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A midweek domestic goddess post

  It’s the autumn vacation here in Groningen, and I’ve been working hard: writing tests and answer keys and other such tasks. It’s the life of a teacher. So forgive me a few moments of procrastination today to tell you about yet another domestic goddess imitation I did this weekend: I made pumpkin jam. I should…

Spekkoek: my domestic goddess imitation

This isn’t a food blog, and I don’t often write about food, but since I did my domestic goddess imitation all day yesterday, I’ve decided to devote a post to what I produced. I belong to a “dinner club,” which is a lot less formal than that name sounds. It’s just a group of friends…

Blackberry-Apple Jam, oh my!

Every year at this time, I do a brief imitation of a domestic goddess: one of those people who can cook well and enjoy it. I’m not talking about cooking dinner for guests or even baking pies or bread. I’m talking about canning: in this case, jam. Making preserves, for most of us in the…

Carpe diem … with a disclaimer

Seize the day. Live in the moment. Live each day as if it’s your last. This is the kind of advice you see all over the internet, and especially among travel tweeters, bloggers, etc. Don’t put off whatever it is you most want to do; do it while you can. Quit your job, take that…

Pretentiousness

Have you ever noticed that the fancier the restaurant, the less food there is on your plate? My husband and I went on one of our very rare visits to a chic restaurant last night. Koriander is its name, and it’s in a particularly ugly section of the small city of Drachten, in Friesland. Once…

O is for…

I couldn’t think of a good O word for the A to Z blog challenge today, so I posted the following message on my Facebook wall: “I need an O topic for today’s blog post. Any suggestions?” And, boy, did I get suggestions: so many that I’ve decided to use them all. So here goes:…

N is for nostalgia

Lots of fairly random memories are popping up in my brain while I stay here in Washington state. I’ve never spent any time here before, yet it’s enough like other places I’ve lived in the US to be familiar. In no particular order, and from many different times and places in my life, here are…

K is for Knish

We’ve left New York now, the students and I. We’re in Bellingham, Washington, for the remainder of the trip. But while we were in New York, we had breakfast every morning in a very special place: Bagels and Co. The first morning, I went out in search of a bagel. What I had been looking…

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