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White Sauce Recipe

I love that our construction crew is teaching our son how to work with his hands. Manual labor, I think, brings on a sense of ownership, a feeling of responsibility, an appreciation for the materials—what is, and what is not … Continue reading

25. February 2013 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Crock Pot Taco Meat Recipe

We’ve broken ground now on our new wooded lot, and every day we stop by to check the progress: First, an oversized hole, dug so wide we thought they were erecting an apartment building… Then, the foundation, which felt so … Continue reading

18. February 2013 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Best Dishwashers

Decisions made: Energy Star model, cabinetry to blend in and muffle noise, no dual drawers Undecided: Brand I’m dreaming of a dishwasher that doesn’t require me to hand wash our dishes first. And one I can hear the TV over … Continue reading

10. May 2012 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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And More Cooking Ranges

Oh no. More eye candy from my friend Danielle. Capital and Blue Star, two brands I’ve never heard of, but find intriguing. I am suffering from decision fatigue. Already. Because look at the character provided by this duel fuel range … Continue reading

08. May 2012 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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How To Select a Refrigerator

Decisions Made: French door, 36 inches Undecided: Brand, stainless steel or cabinetry Last week we toured a showroom hunting for a refrigerator (we, as in me and our monkey of a son, who swung one handed from door to door). … Continue reading

07. May 2012 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Oven Hunting

Decisions Made: 48-inch sealed burner (easy clean!) dual fuel range. Two ovens beneath the range (rather than in the wall) to save space. Undecided: Brand and number of burners/griddle (is it as easy to clean as they say, just scrape … Continue reading

03. May 2012 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Leftover Hot Chili Recipes

We finally got an offer on our home, a low one, but it’s negotiable enough. And now it has sparked a debate between us: where now? Where do we move while we wait for our home to be built? Or … Continue reading

22. November 2011 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Create a Network

Last week, I met up with my friends, Liz and Anna, at Barnes & Noble. While our kids paged through comic books, we drank coffee and flipped through the magazines we’d like to write for. We talked about which front-of-book … Continue reading

15. August 2011 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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$60 CSN Stores Giveaway

He notices the absence of light, the layering of it, and the differences in it. But me? I barely know if a bulb is out. I really need to figure out how to use the light meter on my camera. … Continue reading

10. February 2011 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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For Sale

I took notes as a stager walked through our home. He told us how to open it up. Clear off mantel, move furniture away from doors, 1 item per shelf. I think soon we’ll all breathe easier. *** For our … Continue reading

02. February 2011 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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