Vampire Wine

“Not all Vampires disintegrate in the sun!” Beverly Van Pelt – The Gothic Gourmet with her bottle of Vampire Wine. Photo from April 25, 2010.

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Turkey in a Nesco Roaster Oven

For the first time, I cooked a 14 lb. turkey in my Nesco Roaster. It was incredibly easy and was the best turkey I’ve ever roasted. I did have the concern that I wouldn’t get the beautiful color that conventional oven roasting delivers, yet my modest poultry came out perfectly.…

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Thanksgiving Past

I was going to start off by saying that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday… but the truth is EVERY Holiday is my favorite. Ha! The other day I came across photos from a simple yet elegant Thanksgiving dinner from a couple of years ago. It was lovely!     One…

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Halloween Costume: Space Cadet

Boy’s Space Cadet costume. This was such a F-U-N project largely because I did not have a pattern so I had to design one using a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt as my guide for the pattern pieces.                      …

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Breast Cancer Awareness

The Monterey Bay Youth Football League is sponsoring a Breast Cancer Awareness theme at the Steinbeck Cub’s Homecoming day on October 2, 2011.  Come out to watch excellent football and support a great cause! MUNICIPAL STADIUM 175 Maryal Dr, Salinas, CA 93906

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Gifts From Our Growers Lap Quilt

The Monterey County Fair has a yearly theme and one year the theme was “Lettuce Entertain You”. Well, that just seemed fun so I cobbled together a fun lap quilt that I called, “Gifts From Our Growers”.  This small quilt won an Honorable Mention and a lovely ribbon.   Fabrics…

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Hugin and Munin

It was almost a desperate journey. We had traveled every winter for three years in search of snow only to be foiled by rain or sun. This winter past was shaping up to be the same. The road to Yosemite was cold but snow-free. I remember the moment we rounded…

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Speed Carving – Pumpkins

I have a confession to make! This past Halloween I decided to show off for the large group of kids at our neighborhood block party. Yep! I spread a large black plastic bag out and sat down on it with my giant pumpkin… and a steak knife and soup spoon.…

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