Archive for November, 2008

The most dangerous cake recipe!

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

A friend of mine has just sent me this divine idea and I HAVE to share it with one and all!


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour  in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any
time of the day or night!

Just when you thought you were easing off Thanksgiving!   Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for Giving

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

As we approach my favorite holiday of any year, I am reminded of how truly generous the human spirit can be.  We hear the negative, the frightening, the dark news about troubled times.  I think what we forget is that as long as there has been man on earth, there have always been challenges.  They simply take on different forms.  Imagine living through the Plague, the Holocaust, the Hundred Years War, but the human spirit triumphed, rebounded, and came back strong.

Let’s all remember that on Thanksgiving, and on every day, there is still much to be thankful for, and much to give one another.  I have had many blessings in my life from people who helped my family through difficult periods.  There are those I never even met, but I knew that I had been the fortunate recipient of their grace.  So, thanks to all of you for giving to me in so many ways, and may we have a peaceful day tomorrow, a day with friends and family, a day of gratitude for what we DO have, and not a day of sorrow for what we don’t have.

It’s beginning to look a lot like updates!

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Yes, oh yes!  Spooky Time Jingles is updating TWICE in December!  Once is just not enough for us, so check us out December 1 AND December 13!  Wow!  Imagine how much fun December is going to be!

Here’s a look at my little Santa bells for December 1!  Enjoy!

Is there love at first sight?

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Is there love at first sight?  You betcha, according to Denis Leary.  I don’t know how many of you are fans of this actor, stand-up comedian, writer, activist, and all around interesting guy.  He recently starred in Recount, about the 2000 election, and he has been the writer, creator, and star in the series Rescue Me, about real life, love, and woes in the New York City fire department.

This piece was on my homepage today, and for all of his laughter and sarcasm, he is also a man with a fierce love for his wife.  Enjoy reading this article and I bet you smile and sigh after you read it!  I sure did!

Christmas show pics!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

At long last!  I am back from the show, and am posting some pictures of my booth and pieces.  I did the Richmond Christmas Craftsmen’s Classic – a Gilmore Shows production, and had a terrific time!  I EVEN met Santa on Sunday afternoon!  A REAL Santa!  No fake hair and beard!  The real thing!  I had to remind him that I would be going to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with Matthew and Joan, and he had to promise to find me!  He said he would!  Way to go, Santa!

These are a couple of pictures of my booth…….then……a few shots of the banners……..

and then…

It was a fun show, and I made a lot of new friends, and new contacts.  if you are interested in anything you see, or want more pictures of my work, just email me at:  !  Enjoy!

What an amazing journey! Our American story!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

As I write this tonight, I am still in a state of shock about our election!  Good shock!  Great shock!  And let me tell you why…….

I am a daughter of the South.   I remember the segregated water fountains, rest rooms, the whites only signs, the angry voices of those who would keep things as they were, and never look forward.  My mother was the sweetest soul on earth, and through her quiet strength, I learned to revere the essence of what is inside each man and woman, and not what is on the outside.

I was a junior in high school in 1960, in Alexandria, Virginia, when my high school was integrated.  There were 1200 students that year, and only one was an African American.  He was one year behind me, so I did not have classes with him, but occasionally I saw him in the halls and wondered at his fortitude.

When I graduated from college, I taught French in Fairfax County, (suburban Washington, D.C.) in an intermediate school – seventh and eighth graders, in the building which had been the all-black high school until Fairfax was fully integrated, and my principal, Taylor Williams, had been the principal of that high school.  He was a prince of a man, so wise and so insightful.  He had become part of the change that was on the move so many years ago.

Fast forward to my son’s second grade in elementary school, here in Virginia Beach, Virginia.   He came home on the first day of school that September, and told me that Mrs. Garvin was “the most beautiful woman I have ever seen, Mommy – except for you!”  When I asked him to describe her, he said she had dark brown eyes, and hair just like mine – which was quite curly at the time.  It wasn’t until Back to School night that I met Mrs. Garvin, and discovered that she was African American.  I was so proud of Matthew that it never occurred to him to describe her in terms of her race, but rather how beautiful she was!

And now, tonight, we have just elected our first African American president!!!!!!!!!  I am simply overwhelmed that I have lived to see this, and more importantly, that our nation has seen fit and has the courage to take this step.  Regardless of what anyone believes about political policies, think about this momentous occasion!  Think what this says about Americans as a people to move to this point in our history!  I think this says to us and to the world that we CAN get things right, that we can finally look past the exterior to that content of character which Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently described.  Perhaps this can be a signal for all of us to try to work for the betterment of all citizens, and not a select few of our peers.  Imagine if we devote time to cooperating, instead of name calling; to helping others instead of trying to outdo others; to recognizing that what is within each one of us is so much more important than how we appear on the outside!  What a wonderful world this would be………..