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Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.


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Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe

by Lexie
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to try some homemade shamrock shakes. They were really easy to make and judging by how quickly my family consumed them, they taste just as good as the original!
Homemade Shamrock Shakes
makes two 12-ounce servings
Ingredients:
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 to 1-1/4 [...]

You Won’t See These Valentines on Pinterest

When I asked the younger kids what they wanted to make for their valentine holders, Lily said a panda, of course. Will thought for a moment then said, “How about a guy’s head with a really big mouth to put stuff in?” No problem.
So this is Will’s Not-Ready-for-Pinterest valentine holder. If I told you Will [...]

Morning Star and Weekend Links

Your moment of winter zen: the waning crescent moon and Venus, the morning star. Thank you, Tim!
And thank you all so much for listening to me fuss about my cold yesterday. I talked to a friend last night and was glad to hear I’m not the only one who takes getting sick so personally. Strong [...]

Groundhog Day / Go-to Frosting

I realized it was Groundhog Day at about 8 o’clock this morning when I looked at the calendar. Whoops.
I probably would have just gone on with the day without mentioning it, but since we didn’t have anywhere to be this afternoon and Tim has the kind of cold that makes you want to hunker down [...]

Make: Double Happiness Symbol for Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year celebrations started yesterday, but I’m hoping it’s not too late to share a fun project with you. (The party lasts for two weeks, so we’re good, right?)
Paper-cutting is very popular in China, so Lily and I thought it would be fun to introduce the art form to her class during our [...]

Chinese New Year Cookies

by Lexie
Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Happy New Year!) In honor of the Chinese New Year, Lily and I whipped up a batch of Chinese Almond Cookies. These cookies, similar in texture to the sugar cookie but with a distinct almond flavor, symbolize coins and are said to bring good fortune during the New Year! The [...]

Make: Chinese Year of the Horse Printable Chopstick Covers

Last week we shared a Chinese Year of the Horse necklace DIY and today we have an easy project that would be fun for all ages. To make your Year of the Horse chopstick covers, all you have to do is print out the Year of the Horse Chopstick Holders pdf, color the horses, cut them out, [...]

Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse Necklaces

I’m so excited to share this Chinese New Year project with you because it features original artwork by Lexie! The girls and I sat down to brainstorm a fun way to celebrate the Year of the Horse and we came up with the idea of a necklace.
So while Lily and I dug through our art [...]

Chinese New Year: Ruby’s Wish

With the festivities starting in a little more than two weeks, I wanted to share our favorite Chinese New Year book with you. Ruby’s Wish, by Shirin Yim Bridges, is the story of young girl living in China in the early 1900s, whose greatest wish is to attend a university. I don’t want to give [...]

Christmas Favorites

Happy Epiphany! Since it’s still officially the Christmas season (for a few more minutes, anyway), is it all right if I share some of our favorite things from Christmas this year?
First up are these Gingerbread Cities from Better Homes and Gardens. We made one for ourselves and a few to give away. They took some [...]

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