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Day 21: The Perfect Tomato Sandwich

Day 21: The Perfect Tomato Sandwich

Somebody asked me recently which I’d rather give up if forced to, tomatoes or potatoes. Although my reluctance to part with french fries was great, I knew that I couldn’t imagine a life without tomatoes, because pasta sauces and pizzas and all things caprese are much too near and dear to my heart. But one of the very best ways to eat a tomato, which you might agree with if you grew up with an abundance of them fresh out…

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Day 19: Dumpster Diving

Day 19: Dumpster Diving

You are totally allowed to give me a sideways look for this one. But a few years ago while visiting a friend in Pennsylvania, she suggested that we go dumpster diving that evening and see what we find. Always up for an adventure that feels like breaking the law without actually breaking it, I said YES! So we piled four girls into the car, and drove out into the dark and rainy night in search of the best trash. Hilarity…

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Day 18: ESV Journaling Bible

Day 18: ESV Journaling Bible

I’ve never been a fan of writing in my books. I label them in pencil and don’t write notes in the margins. So it’s somewhat odd that I decided to try a journaling Bible, eh? At first I could hardly bring myself to write in it. What if I’d want the space later for something else? What if someone else read it? What if I messed up and made irreparable marks in it? Finally, I forced myself to just start…

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Day 17: A Saturday in Erandique

Day 17: A Saturday in Erandique

The air is on the verge of nippy, but the end of the porch is bathed in golden sunlight, warm to the touch. I sit on the steps with my cup of freshly brewed coffee and a few gingersnaps- the kind that you age in a stone crock- and the sun beats on my head, seeping into my sleepy bones and waking me up slowly. The turkey buzzards perch on our roof, warming their hideous wrinkly heads and inky feathers…

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Day 16: Urban Tote

Day 16: Urban Tote

I told you all once about how I won an Urban Southern giveaway and was gifted with a lovely triangle clutch. What I couldn’t convey to you through a blog post was just how good it smelled, and how lovely it felt, both the smooth exterior and the soft suede interior. I carried my clutch and continued stalking their business, and making mental notes of which bags I would love to own if I ever found a good enough excuse…

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Day 15: Currywurst

Day 15: Currywurst

Have you ever heard of currywurst? It’s the kind of food that makes you scratch your head a little and wonder why somebody would want to eat something with a name like that. But let me tell you about it and see if you don’t change your mind. One morning on our recent trip to New York City, we bundled up to the max and set out across town to Chelsea Market, braving the icy winds. We blew in the…

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Day 14: Love is a Fallacy

Day 14: Love is a Fallacy

In the spirit of Valentine’s day, I give to you one of my favorite love stories ever. Max Shulman: Love is a Fallacy Cool was I and logical. Keen, calculating, perspicacious, acute and astute—I was all of these. My brain was as powerful as a dynamo, precise as a chemist’s scales, as penetrating as a scalpel. And—think of it!—I only eighteen. It is not often that one so young has such a giant intellect. Take, for example, Petey Bellows, my…

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Day 13: Splitwise

Day 13: Splitwise

When I lived in Illinois, my roommates and I split our expenses via a very high tech little tattered notebook full of scribbles. It worked alright, but my brain didn’t love the extra math workout each time we tried to balance what we owed each other. When Lyn and I moved in together, we upgraded to a slightly higher form of expense splitting, and I can’t stop recommending it to people. The app is called Splitwise, and it’s free on…

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Day 12: How to Celebrate Everything

Day 12: How to Celebrate Everything

I first encountered Jenny through her blog, Dinner, a Love Story, and I was drawn in by the color and humor and her lovely writing style. Imagine my delight then, when I opened a present from Lyn and found her book inside. How to Celebrate Everything is just what the title implies, a guide to all the popular holidays, as well as many other occasions that deserve celebrating just because. For instance, check out her “Yay, It’s Wednesday Cake!” and see if that…

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Day 11: Snow Days in the South

Day 11: Snow Days in the South

People love to make fun of how southerners respond to snow. I mean, even I like to make fun of the way they wipe out the bread and milk selections at the first flake. But there is one thing that people forget to take into account, and that is… …Southerners know how to enjoy snow. When it snows in the north, the people bundle up and grimly go on about their lives, just waiting for the snow to go away. But…

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Day 10: The Blue Castle

Day 10: The Blue Castle

You know how sometimes you come across a book that just warms the cockles of your heart and makes you wish you could crawl inside it and live there? Meet “The Blue Castle” by L.M. Montgomery. I was introduced to Montgomery a bit late in life, which perhaps makes my delight in her writing just that much greater, since I can appreciate its skill more now than as a kid. And of all my favorites of hers, I believe “The Blue…

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