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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
Happy Cinco de Mayo from Lawrence Kansas where we are getting ready to have a Mexican Fiesta in honor of all my ancestors as well as Ignacio Zaragoza who is likely NOT related to me but I will have to ask Dottie to be sure. I lament the lack of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happily, in addition to this being the season of farmers markets, baby geese, and spring bouquets it is also the time of year when you can usually find a good art fair going on somewhere. With displays of colorful creativity where little girls can begin to appreciate the mysterious pull... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Stock + Allium + Weigelia + more stock = one sweet smelling bouquet. I carefully placed on the kitchen counter, all the stock flowers that fell off in transport. Each time I walked by, all day long, I could smell them. Pure heaven. And so it begins. Local flower bouquet... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Rain on a Saturday morning never deters the serious Farmers Market lovers. There are many ways to deal with a little precipitation. This week I observed the puddle jumpers, umbrella lovers, those who believe in a good jacket with a hood, and of course the ball cap wearers which I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
There may be something cuter than a gaggle of baby geese following their mama around, maybe. A wiggly baby goose butt is pretty irresistible though. To say I was delighted to welcome back my friends from last year would be a huge understatement. I might have jumped up and down... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happy rainy Friday night. If you haven't made any plans for this weekend yet and find yourselves twiddling your thumbs trying to think of something to do, here's a suggestion: drive around until you find some lilac bushes that look like they need trimming and make yourself a big bouquet... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Sometimes you make banana bread because you have bananas that need to be used up. If there is a container of buttermilk in your refrigerator that is about to go out of date, that is another reason. Sometimes you make banana bread just because you have a taste for banana... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
My Grandmother Asked me to Tell you She's Sorry is a story about a family. Like a lot of stories are. But don't for one minute think that when you read this you will be reading any old ordinary story. The main character is a young girl, (my favorite kind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The other morning while I sat on the front porch drinking coffee and giving my plants a little bit of water, I watched an industrious pair of robins building a nest. I was completely unaware what excellent gatherers they are. They can hold quite a load of building materials in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Dianthus and columbine started blooming this weekend here in Lawrence. Happily they play well together in this small blue bottle. Oh Sunday why can't you last just a few hours longer? Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today at the Farmers Market I spotted a new type of lettuce. I like the name of it very much. Imagine all the beautiful first course salads that could be made with it. This fellow was more excited at the prospect of selecting a cookie than he was at examining... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Dawnri: I can see why you would think that from the way I have written it, but no, the container where the tomatoes grow will be placed between the two pots of bougainvillea.
Joan: That sounds like a fairytale childhood 😄
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2016 on a baby goat licked my hand at Tall Tales from Kansas
This year I decided to give the bougainvillea's as long of a growing season as possible. In other words, I have broken all my "wait until after the 1st of May to start the plants in pots outside" rules. Because these tropical, heat loving, beautifully vibrant plants have done so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The story of our visit to The Henry's Plant Farm in a show and tell format with more pictures than words. It included sheep, lambs, alpacas, roses, hanging baskets, peacocks, goats, more hanging baskets and a big metal pig. You simply must visit if you are anywhere close. The ride... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I savored the luxury of sitting on the front porch this afternoon to finish reading a book. I almost finished it last night, but saved the last few chapters for today. Just because. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the characters last night. A sure sign of a good... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Saturday morning purchases included all green stuff this week. It's green color season. But not exclusively. This lady had some stunning AND fragrant lilac bouquets, creative black and blue aprons, and a super squishy baby that was just waiting for me. The coffee men were nowhere to be found this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
You know how some people wear "inside" shoes inside and outside shoes outside and never mix the two? Not me. I want to be able to be neat and tidy, and not track mud and gravel in the house, but I can't be bothered to go to the trouble. For... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Emie: the vinaigrette is a pioneer woman recipe. 1/4 cup OJ, 2 T olive oil, 1 tsp sugar but I like to use honey instead, 1 clove garlic, salt and pepper. I put it in a mason jar and shake. Oh and 1 T of sour cream if you want it creamy and leave it out if you dont. Regarding the kale - I dont massage mine and find I like it best after its been put together and sits for a day. This is why I also like to add a warm grain of some type to the salad. I think it tempers the texture of the kale.
The first kale salad of the season was made this week with kale, yellow pepper, mandarin oranges, orzo, and goat cheese. There is nothing like the taste of that first salad you make with a base of greens from the farmers market. What I have discovered is that while it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Since we didn't make it to the tulip fields in Holland this year, we made do with the Ted Ensley gardens at Lake Shawnee in Topeka. Only a 30 minute drive away and admission is $5 using the honor system. Pretty good deal. Did I mention the lilacs were blooming... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Dogwoods are pretty in front of brick houses, windows with lace curtains, and lakes. They photograph well in shade or sun and close up or from a distance. I like them pink, or white, or pink and white. The only piece of advice I will give you about pictures and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Despite living in Lawrence Kansas for the past 31 years, I will admit to having very little knowledge about John Brown the abolitionist. So, when I read a review of The Good Lord Bird, I put it on my "to read" list. It was probably not the best choice to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Without a lot of preamble, I am just going to say, if you are a fool for peanut butter cookies, you will want to try these. They are THE most peanutty tasting peanut butter cookies I have ever had. Bar none. I have a peanut butter cookie recipe. I like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It was like a big reunion this morning at the Farmers Market in Lawrence. Hello to my favorite kale farmer, hello all green things growing, and aprons for sale, and happy toddlers, and friends taking selfies. Smile. Hello sisters in hoodies, vendors in hats and mitts, and the couple I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas