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Carmella
The Wyoming mountains
I am Carmella Rayone, lover of good design, good writing, good food, and the four good men in my life
Interests: interior design, handmade, photography, education, family
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Two trees. One small, one even smaller, because boys must have a loft tree, they tell me. Of course they do. Finding the two trees is like treasure hunting the forest in knee-deep snow (or belly-deep if you happen to... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Assortment
No bread pans at all! I let the dough rise on a well-floured pizza peel, then slide it onto a hot pizza stone in the oven. A fat thirty minutes later, fresh, hot bread.
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Words about contentment inspired this series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Join me in the comments and share what you've done with what you have. When the tub faucet's running, and the scrub brush is scrubbing, and the general... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Assortment
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At different times in life when I've found myself unmoored because of a move, a job change, or some such major shift in a settled routine, I've tended to reach for something steady. Aside from steady faith, the steady man... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Assortment
Okay!
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Both!
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I KNOW! We were talking about how we wished we had a photo of whip-cream covered Nellie, but alas, I wasn't there when it happened!
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I walked in the door from town, arms loaded with goods. There in the kitchen was the youngest, almost teen-aged boy, with the Kitchenaid mixer on the counter, measuring cups scattered, cream dripped and puddled, and a whisk in hand,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Assortment
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A wish for you, my readers, as many of us pause to celebrate gratitude and thanksgiving, is that you will join me and take a few moments to list the things you've come to have, to experience, and to know,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Assortment
So, so kind of you to nominate these pages for an award! Thank you!! I saw your email, and hope I can find the time to do the required things. Happy Thanksgiving in the Dominican!
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Thanks so much, Mini! I've just updated the post with more book suggestions, if you want to take a look!
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I just posted an update about the book, and suggested several others, along with what I'm reading now. You'll have to check it out!
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This sounds delightful! I just began The Story of Edgar Sawtelle last night. At over 500 pages, it'll hopefully last me through the weekend :)
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Wasn't she the cutest puppy?
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Thanks!
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So kind of you! Thank you
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The bird prints are actually pages I cut from a vintage bird book. Love them.
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It was late afternoon, and the sun had already dropped behind the mountain peaks. Nellie and I headed straight into the shadow at the place where the mountain is broken in two, where foaming water rushes between jagged cliffs. She... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Assortment
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Words about contentment inspired this series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Join me in the comments and share what you've done with what you have. Often, I'm here, sitting in the studio/nook where so many things happen. I put... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Assortment
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I do. Thankfully, we don't have diabetes to navigate in our home, and our over-all diet tends to be lighter on sugary things, so when a recipe calls for a small amount of sweetener, I usually don't have to make adjustments, except for personal taste in some cases. This recipe is delightful as written - just enough sweetness to compliment the nutty flavor of the toasted oats, nuts, and seeds. You'll find brown rice syrup in a health food store next to the maple syrup.
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I don't receive many gifts from anyone outside our immediate family, so that is a benefit in this regard. When I am given something I wouldn't have chosen, I remember two things: 1) The thoughtfulness of the giver, and her act of giving, are the real gift to me. 2) Just because something was given to me doesn't mean I have to keep it. I may keep a gift for a period of time, but ultimately, if it doesn't compliment the serenity of our home and lifestyle, I choose to pass it on. I answered a similar question above, you may want to read that response as well.
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This thought just came to me: Maybe create a pinterest board for each of your kids with things pinned that you would like to see in their lives - clothes, shoes, toys, books, movie or event tickets, trip destinations, etc. Then send family members to the boards where they can then choose from your curated selection.
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Not at all, and funny you should ask...I'm swimming behind the scenes in the changes right this minute! Stay tuned!
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You're so kind to inquire! I haven't heard any rumblings of such things so far this year.
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Yes, I agree that the simple life needs always be fought for. I know I'm constantly making strides in that direction. I can imagine your frustration with the over-abundance of gift-giving, but I'm not sure I'm the right one to answer your question, as we have the opposite situation - grandparents who rarely even remember our boys' birthdays! Aside from a few years in their lifetime, the only gifts our boys have received for Christmas or birthdays are from my husband and I. It's hard to say what I'd do if I were in your shoes, but I would certainly continue giving the message to well-meaning relatives, that, for your family, less is more. Maybe suggest donations toward a family trip you have planned, to your children's savings accounts, or toward a larger-ticket experience that your child may enjoy in the future (believe me, our teenagers' interests are far more expensive than they were in the toddler/little kid years!). Maybe some education behind the reason for your choosing fewer, timeless, well-crafted, higher quality toys would be helpful for your relatives as well (if you're inspired by Waldorf tradition, for example). I wish you the best in conveying your message!
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