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Carol
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: Travel, Cooking, Bikram Yoga, Gardening, Knitting, Golf, Reading.
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In 1999 my sister taught me how to make paste paper. With that came the realization that art is fun. Since that time I have been doggedly continuing at it. Trying, trying, trying to let that thing in me that LIKES to draw, paint, cut, and paste, come out. Going... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If memory serves me correctly it has been over a year since I last made brownies. It hit me like a ton of bricks today and I decided to take corrective measures immediately. Going for more than a year without making and EATING brownies can have dire consequences. Inbalances in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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People were out at the market early this weekend. I usually try to get there before 8am and because of that, I sometimes miss the musicians. They are still in the shower running the scales at that hour of the morning... doh-re-mi-fah-so-lah-ti-doh! Not this weekend though. Saturday the musicians were... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Friday night the tomato that has been ripening slowly over the last 4 days looked like this. We discussed at length whether or not it was ready to eat. After 47 minutes of discussion and consultation with one tomato expert we determined we should wait exactly 21 more hours to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sometimes at the farmers market I buy more fresh produce than can reasonably be eaten in the course of a week. This causes me to scramble about to think of new ways to use it. Which is how I happened upon this brilliant idea. I used a cup of cider... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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As someone who has been in nursing for 33 years, the first half in oncology and the second half in palliative care, I am intimately familiar with the process of grieving. I regularly run into people in the community whose mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, child, I took care of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Pickled cucumbers and red onions is my favorite summer salad. I could eat it every single night for dinner along with whatever else Chris decides to make. But, I like to remain open to new ideas and along those lines this one came to me when I was puzzling over... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Photos of the final phases of construction of my "Big Eye Bird". I had the most delightful time hooking this bird. I made a special back for him because I am sure in years to come someone is going to want to know his story. He is not, by the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I don't know if the vague memory I have of sitting on the front porch of Aunt Ola's house in Provencal Louisianna "snapping" beans is something that I ever really experienced or not. What I do know is that when I saw these purple hull peas at the market on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Ever since I started my sister's sketchbookery class I have been drawing up a storm. Strawberries are especially good to draw. I had almost as much fun drawing them myself as I had watching my sister draw them in double time in one of her videos. I left these out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The bounty was bountiful at the market today. Overheard conversations were also of extremely good quality. This man came up and asked the pickled beet lady "do you have any corn relish for sale, or know anyone who does?" Pickled beet lady said "oh I sure do love corn relish!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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When I was in California last month Mary Stanley got me started on the art of rug hooking. Mary is a seriously talented hooker and seeing her work would make anyone want to take it up. I have been intermittently working on my bird since I got home. Mostly to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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After I did this with these I did this. I used this recipe with the addition of about 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin and curry powder. When you get a taste for some creamy butternut squash soup this summer - make this instead. You will not be sorry. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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And so it was, with the flip of a switch, that today I have added a new initial to my official "around the house" title. It is now Carol Jean, MOFF. Minister of Finance & Fountains. I celebrated on the front porch with an iced coffee as I listened to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I made it down to the River Market area in Kansas City today to check out The Farmhouse. We started out with some crazy good fried green tomatoes that were served with onion & pepper jam, goat cheese, and mixed greens. They were creamy, crunchy, spicy, sweet. Seriously good. If... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you are hankering for some home made salsa, but your home grown tomatoes will not be ready for a few more weeks ... go and get you some fresh corn. That's what I did the other night. Cut the kernals off 3 ears and toast it in a pan... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This week at the farmers market there was patriotic dress, patriotic music, and carrots. I also happened to catch the demonstration of best techniques for carrying your purchases and Madeline had more zinnias for sale. I found plants to fill in a few empty spots in the front garden and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Yesterday we made a pilgrimage to the birthplace of sweet corn. Well okay it might not be the technical birthplace, but have you seen any finer? If you live close, I suggest you find your way to Bismarck Gardens between now and the end of the month. I bought plenty,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The 4th of July is a perfect day for parades, watching butterflies, making french knots, doing patriotic blind contour drawings of your hand, drying zinnias so you can save the seeds, re-arranging sea shell/rock collections, and hanging your traditional half-round bunting. In addition to all those aforementioned activities I impressed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you find yourself in Kansas City with no plans for the day, may I suggest a vist to Loose Park followed by lunch at Webster House. I'm pretty confident you will enjoy both. Liz and I did last week. Warning: Be aware that there is some interesting shopping to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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At the present moment I have 35 titles on my "Books to Check out" list. I add books to this list when I come across a review that sounds good, someone I know tells me they have read something and I MUST get it, or I hear about it on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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June is the month of magical sunrises in Kansas. Each day it's a little bit different but always spectacular. These shots were all taken from June 6th through July 1st, with my little Nikon coolpix, on my morning commute, between 6:02 and 6:13 am. I do not understand all the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The other day I decided I needed to draw Alice Mill's talcum powder shaker. I did this in preparation for the beginning of sketchbookery which begins tomorrow (!!) and because I have never before, in my entire life, drawn a talcum powder shaker. If you decide to draw a talcum... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Last year on July 21st I made this blueberry snack cake. Because it was so good, and because I got blueberries at the market on Saturday, I decided to start earlier this year. No sense in putting off until July what you can do in June. This cake is packed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I like the people who sell their products at the farmers market as much I like what they are selling. They always seem proud of their offerings. They are happy to talk to you about them. They don't mind one single bit when you ask them what the difference is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas