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1. Does anyone actually read on the beach?

With summer well on the way in Australia, I’ve noticed our thoughts have begun to shift away from snuggling down or curling up with a good book and a glass of wine. Instead we start talking and thinking about lying on the grass with our favourite book, reclining in the sunshine and enjoying a good ‘beach read’. […]

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2. The hour the animals talk




Illustration by Helen Cann from MANGER, jpeg found at eerdword.wordpress.com


MANGER

Lee Bennett Hopkins has compiled fifteen poems by thirteen poets about the magical hour on Christmas Eve when all animals can talk. 

After an introductory poem written by Hopkins, thirteen species—including fish and a spider—tell their story about seeing the Baby Jesus for the first time. The horse is so moved he can’t speak, the cow moos a lullaby, the spider weaves a gift of a cobweb crown. The last poem is from the second stanza of The Friendly Beasts, a folk song. 

Helen Cann’s lovingly detailed artwork (watercolor and mixed media) add to the warm traditional feel of the collection, and create, with the sound of the poems, a book to carefully relish. Endpapers depicting characters from the text—like so many Eerdmans titles—add something extra to pore over after reading the book. 

MANGER is a picture book that looks, sounds and feels like a Christmas classic.


Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
HARDCOVER; Published: 9/1/2014
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5419-3
34 Pages
Ages 4 to 8
Trim Size, in inches: 8.54 X 10.43

See more of Helen Cann's work here: http://www.helencann.co.uk

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3. Here Comes Santa Cat – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: Here Comes Santa Cat Written by: Deborah Underwood Illustrated by: Claudia Rueda Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers, Oct 21st, 2014 Suitable for ages: 3-7 Themes: cats, being nice, Christmas, Santa Fiction, small format, 80 pages Opening Lines: … Continue reading

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4. STATIONERY - rebecca stoner

We last saw designer Rebecca Stoner on P&P with her first licensed fabric collection Prairie for Dashwood Studio. Since then Rebecca has decided to open an Etsy shop and create patterns and illustrations on Cards, Notebooks, Calendars and Art Prints. Also just in a Christmas cards. As well as being busy with freelance work and setting up her Etsy Shop Rebecca has also started work on her second

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5. Children’s Book Trends on The Children’s Book Review | October 2014

This month's little peek at the current children's book trends on The Children's Book Review showcases Christmas books for kids, books on mindfulness and some best selling young adult books, as well as a wonderful literacy resource on where to find free ebooks for children.

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6. FABRICS - maude asbury

Geofabulous is a beautiful collection by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics that came onto the market this summer. The print designs are described as 'a celebration of shapes and symmetry in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors, grounded with touches of taupe and navy.  Bright, bold stained glass designs, fun chevrons and dimensional prism prints decorate a colorful canvas of pink, turquoise, green,

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7. "The Christmas Story for Children" Book Review and Book Giveaway

by Sally Matheny

The Christmas Story for Children


     How many members in your family love to read? Currently, we have 4 out of 5 avid readers in my family. About ten years ago, it was two out of five so we’re making progress! One of the keys to enjoyment is finding great books to read. Perhaps I can help you. A book review will be posted at the beginning of each month. This month’s review includes a free giveaway of the book so be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter box below.

     The Christmas Story for Children, collaboratively written by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis Hill is a picture book published by Zonderkidz. Immediately, the story draws readers into a journey. A journey of ordinary people God set aside for His extraordinary purposes.

    


    This beautiful story begins with God’s chosen, the Jewish people, and ribbons its way to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. Typical Christmas storybooks end shortly after the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ. However, The Christmas Story for Children gives more.

     Midway through the book, it tells how God’s exceptional Son lived an ordinary life as a child. Then, one day he left his ordinary life to do “amazing and marvelous things…”

     The second half of the book reveals Jesus’ baptism experience at the Jordan River and how “the ordinary ended and the spectacular began.”

     This story stays true to the Holy Bible using the New International Reader’s Version and the New Century Version.

     Award-winning artist, Fausto Bianchi, provides exquisite full color illustrations for this 32-page picture book by Zonderkidz. The book is geared for children aged four to eight but older children and adults will find its beauty enthralling. Bianchi produces a fresh artistic perspective of the story. I found myself pondering a great deal over his illustrations, especially on the unusual facial expressions of his characters. 

     The only illustration I question is the angel Gabriel.  His upper body has the appearance of a male but the facial features appear feminine. I’m unsure what Bianchi is trying to express but I found an interesting and satisfying note about angels posted at http://www.compellingtruth.org/angels-male-female.html.

     I recommend this book. The Christmas Story for Children will make a great gift with its beautiful story of truth and distinctive illustrations. 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. 

The book giveaway begins at 12:00 a.m. Oct. 7 and ends at 12:00 a.m. on Oct. 14.
If the Rafflecopter is not displaying correctly for you, there are two ways to enter. If you leave a comment about one way you help children focus on Christ, especially during the month of December, then your name goes in the "pot" one time. If you subscribe to this blog by entering your email under the "Follow by Email" button on the right, your name goes in THREE times for the drawing!
The winner will be announced on Oct. 15.


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8. A Christmas Star’s Wish, by James Jay Gordy | Dedicated Review

For families that embrace holiday decorating and love the tradition of placing a star atop of their tree, joy will be found in this familiar tale of good things come to those who wait.

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9. Winter postcard

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It seems that those who hire love the speed of digital rendering, but want the look of traditional work.  So, in an ever continuing effort to make my digital look more traditional, I’ve been working on some new techniques. I’ve been leaving in the pencil lines, and in fact, adding a lot more of it…..more detail and hatching before coloring them in Photoshop. I also use Kyle T Webster brushes. They’re fantastic! I highly recommend them!

I like the look. You can see the person behind it. This will be my winter promotional postcard.

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10. Peek-a-boo it's for you; a collection of vintage greeting cards

I adore vintage greetings cards so finding this collection rather made my day!  The cards were given to a little girl called ‘Briony’ between her birth on the 28th December 1946 and her second birthday in 1948. As much as I love these, I can’t keep everything (as Terry is happy to remind me) so these are listed for sale on my website.  If you would like further details, please follow the links. I'm always happy to reduce prices for job lots.

Peek-A-Boo -  unused miniature greeting card. This adorable card is a little creased but other than that it's in perfect condition. The wording inside reads 'It's for you'.


Congratulations to Baby and you. This delightful die cut card features a baby in a crib surrounded by flowers. The verse inside reads - rejoicing in your happiness, sincerely wishing too that life and love may always bless your little one and you!


Happy Landings. This pretty card was produced in 1946 as part of the Victor and Mabel Evershed range. It was given to Briony on the occasion of her birth on the 28th December 1946. Inside reads - Congratulations! I hear the great Little Person has arrived. It's signed by Vi and Eric with every good wish. Hand coloured flowers at the bottom of the card and a pink ribbon bow. The illustration is signed 'LP' there is a little browning to the centre of the card but is otherwise in good condition.



Tom Tom the Pipers son stole a pig and away he ran, over the hills and far away to wish you luck on your first birthday.

Good luck from Tom, good luck from me for this and every year, may life be bright as bright can be and bless you, baby dear!   If you look closely you might spot the farmer chasing after Tom. These tiny details really bring the card to life.  

For Baby's Very First Birthday Super greetings card from 1947. "Creeping here and reaching there, bright eyes searching everywhere, may your eager heart find, too, this Happy Birthday wish for you!" With hand written message "Love & kisses, darling from Auntie Tubby." Sweet black and white image on the inside of a baby with a teddy, toy dog and rattle.

Birthday Wishes now you're ONE YEAR OLD today! Lovely card given to Briony on her first birthday in 1947. Delightful verse inside reads - Everyone knows, from your head to your toes you're a Darling! So this will convey fond love, and the very best wishes of all, to greet your first birthday today. Hand written greeting 'From Gerda To Briony x' .


Two original vintage gift tagsTwo of the prettiest little gift tags you are ever likely to find.  Both are used, and both were attached to parcels given to 'Briony' for Christmas 1947.  The first shows a hand coloured rabbit with a red bow and a lovely fluffy white tail. The message on the card reads To Briony with lots of love from Barbara Merry Christmas. The other shows a windmill with the words To Dear little Briony from Nellie with love. I'm sure it would be very difficult to find two others quite like these.

Hickory Dickory Dock Part of the Alpha Series made in Britain. Folding nursery rhyme card 'Hickory Dickory Dock the mouse ran up the clock! The clock struck one the mouse ran down! Hickory Dickory Dock. Many Happy Returns! Message reads - With love & kisses from Gillian xxx. Pretty colour illustrations inside and out.



Here is Teddy watch him run Charming die cut card "Here is Teddy watch him run to greet you on the day you're one" produced by G. Delgado, London in 1947. Message on back reads ‘With lots of love and kisses'  Single sheet die-cut card.

 A Christmas Smacker Delightful die-cut card featuring a smiling 'sailor' duck. Card stands 6" tall. I just love this happy smiling chap in his sailor outfit.  There is a sweet verse, inside - Here's a LUCKY CHRISTMAS DUCKY! He's really quite a "QUACKER" - For he's bringing you a CHRISTMAS HUG and a great big CHRISTMAS "SMACKER"! The card was given to Briony in 1948, but the handwritten greeting just reads "with love from Nicolas"

Peek-A-Boo - I see you!

Thank you for taking the time to look at some of my vintage greeting cards, there are many others in stock here

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11. Picturebook Complete: 1,000,000 points!  Super exciting...
















Picturebook Complete: 1,000,000 points! 

Super exciting announcement! As some of you might have heard, the picturebook I have been working on from Feb- June has been printed and is (almost!) available for purchase. I just received my hardcopy this weekend, and it is beautiful!

When I was contacted by Plymouth Puzzles about creating a storybook to accompany their upcoming line of Christmas reusable gift bags I was thrilled! The book, Santa’s New Tradition, follows the story of a little girl as she discovers the waste caused by wrapping paper and decides to make a positive change. 

I really enjoyed working on this book and am super excited to see it up for sale (looks like late August/ Early September release).

More coming on my process of idea to final later- and thanks for reading!















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12.

detail of my painting "the wistful ones"
©the enchanted easel 2014

what's that you say, mr. polar bear? you'd like to take me away with you on an ARCTIC adventure? well, yes sir. i would happily oblige you, mr. polar bear...as we seem to have a true love and appreciation for the same type of climate. :)

{it's NO secret...i loathe summer, heat and humidity. not one bone in my little august born body likes this weather...especially once the numbers hit triple digits. add in the words "oppressive" and "heat warning" and yeah, nicole is not a happy camper. so.....

AC is pumped up, Christmas music is on (after all it is Christmas in july) and i'll be dreaming of snowflakes and Christmas lights while painting at the easel. speaking of "Christmas lights"...(sorry, couldn't resist attaching the video below) which leads me to some wishful thinking...perhaps a little Chris Martin under my preverbal Christmas tree. hmmm..;)}


***ps and btw, here's a link to the painting above...FOR SALE as a PRINT***

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13. HABITAT PRESS SHOW - xmas etc.

These colourful designs on gadget cases from Remember are part of Habitat's Christmas gifts range. Habitat's Festive decorations for Christmas 2014 featured the themes of space travel, imaginary worlds, and mystical creatures. The Christmas room at the press preview last week was darkened to show off all the colourful lighting making it impossible to get sharp photographs but here are few I

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14. CATH KIDSTON : AW14 - christmas

Now I know its only June and a lot of us are enjoying Summer but at Cath Kidston have been previewing their Christmas range. These snaps were taken at their press show last week in Covent Garden. The Townhouses plays a big part in the collection with tea towels, mugs, cards, wrapping paper and tree decorations. There are also beautiful gift boxes in the shape of houses in three different

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15. A few rare Bowers selfies.



Here is the latest children’s book project. I can’t say much about it but I will say that it involves a few elfies. I’ll explain, later.



You might guess the subject by the artwork, seen in my elfies….er, I mean selfies.



Let me be the very first to wish you a Merry Christmas, 2014.

More project updates, to come...
Ho-ho-ho…from the stu-di-o!

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16. Books My Family Received for Christmas

My daughter received quite a number of books for Christmas. I must confess to having purchased quite a few of them myself. Here is the full stack:

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And here they are listed, with comments (and links):

Jules Feiffer: Bark, George. A friend on Facebook recommended this one back in October, when I was looking for books to read aloud to a mixed age group of preschoolers. I didn't end up using it for that, but I ordered it, and saved it to be a Christmas present. Baby Bookworm think it is hilarious. 

Mo Willems: That Is Not a Good Idea! OK, the truth of the matter is that I coveted this book for months, and used Christmas as an excuse to buy it for my daughter. I'm happy to report that she enjoys it, though I don't think she 100% understands the trick that the author pulls on the reader. But she will!

Beverly Cleary: The Complete Ramona Collection. This was a gift from Baby Bookworm's godparents. It was on our Amazon wish list because I look forward to reading it to my daughter when she's just a little bit older. And I wanted to have the books here, ready, when we are. Thanks, G&G!

Charles M. Schulz: Peanuts: A Charlie Brown Christmas. My husband picked this one up. The television special is one of his favorites. He also got the Record a Story: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, but that book is just annoying (it makes noise every time you touch it, and we couldn't figure out how to actually record). 

Eileen Rosenthal & Marc Rosenthal: Bobo the Sailor Man! We loved the first two Bobo books (my reviews of I MUST Have Bobo! and I'll Save You Bobo!). I happened to learn right before Christmas that there was a third book out, and couldn't resist. 

Deborah Hautzig & Diane GoodeThe Story of the Nutcracker Ballet. My husband and I spent some time in a bookstore between a Nutcracker show and dinner reservations. I decided to bring this back for our daughter (who isn't quite old enough to sit through the show - maybe next year). 

On the same bookstore visit, I picked up Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts (reviewed here), and Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins & Paul Zelinsky. This is what happens to me when I go to bookstores. I had a copy of Toys Come Home, and it seemed like we would eventually want to start reading this series from the beginning. I gave Toys Go Out a try with my daughter the other night, but the lack of pictures on the first two pages put her off. "Maybe later."

Cynthia Rylant: Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake. My dear friend's daughter loved this series when she was younger, so they picked out this one for Baby Bookworm. I suspect it will be the start of an appreciation of this series in our house, too. They also sent Caroline Repchuk's My Little Supermarket, which is very fun, and The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers, which was on our wish list. Thanks, my friends! 

I also gave my daughter several books that I had ordered from Scholastic Reading Club. In truth, I probably would have given them to her anyway, so they were a bit of a cheat as Christmas presents. But that's how I roll this time of year. And actually, one of them, a set of three Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems in paperback editions, was the (book) hit of Christmas day. We had to stop opening presents and read all three immediately (I Love My New Toy, There Is A Bird on Your Head, and My Friend Is Sad). The other, Dav Pilkey's A Friend for Dragon, we haven't read yet, for some reason.

I think that's it for her pile, not including sticker books and workbooks and the like. I also received Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park (from the same friend who I sent a copy to, in a delightful coincidence) and The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That by Richard Betts. A copy of Cynthia Lord's Half a Chance arrived on my doorstop from Scholastic on Christmas Eve, and that felt like a Christmas present, too. My husband received a Boston Red Sox Stocking Stumpers book.

We naturally gave away quite a few books as gifts, too. But I'll have to share those another day. Did the holiday season bring new books to your house, too? Wishing you plenty of time for reading in the New Year. 

© 2013 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook. This site is an Amazon affiliate. 

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17. Post Holiday Doldrumoids

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We’ve always known of their existence, but for the first time ever, caught in mid listless, despondency, is what experts commonly refer to as the Post-holiday Doldrumoid…in the flesh……or rather, in the doodle.

No matter. It’s official. We have a Doldrumoid pandemic on our hands. They are here and we have got to deal with them.

Some effective methods for coping with these ubiquitous yet unwelcome creatures are as follows:

1. Ignore them. Doldrumoids have been known to eventually lose interest in their host and reluctantly disappear after a week or two.

2. Keep that crunchy Christmas tree up for another month, along with the exterior icicle lights and the inflatable snow globe on your lawn. Do this while ignoring the fact that the holidays are over. This method seems to keep the Doldrumoids at bay, but leaves the door wide open for Lackus Deselfrespectus spors to take hold.

There are no easy answers, but…

3. For those of us who need to get back to business… pronto, there are some drastic measures that can be implemented. Take tree and exterior lights down, box up Christmas decorations, shove said boxes up in garage rafters, eat salad, go to the gym and then actually make that deadline for your employer/client as opposed to staring blankly at the computer monitor (close mouth, wipe drool off chin, mind don’t get any on the keyboard.)

In the event none of the above methods prove effective, one can always hold on until February 14 when a virulent strain of Guiltus Cupidus overcomes the weakened Doldrumoids, offering minimal relief to some sufferers.

This has been an important public service announcement. You may now return to your regularly scheduled program. Thank you.

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Another redraw and a repost from a few years ago. Thought it might be apropos.


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18. $.99 Ebook Sale

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Get ready to load up those new kindles with some fantastic ebooks that will be specially priced at $.99 from December 26th through December 29th.  Loads of authors in various genres are joining in on this holiday sale.  Click the logo above to check out the main page for this sale and start downloading today.

Our children’s holiday story, The Christmas Owl, will be reduced to $.99 during this sale.  An Amazon best selling children’s story, The Christmas Owl , is sure to become a holiday classic. A Barred owl becomes injured and must ask others for help. He promises to give back to those who have a generous heart and he is true to his word. This colorful tale told in verse is vividly illustrated to capture the attention of children aged eight and under.

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19. On the Twelve Days of Christmas

On the 12 days of Christmas, my library system gave to me:

One new library catalog

Two busy self-check-outs

Three new children’s tables

Four prizes for summer reading

(image provided by Thinkstockphotos.com)

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Five book displays

Six wonderful weekly story times

Seven freshly painted walls

Eight interesting book series

Nine outreach events

Ten chairs in our conference room

Eleven special preschool programs

And

Twelve happy children (and many, many more!)

While some of these numbers are only a brief representation of the total figure, other quantities are right on target.  Regardless of the number, all of these examples are just some of the gifts I received while working at our community branch library in 2013.

(Image provided by Thinkstockphotos.com)

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The highlight, of course, was sharing time with the people, both customers and staff members, I have been blessed to work with this year.

What has been the greatest gift you have received at work this year? What upcoming opportunity are you most anticipating in 2014? Please share in the comments below!

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20. Quick Wreath from Back Yard Greenery

DIY greenery wreath

I got inspired to make a quick wreath after reading this blog post over on decor8 the other day.

I’d been planning to do something for our front door since our old wreath was so decrepit, but I hadn’t gotten around to it. I’d never considered using live greenery since the only ones I’d ever seen looked like they’d take a master’s degree in wreath artistry and a few months to create. Hello, Martha Stewart!

But the blog post made me see how pretty a quick, natural wreath could be, and I realized we had plenty of greenery in the back yard. I bought a form at Michael’s (about $4) and clipped various bushes: magnolia, Yaupon holly, rosemary, and wax myrtle.

Sadly, the regular floral wire was out at Michael’s, so I bought this stuff that’s kind of like a never-ending green twist tie. It’s not so bad. And I basically twist-tied the greenery on in a haphazard, overlapping circle. It took me about half an hour. The best part was not having to follow any directions.

Personally, I’m kind of smitten with its exuberant cowlicks. I would totally do this again. What about you? Have you made a wreath of your own?

In other news, with this being the last day of school for the year, I’m winding down my latest draft of my young adult novel and am readying it to send to a reader/ writer/ friend. Scary and exciting at the same time.

Hopefully I’ll be around a little bit over the break, but if not, Happy Holidays to you!

and p.s. We’ve been watching this hilarious show called Lilyhammer. It’s about an American mafioso-turned-informant who chooses Norway as his relocation destination. All kinds of funny cross-cultural issues come up. It stars Steven Van Zandt, of Sopranos and E-Street Band fame. You can find it on Netflix.


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21. Merry Christmas 2013

Happy Holidays to all of my fans from all over the world. I hope 2014 brings you lots of laughter, good health, and happiness. Here is a little painting I did for the season. Cheers!

 

Christmas 2013

 

Here is a quote from one of my favorite author’s Neil Gaiman. You can view the entire message and previous years wishes on his blog here.

 

I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind. -Neil Gaiman 2008

 

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22. Cold

cold copy

It was.


Tagged: About Me, Allen Capoferri, Art, character design, Christmas, Illustration, people sketches, quick sketch, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing, USA

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23. Cold

cold copy

It was.


Tagged: About Me, Allen Capoferri, Art, character design, Christmas, Commentary, Illustration, people sketches, quick sketch, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing, USA

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24. Gluten-Free Molasses-Clove Cookies

We served these yesterday to non-gluten-free guests, and they were a hit with everyone, kids and grown-ups alike. They have a nice, chewy texture.

I actually made them egg-free as well (using egg substitute) since one of our guests is allergic to eggs. The cookies have a lot of butter in them, but next time I may try coconut oil, since I’ve made similar cookies with regular flour and coconut oil in the past, and they were great.

The recipe is once again from Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking by Peter and Kelli Bronski. You can find the recipe on their blog here.

Today, we made a little candy! So I’ll show you that when I have time. Hope you’re cozied up with loved ones and enjoying festivities.

P.S. We got a special Christmas supplement to the newspaper today: a cup of water and an earthworm fell out when I removed plastic bag #1! Luckily the paper itself was dry and wormless. Gives you an idea of how much rain we’ve had in the last day or so.


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25. Merry, Merry!

Bethlehem art

copyright 1998 Emily Smith Pearce

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!

Thanks for following along with my making, doing, and exploring this year. I hope you’re having a cozy and relaxing time with loved ones now.

Today, my kids are making the nativity set from madebyjoel. It’s a paper print-out that you can color and put together. Fun times.

I made this mixed-media collage as a card about 15 years ago. Thought it was time it saw the light of day again. Hope you enjoy, and I’ll see you in the new year.


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