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Monthly Archives: December 2016


Central Park in October.♥♥♥♥



I have been feeling very nostalgic for my mom’s cooking and baking lately.  It might be   because of my age that I long for those “good ole days”.

She would bake delicious cookies never having to use a recipe. One cookie that I loved was her Anise cookies which I have not eaten since I was a child.

I searched for a recipe that I thought my mom would use, something simple, but tasty.

Most of the recipes I found asked for rum or brandy…….no that would not do.  We never had fancy liquor in our house, nor would my parents be able to afford to purchase liquor just to use in a recipe.

Luckily, I found a simple recipe on

1 c. butter (softened)                                  1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c.sugar                                                      1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. anise seed

And to make it my own I added about 1/2 tsp. of orange zest.

With mixer beat butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in flour, anise seed, and orange zest. Refrigerate 60 minutes.  Roll flat and cut with cookie cutter. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.  Cool and then  roll in cinnamon and powdered sugar after baking.

♥Love this recipe. The cookies were more of a shortbread type cookie and very good.

I truly don’t remember what my mom’s cookies tasted like, I just know that I loved them.

By the way my hubby , my oldest grandson, and my oldest daughter gave me a 5 star rating on the cookies. My son-in-law, Aaron gave me a 4.7 rating…. hmmm.



Wacky building in Las Vegas.♥♥♥♥



I have many lanterns left over from our youngest daughter’s wedding, so I decided to make a Christmas scene with it. This project is super easy and great as a gift for someone with children.


All you need is the lantern of your choice, glue gun, felt, scissors, miniature garden figures and tiny lights to wrap around the xmas tree. I also bought some teeny tiny pom poms for the tree decorations and then your are ready to start designing your scene.

I also made a big bow to top it off.

It looks magical at night when you turn the lights on.


I put a little red pom pom on the reindeer’s nose.♥♥♥♥

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