Just a quickie – I’m trying as hard as I can to make as many dolls as I can for this weekend and next. I have a very exciting review on a very exciting blog coming up (I really want to say, but then I don’t know if I should – lol – I did say what it’s for on my Facebook page) and I’m doing a doll giveaway via Soulemama the following week (stay tuned!).  Anyhow, I’d like to have the shop stocked up for these two events. I’ll be sending out a newsletter once I get a firm date on the Very Exciting Review and when the doll giveaway happens!

I think I’m going to have to  put a  few dolls up for sale without sweaters for now (at a lesser price). Nonna was quite ill last month and just couldn’t knit – she is the sweetest woman I kept calling to see how she was feeling and she’d apologise for not being able to knit! I have another grandma (uncle’s mom) that does some knitting for me as well and that helps a lot – I think I need to find another Grandma to help out. I don’t know why I’m really telling you all this – just thought I’d put it out there 🙂 btw – Nonna is much better now.

John has volunteered to dig in a bunch of ornamental grass I bought today – right now. He has about an hour before it gets too dark.  I am loving that he works at a hardware store where we get great pricing on plants – I’m going a tad crazy with it all, but more on that later!

One more thing – do any of you have suggestions for good cookbooks? Quick, healthy, easy? I am so BORED with what we have been eating the past few months , totally in a rut.

xo, c






13 responses to “”

  1. Ashley Avatar

    Oh I am glad Granny is better and will keep thinking of her – we have to take care of all our grannies! You may have these already, but we love “Nourishing Traditions” and any of the “Mosewood” cookbooks. Also, Barbara Kingsolver has quite a few recipes in her book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.” We have been getting loads of salad greens from our CSA each week so our menu is pretty set each day; salad and eggs, salad and soup, salad and beans, salad and fruit, salad and bread, etc.!

  2. Emily M. Avatar

    cook’s illustrated family cookbook is fabulous. and i’ve also been quite impressed with how easy, good, and unique the recipes are in The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper.

    looking forward to the exciting review on the exciting blog! 🙂 AND–my daughter’s birthday is this weekend and i finally get to give her her doll! hooray!

  3. Cheryl Arkison Avatar

    It isn’t a cookbook, but try http://www.dinnerwithjulie.com. She has mountains of recipes and every single one that I’ve tried works well. She know what she is doing. And often it somes together when the hunger pangs strike and you need to make dinner. Now.

    Exciting times for you!

  4. CanCan Avatar

    I’m not sure where these came from, but a friend gave me “More With Less” and “Extending The Table”. They are very practical and simple cookbooks put together by the Mennonite community. Extending the Table has recipes from around with world but not with freaky expensive spices that you have to buy and only use once.

    I refer to these cookbooks often!

  5. Donnell Avatar

    I really like Jamie at Home. Lots of veggies and very home grown, organic.

  6. Cheryl Avatar

    Spicy salad nuts: melt 2 tab. butter, add 2 tab. sugar and 1/4 teas. cayenne pepper & salt, mix well over med-high heat. Add 1 cup walnuts. Cook until nuts begin to brown. Stir always. spread on wax-paper tray, chill till set. Then spice up a salad. I just have clips from everywhere. I’m glad Nana is feeling better.

  7. Monica Avatar

    No suggestions on the cook books…but I may steal some of these ideas. 😉

    I’m glad to hear Nonna is doing better. Ya know…Bear’s baby needs a Nonna sweater…would you consider letting one go without a doll? He’s learning buttons and Emma doesn’t want to share Paige’s sweater…stinker, huh? lol!

    1. admin Avatar

      for you Monica – of course! email me and i’ll see what i can do 🙂

  8. kiko Avatar

    I am excited to read your review and can’t wait for the giveaway!!
    I do like my New Basics cookbook after 13 years (not sure about it being completely healthy, but everything we made from it turned out great) It was a wedding gift. I just saw a great recipe for baked onion and garlic cream soup recipe, which I would LOVE to try. I also like the moosewood cookbooks for veggie recipes. I also LOVE LOVE the veggie burger recipe I found in Martha Stewart mag once, it’s a big hit for the whole family and friends!

  9. Vanessa Avatar

    Try “Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health” by Liz Pearson and Mairlyn Smith.

    It’s got lots of “how to eat right” stuff at the beginning, but I find the recipes easy, kid-friendly, and my daughter actually eats the “Really Great Salmon” and the homemade refried beans recipe.

  10. Devon Avatar

    Do you have the Hollyhock cookbook? They have them at the bookstore in the Garage. I also have a bazillion back issues of Martha’s everyday food, I could drop over a pile of April.May/June issues and you can look through. I find them inspiring seasonally.

  11. Catherine Avatar

    Some of my favorites….Moosewood Cooks at Home (easy and really good food), Six O’clock solutions (more easy, super fast good food) and Valentines soup, everyone loves it. I’m so glad to hear Nona is getting better!

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