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gifts from long ago, far away and real close

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my mother sent me this beautiful apron yesterday that belonged to her great aunt. isn't it beautiful? she also sent our favorite cutout cookies...yummmmmmmmmmm she made these scrumptious coconut cookies with chocolate buttercream frosting. that is real "butter"cream this is a new recipe. we are really enjoying it! we had plenty of sugar in the house then my mother-in-law stopped by with a box of chocolate for us. what to do? have a piece, plenty of dark chocolate in here for me. don't you love their chocolatier?hope that you are enjoying the holiday as much as i am.

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sun bread

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well we finally made the sun bread from the sunbread book by elisa kleven. this was our first venture in homemade bread. we had some challenges but it was fun and it tasted pretty good.before it went in the oven beautiful when it came out the picture speaks for how delicious it was. it reminded me of butter rolls that my family always had for the holidays. yummy all warm with more butter and some jam.

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books to inspire creativity

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we spend so much time at the library and on-line looking for new books. as i have mentioned before we love to read. lately we have been looking at books to help us find new things to create and some of our favorite books from the past. here are a few.joseph had a little overcoat by simms tabak our dear friends gave this book to helen for her 2nd or 3rd birthday. it has beautiful, colorful illustrations that make you want to find all the colored pencils and print intensive magazines and collage all day. the story also reminds to...

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successful raspberry essence stand for breast cancer

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sweet pea came up with a recipe for "raspberry essence" a few weeks ago and we decided to use it for our making strides for breast cancer "lemonade stand" this year at the park avenue festival. it was a really big hit. we used local homegrown raspberries and juiced and strained them with some filtered water and a touch of sugar. delicious, fresh and refreshing. so different too. we also brought the bracelets to sell. we only sold a few of those but no worries we are having our making strides kickoff breakfast for the local walk on thursday morning...

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blueberry mint smoothie

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trying to get a healthy start on the day.blueberry smoothie.about 1 cup of frozen blueberriesa few tablespoons of plain nonfat organic yogurta handfull of mintjuice from a wedge of limea few ice cubesacai mixed berry juice enough to generously cover mixture in the blenderblend until smooth.enjoy with a few nuts or hard boiled eggs.yum!

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