I have a confession to make: I hate balloons. Yes, those brightly colored staples of any child’s birthday party. Yes, those bringers of happiness to hospital rooms the world over. Yes, those orbs that bob along cheerily affixed to mailboxes so you don’t miss the turn to the high school grad’s house. Those balloons.
Hate ‘em.Read More
It’s been a little over a year since my Grandma Viv passed away and I can’t stop thinking about the things she taught me. I posted last year on her birthday a short list for fun (read it HERE) and I wanted to add to that list with this series of pictures. These are recipe advice cards she gave me for my wedding (I have them from several other people too!). Each one showcases her wit and wisdom. As a bonus, I’ve included two recipes from Grandma Viv.Read More
"I think we are headed into a trap," Macy said in a low voice. Hershey looked at her with a strange look, as though he admired her intelligence.Read More
The sun was just beginning to creep over the edge of the world when they came in sight of the gates of Kandy Kastle.
"Oh," Macy gasped. "It's so beautiful!" The sun glinted off sparkling candy jewels which were set in row after row along the walls of the castle. The reds, blues, greens, and yellows were so brilliant and cheerful, Macy forgot there was danger ahead.Read More
After an eternity, or maybe it was just twenty minutes, Prince Hershey came to the clearing again.
"They're all asleep," he announced as worked to get his father's cage open. King Kandy slumped against his son in relief.Read More
"Bazooka!" Lily, Frostine, Alexander, and Mr. Mint all gasped, shocked at the sight of Prince Bazooka clearly in charge of the evil camp. Anna and Macy covered their mouths, their eyes wide. So this was Prince Bazooka, the man Lily was engaged to. He stood tall and proud among them, not concerned about their shock or horror. His blue shirt complimented his dark complexion and his dark hair, which were a contrast to his fair sister. His eyes flashed with a hardened look.Read More
Around lunchtime they reached the most beautiful lake that Macy had ever seen. It was sparkling blue, and surrounded by purple rock. Not too far from shore Macy spotted a small island with a gazebo. Peter noticed her looking at it.Read More
The lollipop trees were grouped in colors much like a rainbow. They traveled through a red grove which blended into an orange group which in turn blended with yellow and so on. The areas where the trees began changing color were Anna's favorite. These lollipops swirled the previous color with the next.Read More
"Don't just stand there gawking," the old woman said, breaking Macy's reverie. "Come in and tell me who you are." They dutifully filed in and Macy gave her usual introduction speech, this time finishing with,Read More
"So after you solved the mystery of who killed Mr. Boddy, you set out after us?" Anna was getting a little tired of how long it was taking to hear this story. She just wanted to know how the boys had shown up at just the right time to save the rest of them. Cargo cleared his throat.Read More
"It looks like it was made for you," Joe said, approvingly. "Aim straight and true, don't flinch, in life or in combat." And with that blessing the group left the small clearing by the cabin.Read More
When the weapons were ready, they all reconvened under the spreading tree.
"Okay, weapons are as good as they're gonna be. What else can we do to prepare?" Macy asked the group.Read More
They survived the ninjas, they crossed the pass, and they didn't meet any gummy bears. A late dinner that night in their camp turned into a celebration.Read More
They needed that bag. No way around it, they had to take the risk.Read More
Macy faced the final ninja. She unclasped the cape her mother had given her and twirled it in front of her like a bullfighter. She hoped it would distract the ninja and catch the nunchuck, keeping the weapon away from her body. The ninja flicked the nunchuck, catching the green fabric.Read More
The group that headed out that next morning was an unusual and colorful crew. Mr. Mint took up the front position with his horse and cart loaded with peppermint sticks. Next came Starlight and Anna. Jolly jangled and clanked in the middle with his over loaded donkey, and Macy and Peter brought up the rear. They hoped to reach Gumdrop Mountains that afternoon, spend the night at Jolly's and then cross the pass the next day.Read More
Jolly's donkey was every bit as short and round as his owner. Anna wondered how he could even stand up with Jolly on his back. Jolly had also packed several bags which hung from various places on him and his donkey. When the donkey moved the bags clunked and rattled, making a funny kind of music for their journey.Read More
"Oh, Mr. Mint!" Macy breathed. "Oh, it's terrible. Horrible. Who would do this?" The forest had abruptly ended. There before them lay the remains of hundreds and hundreds of peppermint trees. The shattered trunks and fallen branches scattered across the ground in a haphazard fashion. Here and there were patches where some of the branches were stacked in a pile as if someone attempted to begin the cleanup, and then gave up. Mr. Mint's face had that fierce look on it again.Read More
"W-w-what do you think it is?" She stammered out.
"I don't know," Anna whispered, swallowing hard. "Stand strong. Be brave." To Macy it sounded as if Anna were trying to convince herself to do just that.Read More