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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: Travel, Cooking, Bikram Yoga, Gardening, Knitting, Golf, Reading.
Recent Activity
This morning at Tall Tales Headquarters I had a scone breakthrough. I baked a batch of the worlds best oatmeal maple scones. I saw a recipe in the Farm Chicks cookbook and started to make that until I realized the recipe did not call for any salt and I got... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
I did not find the cantaloupe I was looking for at the market yesterday, but I did make the acquaintance of D. Johnson. She carried many bags with a practiced hand and needed NO assistance with her flowers as she got money out to pay for her jar of jam.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tomatoes were picked and sliced and salted and patted dry this week and made into a tomato pie. This summer tomato pie. Since the crust for the Rustic Breakfast Peach Galette came out ok the other day I think I am a pie crust expert now so I made that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
I am thankful for the heat tolerant bougainvillea, the portulacaria afra variegata, the echeveria hybrid, the campfire and gollum crassulas, and the Ipomoea nil. They are NOT included on the list of the casualties of the dog days of summer. Sniff sniff. Farewell nasturtiums and zinnias that I put in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is Mary's latest completed afghan. It is composed of mitred squares and was knit primarily from her stash yarn. There is something so pleasing about the optical illusions created when the squares are placed together. It's mesmerizing. This, in my mind, is the art of knitting at it's finest...... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today I met one of my friends who has what I would call classic good looks. Good bone structure, well placed eyes, shapely brows, thick straight hair... I could go on but you know what I mean. While we were out I took her picture because I KNEW she would... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
I could see a storm brewing over Lawrence tonight on my way home. Westbound on K-10. This was one of those nights when a "pullover" was needed. 7:55pm 7:58pm 8:00pm And when I thought it wasn't going to get any better I pulled back onto the hiway, only to pull... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Because necessity is the mother of invention, the other day I created the cold, open faced, chocolate-peanut butter sandwich. A cousin to the ice cream sandwich, but different. For me the 2 cookies to one layer of ice cream doesn't work because you know what's going to happen with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
A little thing called work kept me from the farmers market yesterday. Which means at 7am today I went outside to evaluate my options for bouqet making. I decided to go with the unlikely combination of hollyhocks, lemon balm, zinnias, hostas, and basil. I like the overall farmhouse vibe of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Because I will want to replicate the flavor of tomato season this coming fall and winter, I am doing a little work in the kitchen this weekend. Today I chopped and bagged tomatoes for the tomato soup I plan to make on January 6th. Tomato soup is a perfect meal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today, despite the 90+ degree temperature, I met my friend at Hi Hat Coffee. We sat outside moving from chair to chair to stay in the shade of the one umbrella outside on the patio. It's a teeny place that used to be a gas station and maybe a dry... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Ever since I made that apple galette a while back, I have wanted to make another one. The problem is I want to make a lot of things. What I really need to do is adopt 3 people who love sweets, and can eat everything as soon as I make... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Thanks for all the comments the other day about "having the talk" with someone about your preferences for care if you find yourself unexpectedly, critically, ill. What I also wanted to say, that I didn't, because it needed to be part two of that discussion, is this.... In the world... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I am on the home stretch on my quilt. Time for binding the edges. What did we do before videos on line to learn how to do something we thought we might know how to do but it turns out we really don't have a clue about? Sheesh! I had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I was happy to see these fellas on saturday morning at the market. I think everything looks better when there is lively music in the air. Tomatoes remain front and center in the produce offerings. The heirloom tomatoes are so interesting looking. I got a Krim to add to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The tomatoes are coming on strong now. You know what that means. Chris pulled down the ancient cuisinart, sharpened the knives, and got out our favorite salsa recipe last night. Taco salad last night with salsa, poached egg over pinto beans with avocado and fresh salsa for breakfast. Tonight it's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
She was ahead of me in line today at Josie's Posies. Luckily we were both there early and there were plenty of posie's to choose from. I followed her lead and stocked up on a few sunflowers myself. I love running into people at the market that I hope, hope,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Every once in a while the palliative care nurse in me fights with the cook, gardener, sketcher, knitter, sewer, hooker, and blogger in me to try to get some air time here at Tall Tales. That leads to a post about serious stuff. This is one of those. I have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Around Thanksgiving my favorite sandwich is the cranky turkey. Grilled french bread, cream cheese, cranberry sauce, and turkey. Yum. Yum. So when I saw this recipe for spicy tomato jam in the newspaper last week I immediately thought about sandwich spread. So far I have decided to try this on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
We went to see "The Hundred Foot Journey" last weekend. On the opening weekend no less! That might be a first for us. If you like France, and you like food, and you like Helen Mirren... go and see it. We spent 2 perfectly lovely hours being entertained while we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This past weekend Chris took a picture of the supermoon the night before it got super. So I guess it was a pre-supermoon. While he was doing that I was sketching some flowers. Chris also went to the store, did the re-cycling, and went to the dry clearners while I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I hate to do this to you, but if you haven't made any peach cobbler yet this summer you better get a move on. Thank goodness I found the booth with the only peaches at the market on Saturday before I went into full blown tantrum mode. I haven't used... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I saw cute girls with purses and cute girls on bikes at the farmers market on Saturday. There were also scads of georgeous looking tomatoes. All makes and models. Of which I bought none because I am sleeping with a tomato growing expert these days. My favorite find at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
These are my new little watercolor/sketch pads. I needed something I could easily throw in my purse or the car. The one on top is 6x6 square and the one underneath is a landscape orientation and measures about 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. It was very fun experimenting with how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
As I was driving to El Patron on Southwest Blvd in Kansas City Thursday night I happened upon this. Some mighty colorful street art. Even in suboptimal light, it was pretty spectacular. Then I thought I saw what looked like a plane. Perched on top of some buildings. Right on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas