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Tree Peonies of 2011

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You may have wondered where I have been.  After fighting off a flu back in April that lingered for several weeks, I took a bit of extra time off to recuperate and do some long needed planning regarding my blog, my website, the knitting patterns, my writing in general, my fine art paintings and photography ... to mention a few items on my mind.  I have also had some on again, off again computer problems over the past two years that have been quite annoying at times and during my recuperation I had to deal with that. With a very...

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The foods that bind us

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I made twenty dozen of these scrumptious cookies to send off to loved ones this Valentine's Day.  A chocolate-based cookie, I used premium bittersweet cocoa powder, doubling the amount the recipe called for.  In addition to a standard dose of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, I added one bag of large Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate morsels so that each cookie would have one or two extra chunks of premium bittersweet chocolate. With other interesting ingredients like whiskey and coffee, these cookies seemed the perfect choice for a Valentine confection. Everyone who received them seemed to agree. I gave my husband his own...

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Happy Valentine's Day

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To all of my readers, thank you so much for your fellowship and interest in the stories I tell and the art that I create. Your emails, comments, and feedback are heartwarming and encouraging. You are special Valentines to me ... I just thought you would want to know that. Have a beautiful day. ~firefly

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Purple Heart - A Treasury at Etsy

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A great way to help bring attention to a favorite Etsy shop or item is to create your own Treasury list ...

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The Advent of Santa: Day 1

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Sunday my baby grand-daughter helped me unpack my Santa collection and set the jolly old elves out around the house.  We set quite a few of them all along the window sash frames in the four dinning room windows facing our barn. Others, we sat and stood all along the fireplace mantle in our sitting room.  A few others we placed on the tops of floor cabinets, hutches, and a knee wall. After they were all arranged we counted them up ... 43 in all--I didn't realize I had that many so far. I started collecting them when my children...

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