October 2013 - Blue Collar, Black Tie

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

We had a request this week to share the recipe for our favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins which came to us several years ago from http://www.joyofbaking.com/muffins/PumpkinChocolateChipMuffins.html. Delicious all year long, but especially in the fall, I made half of this batch with chocolate chips and the other half with white chips. 1- 1/2 cups all purpose …

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Recycle an Old Costume

What else do you have tucked away in your closet from past Halloweens? Have you been involved in theater productions, LARPing, SCA, theme weddings, science fiction/fantasy conventions or Renaissance Faires? You may have the raw material for a new costume. Renaissance Faire Costume Unless you were a noble, the style of clothing changed very little …

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DIY Tuesday: ‘Star Trek’ communicator

As everybody who ever met me can tell you, I’m a geek, a nerd, a complete chump for any and all pop culture detritus that strikes my whimsy, especially anything from prior to the early ’80s. One thing I’ve always wanted and could never have was a cell phone that was also a replica of …

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Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup

There are few things in the world that are as personally satisfying, as coming home to a meal you prepared using the crockpot. Now, I’ve cooked some impressive meals I’ve been very proud of including my Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas prime rib and perfect-for-every- occasion-chocolate mousse. But when I successfully set up the slow cooker, I …

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