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I read a lot of blogs, especially food blogs.  Oh, I do like good food, can you tell?  Hate plastic, love food, love dogs.  Could that be the theme of this blog?

In any case, the blog I use the most is The Apartment Kitchen.  There’s the link, sitting over there in the right sidebar, not making a big fuss.  I think it deserves a plug, especially because the author, Erin McDowell, is giving away a free cookbook in honor of her 100th post. Maybe one of my readers would like to win that book.  I certainly would.

Erin is a friend of ours, a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, an excellent cook and an excellent writer.  She posts frequently, but not so often that I get overwhelmed by posts.  I’ve made quite a few of her dinners, the most recent being the Thai-flavored burgers with peanut sauce, which was eye-rollingly good.  Oh, and the salmon with yogurt sauce and Asian cole slaw is another fave. The recipes are generally quite easy to make but never boring.

Really, go over there.  Look around.  Try out some of the recipes. Click the link in the sidebar to win the book. And if you try something you like, let me know.  And let Erin know too, of course.

Note:  Erin also writes Appetite for Adventure, about food and her travels.  Go there too.

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On Sunday we’re going to a fundraiser for the ALS Society called Walterpalooza. It’s to raise money for a van, to be owned by a trust and used by whoever needs it.  The first recipient is a man well known and well liked in Lawrence.  (I don’t know if I can use his name.)

The fundraiser will be a big fun party, with bingo, a fashion show of t-shirts through the years, a potluck, and a silent auction to which people have donated many wonderful items.

I’m mentioning this for the benefit of readers who live in Lawrence and who might not know about it.  Come if you can, and if you can’t, consider making a donation anyway.  See the website for details.

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All is well

Aaaah. My sister’s eye surgery, though painful, is over. She is fine and very grateful for all good thoughts, prayers, and light sent her way. Thanks.

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One of my sisters is having eye surgery tomorrow at 12:15 Eastern time.  It’s not a huge procedure, but it’s scary and could be painful.  If you feel like it, send beams of white healing light to wrap all around her.  That’s my plan.  What is our good energy for if not to spread all around to our fellow beings?

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Easter desserts

We went to an Easter party today. Our friends have given this party for many years, starting when everyone’s children were little.  Now all the children are grown up and gone, but we still have an excellent time, seeing people we know well, people we see only once a year, and people we’ve never met before.

My pictures of humans in their Easter finery didn’t come out well at all.  On the other hand, the dessert pictures are fine.  The dessert bakers were ashamed of their work and thought we should vote for which dessert was the ugliest.  All I can say is, they tasted perfect.

Bunny cake #1

Bunny cake #1

Cherry pie

Cherry pie

Bunny cake #2

Bunny cake #2

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The energy of friends

Sometimes you just need some time to hang around with friends, eating and blabbing aimlessly about both consequential and inconsequential things (death, TV shows).  That’s what we did last night at P’s house.  The kale with onions and carrots was delicious too.

 

Soon to be licked clean

Soon to be licked clean

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Gratitude

Life is pretty good. It’s my birthday, the sun is shining, and there’s goodness in the world.

A friend sent me this NBC article this morning about a young woman who hit a home run in a softball game and then injured her knee running to first base. According to the rules, her teammates couldn’t help her make the run. So members of the opposing team picked her up and helped her touch each base. It meant their team lost. I love that story.

Then my friends D and J emailed to say they are giving me one of the pieces we saw in the Orton Cone Box Show. D and A and I had gone to the show last month in Baldwin. I am sorry I didn’t make more noise about it to my friends, because it is a terrific show. It’s all ceramic pieces, of pretty much every possible kind. The catch is that they can be no bigger than the box that Orton pyrometric cones come in, which is about the size of a brick.

The one they got me is one D and I both admired, called Tango Tangle by Sue Grier:
Tango Tangle, by Sue Grier
I won’t get it for a year, because it’s on tour. I’m completely delighted by this present. See more pieces from the show.

It’s a ceramic kind of birthday. A gave me a wonderful bowl and four plates made by Katie Whitenight Senecal that we saw at the Lawrence Art Auction. I’ll take pics later.

In your blog, you can mention that it’s your birthday, even though there’s something faintly show-offy or grabby about telling your friends in person.

I’m quite grateful for the day.

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