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marsupials, hummus, cheese crackers, and friends

Not only was the weather beautiful today, but we had a lovely day with friends (and night because one is staying over). Lots of crafting, cooking, and playing!

Crafting- this marsupial monster mama had a baby! The baby loves to be carried in her mama’s pocket and go everywhere with her.
* Marsupial monster was made for Araina and will be put into her Spring basket this weekend.

Now for the cooking- I love cooking for my friends when they visit, here’s what I made to share today-

HUMMUS (recipe from here)
-Sooooo tasty and simple to make!

1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas)
juice of 1 lemon
1 garlic clove
1/3 cup chopped parsley
pinch or two of salt
2-4 tbs. good quality extra virgin olive oil

Put all of the ingredients, except the olive oil,  in a food processor. Pulse and slowly add olive oil until you get the consistency you prefer. I only used about 2 tbs. olive oil, I like it a little on the dryer side.

CHEESE CRACKERS (adapted from here)
If you are a fan of baked cheese……RUN to your kitchen right now and bake these! They are so delicious and I can’t stop making them! These are the reason I could never be vegan!

1 1/2c. sharp cheddar cheese- the sharper the better
4 tbs unsalted butter
3/4 cup flour
1/2 t salt
1 tbs half and half
2-4 pinches of cayenne powder, depending on how spicy you want them

In a food processor, add the cheese, flour, and salt. Cut the butter into 4 pieces and add to ingredients. Pulse ingredients until you get coarse crumbs. Add the half and half and process until the dough forms into a ball. This takes about 10 seconds. I didn’t think a ball was even possible with such a little amount of liquid, but trust me it is. Form the dough into a log, wrap in parchment, and chill in the refrigerator for an hour up to a day (or freezer for 20 minutes).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough into desired thickness. Cut into squares or use small cutters to form fun shapes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.   Bake for 10-14 minutes until golden.

And of course you get 4 little girls together (and a cutie patootie 2yo brother) and there’s lots of playing going on! Playing in the ditch water was a highlight of the day; don’t let the short sleeves fool you, the water was COLD and the high today was in the upper 50’s! Maili and Fauna didn’t seem to notice though, they were splashing around and loved getting soaked. See the cute hair clips in Fauna’s hair? The  owl was made by Fauna and Veda (Maili’s sister) and a little purple monster was made by Veda. Fauna wears them proudly!

HA! Araina refused to go into that cold water,  she preferred to teeter on the edge!

Another great day planned for tomorrow…..a St. Patrick’s Day party! Toodles!

birds little ladies

photographing our day

We spent the afternoon outside today and the camera came along. I caught my cutie pie little sis sitting in an apple tree, I had to get a shot of her! She has such a great style and an amazing wardrobe full of vintage clothing.  To see more of her amazing wardrobe visit her Flickr site- half past a freckle. She loves posting on Flickr, I know there’s a blogger in her just trying to get out, would love to get her to blog about vintage clothing!

 We had quite a surprise, when out of the same tree Robin was sitting in, came an American Woodcock! I have never seen one of these long-billed birds before around here before and I think my geeky excitement scared him a bit. At least Robin was able to get some great shots of him.  My photos were really BAD! Thanks Robin!

Here’s another photo from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, fantastic site to do your bird research by the way! They have recorded bird calls too.

After the excitement of our new found bird friend, I was running around photographing anything green.  Love the chartreuse color of the moss,

and the hyacinths springing from the ground.

And of course I had to photograph my two little beauties!

 Little purple wack-a-do!


The photos weren’t over there, I had to photograph some bags for my mom, she is hoping to open an Etsy shop soon…..ahem, I mean I will have to open the shop for her. She is just getting her very first computer tomorrow; Fauna and Araina are prepared to give her lessons. Oh, this is going to be a long weekend!


And the final shot is of my workspace, new blushing Have a Heart Monsters!

Enjoy your weekend!

homemade gifts sewing


Hi all! I’m still here, but a little under the weather. Have had high fevers, achy bones and joints, sore throat and glands, and yada yada yada!  You’re all familiar with the symptoms, don’t need to list more. I promised myself back in January that I would take better care of myself and balance life a little better (hence blogging a little less). So with the computer off, plenty of tea and vitamin C at hand, and getting lots of rest (and an occasional popsicle from Araina) my immune system is starting to fight back.

tea and vitamin c

So, as the house gets messier and the kids get crankier, I have been playing solitaire (a lot of solitaire), watching Greta Garbo movies, listening to the girls read, and watching them play math games (oh boy, Rainy is sore loser). I’ve also been working a little bit on this bunny-


it’s hard to sew when the wrists are hurting from the flu, but I was able to get the long floppy ears done.

Off to bed with a warm cuppa tea and I need to check on the hubby, he seems to be deteriorating as the minutes tick by. Now to keep the little ladies healthy!

Educational toys and books literature poem

our day (including some good links)

After spending the day with friends yesterday, today our time was spent doing-

*Math games from the “Mega-Fun Math Games and Puzzles for the Elementary Grades”  and some math exercises from the Hungarian Mathematics and Enhancement Programme.

*Art and literature (this weekend we will be working on Frida inspired portraits).

fantastic book


*Reading- Fauna is inhaling the Harry Potter series right now; Araina is reading and loving poetry of all kinds- she keeps a book of Robert Louis Stevenson under her pillow to read before she falls asleep and reading it is the first thing she does in the morning.

*Writing in reading journals- both little ladies keep a journal where they record the books they read with a brief synopsis of each book.

*Geography- we are learning about Beatrix Potter, reading her wonderful stories, learning and locating where she is was from. Reading some biographies about her has lead us to learn about cryptography, using a cipher wheel , and writing in code. Very cool woman that Beatrix Potter was!

flags and geography


*Listening to books on CD- Rudyard Kipling stories seem to be the favorite right now.

 *And there is ALWAYS time to create (latch hook today), dance, and play!

latch hook

Enjoy your weekend!


our day

Started today by listening to Martin Luther King’s Freedom speech on our local public radio station; that speech brings me to honest to goodness tears everytime I hear it. The little ladies listened too; we talked about it, but I know it’s really hard for them to understand being so young still. Fauna seemed to understand more than ever though; I’m glad to see her growing in this way. Then the little ladies spent a lot of the day listening to Sweet Honey in the Rock, a tribute in their own little way.

fauna and snowman

The rest of my day was cooking like a mad woman- homemade breads, huge garden salad, and cooked apples. A bland diet is in order because we have been dealing with Fauna and her citrus allergy. This time of year she seems to overdo it with oranges by eating a lot of them. Citric overload for her means a very emotional little girl (cries over every little thing), itchy skin, phlegm buildup, sinus issues, and finally low grade fevers. Not a pretty thing at all. I tell her only one a day, but she sneaks them like an addict. She doesn’t really seem to understand that the foods we eat can cause harm to our systems; even the foods that are good for us. Now, however, after the difficulties of the last few days, I think she is starting to understand this a little more.  So sad to hear her say, “Mommy, why do the foods you love the most cause you the most harm?” Then Dave yells in the background, “moderation is the key Fauna!”  Time for a basic bland diet for her until she is free and clear of the many oranges that have abused her poor little body. HOPEFULLY, she will remember this next year when oranges are in season!



While I was cooking, Charm (top photo) and Pixie (bottom) were lounging and watching the birds at the bird feeder! Oh, the life of a cat!


Tomorrow my sewing machine is on the schedule. I’m starting to get a better understanding of this machine; it will help with the future softies I have doodled on paper right now.

Now signing off to work on a heart and pom pom garland for my Great Aunt’s 100th birthday party. Good evening/morning all!


works in progress

Today was a day of meeting new friends; the wonderful kind of new friends that just click.

And a day for cutting fabric-

51/2 inch squares for bean bags (newest addiction),

bean bag squares

 And hearts for a special 100th birthday party in February.


And the kind of day for admiring beautiful pink sunsets.


Life is good!