Sweet tissue cozy Phbbt!   Whaaat? 

We LOVE hanging out at our local book stores – Barnes & Noble and Borders. It’s a usual “to-go-to” on the weekends and seems to complete our week with at least one trip.

I’ve been working on an Amazon.com book wish list and it will come to no surprise that it is mostly craft related. Why? They’re just so inspiring, so cute, so creative, and “I can SO do that!” :)

Aranzi Aronzo’s books are super fun and I want to make 99% of the projects. This book is on my wish list for sure, as well as her others. Japanese craft books are my most recent addiction. The diagrams are almost self explanatory especially since I don’t read japanese and the illustrations are just too cute and funny in their own right.

Also, I ADORE ALL the BOOKS authored and illustrated by Lauren Child: Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola
I hope to collect them all for Joie! (Ooh, that reminds me to purchase Utterly Me, Clarice Bean for our trip.)

As of now, our favorite Charlie and Lola book is, I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato.

Too cute and the series is even CUTER, how is that possible? Gotta get the DVD’s (eeeks!!!!)

Looks like I’ll be starting a children’s book wish list for me – ah… err… I meant for Joie :)

All just wishes! (hint, hint… wink, wink)

Girlfriends’ day out!  It was a wonderful day with the bestest –  me, Joie, Hannah and Sette. We visited the Scharffen Berger factory in hopes of taking the tour.  However, our little monkeys needed to be at least 10 years old to participate.  Foo-eee!  :)  Oh well, next time… without them!  

But we were not discouraged…

We still got our chocolate fix:  free samples of chocolate, hot chocolate and more chocolate… 

See?  We left with bags! 

It’s Spring and it’s snowing…
 
 
flower petals!!!
 
 
 
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow :)

OMG, WHOO-HOO!  I’m ecstatic!  What a hoot!  Today, on Cut Out & Keep my Embroidered Felt Covered Barrette a.k.a. Blossom how-to is the FEATURED PROJECT on their bulletin board!   :)  heeheehee, that is the COOLEST inspiration booster I have ever received & this is the  closest to notoriety I have ever been! Thank you, thank you, thank you… (blowing kisses to the wind) 

I just finished posting my FIRST EVER how-to on Cut Out & Keep.  I did a tute of my embroidered and felt covered barrette.  I’ve wanted to do this for some time, but being my own worst critic, I didn’t believe that any of my projects were good or original enough to post to the world to scrutinize.  Ah well… I’m satisfied just knowing there will be, at least, ONE who will be inspired from my contribution.  Just like I am by so many others!  :)  This was oodles of fun and a great experience so it won’t be my last.  I already have another one in mind.    

Joie reserves what I call “the fairy wishes” for the EXTRA SPECIAL.  It’s adorable to watch. She’ll take out one, a few, or all 12 – we guess, depending on how large the request – from a pink tin box, gives a kiss on each, leaves them on her bedside table to do their fairy magic, and then she’s tucked into her bed for the evening.

She’s wished and wished for a violin. Done.

Lately, her biggest and strongest wish is for a baby brother or sister.(sigh)

Joie, we’ll need more than ALL the fairies for that one… still working on it. :)

Tah-rah! Joie and I made homemade marshmallows this afternoon and they turned out fluffy and sweet.  We followed The French Laundry’s recipe.  I don’t think we’ll be going back to store bought marshmallows from now on. These are too good and so easy to make!  

    

This evening’s dessert 

 

Joie enjoying her hot chocolate and homemade marshmallow cloud she helped mommy make!    

 
I had a flashback of my years in grade school after eating a Starbucks Snickerdoodle cookie!  These tasted just like the ones baked by the sweet cafeteria ladies.  They’re SO good.  Forever I believed them to be Sugar cookies and have been searching for a THE recipe.  Sadly all along, I’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places!
 
Now the search is on for the Snickerdoodle recipe to keep those happy memories alive!  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here’s the first one to try – it received raves on  recipezaar
 
Snickerdoodle cookie 
 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 3/4 cups flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar

3 teaspoons cinnamon

 

Directions: 

 

1.  Preheat oven to 350°.

2.  Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.

3.  Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

4.  Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture. 

5.  Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.

6.  Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.

7.  Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.

8.  Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.

9.  Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes. 

10.  Remove from pan immediatley. 

I’m feeling blah today.  Ho-hum…(yawn)  I bribed Joie to take a nap, “… after, we’ll walk to Draegers for the gelatin packets to make marshmallows tonight.”  She happily obliged.  Yay, quite time for mommy to, well, do nothing :)      I really should catch up on my reading – May issue of Yoga Journal that just came in the mail yesterday, A New Earth, and oh, then webcasts to watch.  Okay, that’s what I’ll do.  But after my nap (yawn).

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