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Goodies for the Young at Heart, plus writings on baked goodies & art

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Creating with the Kiddo: Paper Flowers

Creating with the Kiddo: Paper Flowers

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The kiddo is one creative kid. making art He loves coming up with ideas for art projects, like this creature he made out of paper, marker, and pipe cleaners.pipe cleaner creature

The paper part was a collaboration between the two of us. He decided the paper should have lines of various sizes interacting with each other and filling the surface. When this was done, he punched holes in the paper and used pipe cleaners for legs,…

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Family Recipes


bread My mom gave me a copy of my great grandmother’s Sour Cream Nut Bread recipe. I was in a baking mood the other day but didn’t have nuts, so I made Sour Cream Blueberry Bread instead. It was so yummy! It is not a sweet bread, so it is great for any time of day and goes great with a cup of tea. Plus, I am hugely sentimental, so baking one of my great grandmother’s recipes is inherently wonderful.




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A Flying Gnome


gnomeI just finished up a Stuffy swap where the assignment was to create a winged creature stuffy. I found a cute gnome ornament pattern from Skip and Scatter’s blog that I edited to turn into a stuffy, plus I added a pair of wings (what’s more magical than a gnome, you say? a gnome with wings!). Made out of felt and entirely hand sewn, here is Mr. Winged Gnome, complete with a cloud to rest on (those…

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Chocolate Chip Scones


scones What is yummier than something to eat with a nice cup of tea? Something with chocolate chips in it, of course! This recipe for chocolate chip scones is my new go-to recipe for when I need something sweet (but not too sweet). Easy to make, yummy to eat, and they seem to be a hit every time I make them.


Chocolate Chip Scones


  • 2 cups Original Bisquick mix
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

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Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014


You may recall my inability to actually get my entry done in time for the previous two years for the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition. Well, sir, that isn’t happening again this year! I absolutely love Umbrella Prints fabric and can only imagine how wonderful it would be to work with yardage of it. The trimmings packs have a lovely assortment of little pieces of their different fabrics (each…

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Ballet http://wp.me/s12UnH-ballet


A little over a month ago, I started doing ballet again. I had forgotten just how much I love it– and need it. It is like therapy, a chance to clear my head, focus on nothing more than the line of my body, position of my feet, and placement of my hands. It lets my body and head unite for an act of beauty. My class each week refreshes me like nothing else does.

Anything that brings so much joy…

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Good Friday


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Today is Good Friday, and I am going to be completely honest: I dislike Good Friday. It depresses me endlessly. We read Isaiah 52:13-53:12 during the Good Friday liturgy and it makes me want to cry.

He was despised and rejected by others;

a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;

and as one from whom others hide their faces

he was despised, and we held him of no account.

…But he was…

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Five Years


Somehow, this little baby

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is turning five today.


I am not sure how that happened since it feels like he was just born– although at the same time, it feels like he has always been my baby and my life has always been being his mom. Strange, I know.

me and g

He is such a joy and a blessing, and his birth five years ago was truly the day that has made the biggest, best impact on my life.

He reminds me of…

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

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Hope you had a nice St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th! We did some fun things on the actual day and the week or so leading up to it. We started earlier in the week by baking whole wheat Irish soda bread. G liked his slathered with butter and cinnamon sugar, while I went with butter and jam. Yummy!

bread2bread with jamWe also read a couple fun stories. The ABC one was filled with info about Ireland; the other one was a…

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