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November 2, 2009  
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  • Book Report
  • Lifescapes
  • Out and About
  • All About Thyme
  • Herb Snips

  • Book Report

    The Darling Dahlias
    We've just launched the new Darling Dahlias website! Drop in for a visit and see what's going on—and what's coming up, in July 2010, when the first book is published.

    Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place
    In Susan's new memoir, she tells the story of her marriage to Bill, the life they have built together on their Texas homestead, and her efforts to create a balance between the intimacy of marriage and the serenity of solitude. You can read the prologue and the first chapter, watch a trailer, check out the book reviews, click through photo albums, and listen to some lovely music on the book's website. Especially interesting: an interview with Susan Tweit, about the magic of memoir. (Your purchase of Susan's books, as always, supports the work of the Story Circle Network.)

    The Tale of Applebeck Orchard
    The Tale of Applebeck Orchard (the sixth of eight Cottage Tales) is garnering some fine reviews! You can read them here, along with the Prologue, and download a color edition of the book's map.

    Want to become a cameo character in one of Susan's mysteries?
    Now's your chance to be featured in fiction! We're raffling off three chances for appearances in Susan's mysteries, as a benefit for the Story Circle Network. Details and order form here.


    It's starting to rain again, after a challenging two-year drought. Check out the photos on Susan's blog, Lifescapes, where you can also read about the garden, writing, and life in the Texas Hill Country.

    Out and About

    Susan will be traveling through Texas this fall. Check here to see if she'll be in your area.

    All About Thyme

    If you haven't subscribed to Susan's free herbal eletter, All About Thyme, you're missing something totally unique and very special. You can read the latest edition and subscribe here.

    Herb Snips: Pumpkins: Not Just For Pie!

    Did you know that this all-round autumn favorite is also an herb?
    • In central America and the southern United States, the seeds of this native American plant were used to treat intestinal parasites, to cool fevers, and for kidney and bladder ailments. The flesh was often made into a cooling poultice. (Current research does not support these uses, although the pumpkin is high in vitamin A.)

    • The pumpkin's use in folk magic comes from the Irish, who carved faces on hollowed-out turnips lit with a candle and placed them on the doorstep to frighten away ghosts on All Hallows Eve. When the Irish emigrated to America, they found that the plump pumpkin was a delightful substitute.

    • The kids will enjoy roasting pumpkin seeds for a snack. In a colander, wash the seeds you've taken out of your pumpkin and spread on paper toweling to dry. Mix 2 cups seeds with 1 tablespoon brown sugar, one-half teaspoon onion powder, one-half teaspoon garlic powder, and 2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick oil and spread out the seeds. Bake in a 300-degree oven for about an hour, stirring every 20 minutes. If you like, mix with sunflower seeds, pretzel pieces, raisins, and peanuts.

    Peter, Peter, Pumpkin-Eater
    Had a wife and couldn't keep her
    He put her in a pumpkin shell
    And there he kept her very well.

    Read more herb snips.

    Together, Alone

    Click to read more about Susan's memoir, Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place.

    Watch the trailer

    The Tale of
    Applebeck Orchard

    The Tale of Applebeck Orchard

    Join Beatrix Potter, the residents of Near Sawrey, and the animals of the Land Between the Lakes, as they band together to solve the mystery of Applebeck Orchard.

    Click to read more or to order the book.

    Stories From the Heart V

    February 5-7, 2010
    Austin, Texas

    Join Susan and her Story Circle friends at SCN's fifth Stories From the Heart National Memoir Conference.


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