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Jen - The Alien Spouse
North Carolina, but originally the United Kingdom.
A British girl who married an American, and was whisked away from London to the mountains of North Carolina.
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Oh dear. It does look gorgeous now though, I'm guessing Julia really did know not to go anywhere near it the second time!
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Happy Birthday from the Internet Alex!
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2009 on My Boy is Seven at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch
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Ha ha ha! Happy to help, but I wouldn't say I'm an expert! One of our students used Blurb to print her honors thesis,and the quality was really good! It looked like a lovely glossy coffee table book, I was really impressed because I'd heard of them before but wondered what the finished books would be like. With the blog design stuff, I find the typepad knowledge base thing really useful, although I have to have open up a couple of screens when I'm experimenting so I can read the instructions whilst I'm messing around with codes and templates.
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Ooh! I like that idea very much, in fact have you considered using http://www.blurb.com/ to actually publish a recipe book? The nice thing about Blurb is that you can order a single copy (or more) but then other peopl;e can also buy their own copies directly from Blurb's on-line bookshop. I certainly wouldn't mind a Barefoot Cook Book! Also, on the blog redesign, I think I read on the Typepad main page that webpages load left to right. This means that if you have external content in the left hand column then your central column has to wait for those third party materials to load before the central column loads. If you put stuff that is generated by your blog, like categories and archives, then your central column should load faster. Does that fit in with the new vision, or should I not have mentioned it?
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We favour home-made pizza dough in our house. Well technically it's Doc who makes it, and he uses the bread machine so it's super easy. The only difficulty is getting him to think about what he's going to cook before he's actually hungry! Favourite topping has to be smoked salmon, not least because Doc doesn't like it as much, so he'll make a salmon pizza for me and then make himself a pepperoni or something.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2009 on New Cookbook Giveaway at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch
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In keeping with the trend the first batch was a disappointing disaster, but the second attempt this weekend worked beautifully and were delicious! Doc used a recipe for pikelets from his bread machine book, so that he could use the machine to make the batter (he was in a very impatient mood, he almost didn't make them at all because he didn't want to wait for the yeast to rise). We also had bought silicone egg rings to cook them in, they are just the right size, don't get too hot and they have a handy little handle on them too. I ate three hot from the griddle whilst standing up in the kitchen, I barely managed to wait long enough for a cup of tea to brew!
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2009 on Two Crumpet Recipes at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch
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No, they are distinctly different. A muffin is often like the end slice of a good loaf of bread, where as a crumpet has a crunchy exterior with an aerated interior that allows for excellent absorption of flavours. Anyway, I'll have nothing to do with Thomas's English Muffins, I don't know what they put in the poor things but their muffins taste wrong. Fortunately Ingles wholewheat English muffins do not have the mystery ingredient, so those are absolutely fine.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2009 on Doc C: The Thinking Woman's Crumpet. at Alien Spouse
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Poor my Mum! I am more than likely maligning her good name. She probably did just drop me off, wave me up the garden path and then drove away at a normal speed really - But in my memory there is practically the squealing of tyres. I know she felt awful about the whole thing after wards.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2009 on Character Day at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch
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I just remembered another traumatic childhood incident! I was probably 11 or 12 and I was going to a friend's birthday party which my Mum insisted was a fancy dress party. I thought it wasn't, but I'd lost the invitation so I couldn't prove that and her memory is generally more reliable so I went along with it. Which is how I ended up standing on the front door step of a house dressed as a Christmas Tree (green cords, green sweater and liberal amounts of tinsel pinned all over me), being stared at by a group of pre-teens in party frocks whilst my mother drove away at high speed. Mortified.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2009 on Character Day at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch
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He looks very Grinchy! You did a great job with the face! I had a similar trauma with a track suit during a lacrosse lesson at High School. I'd forgotten my gym kit, so I had to wear stuff out of the lost and found. The only bottoms I could find were way too big, and the elastic had gone in the waist. I just tucked it into the too tight top that I'd found, and ran out. We were practicing passing the ball whilst running laps of the field. I was concentrating on my cradling, when everyone started laughing and I felt a distinct draft around my knees. I survived relatively unscathed psychologically, except I don't like playing Lacrosse to this day. By the way, if Alex is in his dinosaur phase for a while he might like "Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs" (http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Bucketful-Dinosaurs/dp/037582541X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239208588&sr=1-1), but it is a picture book so he might think it was a bit babyish. Although I loved it, when I read it at 26!
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2009 on Character Day at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch
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I really miss hosting "Eurovision Song Contest" parties. I know America has no clue what the Eurovision is, which is a pity but allow me to elucidate: once a year almost all of Europe competes in a pop song contest, the songs are dreadful, the clothes are eye-poppingly awful and the voting is purely political (The UK is regularly in the bottom three, no matter what the quality of the song. It's infuriating!). I adore the show, and the parties we had for it were always memorable and fun. The main theme of the food was that each guest would choose a country and bring a regional snack and some alcohol from that region. It is AMAZING how many Eastern European countries produce vodka.
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It's not easy! I don't try and do all of them at once, because that just too much stress for both me and the cats I find. Typically I wait until they are looking sleepy and I'll do two or three at at one time, then leave them alone for a day or so. Actually Nancy is usually quite good about it, Edith is the one who struggles but I've discovered that when she's ensconced inside one of the cat condo caves she can't back away or maneuver too much so that means I can get most of them done.
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Thanks Carrie! So far so good!
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Hahahahahaha! I can't believe you had the pieces of paper still to hand just in case. You are so funny!
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Naturally I congratulate Emily on her win; however I have scoured all the photographic evidence and I do not see the number three. Fortunately I implicitly believe in Alex and Julia's integrity and sense of fair play, so I shall refrain from suing the butler off you!
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Thank you! I really enjoyed making it, and it started snowing today so I finished it just in time! I have looked at Ravelry, but that was actually before I learned to crochet. I hadn't thought of setting up an account, but I just might now. Good idea Megg! Also I've got the Creepy/Cute Amigumrami book on it's way from Amazon, so you can expect more skeleton themed stuff.
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Thank you Deidre! Is Craft Cabana going to be joining us? It would be really fun to "know" someone else who was doing it too!
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Yes! I wasn't expecting a solid inch and a half of head on my pint, but I drank it anyway and it honestly made no odds to me. I did see some of the more discerning regulars shooting my pint horrified looks though.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2008 on Good Things Come to Those Who Wait. at Alien Spouse
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We were in our local fine wines and beers shop, and I remembered this post so I looked for Pumpkin Beer. I couldn't remember which one you had really liked, but they only had one on offer anyway, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. It's got pumpkin and spices in it, and it's really strong. I think it's good, but until I can conduct a serious tasting as you've done here, I can't really offer a full opinion.
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I would consider that - Except Edith just tried to carve her initial in my wrist with her hind paw claws! All that's missing is the top bar of the E, I'm not joking! That'll teach me to take my eye off the little devil when I'm brushing her, and I REALLY don't think she deserves to be on a Christmas card. Unfortunately sweet little Nancy is not looking at all photogenic at the moment, because she's managed to scratch off the fur from over both eyes. She doesn't have any fleas any more (I comb her every day to double check for the damn things), but I think she's just got into a vicious circle of scratching. She looks like a zombie kitty, which is great for Halloween but not very Christmassy.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2008 on Saint Edith. at Alien Spouse
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They are all slightly different sizes, but they hold roughly 4 to 6 ounces each. So the perfect size for a measure of whiskey and an ice cube.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2008 on Sourdough and Juice Glasses at Alien Spouse
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Well, being British, I don't really have any memorable Halloween costumes from my childhood, I'm not sure why it's not such a big holliday for kids over there. However, since I've been able to throw my own parties at Halloween, I have been: 1) Bride of Frankenstein (second-hand, slightly torn white net dress, accessorised with liquid latex scars) 2) Angel of Death (with light up sword of doom) 3) A flesh-eating zombie (Again with the liquid latex scars, also I believe I carried around a rubber eye to offer guests as a snack) I fully intended to be Bettie-Page-as-a-witch last year, but didn't get organised in time. This year we will be outside all night, so I'm thinking "very warmly dressed zombie" might be just the ticket. Also, I must mention that the all time classic worst chat-up line ever said to me was at a Halloween party, from a friend of a friend dressed as a robot. I had just suggested that he try asking out a girl he really fancied, and he said "No, she's out of my league, but, hey, you're quite attractive." Umm, thanks?
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Damn kittens. Get Off My Lawn!
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2008 on Grande Dame at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch
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Adorable! What is he doing with all the saucepans? He looks very serious about it.
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Those look and sound so delicious! It reminds me that I haven't had a home-made apple pie in years, I may need to reconsider this.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2008 on Mini Apple Pies at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch
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