The perfect recipe for Sand Tarts.

Sand Tarts Recipe

Today I’m sharing a tried and true recipe for Sand Tarts. They are one of my favorite cookies to make during the holidays, not too sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Getting out the vintage flour sifter takes me back to age of six, standing on a chair, helping my mom make cookies.  My favorite part was measuring the ingredients, then I lost interest until the cookies came out of the oven.

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Be My Valentine

A simple old-fashioned wish, “Be my Valentine” and a Valentine wreath with a twist.


Be My Valentine Chalkboard


On the front door is a heart wreath with an argyle look. With the fun seafaring colors, it can stay up long past Valentine’s Day.


Front Door




I love argyle patterns almost as must as I love plaid, and that’s saying something. The last few years, I’ve made several different versions of this wreath with fall leaves, hearts and diamond shapes. The color combinations and holiday themes could be endless.

Supplies for this project:

  • Styrofoam wreath
  • Indigo blue yarn
  • Natural cotton string
  • Baby pink and royal blue felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots or low-temp glue gun

This project comes together so quick.  First wrap the wreath with yarn making sure the strands are tight and close together.


Wrapping yarn around the wreath


Next make a pattern for the hearts and trace around the pattern with a marker on the felt.


Heart shapes


After cutting out the heart shapes, arrange them on the wreath. Once the desired pattern is set, secure the felt hearts with a few glue dots, which hold instantly.  I’m very  impressed with glue dots and didn’t even know they existed until recently. Obviously, I need to get out more.


Argyle pattern


Lastly, wrap the cotton string across the hearts to form the argyle pattern.


Hearts and white cotton string


Valentine Wreath on Shelf


I took a few photos with the wreath propped on a shelf for a side view of the hearts.


Valentine Wreath Side View


Wreath with a bow


The bow is optional.  I prefer the masculine look but you may fancy a wide delicate bow. Either way just have fun with it.


Pretty bow and wreath


Happy Valentine’s Day!



St. Valentine’s Day

I have been saving these vintage Valentine stickers and Valentine card for a while.  I found them while cleaning out my dad’s things a few years ago.  It was a daunting task going through boxes of papers, letters and photos. Some of the memorabilia dated back three generations, which was a remarkable adventure. I really thought I would  find some hidden secret or a rare postage stamp worth a million dollars. No such luck. As it turned out, the treasures I found were all sentimental.


Envelope Stickers

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Say Cheese

Cheese trays are such a delight to create.  Deciding on the cheese to serve is only half the fun.   I love exploring new varieties but always leave room for one or two of my revered favorites. I almost consider cheese to be its very own food group. What could be better than a great bottle of wine, a baguette and cheese!

Party Ready

When surveying the cheese counter, I think about varying the flavors and textures.  Then I imagine how each cheese will pair and mingle with other accompaniments, such as fruit, nuts, bread or crackers.

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Scotland Memories

The B&B Moyness House in Inverness was perfectly charming with Victorian accents, interesting nooks, beautiful moulding, a coal-burning fireplace and large windows. We found the sitting room to be very comfy. It was a perfect spot for writing in our journals since we wanted to capture every detail of our trip. The Highland breakfast was amazing as promised. After three mornings of the best fresh eggs, bacon and vegetables imaginable, it was time to pack the car and head to Edinburgh.

Moines House B&B

Moyness House B&B

Did I forget to mention, the one thing I absolutely didn’t want to do was rent a car?! Turns out, even though the train ride from Edinburgh to Inverness would have been fascinating, the car thing (driving on the wrong side) wasn’t so bad.  I’m pretty sure I scared my daughter way more than any other drivers in Scotland and ultimately she took over that responsibility!  Score one for Miss Daisy!

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone! The air was very steamy this morning when my wheaten, Sandy and I set out for our walk. Before long I felt like my tongue was hanging out too, but we were quickly dazzled by many of our neighbor’s doors decorated for the 4th with flags waving.

Front porch on the 4th of July

Front porch on the 4th of July

I’m finally sharing how the stars and stripes letter, (I previously posted about in May) looks on my front door.  Continue reading