The more you know: Easter edition

I learned a great deal over the Easter weekend. I know I am a strong, capable and intelligent woman. But I learned, when it comes to my family, I am a weak, scatter brained and hapless girl. My role in the family was decided years ago and like most families, we really are too lazy to recast. And that is just how it is. The realization of this is rather … Continue reading The more you know: Easter edition

You have to start somewhere….a lesson in (a)corn-iness

My niece Kate had a baby outfit that I loved. Stitched on it was the phrase “Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow.” At least that is what I remember, it could be a paraphrase of that. Of course, a whole lot of luck and patience is involved. And with that luck, the acorn’s seedling will mature into oak tree. And that is something to behold. I have a few … Continue reading You have to start somewhere….a lesson in (a)corn-iness

The More You Know: An Eggless Easter

  Did you know that there are people who are allergic to eggs? That means they are also allergic to most cakes, sweets, ice creams and, gasp, doughnuts! Yes, doughnuts. A little piece of my heart just died writing this. My goddaughter Meg is afflicted with such an allergy. Here, in a very special edition of The More You Know, my awesome sister finds the good … Continue reading The More You Know: An Eggless Easter

Beautiful things come to those who wait.

I found this beautiful tulipiere earlier in the week. I fell for it, I fell hard. It was going to be the centerpiece of yesterday’s blog post and it was going to be fabulous. Now, I do not post images on my site unless they are mine or I have permission so I emailed Graham Johnston in Glasgow to ask if I could use the exquisite … Continue reading Beautiful things come to those who wait.

Coffee: A case of the sads and a story of redemption

Drink milk in your coffee? Try putting it in the cup first and then pour the coffee. You get a more toasted taste with the coffee heating the milk rather than the milk cooling the coffee.

Sunday morning, while filling my coffee maker’s glass carafe, I realized there was a small hole on the bottom. I sighed, sadly. I’m not good with disappointments early in the morning, particularly before  my cup of coffee. Now, I do have french press so my ability to make myself a cup of coffee was not affected. Just my ability to make a good one. Big sads.

I sprung to action and went on the search for a new carafe.  I found not one for my particular model. At least not one in the DC Metro area. I toyed with the idea of  purchasing a new coffee maker, after all some were the same price as a replacement carafe. But after much back and forth in my head, and a call to my sister, I opted to track down the replacement online. I was going to be damned if I throw out a perfectly good coffee maker. And in an attempt at a semblance of frugality, I was going to be damned if I purchase a second coffee maker to get me through six- to seven-day delivery estimate. So, for now, I am damned to make my morning coffee this with a french press.

Now you might be wondering where I am going with this. Stay with me, I promise, I have a point.  Continue reading “Coffee: A case of the sads and a story of redemption”

The more you know: St. Patrick’s Day edition

 Guinness, wonderfully tasty Guinness On this most holy of days I am charged with communicating to you, dear reader, a most important and sacred fact that was recently revealed to me. Did you know that you are not supposed to frost your beer glass? Did you know? Cause I didn’t. Damn. Frankly, I am ashamed. For years I have been storing my beloved pint glasses … Continue reading The more you know: St. Patrick’s Day edition