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A different kind of container gardening

As some of you already know, raised garden beds are becoming a fast and easy way to do flower gardening and vegetable gardening. What is a raised garden bed? Well, they look like a box with soil in them. What is so great about this type of gardening is that there aren’t as many weeds […]

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2 moms that cook

So, who lives in Oklahoma with her husband and children, writes a blog and two cookbooks, and has a dog named Charlie? Well, the Pioneer Woman, that’s who. Yes, the Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) has a new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from my frontier and it is as good or maybe even better […]

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Growing and growing (at least some of my garden)

So, with this really warm weather, is your garden growing like mine is? Let me qualify that. What is left of my garden from last year is growing like crazy. My lilacs are blooming right now and smell divine. My tulips have bloomed too and look beautiful. My japanese maple tree is just starting to […]

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Let’s have some Joy in our cooking

Joy the Baker who has had a blog for many years has a new cookbook out. Her recipes are simple but absolutely delicious. It is available here at the library in the Cooking Neighborhood. Be sure and check out the new bookclub, Cooking by the Book.

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All Booked Up! Martha’s Entertaining

In this edition of All Booked Up! Kathy and Diana share stories of Martha Stewart and explain why for those planning a special event the library is a great place to start. How many of you remember the entertaining book that Martha Stewart wrote in the 1980s? I do, and I have that book in […]

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All Booked Up – The Paris Wife (book review)

Welcome to the first edition of the All Booked Up video blog. Life gets busy and browsing takes time, so that’s why each All Booked Up video is short but informative. We advise having your pen and paper handy because you are going to want to write down the titles of the books talked about […]

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The Bounty of the Midwest

Heartland: the Cookbook by Judith Fertig is the featured cookbook for Cooking by the Book. Judith Fertig will also be here to talk about making your own cookbooks.

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A Garden Party and some wildflowers

February is the month for Valentine’s Day and chocolate. But February is also the month when I start thinking about gardening. Why? Because the Kansas Lawn and Garden show is always in February. This year the date is February 17-19th. There is just so much to see at this show that it is just like […]

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Cooking after Christmas

Baking Style by Lisa Yockelson and The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook are two new cookbooks in the Cooking Neighborhood. The new book club, Cooking by the Book, is featuring chocolate.

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Let’s get this garden party started

Oh yes, I do know it is January. And who would think of doing gardening now? Well, most gardeners do because, if you are like me, the seed catalogs are coming. I must get at least 2 different seed catalogs a week. So, now is the time to be thinking of what you want to […]

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Many Great Home Cooks Food 52

Another new cookbook is here and it is one that I have been anxiously waiting to see. The Food52 Cookbook: 140 winning recipes from exceptional home cooks is just that. Recipes from great cooks at  home. There are many I want to try but I settled on the cider brined pork with calvados, mustard and thyme by Oui, […]

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Here We Go Again

I know that it is December and everyone is thinking about Christmas. But yesterday, I got my first seed catalog for the 2012 garden season. And I have to say I was very excited. And now that I am looking at the calendar, I have noticed that the Master Gardeners will be coming back for the […]