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Lawrence, Kansas
Hi, my name is Carol. I live in Lawrence KS. I write Tall Tales. I tell about stuff that happened to me. Most of it is true.
Interests: globe trotting, getting my hands dirty in the garden, making things with yarn, reading, sketching badly, playing golf, walking, cooking, going to the farmers market...
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Early in the morning, as the sun is going down, seen from above, or gazed upon from below, the purple coneflower is a gardeners delight. They are drought tolerant, don't have to be deadheaded, are spread easily by the birds (but don't get overly invasive), and provide color in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Wednesday night there was a gathering of the Quails at Mary Joan's house. No matter how hard I tried to dissuade her from toiling in the kitchen, getting out all the fine china, and hiring a doorman, she would not be swayed from preparing a birthday dinner for me. There... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Every night before I go to bed I have been watching videos from Mary Ann's latest on-line class. It's good to go to sleep dreaming of creative endeavors. Along that same line of thinking, I recently finished reading this delightful children's book. It is full of lovely, imaginative, illustrations. Request... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
I went overboard on flowers at the market this week. You would have done the same if you had seen what was there for the buying. I decided it was a good idea to buy flowers for all the rooms in our house. The gooseneck loosestrife could not be passed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
This weekend at the market I had to made a trip back to the car to drop off produce so I would have enough hands to carry flowers. Such a lovely problem to have. It ended up working out very well because on the way back from drop off #1,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Here's my entry in the palliative care office "Energy Ball Throwdown". What set this recipe apart, was that the almonds, old fashioned oats, and coconut were toasted for 10 minutes and then cooled before I added the rest of the ingredients. If you don't generally toast nuts or oats before... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Exactly 32 days after planting. Behold! A quarter sized baby celebrity tomato. If you look very closely in the middle of all that foliage you can spot it below. The Orange King bougainvillea is also starting to do it's thing. Which is good because this week in Kansas we officially... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In between making spanish rice for supper, watering the plants out back, deciding what to wear to work tomorrow, and washing my face, I took some pictures of the poppies out front tonight. I love how they fade to this delicate shade of pink. And how when the leaves fall... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On the drive out west last weekend the fields were green and gold and the sky was blue. There were some pretty spectacular clouds too. All photos by Chris as I was busy tending the wheel. When on a road trip, I will generally say something like "sure would be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Before I tell you about all the marvelous things we saw at the Smoky Hill River Festival on Saturday, I want to start this post with my FAVORITE thing about the festival this year. Just so you will be clear and so it doesn't get lost amidst all the other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today we were in Concordia Kansas to see Dottie and our friend Mary Fran, who was celebrating her 60th Jubilee. While we were at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph, we learned some new information about Chris's two great Aunts that were also members of this community. Below... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
So, you know how sometimes you make things to eat because they are so good, that when you bite into them you feel like you have died, and maybe even been transported to some other worldly place? What follows is not one of those types of recipes. Rather, this is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Just a few of my favorite garden moments over the last few weeks. I hope whatever you are doing today involves something you think is beautiful. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tonight, cleverly slipped in between some goslings, which continue to get bigger, are my peonies from the market this week. Followed by a request for your help. Now for the help... one of my office mates made these ridiculously good protein balls and brought them to work last week. Which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Just when I was about to doubt that I actually knew what poppy foliage looked like, when Chris was asking "what's that lettuce looking stuff supposed to be?", it finally happened. Confirmation. Followed this weekend by blooms. Poppies are amazing. It makes me smile just to look at them. An... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
There was some "London Bridge is Falling Down" going on at the farmers market Saturday. Games with giggling girls are the best. The garlic scapes looked interesting (I must look up what to do with them), there were peonies by the stem, and the coffee girls were rocking it out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The "Snow Queen" Oak Leaf Hydrangea is putting on an exceptionally good show this year. I planted it in September of 2005 right after we moved in. In eleven years it has definitely reached it's full potential. The photo below is from the garden journal I kept at that time.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Recipe for dressing is in the link provided in the post. Carol
Presenting 6 tomatoes prepared 4 ways. Every single way celebrated the excellent flavor of tomatoes picked from the vine at the peak of ripeness for the recipe. Simple and delicious - tomato #1 was sliced, laid on buttered toast, and topped with a scrambled egg with a sprinkle of cheese.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is John Pendleton. Husband of Karen Pendleton, flower-growing & bouquet-making phenom who I visit weekly at the farmers market. This last weekend, I found out that Mr. Pendleton also knows a thing or ten, particularly about hydroponic tomatoes. I think he is an asparagus expert too, but I didn't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Because they are so pretty, you are going to get a mid week look at the peonies on my table. From every possible angle. Then I am going to tell you about a new recipe I tried this week that warrants sharing. I came upon it while spending valuable time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
When we were growing up, we sometimes had Rice Krispie treats for dessert, but not as often as other things. And we NEVER had Rice Krispie treats with chocolate on top. So when I saw this over the top looking recipe, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I kinda... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
My camera landed on a bunch of boys at the farmers market this weekend. Boys buying tomatoes and boys in lime green crocs searching for puddles. There were also beautiful arrangements of greens, peonies to buy by the stem, and a giant head of cabbage. Brothers holding hands were my... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happy second Saturday of the weekend. We have taken advantage of this extra day to go on adventures, amend and fertilize the soil of houseplants, stake hollyhocks, drink iced coffee, pull weeds, and do some all around goofing off. There was also picnic food, root beer floats, naps, and movie... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Barbara: I used this pickling recipe - I liked how it turned out. 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar1/4 cup sugarkosher or sea salt 1 tspHeat in pan until sugar is dissolved and then pour over chopped veggies in jar
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