An Egg of Shortening.

Spending time in the kitchen with my Great Grandmother was more than just learning to cook.


National Homemade Cookie Day ~ start a STAMPede!

Did you know today is National Homemade Cookie day? There is just something simple about a cookie that is so satisfying and nostalgic. Simple ingredients combined and baked to perfection can be served after a meal with a cup of coffee, or wrapped up in cellophane and tucked inside a backpack.  Chocolate Chip,  Lemon Shortbread, […]


Happy Grandparent’s Day

In 1979, Mrs. Marian McQuade’s appeal to have a special day to recognize the value that  grandparents have with the next generation was signed as an official proclamation by President Jimmy Carter. It wasn’t meant to be an overly commercialized day that flooded the market with an abundance of cards or token gifts, but rather […]


Where Were You on 9-11?

It was early in the morning when John called from work and told me to turn on the television. “Our country is under attack,” he said. With a cup of coffee in hand, I turned on the TV. Every channel was showing the effect of the plane that had slammed into the twin tower, the […]

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It is 27 days until I launch my Kickstarter! Today we are talking about connecting with your audience. Whether you are writing a book or creating cookie stamps you need to know who your audeince is. This is not a “Field of Dreams” fantasy where , “If you make it they will buy.” You need […]

Pushing the “Start” Button

Pushing the “Start” Button

In just 28 days I am launching my Kickstarter campaign. So, today I began setting up my  project page.  There are other crowdfunding cites, but I have really loved how easy the staff at Kickstarter has made the process of getting started. Step 1. Log onto Kickstarer and set up an account..or if you have an […]


30 Days until Launch..part 1

Several months ago I began thinking of things that are part of our family traditions. Last year our two older boys married amazing young women and I wanted to a pass along a few things we did as a family when the kids were younger. One of the first things that came to mind was baking […]


Dog-gone amazing!

“Dogs have a way of finding people who need them, and filling a hole we didn’t even know we  had.”   Thorn Jones Rusty was just a ball of soft fur when we got him from a friend whose dog had just had a litter of pups. We weren’t really looking for another pet, after […]


Happy National Aviation Day

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward ~ for there you have been and there you will always long to return.”     Leonardo DaVinci This is Scott’s favorite quote..probably because it isn’t just words ~ it captures his life passion. Flight was something he dreamed […]


Roasted Corn Salad

Talk about the amazing taste of summer! I just made this super easy and scrumtious salad from field fresh corn, tomatoes, limes and cilantro. The key to this salad was putting the corn on the grill. It not only cooks the corn perfect, you are not boiling a big pot of water in the house. […]