, on a feeble little […]

Very Fancy Lions and Tigers and Bears

Very Fancy Lions and Tigers and Bears

Dressed poorly for the inclement weather (as is the norm), I dropped into Snapdragon Bakery to buck the chill with hot coffee, fresh pastry, and a fireside chat with some unsuspecting, non-morning person. Truth be told, I also had an ulterior motive. I could have dispensed with the […]