Happy Holidays

 I've been dreaming of a white Hawaiian Christmas. It's been too long since I've kept up with the blog. There just doesn't seem to be enough time for everything in our lives right now. Happy Belated Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all.


Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Samantha's fave!!)

7-9 minutes per pan. One batch makes about 36 cookies. Bake at 400 degrees.

Preheat oven. Combine & whisk the following ingredients in bowl #1:
2.5 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Bowl #2:
1 cup room temp margarine (or 1/2 c margarine & 1/2 cup Crisco)
1 1/2 cup firm packed brown sugar
Cream by mixer, add bowl #1 ingredients, combine.

1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 pkg chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Drop by melon baller on a lightly greased pan. Silpat or freezer paper would also work.
Enjoy! This recipe has been in my family for years, it's not something I developed & would certainly give credit if I knew where it originated from.


RSVP B&W Block Request

It's that time of year again...
RSVP is in search of black and white 12.5 inch (12" finished) blocks in your choice of patterns. This first block is one of the free patterns I recently featured on FREE {quilt} BLOCK FRIDAY on Twitter. It's a Craftsy free project & it's a fun one! Check it out here: Craftsy.com. If you'd like to catch the free patterns of the week, be sure to follow retrogirl02 on twitter.

RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is in need of blocks for charity quilts and the annual quilt raffle. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact me for more info at heatherL 02 (zero two) at yahoo dot com or check out some of the previous RSVP posts on this blog here. You'll find links to free patterns, information about the organization and see previous reader donations, too. 

Happy Piecing,
Heather =)


Summer Sweets

A new stack of 30s prints for the stash "Aunt Grace in a Pickle" has inspired me 
to do some sewing room re-arranging.

One of these days I might even be able to use them in a quilt...but not until I dig my current projects out and get sewing!

The strawberries have just about finished blooming. We had about 10 pounds of fruit just from the side garden so far. DH has been enjoying his nutritious strawberries in pie form. Personally, I think they're best straight from the garden.

Best Wishes,


Return to Normalcy

 I've always felt at home in the kitchen and have to say, 
the past couple of years trying to decode the mysteries of 
gluten-free flours and additives has been so frustrating, I quit trying. 

Until now.

A return to normalcy. 

Just baking like it used to be. 

Simple & comforting.


*psst!* let's keep this between us----I didn't tell the family it was GF----and they had no idea!

I'm picking up a few more Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mixes 
to whip up some more loaves for the freezer. 

You never know when unexpected guests will pop by. 

If you have any gluten-free recipes that work for your family, please feel free to link or email me at heatherl02 (L zero two) at yahoo dot com

Best Wishes,

PS-------these would make GREAT teacher's gifts, don't you think?

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.