I think we got about 15 inches in Blacksburg, Virginia. Our daughter and I made her birthday cake (tiramisu) and dinner rolls for her birthday dinner while the snow came down. Continue reading We got some snow
We’re having a bit of a pie crisis. Our daughter had her heart set on a strawberry rhubarb pie, which we made last year and it was everyone’s favorite. This year, I’ve been to 6 grocery stores and cannot find rhubarb anywhere. The Krogers say they haven’t been able to get it. The Food Lions … Continue reading How do I make mini apple crumble pies?
I’m not sure what happened, but I’ve been tearing through books — and their writeups — for my Andrea Reads America reading project. Maybe it was the realization that I’ve been at this for five years now. Maybe it’s the time of year. Or maybe I just needed to unblock myself by reducing the number … Continue reading Reading spree
When we took our boat out a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be our last sail before winter. I was wrong. Yesterday it was warm enough to layer up for a couple of hours on the lake. Even if there wasn’t going to be any wind, we wanted to be on the … Continue reading Sailing in November
It’s rough getting winter storm warnings in autumn. The kids were out of school yesterday, with inclement weather days chipping away at their summer break before we even get to December. But ice sure is pretty. Continue reading November ice storm
A few years ago, I wrote about research that suggests literary fiction helps us understand one another. In making a concerted effort to read beyond the authors I typically read, I think now it’s not just literary fiction that helps us understand one another: it’s diversity of perspectives. With my Andrea Reads America project, I’m … Continue reading The humbling experience of reading diversely