Today at the library where I work, a patron read my name tag and then asked if I’d been brought in for St. Patrick’s day. Yup. All Coleens must pass a rigorous mascot training. It’s not enough to have the Gaelic name or the Irish heritage. There’s tons of other factors. Other (mostly) Irish things about me that are maybe not so obvious.  I eat St. Patty’s Day themed treats. (Although, I also do the same for most other holidays.)… Read more »

Honestly, I hesitated over the word fun in my blog title. Like lots of people (who aren’t kids) I’m kind of done with winter. But we’ve got another snow day here in central Virginia. And just as nature teased us with some thaw. I decided not to wear my boots this day. Soaked my sneakers and socks. I was just a tad too optimistic. But I have been finding some fun (I am, a kid at heart, I suppose). A… Read more »

Brr. It’s not officially winter yet, but it’s been cold. So I’m offering you some merry and bright stuff. You know, for lifting smiles and warming hearts.  Sweater weather. Cookie accessories! I’ve been cozying up to the warm oven baking. Did you know there’s a difference between dutch process cocoa and regular baking cocoa? I think it was Ina Garten who said, Once you go dutch, you never go back (but don’t quote me on that). I tried dutch cocoa… Read more »