She barreled in swiftly, unapologetically late to the party and still its honored guest. Crystal beads clung to her fancy pants and frosty confidence sparkled in her eyes. She'd been invited for Christmas, but Ashley didn't care. She trailed a white velvet stole from her diamond-heavy fingers, tossed back her salty shoulders and laughed at [...]
Twelve days before Christmas I sat on a couch next to Molly cursing a little as I strung stale popcorn on thin thread that kept slipping from the confoundingly small hole of its needle. She leaned over and calmly said, "You know, I find this very relaxing. I don't mind finishing myself." "Absolutely not," I [...]
Please enjoy this video reprise from 2013. We wish you and your family a blessed holiday season from our house to yours.
The ice sculptures that lined College Avenue last weekend stood as perfect metaphors for the season they represented -- beautiful, pure, and so very, very fleeting. Unseasonable warmth seeped into the pieces shortly after the artists carved them. It cracked smooth panes and rendered some south facing sculptures quickly unrecognizable. I thought it was a [...]
Recipes are never finished. They are living creatures, ongoing conversations. They take suggestions, substitutions, and playful twists. They readily allow for changes in culture, technology, and resources. Cookies with chopped nuts turn to cookies with ground nuts turn to cookies with no nuts at all, thanks to the fickle taste buds of children. Your great-grandma's [...]