Archive for June, 2008


Growing up in the Detroit suburbs, I know bagels. After Mom moved in with us we would drive back to the old neighborhood to buy bagels: 120+ miles roundtrip. (We bought 3 dozen at a time and froze them. Sacrilege, but what could I do?)

Quite the versatile food group, bagels are. Fresh with lox, cream cheese, and lemon; toasted with butter; or peanut butter. Broiled with melted cheese…

I also like a toasted bagel with a fried egg on top, but this can be problematic. It is the very definition of the “square peg in the round hole.” More to the point, it’s a lot of egg yolk falling through the hole in the bagel. 

The only way around the hole-in-the-bagel dilemma is to make a closed-hole bagel. (Heaven forbid!) Or, to cook the egg to match the bagel! 

 This is not as easy as it look. Therefore I would like someone to INVENT a cooking tool that would automatically make a hole in the egg to match the bagel. Perhaps a heavy, metal cone-shaped structure that sits in the frying pan. One would crack the egg on the tip. The egg would drip down around the cone and cook with a premeditated hole in the center. Or, the dumb metal cone would heat up and the egg would cook on the way down and you’d have to bit the egg off of it and throw away the bagel. OK, scrap that idea and get to work on something else, would ya?

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June 30, 2008 at 11:24 am 6 comments

Where In The World? (Hint #4 and #5)

This has been so much fun! Thank you all for playing. I actually have TWO winners…I’m feeling generous. Their useless gifts will be on the way next week. BUT, I’m not revealing the answer because I wrote more “hints.” Here’s the last two.

Here’s hint #4. If you’ve been in this room, you’ll know the city I visited.

OK, Hint #5 should give it away for sure… 

One of the most famous skylines in the world. And if you ever get a chance to fly there, make sure you get a window seat on the LEFT side of the plane.Let’s see how many people know where this is. If you know, add a comment on the blog. (Emails don’t count.)

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June 28, 2008 at 5:33 pm 14 comments

Where In The World? (Hint #3)

Lot’s of great guesses. If you haven’t figured it you, here’s another hint.

Have a guess? Send in that comment. Maybe get the prize. 

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June 28, 2008 at 8:00 am 14 comments

Where In The World? (Hint #2)

All great guesses, but no. Here’s another hint. You didn’t think it would be EASY, did you?

Have a guess? Tell me in a comment. Don’t forget about the insignificant and probably useless prize for the first person to guess correctly.

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June 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm 13 comments

Where In The World?

Did you miss me? I took a little vacation. Can you guess where? Here’s a hint:

Make your guess as a comment.  The first person to guess correctly will get a small yet paltry gift. Have at it!

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June 26, 2008 at 10:43 pm 33 comments

It’s Nice To Be Needed

I spent Friday and Saturday helping to move our daughter from one apartment to another. She actually moved on her own power, it was all her belongings that required my assistance. Jennie did all the packing and I basically showed up for the heavy lifting. It’s nice to be needed. On Friday we drove over a couple loads to her new place. It was approaching 90 degrees and the humidity was about as high. Thankfully there was a nice breeze right before the tornado warnings and the torrential downpour. And the hail. We made it inside just in time and had a radio so we knew when it was safe to resume the moving, but in case you ever visit Jennie during a tornado, the best place to hide is in her bedroom closet. Move the shoes.

On Saturday Steve came up to help with the U-Haul. Actually, it was a He-Haul because neither Jennie nor I had any desire to drive it. Some of Jen’s friends from work came to help too and they let me boss them around which was way fun.

This morning I discovered muscles I didn’t even know I had. Yesterday I pretended to be young. It was fun.

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June 8, 2008 at 9:05 pm 5 comments

Quilts From The Selvage Edge

New AQS bookI love this idea; why didn’t I think of it first?! Karen Griska beat me to it, but I’m not jealous. I am in AWE. She’s made “new fabric” by stitching together selvages I’ve been throwing away or slicing up accidentally. Her book is chock full of really different quilts, the ultimate in scraps!

You’ll never look at your stash the same way. Forget your stash, you might want to go dumpster diving at the end of your next workshop. What treasures might you find?

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June 7, 2008 at 7:00 am 6 comments

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