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Dec. 11, 2009 10:38 am 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2010 2:42 pm
Yes, I promised my son a gingerbread house for Christmas but no, I couldn't face another round of baking. So in the spirit of reuse, recycle, renew I simply redecorated this year's Halloween gingerbread house with a Christmas theme. Goodbye to ghosts and bats. Hello to white icing and… MORE
The Great Gingerbread Renovation Project.
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Find the Abominable Snowman.
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Bears in the side yard.
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Wolf in the backyard.
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Dec. 4, 2009 12:27 pm 
Updated: Dec. 13, 2009 3:34 pm
I never thought I was a collector until a few Christmases ago when I was pulling out the decorations and saw all the Santas. I realized I have wooden Santas and glass Santas, ceramic Santas and fabric Santas. I have a bobble-head Santa and a wind-up Santa, candlestick Santas and nesting doll… MORE
Nesting Santas
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Find the froggy Santa.
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Santa and his wooden train.
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Vintage Santa snowglobe.
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Nov. 13, 2009 1:04 pm 
Updated: Nov. 16, 2009 4:39 pm
Mark Twain knew what makes us tick. In Twain's novel, Tom Sawyer, young Tom has to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence in full view of his jeering friends. Faced with the double whammy of a dreary task and public humiliation, Tom teeters on the brink of losing his hard-won street cred.Instead, he taps… MORE
Grapes ready for picking.
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The hunt is on.
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Picking grapes and loving it.
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Hiding out under the grapevine.
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Oct. 29, 2009 8:44 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2009 10:35 am
Check out this fat, happy squirrel. It's perched on top of a Halloween house I made two years ago. Kind of cute, isn't it? Now imagine being a tiny person inside that gingerbread house. Imagine listening in horror as the giant squirrel gnaws its way through the roof, one piece of candy corn at… MORE
Mmmm...candy corn!
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Oct. 28, 2009 8:35 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2009 8:21 am
Up until few days ago, my Halloween mojo was missing in action and it took a crisis to bring it back. Here's what happened. I was gearing up to make my annual Halloween gingerbread house, but deep inside I just wasn't feeling the love. I'd done it the same way for so many years that my… MORE
Halloween 2009
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Side view
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Not such a scary thing after all
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Back of the house
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Oct. 22, 2009 12:41 pm 
Updated: Oct. 28, 2009 7:20 pm
You gardeners out there know this one. Mother Nature always has the last word--and it's not always a kind one. You just can't predict which way she'll roll, so it's best to manage your expectations around her. Last summer I noticed something green poking up through a bed I'd… MORE
Knitted White Pumpkins
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Jul. 14, 2009 8:58 am 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2009 9:05 am
In the magical world of Harry Potter, only the most powerful witches and wizards can cast a spell without a wand, and even then it’s crazy difficult. Why this should be so was never completely explained to my satisfaction, but no matter. In general, if you’re going to work your magic you need a… MORE
Lavender wand supplies.
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1. Tie the knot.
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2. Bend the stems.
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3. Ready to weave.
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Jun. 8, 2009 2:12 pm 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2009 8:46 am
I’ve told you about the mint that ate my garden? Well this weekend I turned the tables on the green menace and ate up some mint. My little skirmish didn’t win the war, but the score was foodelicious 1, monster mint 0. I got lots of great suggestions from visitors to my blog, but I ended… MORE
The mint that ate my garden.
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Chutney with Mint
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Curried chicken kabobs, mint chutney, and mango sauce.
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May 29, 2009 11:56 am 
Updated: Jul. 12, 2009 8:22 pm
When I was a kid in Southern California, gardening meant pulling weeds when I'd rather be body surfing. It was a chore, a burden, and occasionally a punishment. Okay, often a punishment. Later, when I watched a housemate work in her little flower garden planted in the hard scrabble side yard of… MORE
The garden in May 2009.
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The mint that ate my garden.
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Chive flowers + salad = genius
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I love chard's colorful stems.
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Apr. 7, 2009 3:50 pm 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2009 2:19 pm
Thank you for waiting so patiently for this follow-up to my original post, The Egg and I. It's been a couple of years since I pulled out my pysanky supplies so I hope you'll forgive my rusty technique. But as promised, here's a basic tutorial for waxing and dyeing Ukrainian Easter eggs.… MORE
Pysanky: basic supplies
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1. Design in progress
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2. Waxing the white
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3. After the yellow dye
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Vanessa Greaves

Home Town
Los Angeles, California, USA
Living In
Seattle, Washington, USA

Member Since
Nov. 2005

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Mediterranean

Hobbies
Knitting, Gardening, Camping, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
Two working adults and a kid in school. Someone has to cook and that someone is usually me. *sigh*
My favorite things to cook
Whatever makes my family smile while they're eating.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I cook, they clean up after me. It's the kind of tradition I can fully embrace.
My cooking triumphs
No one has asked me to stop yet.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 13, I made pecan rolls for my family. The recipe called for 8 refrigerator biscuits but the package held 10. My mom asked me what I did with the other 2. Judging from the look on her face, "I threw them away" wasn't the right answer.
 
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