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Linens and Laurel
Riverside, CA
New Yorker, writing from SoCal about home arts and family history.
Interests: I live in So-Cal and sell vintage items and supplies.Follow our blog to see what is happening in the 1935 bungalow renovation.
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It's 5 o'clock on a Saturday...morning. My notes for "Understanding the Value of Time, Part 2" inspire not one complete thought, sentence or paragraph today. All my energy is going into the selling phase of the community yard sale. I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Linens and Laurel
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Years ago I did consulting work and it was easy to place the value of my time per hour on an invoice. I knew exactly what to charge the client. The process became fuzzy when I entered the marketplace as... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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A list of them occurring all at once. My husband climbed the corporate ladder while I held it. And, the fort. What now for me? Age happens if you are fortunate. Even a masters degree doesn't matter when you are... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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It seems we are always moving and I am forever sorting. Each home has different configurations since we buy with the zip code not the floor plan as the primary influencer in our purchase decision. Stuff never ends up in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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We have emptied out half of our garage turned laundry room and soon to be studio. It's California where this is often the location of those appliances which will be hidden when the room is complete. Determining what is essential... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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We know the keyboard we use is qwerty, however, I wanted to see what Wiki said: The arrangement of characters on a QWERTY keyboard was designed in 1868 by Christopher Sholes, the inventor of the typewriter. According to popular myth,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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Peanut Butter Cookies Peanut butter cookies are a favorite in our home. Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients 1 1/4 cups flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 butter or margarine 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Stir together flour,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Specials - Recipes from My Mother
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It occurs to me, especially today, not as much patience is needed if I rely more on myself than others. Perfect, What’s Next? seems like a good response to today's situation. One week to the yard sale. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Years ago a friend brought us a brownie-in-a-jar mix that is our family favorite. While that one is dense and chewy, this is a go-to recipe for cake-style brownies. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 1/4 cups sugar 2 eggs 3... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Specials - Recipes from My Mother
If there is a particular frosting that works well for a recipe in this book, it is most often following the cake recipe. These three icings are in addition to those. Vanilla Butter Blend 1/3 cup soft butter 3 cups confectioners' sugar Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Specials - Recipes from My Mother
I found a from scratch recipe once that was as good as this one but have misplaced it. Once you try it you will stick to a quick homemade version forever. Shortcakes Ingredients 2 cups of Bisquick or Jiffy Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar 3 tablespoons melted shortening 1/2 cup... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Specials - Recipes from My Mother
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We could definitely discuss this topic in depth while right-sizing ourselves, but I'm leaving it at that single word for us to ponder. Today is day 12 of the minimalists 21 day journey and it is the day they decide... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
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Moves always seemed to come quickly for us, too fast to get the busy family on board with what stays and what goes. And, we never packed ourselves so we touched nothing until the unpack! That changed in October when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Cream Cheese Frosting for Pumpkin Cake Beat Cream cheese, 1 - 8 ounce package, softened Butter, 8 tablespoons (1 stick) Vanilla, 1 teaspoon Until smooth Reduce speed to low Slowly add Confectioner's sugar, 1 1-pound box until frosting thickens Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Specials - Recipes from My Mother
I remember making our own pumpkin puree with pumpkins from the garden. Pumpkin Cake Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 40 - 50 minutes Yield: 13 x 9 pan Oven: 350 degrees F Bake at 350 F for 40 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean...13 x 9... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Specials - Recipes from My Mother
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Today is day 9 of the minimalists 21 day journey and the unpacking continues on their blog along with a discussion of "everything you need". A few weeks ago I began getting ready for the community yard sale by removing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
This is the frosting for the Fudge Ribbon Cake, but it could be used on a simple white or yellow cake, for example, too. The amount of vanilla and confectioner’s sugar is not given. My best guess would be 1 teaspoon of vanilla and have a one pound box of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Specials - Recipes from My Mother