Category Archives: The Cottage

First You Have to Make a Mess…

Making a Mess Last weekend I began working in the back bedroom, moving forward through the house. Sledgehammer in hand, safety goggles and respirator on my face, I tackled the walls. There is something cathartic about smashing a wall all … Continue reading

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Winding Down Those Classes

I taught an ice creams class yesterday at North Kansas City Library. We tasted six different ice creams and sorbets: Pineapple Sorbet, Strawberry Cream, Coffee, Raspberry Sorbet, Mint Chip, and Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate. I’ve posted all of the recipes … Continue reading

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I Think I Have Recovered…I Think…

I’m an introvert. That might come as a huge surprise to some of the folks I know, but it is definitely true! I often say, “I’m an introvert, albeit a high-functioning one.” After having nearly 250 folks tramp through my … Continue reading

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It Does Not Happen Overnight, Instead it Builds

I should be prepping some bread dough, cooking up a batch of enchilada sauce, and going to the grocery store. Instead, I’m taking a moment to write down my swirling thoughts. About life. About learning. About the process. So here … Continue reading

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Now That’s a GREAT Estimate!

This afternoon, the guy who has been working on our house with us, our neighbor Charles came over and asked if we would mind taking a look at what he’s gotten done. He has been working on the attic for … Continue reading

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Update on The Cottage

It has been a solid month of very little work on The Cottage occurring. Illness and then a horrifically painful thrown out back has really slowed us down. And then there was the lack of funds, especially while I couldn’t … Continue reading

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I Pronounce You “De-Vined!”

I’m so stinkin’ happy over this – and it may be silly – but sometimes the smallest progress means so much. Do you know what I mean?! In any case, the local guy we have had helping us out with … Continue reading

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A Recipe and an Update on The Cottage

Chicken Pot Pie When my daughter was visiting earlier this summer, she made a Chicken Pot Pie. It was a dairy-free version and this on is so NOT a dairy-free version, but I found it very tasty. And yes, it … Continue reading

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Cottage Work – Week 4

I am exhausted yet again. I’m not a stranger to hard work. And while I am a fan of many things, including modern devices like air conditioning, ice makers, computers, and so much more, I know that sometimes what you … Continue reading

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Electricity and a Schematic

We are marching ahead on The Cottage despite disappointing news on getting a rehab loan. I talk about it in detail here if you are interested in the nitty gritty details: Not So Good News In any case, today was the … Continue reading

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