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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...
Recent Activity
If you were thinking about zipping over to Lawrence to look at a fabulous field of sunflowers, you are going to want to wait another week. Chris and I headed out Sunday morning because my internal sunflower ripening meter pinged on Saturday afternoon. Which I took to mean it was... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
I blew the whistle, threw down the flag, and started the pumpkin baking season in Lawrence this week. Always searching for a new favorite to add to my repertoire of pumpkin recipes, I decided to try pumpkin pie oatmeal crumb bars. I take great delight, every year, in opening the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Attention all pumpkin lovers. It is my duty to inform you that something is going on with the availability of canned pumpkin. At least in my town. To my credit, last night, I did NOT bite off the head of the assistant store manager when he informed me "there was... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
I think it's probably fair to see you either like short stories or you don't. If you like them, and haven't read this collection by Alice Munro, get after it. AND, if you don't like short stories, there is a distinct possibility this collection could change your mind. I happen... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
After watching an episode of "Martha Bakes" last week, and because gazpacho really needs to be served with bread, I took it upon myself to try this recipe on Sunday. It involved a lot of seeds. Which I have always liked, but even more so since eating bread like this... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Working in my art journal in Stockholm has me on a bit of a sketching, painting, kick. During a FaceTime Sketchtime session on Sunday there was this. Then there was this. Because you can't do too many pictures of yourself and your sister. It was very windy on the boat... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
These are five ingredients I have not previously thought to combine together. In a soup. A cold soup. White Gazpacho to be exact. I didn't show it above, but there is also one leftover hamburger bun in this. Being as I had no white sandwich bread on hand. The recipe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I hope whatever you have planned for your weekend, will get you in the frame of mind Odgen Nash was in when he penned the little ditty below. From the Writers Almanac earlier this week. It seems the perfect thing to get the weekend started. No Doctors Today, Thank You... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Thank You Jennifer! I think you are exactly right 😄
When I went to the Baker Wetlands last weekend, with the hope of spotting a snowy egret, I did not expect to see monarchs feasting on very unusual looking flowers. After consulting my handy "Pocket Naturalist Guide for Kansas Wildflowers" my best guess is that they are Gumweed. If you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tonight, with a box of tapioca pudding, the crumbs that were left in the bottom of the ginger snap bag, and an almost out-of-date can of Reddi Whip, I created a most satisfactory dessert. Necessity IS the mother of invention. Especially when the need is related to my sweet tooth. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
As promised. For those of you who are interested in such things. Here is the final signature of the Stockholm travel journal. This is the fastest I've ever completed a travel journal after arriving home from a trip. Probably because there was only a page or two to finish up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Here it comes. Part II of the Stockholm travel journal. Provided here for your amusement. This painting of Ingrid, in front of the bookcase in our apartment, where the books were organized by color, is my favorite - of all the things I painted in this travel journal. Although, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The time has come to show you my Stockholm travel journal. In three installments. One signature at a time. Mary Ann made this journal for me. It was completely and totally perfect. In every way. Size. Number of signatures. Types of paper used. I am pretty sure she said that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Yes, this is a teeny tiny ironing board. Yes, there is a teeny tiny iron on it. Yes, I about died when I saw it. Died from being overcome by cuteness. The bee man had his antennae hat on today, the master gardener was advising, and the cello player made... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
While cruising through my inbox last night I saw a headline for "top 5 bars" and me being me, immediately thought of bars as in square, sweet, things with a buttery bottom, a nice filling, and a crunchy top. Well, it turns out they meant "bars" as in places you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On the next to the last day we were in Stockholm we embarked on a voyage to Mariefred. Items on the itinerary included a train, a bus, a castle, lunch, gardens, portraits, and a ferry. We did make it to the train station and hopped on board with literally 1... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If there are peaches and blueberries at your farmers market right now (or your grocery store), you might want to introduce them to each other. Then you can make this out of them. I happen to prefer blueberries to blackberries so made a substitution and improved upon the recipe. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It will be important as you read this post to know that I have no formal training in architecture and little knowledge of architectural styles. That will not stop me from throwing around a few terms as I show you some of the buildings we wandered by in Stockholm. Whether... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
There is something about being on the water that is very fascinating to someone who lives in Kansas. Right in the middle of the country, far removed from large bodies of water, and the possibility of hopping on a boat. Whether it was riding a ferry, looking at the Stockholm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today, in between harvesting tomatoes and cutting roses to bring inside, I finished "My Name is Lucy Barton". Somehow, in the course of around 5 hours, as Lucy told us her story, mostly through conversation with her mother who had come to visit her during an extended hospitalization, I was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today at the Farmers market I witnessed profound indecision, muscled my way through crowds at the peach table, saw a cute blonde toddler, was influenced to buy carrots because I liked the sign, and heard a trio of angels singing "What a Wonderful World". That was all in the first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I met a baby swan in Stockholm. And his mama. And his brother and 2 sisters. I also paddled around with a couple of cute ducks, talked to a gull, and resisted the urge to pick up a couple of tiny baby ducks and kiss them. But mostly we were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Unfortunately, in the 763 photos I took on my Nikon while in Sweden, there are no pictures of girls with long flowing blonde hair, pedaling away on their bicycles. In dresses. Bicycles with cute baskets up front. I did however, get pictures of lots of blonde Swedes doing their normal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It would be very very wrong of me not to mention that the food in Stockholm was sublime. From the first bite of blueberry pie we had within 3 hours of arriving, to the shrimp salad we ate in a garden overlooking the water. Every single solitary bite was completely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas