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Where I grew up, folk weren’t really into canning vegetables or making fresh fruit preserves. Canning was the province of Laura Ingles or Marilla Cuthbert; something done by the characters in the books I read.  So you can imagine my delight, much later in life, when I realized that canning was something that people actually still do. I found this charming and fun, but I didn’t jump on the bandwagon. The whole process seemed mysterious and complicated; filled with bubbling cauldrons and beakers and the secret arts of the rustic grandmother. So I was intrigued and filled with wonder, but also fear, for I was not an initiate in these ways. Then, one year, my step-mom made jam. I was

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I love snickerdoodle cookies. Back in grade school, I always chose snickerdoodles as my cookie of choice to bring to school on my birthday. They are so tasty and, while most people have had and enjoy a good snickerdoodle, they aren’t always in the normal cookie rotation and are therefore always an unexpected treat. So I was playing with snickerdoodles last week. (I had out of town guests and generally have this compulsion to cook and bake constantly whenever I have guests. It’s a thing.) I tried a new recipe from a website and thought it was pretty terrible, which made me sad and also pricked my pride. Therefore I had to make up for this baking disaster immediately. I

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You may not know this about me, but I’m a not-so-closet Doctor Who fan. Yup, I’m letting my geek flag fly. I love Doctor Who. My favorite Doctor was David Tennant, but the current Doctor, Matt Smith, is doing a pretty good job as well. Now, I could go on all day about the brilliance of Doctor Who and why everyone should watch it, but you’re probably asking yourself about now, “wait…what does this have to do with delicious cookies?!” Well, gentle readers, my best friend gave me a particularly nifty Christmas present this year: a TARDIS cookie jar! Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up: the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) is

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