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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Recipe: Fresh Ricotta

It has been a while since I've posted. I've been occupied with another web project. (Check out, if you're so inclined. It is about the local/independent food scene here in Topeka, featuring a directory, an events calendar and a blog.) Anyhoo......

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Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler – April 2016

I love myself some mailbox goodies. When I saw that Fat Quarter Shop was going to start doing a monthly curated sampler box, I thought I'd get in on the action. (More info on their site!) The box runs  $24.95/month + shipping. Seems like a reasonable amount to spend...

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Will We Ever Kill The Bug? (Part 2)

I am so flippin' excited about this! I just received the custom printed fabric for the VW quilt I'm planning for my brother. (More info on the project here.) I was nervous about it. I had to do a lot of Photoshop work on the image, which was fairly low resolution...

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i70Swap Project Update: My Partner’s Block

With my own block completed and sent off to Saint Louis, I've received my swap partner's block. Since it is a secret swap, I'll be posting more detailed color pictures after the finished projects. For now, I'm keeping it B&W so as to not identify my partner....

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Will We Ever Kill the Bug? (Part 1)

The answer, I hope, is no. I come from a Volkswagen family. Between us, we've had Rabbits, Golfs, Beetles, Super Beetles and New Beetles. My brother, in particular had '65 and '74 Beetles in high school and college. Funny story. Long before he met his wife, Bro was...

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Recipe: Thai Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Thai Coconut Curry Squash Soup   Print Author: andrea Serves: Lots! Ingredients 1½ Tbs. olive oil 4 sliced shallots 1 Tbs. minced or grated fresh ginger 1 garlic clove, minced 9 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (about 3 lb.) 4 cups chicken or...

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Door to Door Organics

My schedule is frequently untraditional and busy but the last few months have been even more wacky than usual. Grocery shopping & cooking have been pushed into the background and I've been relying on takeout more than I really should. And, before I type any...

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Something Awesome

I wanted to take a moment to share this hella awesome note that I got from one of my co-worker's kids. Knowing that their family are all huge KU fans, I sewed the kids a few Jayhawk pillow cases and, via their dad, sent them home stuffed with big fluffy pillows. (Side...

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