Get Your Christmas Lights Ready for Spring

Flower Lights

A strand of colored lights adds something magical to frozen gutters and chilly dorms before Christmas.

But a few months later, spring fever takes hold, and Christmas lights are out of place. They belong to the season we’re so glad is ending!

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A Lesson in Making Do and Making Spaetzle

Just for a moment, I’m going to try to think of a food more German than Spaetzle.


I didn’t come up with anything.

(If you can think of anything more distinctly German, leave a comment! But for now, I’ll move on.)

What sets Spaetzle apart in my mind is the difficulty of explaining what it is. (It means “little sparrow,” and you say it “SHPAY-tsul.”) You can compare it to more familiar foods—noodles, dumplings… but it’s not. It’s Spaetzle.

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My Cup of Tea

Basketweave Mug Sweater

Someday I will make a real sweater.

Someday, when I find not only time, but also the perfect design. Something wonderfully classy that won’t go out of style before I finish knitting it. And something I will actually wear – and I mean a lot, if I’m going to spend that much time making it.

It’s a bucket list kind of thing.

In the meantime, I’m making sure the people I love stay warm.

Their heads, hands, ears, feet… and also their insides.

Hence, the mug sweater. It keeps the scalding heat in the drink and out of the fingers – and it lets me get creative!

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