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Molasses Ginger Cookies

This is the cookie recipe that I make so often my family calls them simply “Sue’s Cookies”. I’ve been making them ever since I learned to bake. . . . → Read More: Molasses Ginger Cookies

Don’t Be Afraid of Color

My husband, Mark, has been the single biggest influence on my decorating style. In fact I don’t know if I can even call it my style as much as our style. He’s always been as much a part of any decisions about furniture or colors as I have. Before I met him I liked many . . . → Read More: Don’t Be Afraid of Color

The Old Lucketts Store

Last weekend I finally got to do something I’ve had in the back of my mind for a couple of years. On Sunday, my husband and I drove out to the tiny crossroad of Lucketts, Virginia to what’s somewhat grandly called the Old Lucketts Antique Store. I’d read that the store had been named “best antique store in Loudoun County”, and after my visit I can certainly see why. . . . → Read More: The Old Lucketts Store

Extravagant Tulips

I tend to be a fairly frugal gardener in most respects, growing things from seed when I can, relying on friends and family members for perennial divisions, going to the county’s free mulch pile, that sort of thing. I do have one real garden extravagance however. Each fall I plant at least 150 tulips, I enjoy them in the spring, and then I pull them out and throw them away after a single blooming. . . . → Read More: Extravagant Tulips

Crunchy Granola

When I was in college, my friends and I termed anything reminiscent of hippie culture “crunchy granola”. Organic food, bare feet, long hair and long skirts, you know the kind of thing I mean. Stuff that would be natural to people who probably make their own granola.

Well look what happened to . . . → Read More: Crunchy Granola

Vintage Tablecloths

For the most part, I’m not much of a collector. Outside of books and my vast assortment of kitchenware, I tend to be more of a ruthless pitcher than an accumulator. A holdover from the tough discipline of living in shared houses and studio apartments in my early years, I suppose. Despite that, I was . . . → Read More: Vintage Tablecloths

German Apple Pancake

At last the cooler weather of fall has returned and I feel called to my stove once again. For the past four months I’ve barely done any baking and precious little of the kind of slow-cooked dinners that my husband enjoys. Instead we’ve had lots of quick pasta dishes, salads of many kinds, and . . . → Read More: German Apple Pancake