Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Read the Fine Print

Hello Blogworld. Just back from a week in Canada and this time I hope the phone bill won't break the bank. Last time I used my Verizon aircard with impunity (a word derived from the Latin meaning "without punishment") and got whammered. $400 was the extent of the damages on the phone bill for using the internet while outside the borders of the good old US of A. This time I observed radio silence as much as possible.

It's the fine print that will get you every time, and this applies to the phone bill and just about everything else in life, as well. Since I'm on this topic, might as well make the food connection.

When you're using a packaged mix, whether cake or cookie or brownie or whatever, be sure to read the directions carefully - that includes the fine print. For example, if you live at altitudes above 4,000 feet, you may be surprised to read that you need to add a tablespoon or more of flour to your batter, change the temperature setting, and be prepared to adjust the baking time. It's all in the fine print.

And one last note today - Received my advance copy of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Preserving Food. What a thrill! It's a labor of love and if you're so inclined to take a look at it and add it to your bookshelf, I would be honored.

Friday we'll tackle what's on your bookshelves. We'll look at the essential garden and food books you have recommended and make some recommendations for additions to supplement these excellent books.


  1. Congratulations on receiving your advance copy. Another milestone in the process. It's so fun, isn't it?

  2. Karen, I just followed your link from Alexis's blog and saw your web page for the first time. It's beautiful - I didn't realize you did professional editing too. I'll put that link in my Blog Book Tours blogroll, since it might be more relevant to my readers than the Practical Preserver. But congratulations on your advance copy - it looks great!

    As a professional editor, you'll probably enjoy my Father's Day post - my father was the Managing Editor of the Milwaukee Journal during the McCarthy era.

    Julie Lomoe
    Julie Lomoe's Musings Mysterioso


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