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Deb Werrlein
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the applesauce is in the pot--but where are the strawberries?
The applesauce is in the pot cooking down. I'll can it later, and then, I just might put the canner up for the season. But you never know. It's getting to be that time of year - when the fall crops come in and the frenzy of canning and freezing food goes ou...

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in the weeds
Do you know this phrase? My manager used it at a waitressing
job I had in college. Just when you needed to get drinks to table 3, bring extra
salad dressing to 5, take orders at 10, and garnish the Manhattan at the bar,
the kid you just brought a straw to a...

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plant killer in the garden
You may remember my sister and I rented a community gardenplot together . I worried and wondered if she knew what she was getting into,
partnering up with a plant-killer like myself. It turns out a plant killer has a purpose in the garden
after all. Weeds! ...

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family traditions: bond or burden?
I took Gareth to look at colleges last week. While we considered a variety of obvious things like academics, cost and location, one thing that stood out for me about the different schools was the presence of school traditions: things like secret societies, ...

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bottled water: just say no!
There was a point in my past life when I bought a case of seltzer water a week. I developed the habit during graduate school when I felt perpetually ill from stress, lack of sleep and too much caffeine. Bubbly water seemed the only antidote to the buckets o...

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strawberry smoothie mandate
Last year, I wrote in lazy locavore hangover about how I couldn't get inspired to cook or do the work of food preservation for the coming winter. Cooking usually feels like a creative outlet for me, and preparing/preserving/eating local organic food feels l...

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anchor of death: or teens, blogging & transition
I've written before about the difficulties of raising teens. One day your kids think you walk on water, the next they think you're the anchor of death, threatening with your mere presence to drag them to the sea-floor of all that is uncool and embarrassing....

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bits and pieces
Well.  I generally feel like it's bad form to write blog posts about how you haven't been posting, so naturally, I'm going to do it. You may have noticed things grinding to a crawl around here. I admit my time for blogging has dwindled. It's not for lack of...

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dinner: it takes a family
Does one person take responsibility for getting dinner on the table in your house?  I love to cook, so that's how it used to be around here.  That changed when I started tutoring in the afternoons/evenings almost a decade ago.  I never sat down to map out a...

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dinner: it takes a family
Does one person take responsibility for getting dinner on the table in your house?  I love to cook, so that's how it used to be around here.  That changed when I started tutoring in the afternoons/evenings almost a decade ago.  I never sat down to map out a...
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