Author Archives: LRStrand

Things I Now Cook in the Oven

I’m not sure what prompted me initially to Google “Cooking bacon in the oven,” or something close to that. But I did, and in a small way, it has changed my life. I used to fry bacon on the stovetop … Continue reading

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The Kitty Quilt

Reviewing old blog posts, I saw that I mentioned the first two blocks for this quilt in January 2016. After making more blocks, sewing them together, and quilting the top, I finally sewed down the binding the other evening. It’s … Continue reading

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Our Oregon Coast Vacation: Wildlife

This time two weeks ago, we were in Crescent City, California, after attending my 40th high school reunion in Ashland, Oregon. While there, we saw the first of several wild creatures — in this case, a whole bumch of seals … Continue reading

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Our San Francisco Vacation: Residential Architecture

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Regarding Apples

Earlier this year, I asked my husband to save the seeds from the Honey Crisp apples he cuts up for his lunches. I thought it would be fun to plant some and see if one, or more, would sprout. From … Continue reading

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Our San Francisco Vacation: Strolling Down Memory Lane

My family lived in the East Bay area of San Francisco until we moved to Houston, Texas, in 1972 when I was 13. Talk about culture shock. But that’s another story. For a period of time from around 1982 to … Continue reading

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Our San Francisco Vacation: On Gates

In some cities, the houses have interesting doors. There are a few of these in San Francisco, but it’s more about wrought iron gates. Many feature sinuous, curvilinear designs.   Some are similar, but still different.   Some are fancy. … Continue reading

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