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Cheese and Holiday Cheer

One of my favorite things about blogging is that is provides me with a good excuse to do all of the nerdy, quirky things that I’ve secretly always wanted to do, but was too embarrassed to admit to anyone else. For example, I’ve always wanted to stop at one of the many souvenir stores that […]

How to Host a Swap Party

I’m blogging today over at Wisconsin Public Television’s Engage Wisconsin website about how to host a swap party. I recently attended such a party at the home of a friend, and it’s a great incentive for cleaning out closets and cabinets. The idea is that each guest brings used items in good condition from her […]

Feels Like Home

I’m thrilled to have the talented blogger and decorator Doreen Creede from Style Maniac guest posting today on Glossing Over It about interior design. Decor is something I admire and enjoy, but I don’t have any background in it, so I was thrilled when Doreen agreed to say a few words about her own approach […]

Pairing Drinks with Halloween Candy

Halloween is upon us and, with it, bags and bags of grocery store sweets. Whether you swipe Fun Size Snickers from your kids’ plastic pumpkins or you scarf down the leftovers you bought for trick-or-treaters, chances are you’ll be indulging in some candy. And if you’re looking for an adult beverage to go with that […]

Don’t Hate Them Because They’re Ugly

If you ever see someone crawling on the sidewalk underneath the tables at the farmers’ market, that person would be me. In late summer and early fall, I will be close to the ground, digging through the boxes of ugly tomatoes that aren’t perfect enough to put on display. You know the tomatoes I’m talking […]

Treats for the Soul and Stomach

Tonight I have Critique Group. I am lucky to be a part of a group of five fabulous women writers who get together every other week to weigh in on one another’s projects. We are bold: we blog and send our work out into the world for publication. We are brave: we read one another’s […]

Sangria: A Classier Version of Wapatuli

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, which, here in the great white north, is the unofficial start of summer and a cause for celebration. Summer, to me, means sangria. And I’m picky about it. It can’t be too sweet or too heavy. I’ve asked many people to share their sangria recipes only to get the response, […]

When in Rome

                    I’m generally not a fan of broccoli unless it is rendered into near-unrecognizable form. That’s why I like this classic Italian recipe, Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa. I first learned about the wonders of Italy from my uncle, who lived there for several years with his […]

Pink Wine: Thinking Outside the Box

For years, any mention of rosé wine conjured images of Sunset Blush from a box which, in turn, led to dry heaving. Then my friend Katie, ever adventurous, offered me a glass of Sofia Blanc de Blancs at my bridal shower. I only accepted it because I loved The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation, […]

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