It’s almost Sheep & Wool!

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited! I have been helping my friend Kate (, @gourmetstash on Instagram) prep for the show, which is just adding to my excitement. It’s going to be a fabulous time!

Russian Tea

Russian Tea Recipe

* 5 to 6-1/2 cups water
* 1-5/8 cups sugar
* 40 cloves
* 2 cinnamon sticks (optional)

Simmer for 45 minutes

* 4 cups water
* 4 individual bags black tea

Steep for 7 minutes

Mix water & tea


* 12-ounce can frozen condensed orange juics
* 1 quart pineapple juice
* 1/2 cup lemon juice

Can be served hot or cold.

My accent, apparently

Apparently I came out as 95% Midland and 92% Southern. I’m one mixed up Tennessean.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland
“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The South




The Inland North


The West


The Northeast


North Central



the most beautiful thing



“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements — the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life — weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of the stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”

~ Lawrence M. Krauss

Oh, Geek Chic, why do I find you now?

Geek Chic Sensitive Warrior

Geek Chic Sensitive Warrior

Geek Chic Scapers Collection

Actually, I love the entire Scapers palette. Maybe someday.

What kind of nerd am I that I didn’t look here first!

Why, hello there…

I just discovered that it’s only been 9 months since my last post, not the year that I thought. Yay, me. I’m not sure where I plan to go with the blog this round, but it’ll probably be less structured and involve more rambling in the vein of this post. Read at your own peril of boredom. Continue reading

Farmers’ Market Pizza: Vegetarian Times

I’ve not made this recipe yet, but I plan to tomorrow. I received a request from a friend, so here is the recipe. I will paste an update after I make it.

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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (Gentlemen Bastards #2)

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

First of all, I have never enjoyed an audio book as much as this one. At least half a star is for that alone. The story was quite the exciting romp through the world of the Gentleman Bastards. I don’t know how to say much without spoiling the book for people, but suffice it to say that if you enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora you will most likely enjoy Red Seas Under Red Skies. Jean & Locke are definitely up to no good and it doesn’t always work out for them. Still, to paraphrase one of Jean’s more memorable lines, they’re the biggest, baddest motherfuckers in the room.

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I wish I had known these things at 8

My 8 year old daughter’s unexpected response to a writing assignment about being female… – Imgur (From

My 8 year old daughter's unexpected response to a writing assignment about being female… – Imgur.

Death Comes to Pemberley by JP.D. James

Death Comes to PemberleyDeath Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars

P.D. James, I loved The Children of Men. I even bought a copy of it to write a paper comparing it to another book for no other reason than that I found it that fascinating and intriguing. I’ve enjoyed the other books of yours I read. You are, or sadly were, an author for whom I have great respect. I just want to know, what happened with Death Comes to Pemberley?

I think I could have liked this book. I found the premise interesting and I have a long-running adoration of Pride and Prejudice. This though? This was tawdry. It went for sensationalism in a way Austen would find anathema. The characters were shadows, the plot was both weak and made me sad, and the book left me feeling irritable for days. Months later the primary thought I have about this is, “Damn authors, get off my lawn!” I even created a shelf with that name.

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