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Simple As PB & J

I am not sure if it was the freshly baked bread I had just sliced, or knowing our last jar of homemade blackberry jam had been opened, but all of a sudden I had a craving for something simple, yet amazing ~ a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. The taste brought me back to when […]

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Take A Moment And Be Still

There is something magical that happens after snow gently falls to the earth. It is a total silence, pristine, and pure. When we lived in the Sierra’s I remember the sound of  frozen crystals crunching under my boots and the way the cold frosty air felt in my lungs. When snow blankets the trees and […]



I have been traveling lately. I have loved visiting school kids, talking about writing, and encouraging wide eyed youngsters to stay curious and use their imaginations. What I have enjoyed the most is sharing stories with people I have met and those I have stayed with, not just random stories, but their stories. I loved […]


Detours can become blessings.

My suitcase was packed..well, almost.  I was looking forward to making the long drive to Northern California. I planned to speak at a few schools and spend a few says with our grandbaby. “You can’t drive over the grapevine,” my mom said. “Why?” was my reponse. I always drove over the grapevine to get to […]


That’s the way the cookie crumbled! RECIPE INCLUDED

I love the way this super cute Gingerbread Man stamp turned out! Not only does this Cookie STAMPede stamp remind me of one of my favorite cookie recipe, but also a beloved folktale, The Gingerbread Man.  Our kids used to love being read to, and The Gingerbread Man  was one of the many books that filled their […]


Growing up Messy.. I mean CREATIVE!

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”   Steve Jobs There […]


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 […]