Book love!

I’m getting ready to write a review of this absolutely delightful new board-book by Susanna Hill, whose talent is huge as her heart! If you know or have little ones in your life, I wholeheartedly recommend this as a gift for them!




It’s hard to share sometimes…but imagine being the dinosaur toy being fought over. It feels the love, man. I want to be the dinosaur being fought over. LOL!

I have sketched very much lately, I know, but knitting is much easier and more useful in the end.


An interview at Traci Bold’s blog with my super talented critique partner…and she’s giving away a great prize that you won’t want to miss if you write, especially if you write poetry!


With Children’s Author & Poet Renée M. LaTulippe

Friday, January 5, 2018 

The ABC song is one of the first fun songs we teach our children to sing. Why? Because the alphabet is the backbone for learning to read and write. For some people, reading and writing is not fun at all. 

My new series, ABC’S OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD, offers a new way to have fun with the alphabet. Every week, a children’s author, illustrator, literary agent, or editor will share their “top of the head” answers to the ABC category list they were given, A to Z. Following their answers, I ask a few questions to gain a little insight into their world.Renee

Feel free to play along—maybe your answers off the top of your head will match theirs. Enjoy!

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Rhyming picture books are the hardest picture books to write well. Why? Today’s contestant…

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New Year, new game plan

I’ve been told that my illustrations aren’t quite ready for books. And yet, hmmm…

This top piece is one that I did back in early 2017.


The second photo is from a book I found at the library a couple of weeks ago called “Magnets Push, Magnets Pull” by David Adler, illustrated by Anna Raff. It looks like she used the same inexpensive Sketches Pro app that I did.


Not a whole lot of difference that I can discern unless I’m missing something.

So maybe instead of thinking I’m not good enough, I should send out postcards to art directors and let them decide. That (not baseball) is my new game plan.

No stollen for you!

I discovered that I didn’t have candied peel already made in the freezer so I made panettone instead. I’ve been meaning to try that anyway.


It’s a bit lopsided but still tasty.

Then I ended up making candied peels so that I’m ready for the usual stollen making next year.

Panettone is nice but I miss the almond paste in stollen.

Have you ever had or tried making either one?

Merry…Jeopardy contestant…? #drawing

I never finished a piece of art I meant to post for Christmas so I thought I would just post the digital sketch I did of Friday night’s Jeopardy winner. She was a bubbly lady, like champagne! 😀

Nothing says the holidays like gingerbread

For those of us who are too lazy to make amazing gingerbread sculptures but whose spouses love gingerbread, there is this tasty recipe to the rescue. (Well, tasty for hubby anyway; me, I prefer shortbread cookies or tiramisu.)

Hope you’ll give it a try!


In place of pecans or walnuts, I’ve been known to throw in pepitas, sunflower seeds, or almonds…pretty much anything nut or seed like. 😀


Before going in the oven.


Fresh outta the oven!

Passionfruit jelly? A first for me

A few years ago, hubby decided to grow Passiflora incarnata, a passionfruit native to North America. The plant is as prolific as rabbits–not only cloning itself by sending out runners into the lawn, but also pops out more fruits than we can possibly eat. We mostly gave away the fruits the first couple of years. Good thing we know people who actually like them. But this year, I was determined to do something with them.

As usual, hubby picked several large bagfuls. We saved one of the bags…

The skin is easily tearable. Giant fleshy seeds, much like pomegranate seeds, fill the entire inner cavity.

If you peel off the outer cover just right, you can see the whole preserved pod of seeds.

I scraped all the seeds into a pot and covered them with water. Then I cooked them up and juiced them using a sieve and cheesecloth.

After that, I followed a standard recipe for making jelly and canned 5 jars.

It’s not too bad, though it tastes more like apple jelly than passionfruit jelly. The tropical flavor was lacking, possibly because of it being cooked up.

Would I make it again? Maybe. Perhaps the next time, I’ll try juicing them by soaking them in water only and not boiling it (except in making the jelly). I sent a jar to a friend and we have 4 jars to eat and I will make up my mind by the end, I think.