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love is in the air


In the form of yummy treats and Valentine’s Day decorations.


Speaking of Valentine’s Day, here are some gift ideas for your honey:

1. This sweet pair of mugs from Barnes & Noble:

love mugs

2. Valentine’s Day Barbie.


Did you even know there was such a thing?

3.  How about this heart-shaped tea cup and saucer set?

tea cups

4.  This Rhinestone Heart Journal caught my eye as well.

rhinestone journal

5.  This book entitled, “10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage.”

great dates book

Looking back through the list, I guess it’s really more what your honey could get you because pretty much only women read this blog.  And I’m quite sure your man will not want a Valentine’s Day Barbie.  In that case, you could make cookies.


Jam Rings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • JAM FILLING (ingredients & recipe below)


  1. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and salt into the mixture and stir until combined. Halve the dough, shape into balls, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough and roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Cut out cookies with 2-1/4-inch cutter and place half of them on baking sheet, spaced well apart. Using a 1-1/2-inch round cutter, cut out the centers of the remaining cookies and remove, then place the cookie rings on the other baking sheet, spaced well apart.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes, then brush the cookie rings with beaten egg white and sprinkle with superfine sugar. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes, or until light golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. To make the jam filling, place 4 Tbsp. of softened butter and 1 cup confectioners' sugar in a large bowl and beat together until smooth. Spread the filling over the whole cookies and top with a small amount of warmed jam (you'll need about 5 Tbsp. of seedless raspberry jam to have enough for every cookie). Place the cookie rings on top and press gently together.
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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

Welcome to our first edition of 5 Fun Things Friday on the new blog! [You’ll find older editions by clicking HERE.]

1. While I don’t normally use a stylus for my iPhone, I might if I had this one!


Click HERE for purchasing details.

2. Big Bang Theory enthusiasts will love this one:

soft kitty, warm kitty

It even sings “Soft Kitty” when it’s paw is pressed! Click HERE to learn more.

3. This new 8×8 “love” album from Creative Memories.

8x8 love coverset

Click HERE for details.

4. Kozy Shack Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding.

kozy shack

I found it at Cub Foods. You can zap it in the microwave for a few seconds to serve it warm.

5. My teen is a huge fan of ZigTech shoes and recently discovered that you could customize your own pair.  (Check out my design below.)

my design

Just click HERE and scroll down to the lower right of the screen to begin.

Happy Friday!!!

Jodie McLagan - February 3, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Hi Tina – I love the new website! Checked out the “Soft Kitty”, watched the short video clip – hillarious! But, I have a friend who might actually enjoy “Soft Kitty”. Is the bread pudding tasty? Blessings on your day ~ Jodie

Tina - February 3, 2012 - 2:24 pm

I sampled my first cup yesterday; heated it up & the caramel was a little watery (vs. gooey). Aside from that, it tasted just like homemade!

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quick & easy curls


In a recent 5 Fun Things Friday post, I’d shared a similar curling wand.  One that would have cost you your first-born child.  The Remington T-Studio Pearl Curling Wand on the other hand, will not :)  I found a great how-to video that shows just how quick and easy it really is to make a full head of curls:

A fun way to change things up a bit.

Kelli - February 2, 2012 - 6:25 pm

she’s so cute!

Now I have to buy it! Thanks for sharing Tina. :)

Tina - February 2, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Can’t wait to see your curls, Kelli! BTW, it gets SUUUUPER hot. If your hair curls easily, you’ll find you won’t need the highest setting like the gal in the video recommends. I set mine in the middle and the curls stay ALL DAY without a stitch of hair product.

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monthly faithbooking crop :: february 2012

faithbooking lesson

The February Faithbooking Crop is around the corner! Join us at Hosanna! on Saturday, February 11 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm for a fun and productive day of scrapbooking (or whatever sort of crafting floats your boat). As aways, the crops are FREE and include:

•snacks and beverages
•hourly prize drawings
•monthly journaling lesson
•hours to work on your projects

Just click HERE and follow the instructions to reserve your spot! The rest of the year has been mapped out as well, future dates follow:

March 10, 2012 – CANCELLED!
April 14, 2012
May 12, 2012 – CANCELLED!
June 9, 2012
July 14, 2012
August 11, 2012

If you have not been receiving my monthly email reminder and would like to, let me know and I’ll add your name to the list! (Just a reminder… please RSVP by Wednesday, February 8th!)

Rene' Rosendahl - February 1, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Hi Tina, Thanks so much for coming to my bday party! Please add me to your faith booking reminder list. Hugs…Rene’

Tina - February 1, 2012 - 11:24 pm

Will do, Rene’!!

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sometimes getting things in order can look a little… disorderly


I finally tackled the Christmas stuff yesterday.  (Yes, our tree was still up!) I took my time sorting and organizing as I packed things up.

wizard of oz

And it made me wonder what life will look like next time I pull this stuff out.

tree skirt from grandma

Will grandma still be here? Will our son be driving? Will life be calm or crazy?

Then it struck me.

big mess

Sometimes when God has His hand in our lives – cleaning things up, perfecting His will, making me more like Him – it can look a little… messy.  It doesn’t mean He’s not there, it doesn’t mean He’s not listening. The mess can actually be a sign He is busy working out the kinks. And before you know it…

no mess

Everything is cleaned up.


And you are left with a new appreciation and awareness of things usually taken for granted.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.
- Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

Crystal Satnik - January 31, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Thanks for this post Tina. I feel like my life is kind of messy right now…trying to play a lot of roles every day. I wouldn’t trade it for anything though.

PS. We still have random Christmas decor around the house that didn’t make it into the storage area. :) It will get there, eventually.

Annette Nagel - January 31, 2012 - 10:42 pm

Thanks!! I really needed to be reminded of that particular bible verse in my life presently. Hope all is well with you.

Alice - February 1, 2012 - 8:23 am

Your new site is beautiful. You are so talented my dear Tina!

Tina - February 1, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Happy Belated Birthday, Annette!!!

Tina - February 1, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Thank you Alice!

Tina - February 1, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Life is CRAZY messy with a baby, Crystal, and it is a beautiful thing!!! (Or as blogger/designer Elsie Larson calls… a beautiful mess.)

Rene' - February 1, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Thanks for your words of wisdom my friend. Beautiful new website!

Tina - February 1, 2012 - 11:26 pm

Thank you, Rene’!

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