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BoogaJ
juliemanderson@gmail.com
Interests: knitting, spinning, homeschooling, cooking, reading, crafts, baking
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I actually knit something -- a simple pair of toe-up socks. I even updated Ravelry with the info! Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at boogaj
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We're on the home stretch of the bathroom remodel with just one little leak keeping us from being done. We now have a new, working shower. The old, nasty, paint-peeling tub is gone! The floors had to be replaced since... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at boogaj
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Maddie will be going away to college in about 5 years. While we are fortunate that Pete has a good job, and I haven't had to work outside of the house since I was pregnant with her, I'm sure I'll... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at boogaj
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Five years ago, we went through a bathroom remodel. This may not sound that trying, but when you really only have one bathroom (plus a mini powder room that was added to the top of the basement stairs at some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at boogaj
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The yard sales have been weak this year. In fact, last Friday looked like it was going to be another sad day, but near the end of our rounds we found an estate sale where I found this great Cathrineholm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at boogaj
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I've been taking literally hundreds of photos each week since I started the photography class. Thank goodness for digital technology. This past week we learned about composing photos, so I've been playing around with that a bit. It's a lot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at boogaj
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Since I got my "fancy" camera, I've gone back and forth about taking a photography class at the local junior college. This past week, one day before the class began, I finally signed up for "Secrets of Great Digital Photography",... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at boogaj
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Pete and I have been married 15 years today. He left me little notes around the outside of the house -- he definitely the romantic one in the relationship. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at boogaj
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Trees, trees, trees. I've lost track of how many they have cut out of our yard this past week. I know there were at least 7, but if you throw in all the little ones here and there, it's probably... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at boogaj
Black Sheep Bags has moved! Please check out the website at www.blacksheepbags.com. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Black Sheep Bags
Please visit me over at The Chocolate Blog's new site! www.chocolate-blog.com I have a new review up over there on the Endangered Species filled dark chocolate bars. Come visit! Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Chocolate Blog
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Pete built me two more garden trellises over the weekend. These are a foot taller than the ones that he built last year becasue the cucumbers went crazy and grew right over the tops of the 4 foot trellises. You... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at boogaj
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This has been a great year for birdwatching in our backyard. We've seen a few new birds and many of our old favorites. Since I've been trying to improve my photography skills and learn more about all the many functions... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at boogaj
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I've been spending some time getting to know my camera better, which means reading the ridiculously long manual. I have to admit that I was overwhelmed by the manual when I first got the camera, so I mostly skimmed it... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at boogaj
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In true Chicago fashion, the weather went from freezing and snowing to hot and sunny in the span of a few days. The bad news is that I got my first sunburn of the year over the weekend, the good... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at boogaj
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I woke up my whole family last night to watch the lunar eclipse. There hasn't been a total lunar eclipse since 2011, but there will be 3 more over the next 18 months! I'm planning on learning a lot about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at boogaj
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When my daughter was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, we had no idea how to feed ourselves anymore. You know the feeling -- going through the pantry and realizing that "everything" listed wheat as an ingredient. When I was later diagnosed and we decided to completely remove all gluten from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Going Gluten-Free
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Yeah, it's a mouthful --Joy the Baker's Blonde Brownies with Chocolate Chips and Marcona Almonds. I don't know if you read Joy's blog, but she makes some delicious looking stuff. This particular recipe caught my eye becasue I bought a jar of marcona almonds and Costco and I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Going Gluten-Free
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Yeah, it's a mouthful --Joy the Baker's Blonde Brownies with Chocolate Chips and Marcona Almonds. I don't know if you read Joy's blog, but she makes some delicious looking stuff. This particular recipe caught my eye because I bought a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at boogaj
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Last year I started my seeds much too early. In fact, I started some in February! This means that they were ready to be planted in April, and my planting "safe" date is mid May. I suppose I was a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at boogaj
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It's been a long and terrible winter, so I'm happy to see Spring arrive. It even felt like Spring today with the sunshine and warm-ish weather. In other news, I've started a new Wordpress blog where I talk about learning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at boogaj
I have always loved numbers -- I'm not talking about mathematics, in particular, although I liked that quite well too. I'm talking about how numbers relate to one another, how they are connected, how they combine to make new numbers.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at boogaj
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I was recently sent some chocolate bars by Yes Cacao so that I could try them and post a review. Yes Cacao is quite a bit different from your usual chocolate bar maker in that their chocolate is not roasted.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Chocolate Blog
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Here's a look at what I'm hoping was the last snowfall of the season. It was a heavy, sticky show that brought branches down all around the neighborhood. It was very pretty, but after the winter we had... well, enough... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at boogaj
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Today I want to talk about Organic Andy's Dandy Candy -- Amy's Crunchy English Toffee with Almonds in Dark Chocolate. What a mouthfull! Amy's has a new line of candy bars -- many of which are gluten free (yea!) and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Chocolate Blog