Marcia Strykowski

Category Archives: Recipes

Thanksgiving Thoughts & Traditions

While I stir cranberries, bake pies, and grate cabbage for coleslaw, I’m thinking of Thanksgivings gone by and Thanksgivings to come, and how thankful I am for this special holiday. On that note, I figured I’d revisit this post from a few years back and spruce it up with some new additions since I don’t …

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Allergy-Free Pumpkin Bread

I decided to bake something for our monthly library staff meeting. But the trick was finding a recipe that everyone could eat despite the many allergies we’ve got on board. Pumpkin bread seemed a perfect solution and all who tried it gave it a thumbs up.This easy treat starts with a basic gluten-free yellow cake mix. I used Hodgson …

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Sunflowers and Sweets

I had my annual check-up yesterday and discovered my vitamin d was a tad low, so what better way to spend the afternoon than in a huge field of sunflowers!Sunflowers have been around since ancient times, possibly even before corn was cultivated, and they’ve travelled back and forth around the world. Knowledge of their first …

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Ribbon Candy Crafts

Although many find it way too sweet and sticky, ribbon candy has long been a holiday staple. This thin hard candy was invented in Massachusetts by F. W. Washburn c. 1856. While still warm, the candy is crimped into shape, giving it a ribbon appearance and a glossy shine. Popular flavors include spearmint, cinnamon, orange and lime. …

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Holiday Reading and a Recipe!

Happy Anniversary to Amy’s Choice! It’s been just over a year now since Amy’s Choice was released. It’s fitting that the sequel to Call Me Amy was published in November since the final chapter takes place on Thanksgiving day. And what better location to spend a cozy holiday than in a little fishing village on the …

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Food Fun

Below are a few recipe cards I’ve recently added to this blog’s Recipes & Crafts section. To find lots of other fun ideas, click here, or on the menu tab. Happy snacking! Even though it seems summer has hardly begun, Halloween will be here before we know it.

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Holiday Magic

For those of you who enjoyed my Massachusetts-based Thanksgiving post: here, the above winter scene was painted by F. Gleason, who was also from the Boston area. And now for another historic gem from the Bay State–the world famous tune of Jingle Bells (The One Horse Open Sleigh) was written by James Pierpont of Medford, MA in 1850. …

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Miss Cogshell’s Recipe Box

Miss Cogshell has an important roll in Call Me Amy. When we first meet her, she’s an enormous, terrifying woman who the kids call Old Coot. Some say she’s a witch and her weathered gray house by the sea, with the creepy widow’s walk on top, certainly doesn’t look inviting. If Amy hadn’t found her …

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Fancy Nancy Tea Party

Miss Patty is the children’s librarian at the public library where I work. On the day before Mother’s Day, she hosted a Fancy Nancy-style tea party. Here she is serving lemonade: So many pretty dresses! There’s always time to sneak in some reading: Everyone enjoyed sipping lemonade, and nibbling on pretty sandwiches and cookies. Sharing …

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Hearty Stew

We haven’t dipped into Miss Cogshell’s recipe box in a while and what could be better than a steaming bowl of beef stew on a cold day in New England? This hearty stew can be changed up by adding different vegetables, or by using chicken, or no meat at all! For more quick and tasty recipes, click on the Recipes …

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