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  1. about 16 hours ago on Heart of the City

    If I offer to bring dessert, I know that people do want something special, and it gives me an excuse to splurge too, so I buy a beutifully decorated cake, or flan, or cheesecake, from our local bakery, which is family owned and they make especially wonderful cakes with real ingredients, not from pre-made in large vats…

  2. 1 day ago on Pooch Cafe

    If they can climb stairs and come down, they can climb trees. We have a tree in our back yard, that grew in such a way that invited climbing, and one of our dogs found a way to do it. She placed herself in the crook of one branch and surveyed the yard from there. If we had people over in the summer, and we sat on the patio, and she was up there, she just loved making a show of coming down, and how they were surprised about it… Of course, it worked only once with our old friends…

  3. 1 day ago on Pooch Cafe

    They do it backwards…

    ; – )

  4. 1 day ago on For Better or For Worse

    …and James demonstrated it for the class…

    So in the end, will he learn anything more about it when he’s researchig the paper? Or maybe in the course of doing the essay he will find a path to his own career… Anyway, the teacher is trying her best, that’s for sure.

  5. 2 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    I went to school to learn, and the kids who disturbed the class bothered me also…

    I had some wonderful and gifted teachers and I remember them even 50 years later.

    I also learned that the teachers who didn’t prepare a good plan “welcomed” the interrruptions…

  6. 3 days ago on PreTeena

    Reminds me of our first “leaving the home” time with our first baby to visit the grandparents. We took way too much stuff “just in case”, and seeing as they were close to stores… The baby neve even touched the floor, as she was passed around from hands to hands, so we didn’t need all those mats and safety things…but it taught us a lesson that our mothers did know best, and that babies aren’t made out of glass…

  7. 5 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    I have a tiny vase of wooden coffee stirrers on our kitchen table just because I just hate the sound of that tinking on the cup. The sugar bowl is there with only one tiny spoon, the kind that won’t reach the bottom, just in case someone might use that spoon by mistake to stir their tea or coffee… even though I pointed out the stirrers at the same time…

    Then they are embarassed when they finish and have that quizzical look of their face about what to do with the spoon, because they don’t want to put a wet spoon back into the sugar bowl, I take it from them, and point out the stirrers again…

    But not any more, because over the years, the same people come over, and by now they know…

  8. 5 days ago on Heart of the City

    Just FYI: baking is an exact science . It is your math, chemistry and physics, and some biology thrown in, lessons applied to real life.

    Even when making Rice Crispy squares a budding baker has to know about melting points and how to stir properly, otherwise, the whole thing coagulates into a large ball before it is spread out on a pan in a thinnish pancake to be cut soon enough that they will be little squares, and not one large mess…

  9. 5 days ago on Heart of the City

    To tell you the truth, not everyone can follow a recipe. There are many terms in any recipe with which some bakers or cooks aren’t familiar and don’t know how to do those described tasks…

  10. 5 days ago on Heart of the City

    She hasn’t been kicked out…it’s just that Heart and Dean grew up and don’t need her to look after them when sick or after school, etc. … as far as we know the fact that Mrs. Angelini owns the building hasn’t been changed, so she’s still alive and well, and seeing them through the window… or on rent day….