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Deb Keller
North Iowa
Don't dream it, be it.
Interests: cooking, sewing, camping, middle ages, quilting, embroidery, sca, clothing design, crochet, inkle weaving
Recent Activity
Poking a stick at the blog to see if it's still alive. Poke. Poke. I think it wiggled a little. Looking around....wow, that's a lot of cobwebs. I think it still works though, I keep getting billed for it. I'll... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Thistlewood Manor
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Its nearly 2016, and this year my goal is to get back to blogging. Nearly every day I work on a new project and every time I make something my husband says "did you blog that?" Well no, I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Thistlewood Manor
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If you read yesterdays post, you know that Greg and I warped up another project after we finished our inkle trim. This one was quick and easy….Kitty Collars! With 7 kittens it’s hard to remember which are girls and boys... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Thistlewood Manor
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I haven’t posted for a few days as most of my projects have been of the more boring variety, such as laundry and dishes. Yesterday however, my husband and I spent all day crafting and had a wonderful time. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Thistlewood Manor
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Today turned out to be a pretty busy day, but I accomplished a few things. The first, and tastiest, was cookies. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. They are delicious! People are always asking me for my cookie recipe, so I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Thistlewood Manor
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It’s 2014 and I’ve been thinking about my goals for this year. I always have projects in the works but I haven’t done as good a job of documenting them this year as I’d like; so this year I have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Thistlewood Manor
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It was a cold and blustery fall day and that means Comfort Food. I always turn to beans on these kind of days; usually red beans and rice or chili; but today I wanted to do something different. As anyone... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
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Recently, my 20 year old daughter found the perfect dress on Modcloth. It was a sunny yellow and just perfect for Easter. Even better it was on sale for just $15.99! But by the time she placed her order, it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
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Have you ever heard of the Funky Monkey in Hampton, IA? Well, I’d heard of it…..seen the advertising, liked it on Facebook, but had never been inside until last Friday…..was I ever missing out! Owner Tracey Meyer asked me if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
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It seems like everything is made with a cookie cutter these days. I walk into a big box store and see dozens of the same things, all made in a big, impersonal factory by someone I’ll never meet. That’s why... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
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I mentioned in my last post that I was working on one project that I couldn’t show pictures of. That’s because it was part of a swap I joined through my medieval re-enactment group, the SCA (the Society for Creative... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
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I’ve been working on some fun projects lately and finally got around to taking pictures. One will have to stay a secret for a few more days as I made it for a swap and don’t know if the recipient... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
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Based on how much I’ve posted lately, you’d think I’ve been a lazy bum lately…..but you’d be wrong! I’m going to take this post to show off what I’ve been up to the last few months. Due to my overwhelming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at Thistlewood Manor
I used a store bought cake mix. The trick is to oil the pan well (I used Pan spray) and then dust with dry cake mix. It will fall right out. And of course you can cover up any bad parts with frosting "snow".
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2012 on Fantasy Cake Decorating at Thistlewood Manor
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I have trays and boxes of green tomatoes that are quickly turning red and yellow indoors. Since some ripen more quickly than others, I wanted an easy way to use up small batches. I decided to make oven roasted tomatoes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
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I picked 3 boxes full of green tomatoes a few weeks ago and they are slowly ripening. I had enough to do something with, so it was time to get busy. I picked out all the ripe ones and washed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
I am going to make some more tomorrow, so I will take pictures and post about it; along with the recipe.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2012 on What I see…. at Thistlewood Manor
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If you were to walk into my pantry today, this is what you would see: Rows and rows of canned goods, waiting for this winter. There are home made pickles, beets, tomato sauce, sloppy joe sauce, salsa and spaghetti sauce;... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
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I spend a lot of time in the garden today, as it sounds like it may be the last really nice, warm day for a while. I love the smell of the warm dirt and seeing all the beautiful browns,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
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Anybody who knows me well, knows I love anything cherry. I’ve been collecting cherry fabrics for a while, but haven’t done much with them. A few weeks ago we were invited to a birthday party, so I decided it was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
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This last weekend I drove down to southern Iowa and really enjoyed the beautiful trees as they begin to change color. At 70 mph it’s hard to take pictures, so on my way back I stopped at a little roadside... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
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I know, I haven’t posted in forever. I’ll be catching up with that shortly….meanwhile, I want to tell you about a couple of farm puppies that need a good home in the country. Remember these guys? This is when they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
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Inkle weaving is a type of loom weaving that produces narrow bands. They can be used for many things, such as belts, straps, for tying things together, decorative trim, etc. I’ve been dabbling with it for about 8 years and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
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I just returned from the most fantastic vacation and can’t wait to share it with you! Although there’s no way to really express the experience of an SCA event like Lilies War in print and a few pictures, I’ll try... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor
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I’ve had a lot of requests for peppermint soap and I now have a batch ready to go! This soap is made from Castor, coconut, and olive oil so it’s all vegan. It will give you a clean, tingly, refreshing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Thistlewood Manor