The Wheel Barrel – Topeka, KS

Call it comfort food... call it what you will. I don't think I've ever met anyone who didn't like a good grilled cheese. The Wheel Barrel specializes in this classic, giving it a more upscale twist. It has been a while since I've posted about a restaurant on this...

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i70 Swap Update: What I Got!

I missed the August guild meeting so one of the coordinators graciously mailed my project back to me. And all I can say is WOW. Love, love, love. The lovely and talented Gina turned Hazel into a flippin' fantastic mini quilt. She mentioned that she stalked me on...

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i70Swap Project Update: What I Made

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Yep. My plan for the messenger bag went awry. I'm really disappointed that it didn't work out but I'll try that pattern again when I have some free time. What I wound up doing instead was simply winging it. My end...

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And she’s knitting!

My knitting libido has admittedly been pretty low over the last few years. Add that to a meatball-related wrist injury and most of my attempts to pick up the needles have been short-lived and sporadic. The exception would be a wrap for my bro's MiL... but that will...

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Breakroom Cookery: Cacio e Pepe

OK, y'all. If you're getting ready to serve pasta to a crowd of people, this is perhaps one of the most awesome tricks ever. I picked this up via YouTube on Jerry James Stone's channel. Simply soak your spaghetti (or other pasta) for 90 minutes in cold water before...

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Recipe: Quick & Refreshing Cucumber Salad

It has been entirely too hot lately. Hot enough that I haven't wanted to spend much, if any, time in the kitchen. Mostly I just want to sip on cold drinks and laze around in the AC. BUT... a girl needs to eat. And she should be eating more vegetables. (Looks around...

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Winging It: Fresh Salsa

I've just spent the last few minutes snacking on chips with fresh salsa made from goodness from the farmer's market. It was so good that I texted a pic to my bro, who immediately texted me back and informed me that corn in salsa is an abomination. Myself, I don't have...

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Grilling Out on Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day, all! Sadly my own Dad isn't with us any longer... but we spent the afternoon doing something he'd have approved of wholeheartedly. Grilling out. Smoking food. And, perhaps more specifically, using new food toys and unexpected ingredients. I used my...

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ET Awareness Day – 6/15/16

Essential Thrombocythemia. It is a mouthful. Tough to pronounce, tougher to live with. And a dear friend of mine is doing just that. Living with it. Simply put, ET is a blood disorder that causes the body to produce blood cells at abnormal rates. The extreme number of...

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