Friday’s Fave Five – Week 4, 2014

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 FFF birds on a wire“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” Because I want my gratitude to be huge too, I am looking through last week and sharing 5 favorite gratitudes. Join other gratitude hunters at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.


One. My son’s birthday. I am proud of and love this silly, responsible, loving, teasing, 31-year-old man. We had pizza, German chocolate cake, and an apple crumble pie (with a dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free crust) as our party foods.  I loved every minute of celebrating Tim and being with the family.

My silly boy wouldn't cooperate with taking photos. Still we had a lot of laughs.

My silly boy wouldn’t cooperate with taking photos. Still we had a lot of laughs.













Two. Baby time. I got to babysit my granddaughter in the morning before the party. We took a long walk. Then I went to the bilingual play group at the library with my daughter-in-love and my granddaughter. We ended our time with lunch.

My almost 1 year old loves playing with the scarves during free play.

My almost 1 year old loves playing with the scarves during free play.













Three. Crafting. My daughter and I even got to have “special” time. We transformed some tea cups into candle holders. Go here to see what we did. My daughter’s upstairs neighbor joined in the conversation. Soon the 3 of us will make more candles.

This is my my completed project. A friend, Reggie Williams, did me the favour of taking a photo.

This is my completed project. A friend, Reggie Williams, did me the favour of taking a photo.













Four. Tea series. I learned that January is “Hot Tea Month.” I have a LOT of tea in my tea drawer. So I decided to drink a new tea every day (from that drawer) and write about that and the mug/ tea-cup I drink it from. I am also doing “crafty” things too, like hand-sewing tea bags, making a candle in a tea-cup, and making lemon cream cheese mints. Check back as there are more crafty things to come. It has been fun and I am drinking my backlog of tea.

One of my favourite teas (Tazo Zen) in a mug I brought back from New Zealand.

One of my favourite teas is Tazo Zen, It is in a favourite mug which I brought back from New Zealand.














Five. Cookie of the month. Marsha has a plan to bake a new cookie each month. I like that plan so I horned in on her idea. We baked Marshmallow-Lemon Snowdrifts. This cookie is a WINNER. I am freezing one to see how it is. If it passes the taste-test, I will freeze at least 7 of them for our annual tea.  We ended the evening by watching World War Z. That was my first zombie movie. Great evening.

These marshmallow lemon snowdrift cookies are so delicious esp since we made the sugar cookies from scratch.

These marshmallow lemon snowdrift cookies are so delicious especially since we made the sugar cookies from scratch. I like how we piped on the frosting better than the original recipe’s directions.

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  • 1. Faith  |  . at .

    Oh yay…I can comment again!! Have missed you!! LOVE that candle in a teacup. I prefer coffee mugs and collect them from new places we’ve been….have done so since we met in 1989. But my mom left us several tea cups so now I have your idea to share with my sisters!! Thanks!! A happy belated bday to your boy and how fun you got to spend the day with your granddaughter…she is adorable!!! Happy weekend and God bless!!


  • 2. Joyful Reader  |  . at .

    What a great idea for that beautiful tea cup! I just came from Willow who enticed me with some pictures of wonderful looking fruit. Now you are tempting me with yummy looking cookies! Goodness! What’s a girl to do! I enjoyed all the pictures! Hope you have a blessed day!


  • 3. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    Love that quote from Piglet!

    Happy birthday to your son! Sounds like a great time celebrating.

    My kids used to love library play times. I hope I get to take our grandson to some – after he is born and old enough, of course. 🙂

    Those cookies look yummy.


  • 4. ellen b  |  . at .

    Love the Piglet quote! We had some things in common this week. What a fun candle project. Those cookies look fabulous!
    Have a lovely weekend.


  • 5. Catladymarsha  |  . at .

    The cookies are amazing and delicious. So glad our first foray into the world of new cookie recipes was so successful. We will have something to hold onto later when one or two are flops 🙂 great evening with a great friend.


  • 6. miaslovetree  |  . at .

    I love that quote from A.A. Milne! How precious. Happy Birthday to your son! And what a fun idea to sew your own tea pouches… I will definitely have to try that. My favorite tea is Murchie’s Earl Grey- my hubby buys me a pack each Christmas and I stretch it through the year. :o)


  • 7. Susanne  |  . at .

    Happy birthday to your son! I love candles in pretty tea cups! So pretty. And that cookie looks delicious!


  • 8. Kathie  |  . at .

    I have a teacup candle too – they’re sweet. I love your Cookie of the Month idea – and I’m checking out that recipe. It looks delicious.

    Cute little grandgirlie!

    I have a 31 teasing son too 🙂 Happy Birthday to yours!


  • 9. Laura Lee Groves  |  . at .

    Wow — you’re chockfull of good ideas here today. I didn’t know it was Hot Tea Month! And those lemon cookies…mmm. I love me a good Pooh quote. Hope you have a great week ahead!!


  • 10. Willow  |  . at .

    Hot Tea month! I hadn’t heard. I shall join in these last days of January with great excitement 🙂
    Love the Piglet quote!


  • 11. nikkipolani  |  . at .

    Heeeey, what a fun idea for tea cups! I had a bunch that got donated to my aunt’s garage sale. She planted some tiny succulents in them and they sold well, too. Glad you had some good times with family. That silly son makes for great photos 😉



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