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Housekeepers Notebook

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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 [...]

January 2017

New Product Debut: Crocks!

It seems only fitting that a company called Housekeeper Crockery should have crocks.  And now, thanks to Rowe Pottery's potters here in Wisconsin...we do! I've been asked what crocks are used for these days, now that we no long live in pioneer kitchens and modern pieces manufactured overseas are tumbling around our counters.  Thankfully, the [...]

Showing Off Copper Cookware, Tin & Iron: Setting the Stage for the IHA Show

The start of a booth for the International Home & Housewares Show began when I realized I needed to MAKE a booth! And then realized that most of them look really really fancy, with lights and white plastic and glass and very glossy products. Yikes. There is no way I can even try to compete [...]

Pulpwood Queens

It's time to write something about life, not metal, and I wanted to share a bit of happy news.  Doctor Kinney's Housekeeper, the book that "started it all" (by that I mean - the book that started Housekeeper Crockery and House Copper) has been selected as one of the books for 2017 by the amazing [...]

December 2016

Still in love with our copper cookware…because.

Because it's COPPER!!  American freaking copper cookware.  And we have all the photos in house, thanks to Craig John Photography.  And, ok, it's kinda sexy. And ridiculously heavy duty (1.5 - 3mm sides).  And each piece is touched by someone's TLC (hand-wiped tin, hand-poured iron, hand-hammered copper handles...you get the picture). So, we kinda want [...]