Housekeepers Notebook

/Housekeepers Notebook/

June 2017

Searching for American Copper Cookware & More

When first starting out to create House Copper and Housekeeper Crockery (after I wrote the fiction book with a similar name, soon to be re-issued and re-named by my publisher) I only knew I wanted to have wares that were 100% made in America, as locally as possible, and as purely as possible. Just like [...]

Awards…so far?

Oh books. My first love. Writing sustained my sanity through middle school (horrific writing), high school (only marginally better), and college (ok, some of those are yummy). Now that books have become a real reality to the day job, I suppose I am allowed to prove that other people actually kinda like what I write [...]

May 2017

Creating a Copper Jambonnière {Part One}

It all started with a book. Oh wait. That seems to be my M.O. But this time it wasn’t my own book, nor was it even in English. Instead, it was an out-of-print tome: Les Cuivres de Cuisine by Jean-Claude Renard, brought to my attention by a fellow copper cookware collector and connoisseur. I’ll call [...]

Maker Magic: Turning One Skill Into More

My children (ages 6, 4 and 2) affectionately call tin solder “metal glue” and my eldest has fantastical ideas about building a fully functioning riding lawn mower that he can pedal, all from tin and blocks of wood. I haven’t completely explained that what he wants to do is almost impossible. It’s far more interesting [...]

April 2017

How to Link Cooking Pots with Writing Conferences

I’m very excited and honored to be speaking at Romance Writer’s of America (RWA) national conference in Florida this July, and then later at the Historical Writers of America (HWA) conference in New Mexico in September. Speaking at a conference is a lot of fun...for me, anyway! What will I be talking about? [...]

Copper Cookware Cleaners

I am by no means a chemist, nor a science major, nor even a chef.  But I do like to research, and I do like to compile information (thankfully my book genre is historical fiction...I get to channel that nutty history obsession habit).  Cleaning (pure metal) copper cookware is a topic that fascinates me, mostly [...]

March 2017

The Smith’s Bookshelf

I rarely talk about the books I have on my shelf. Partly because they’re a reminder of how much of a nerd/geek I am. It’s also a little like exposing a piece of my psyche. My bookshelves do have the classics – from Homer to Shakespeare to Bronte. And there’s some literary fiction as well, [...]

February 2017

Success Secret of a Smith Storyteller Mom

Generally at least once a week, someone asks me how I accomplish so much in a given day or week. My husband usually asks this as well, but only after he reminds me that I should take it easy. I’m working on it. So many people today juggle thousands of pieces moving through the hours. [...]

Where In the World…am I NOT Going?

OK, OK, I’m not going anywhere exotic. Not even leaving the country, as it were. But for anyone with children ages 6, 4, and 2 (that would be me), leaving as much as I am certainly feels like I’m heading off to New Zealand for a month. I’m not. But it’s going to be insanely [...]

Adventures in NYC: At Bon Appetit and the IHA Media Preview

Recently I went to the IHA Media Preview event in New York City. IHA is short for International Home & Housewares Association, and, in case you don’t live in my cookware world constantly, the association puts on the biggest show in the country every year in Chicago. I’ve never been, but I’m told it is [...]