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Lovely List | Easter Roundup

We’re home and it feels so good. I missed this place despite the rain and gray skies. I still cannot quite get used to a rainy Easter, but it’s fun to brighten it up with pretty things. Here are some of my favorite Easter bits from around the web.

DIY eggs from silk neckties. Pretty incredible.

Vibrant DIY eggs with Rit dye.

DIY speckled eggs.

Wooden bunnies.

Paper bunnies.

DIY cloth bunny puppets.

Make your own bunny kit.

A very sweet bunny bowl for the wee one.

Spring pudding from delightful Sweet Paul Magazine.

Hot cross buns glazed with apricot jam (pictured above) are always a favorite. Or, possibly an apple oven pancake?

I just can’t resist sweet bunny cookies.

A pretty pink necktie for the ladies. And, one really sweet bow for the wee one too.

Scalloped white shoes.

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The Lovely List | Happy Trails

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We’re still on the road so it only seems appropriate to do a travel themed list for you this week. I’m sorry I’m a little late with this one! xo

good book to read on the plane.  This chef memoir looks wonderful as well.

A cool travel pillow and blanket set.

Cookies for munching. Peanut butter ones too.

Cute, comfy, and affordable shoes. I love so many of them!

A good looking and functional travel bag. I have (and love) this classic one too.

Sewing kit. Handy dandy.

A gorgeous luggage tag.

I hate when the dirty laundry and clean clothes mingle in my suitcase. Problem solved.

A travel-themed toy for the wee one. Here’s another sweet one.

Also, for the wee one– my favorite travel snack containers.

I could go on about things for the kids, but that’s another post.

Happy travels!

 

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The Lovely List

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Anything fun?  We are going out on Wednesday night to avoid the crowds. I’m not sure where we are going. It’s a surprise. Hooray for sweet husbands! Hooray for baby-sitters!

Here are a few last minute lovey links.

How about downloading some adorable temporary tattoos? 

Printable valentines can be found here. Whew!

Whip up some heart candy? How about marshmallows? Or, truffles?

DIY heart elbow patches.

 A photo series for lovers.

Alright, I’m all out of Valentine’s Day suggestions. Let’s just talk about some cool things I found this week.

The most adorable top and bloomers for a wee little girl.

I will be using this list next month to eat dim sum in San Francisco.

Wow. Papercuts.

Kids grow so fast. Put your baby clothes shopping on autopilot.

A favorite new etsy store with the sweetest little things for babies.

What do you know? What a great application.

An amazing photographic website for anyone who ever wanted to fly.

These are amazon’s top picks for 2011 children’s picture books. Each one is a gem.

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

The Man in the Moon

Press Here

Tumford the Terrible

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Grandpa Green This one is so wonderfully imaginative and beautiful!

Llama Llama Home with Mama

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Homemade Candy for Valentines | Peppermint Hearts

homemade candy recipe

I used to share office space with a woman who decorated her desk for the seasons. In the springtime, there were lots of stuffed white bears clutching colorful hard plastic eggs. At Thanksgiving, there was always a smattering of multi-colored leaves tucked into between tiny stuffed animals adorned in pilgrim attire. During the December holiday season, you would find the typical santas and elves along with much tinsel. There was always lots of tinsel.

My colleague didn’t discriminate. She seemed to appreciate all the holidays equally. It didn’t matter whether the holiday was religious or one created by a greeting card company.  I suppose this egalitarian approach is sort of admirable, but I imagine most people are not at all like this. Am I silly to think nearly everyone picks and choses their favorite holidays? It seems more realistic. I know folks who just adore Christmas and can’t wait for Thanksgiving to end so they can light up their houses like the Las Vegas strip. I have neighbors who blow up an enormous leprechaun for their lawn every St. Patrick’s Day. There are also a surprising number of people in Seattle who celebrate the summer solstice by cycling naked through the streets of Seattle.

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If you think I’m kidding about that last one, I am not. I was once accidentally caught up in the parade while riding my bike to the farmer’s market. I was entirely clothed, but taunted for appearing so. It was horrible. I like summer, but I don’t celebrate the solstice and I don’t ride my bike or go out in public without clothing. Quite honestly, I am a Thanksgiving girl. I love food and I can’t imagine anything better than cooking and eating with friends all day long. Oh, well, I suppose an entire week of cooking and eating might be better if one could somehow avoid the inevitable tummy trouble, which results from such indulgence.

homemade peppermint candy

The point I am making concerns the holiday that is rapidly approaching. It’s Valentine’s Day. And, for some of you, Valentine’s Day is your day. It’s Thanksgiving for lovers. I get it and I think it’s wonderful. Love is certainly a good thing to celebrate.

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I didn’t decorate my house in hearts or wear a appliqued cupid sweatshirt this week, but I didn’t forget you lovebirds. I made something special for you and the rest of your Valentine’s Day gang. I really hope you like them. They’re pretty. They’re pink and, of course, they are shaped like lovely little hearts. These candy peppermint hearts are sure to induce warm feelings in even the biggest Valentine’s Day crumudgeons. I just know it. They’re smooth and utterly sweet. If you are a candy addict like me, I know you’ll appreciate them.

If Valentines Day isn’t your thing, I understand. You will still enjoy these candies. You can make them for any holiday. Cut them into triangles, shamrocks or stars. They will be delicious any day of the week.

homemade candy recipe

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Peppermint Candy Hearts

2 tblsp. salted butter

2 tblsp. vegetable shortening

3 tblsp. warm water

5 cups sifted confectioners sugar

2 drops of red food color

1/4 tsp. oil of peppermint

Combine butter, shortening, 2 tblsp. warm water and 2 cups of the confectioners sugar in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the remaining sugar and 1 tablespoon warm water. Mix. (You might need to add 1 tablespoon more confectioners sugar if the mixture is not stiff enough to roll out.

Dilute the 2 drops of food coloring in teaspoon of water. Pour the coloring into the sugar mixture and mix until the batter is pink. Add the oil of peppermint. Mix again.

Roll out the dough onto a surface lightly dusted with the confectioners sugar. It should be rolled until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Cut it into shapes and lay them flat for about 2 hours to dry and form.

Store in an airtight container. The recipe makes about 42 hearts.

Adapted from Homemade Candy

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