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Brown Bread (Grant Loaf)

Makes 3 loaves Brown Bread (Grant Loaf)   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour   The famous "Grant loaf" created during World War II to enable English cooks to make a healthy, wholesome loaf with local wheat, instead of wheat imported from the United States. This bread is

Nappies, diapers, and Chinese “split” trousers

I came across a remarkably detailed post at The Thrift Store Cloth Diaper Project about how to make your own cloth diapers from thrift store finds and got to thinking about nappies, not a subject on my mind these days when grandparenthood is still off in the future. But as I wrote in a section

Thai edition

Thai edition Originally uploaded by KarenChristensen. This is an inside spread of the Thai edition: what a gorgeous, curvy script!


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Catalogue season

This is the time of year when catalogues pile up on the table in our front hall, ironic really because it's a Shaker table--"It's a gift to be simple, it's a gift to be free." But the Shakers were shrewd marketers themselves, and now that I co-own a publishing company, I have much more sympathy

Natural shopping

One of these days I would like to take a good look at the various online sources of green/organic/eco-friendly products to see what's going on these days--I have to say that most of it looks much of a muchness, nice enough but not really exciting. That sounds too critical, perhaps, especially coming from someone who