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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
If you are the one who sneaked into Tall Tales Headquarters recently and slipped out with the recipe that came with this shamrock cookie stamper, would you please e-mail me a photo of it. We were so hoping to repeat the cookie making episode of last year, and even had... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
March means the days of romping in the out-of-doors are upon us. Families off on adventures that await just beyond the bushes. Bugs to examine, treasures to find. Meanwhile, geese glide and girls with swingy pony tails walk their sassy pups. Roses are starting to emerge from the cold of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Whatever else you plan to do this weekend. I hope you find the time to get yourself some daffodils. And put them in some water. And coax them into a pleasing arrangement. Wait for them to open. Which takes no time at all. Then congratulate yourself on your superior skills... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Brookside, on a Friday morning, in March. Shamrocks in the windows. Super cool things in Stuff to look at. Followed by avocado toast and a long chat with a friend. These are the moments that make life sing. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
This red robin was quite interested in the goings on in the kitchen of Tall Tales Headquarters on Sunday morning. I was talking. He was listening. Quite intently it seemed. Except I am pretty sure he was just gazing at his own reflection. Thinking all the while about what a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
The Sunrise Project has moved in to the former Sunrise Garden Center on 15th street in Lawrence. Its a gathering place. A spot to meet, talk, dream, create, and grow. You could also read if the spirit moved you. Even if you didn't bring anything with you, there were books... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
While my sister has been wandering the moors and highlands of Scotland and England, I have been sitting in traffic on the 5, zipping up Laurel Canyon blvd, and gazing out over the Cahuenga Pass. Hanging out in the City of Angels with Harry Bosch. I do enjoy traveling to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Venturing out to re-fill the birdbath this week, I encountered green. Which made me climb up on top of one of the barstools in the kitchen and root around in the cabinet above the refrigerator for shamrock stuff. Inside the basket was the St. Patrick's day rabbit. Which seemed like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Step 1. Corral your ingredients Step 2. Imagine the deliciousness this red curry paste will impart to your soup Step 3. Add fresh herbs Step 4. Peel and chop Step 5. Juice the lime Steps 6 through 9. Saute, bring to a boil, simmer, admire Step 10. Get out the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Nothing blows off the gloom of winter better than a solitary day of intense sunshine, blue skies, and being out of doors. Examining bark, wondering if geese are about to lay eggs, and looking for the first buds of spring. All very worthy endeavors for one who likes to observe.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today at 7:24 am, before embarking on a full day of palliative care duties, 7 of us on the palliative care team at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, completed the first annual "stairs challenge". Two of our fellows, two social workers, two APRN's, and a chaplain. We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Maureen, yes I made it. And yes, I included the yeast. I am a serious salt lover and trying to cut back a bit. Maybe. 😄
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2018 on a deep dive into jicama at Tall Tales from Kansas
It has come to this. Photos of bok choy, mushrooms, knitting, and the beginnings of tax preparations. Attending to the necessary. You will notice that I added the category of "completely mundane" in order to have a spot where this post could even be filed. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This past week marked 4 years since Angie died. I read through all the Angie re-runs and laughed about the funny things she said, which she in no way intended to be as hilarious as I found them. I recalled the trip to Dillard's to go bra shopping because she... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Plans for new computer investigations and meeting a friend for coffee were foiled by ice today. Sharp, daggers of ice. Actually those were not as much of an issue as the ice on our alpine downhill ski-slope of a driveway. Warm spices were the remedy. Cooking, sandwiched in between ice... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In case you hadn't noticed, it seems Tall Tales from Kansas has turned into more of a knitting blog than anything else lately. When it's cold and icy though, the yarn calls and I am content to answer. And even engage in conversation with it as I sit. And knit.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Ah Sunday. Here you are, signalling the end of the weekend. It was a slow and easy one here. Clouds and sun fighting over who got to prevail for most of the hours of each day. Both beat out by the wind in the end. We were going to watch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Last week my fingers flew as I finished the collar of my Stonepoint poncho. I also worked in some ends and got it blocked. I needed to wear it on Friday to knit with friends. We agreed it would be important to dress alike, because you can do that when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I finished listening to The Women in the Castle today. It is the story of a group of women, whose husbands were involved in a plot to murder Adolf Hitler in 1944, and how their lives unfold after this. At first I was not sure I was going to like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
We had nary a ray of sunshine here today but it did get up to 58 degrees, which was the perfect temperature for a walk outside. The landscape is still mostly brown here in Kansas, but the geese are back. Watching and listening to them always makes a walk better.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I know it's too late for you to drive over to Lawrence and get these candles for your Valentine dinner table, but aren't they superb? We love everything about Waxman Candles. I myself, went all out for the occasion and baked a cake. The recipe is from Smitten Kitchen's new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This weekend's activities included pulling out all the pink/red yarn in the house and looking at it. Then after careful consideration, selecting the brightest pink available to make a heart. I am using the hearts pattern one of you pointed out to me. It's by Amanda Berry. I could not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Behold the Rainbow Kalanchoe, purchased completely on a whim this week. I have developed a habit of having one for my table in February. It began with the one I got after Angie died because it just looked so cheery. I also detected the twinge of a cold coming on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Signs of the approach of the feast of Saint Valentine abound. While I was taking in all the pretty windows downtown, I went looking at Stitch on Needlework Shop to see if they had a Valentine themed Lori Mitchell character. To add to my "collection". As you see below, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On the cover of the latest Cooks Illustrated magazine there was no mention of Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup. But I spotted it when I went to the very back page which always has photos of all the recipes included in the issue. So when deciding which new recipe to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas