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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
What is going on around my house right now. From a gardening perspective. Every single time I go to sister's and see all her succulents I stamp and sputter and bemoan the fact that I can't have that look in Kansas. So I am trying anyway this year. Along with... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Emie: 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar (sometimes I like to mix different types of vinegar but plain old white will do), 2-4 tsp kosher salt (depends on your taste) 3 tablespoons sugar, then dill or tarragon or whatever herb you like. Just heat until salt and sugar dissolve, cool, and pour over whatever you are pickling. I like to add a few red pepper flakes, sometimes some whole mustard seeds.
When I spotted the first cucumbers of the season at our market, right next to a lovely bunch of dill, I knew my favorite summer side dish would be made this week. Because it is so easy to make, so easy to serve, and it goes with every single thing... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Last week on a quick pilgrimage to the Kauffman Gardens I was treated to a feast of flowers. Including allium, iris, a stray rose or two, peonies ready to bloom, and dogwoods dropping their petals. There was also the resident cat to pet and lots of spots to sit; for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Kudos AGAIN to the fabulous Lawrence Public Library for obtaining (all the way from Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg Illinois) another requested book for me via inter-library loan. That's north of Chicago! A total of 563 miles from Tall Tales Headquarters. How great is that? Dead Lions by Mick... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Because sometimes you love a picture so much, you don't want to run the risk of messing it up with any words. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
When everyone else was getting up early to watch "the wedding" Saturday, I too arose and selected an outfit with care. For my big event of the day. The farmers market. Where there were wedding-worthy flowers and the freshest of vegetables. With guests properly attired for the occasion, including the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
The Quails went to the Pressed Penny Tavern recently to celebrate a birthday. Quail Nancy's birthday to be precise. She is our resident beer expert. But that is NOT the reason she selected Pressed Penny for her celebration dinner. No. We went for these. These Brussels sprouts, which we have... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
This oriental poppy, planted two years ago, is coming on strong this year. It was a "bare root" specimen I ordered on line, and am glad to see it really seems to be thriving. The flowers "hatch" like birds from this little "egg" and viola! An amazing flower. Makes me... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's hard to believe that it has been 37 years since Chris and I walked down the aisle together. Starting out on some sort of adventure. I don't think anyone REALLY knows what they are doing when they get married. Of course we THINK we do. We know it all... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Here are some things that have been going on around here, that I may (or may not) have already spoken to some of you about. We saw this turkey at Henry's Plant farm. His feather tricks were mesmerizing. There was also this buggy. From days gone by. Gosh but I... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happy Mothers day to all my favorite mothers out there. You know who you are. This little bouquet at the market was a special hello to me from Angie. She loved bachelor's buttons (aka centaurea cyanus and cornflowers). I have a vivid memory of her coming to help me plant... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
There were clouds and a few sprinkles this morning at the farmers market. Along with this amazing cauliflower. Girls in cute outfits. Bouquets for your mother. Men, prepared for rain. Eggs. From hens. Some of them young. Flowers. Not designated for any specific person. Microgreens. JT's flowers. Hanging beets. And... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Geraniums in their pots means that summer is really here. All my selections this year are in the most amazing shades of pink I could find. With a little trailing something or other added for interest. And to give the rabbits a bit of camouflage. Though it would take an... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you like color, patterns, paint, flowers, cats, yarn, pottery, and sheep. You will want to check out this book. I am thoroughly enjoying flipping through the pages, reading about the kernels of ideas that sparked the explosions of color and patterns in the home of the amazing Kristin Nicholas.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The dogwoods are on parade in the Kansas City area right now. Sensational is the word that comes to mind. Call a friend, slip on your sneakers, the neighborhoods are dressed in their Spring finery. Just waiting for me. And maybe for you? Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Last weekend at the farmers market was perfect. No wind. No rain. And all my favorite things in abundance. Like farmers with pigtails. Asparagus so fresh that you don't need to cook it. This is the time of year to just give it a rough chop and throw it on... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Friday morning at 5:47am I finished the last chapter of The Shell Seekers. It's hard to fully describe the immense sense of well being experienced while listening to this story. A thoroughly satisfying experience. All my senses were fully engaged as I listened. It absolutely confirmed the need for Sister... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is a Chihuly Floribunda. Planted at Tall Tales Headquarters this week. I spotted it at Henry's Plant Farm when I was wondering about. I had a nice chat about it with this nice lady who looked like a rose expert to me. We discussed the dreaded "witches broom virus"... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you are in the Kansas City area, do yourself the favor of paying a visit to McClain's on Gregory sometime. I cruised on by last week with THE Thompson girls. Their avocado toast is to die for. The sprouts and feta give it a unique spin and the whole... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Those of you who follow my sister's blog know that she has just completed her Bavarian travel journal. You may also know from the post she did before this last one, that she mentioned her next task is to make MY Bavarian travel journal. Which, is an ENORMOUS gift that... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I am officially drunk on Spring. Iberis Sempervirens (candytuft) is why. It requires very little tending, just a bit of trimming back, and it makes a lovely mini flower arrangement. The return of Baptisia australis (blue wild indigo) also plays a part. I wasn't sure it would come back after... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On Saturday morning, my first stop at the farmers market was the Red Tractor Farm booth. For asparagus. First of the season. On the way there, I walked by these tulips with a plan to circle back. But when I walked by Moon on the Meadow, my eye was drawn... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Barista, small bookshop owner, lounge singer, and photographer are all second career choices that I consider every now and again. Because it's never too late to re-imagine yourself in a new career. Right? In fact, I like to fantasize about each of these "paths not chosen that could still be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Three over-ripe bananas on the counter can only mean one thing. And I am not talking about fruit flies. I am speaking of banana bread, which was made this past Sunday, after not being made in a month of Sundays. This is a situation where the potential for wastefulness, assuages... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas