I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Friday, January 14, 2011

Write From the Soul

If you've watched the national news in the past four days, or live in the Atlanta area, you are aware of the snow and ice that has immobilized our town. Today the temp is getting up to 40 degrees - woo hoo! - and those of us with "cabin fever" and too many bags of trash, can hardly wait to get outside and go somewhere. Okay, so maybe it's just to the dumpster or maybe to the grocery store, but it's outside my condo and that's all that counts!

I thought I'd get the "melting mojo" going with some snowman cartoons, like this one:  

and this one 


                                        also this one  

and lastly, this one.

For those of you with kids, grandkids, or students, here's a fun activity...make melting snowman cookies! (Okay you can make them just for yourself or your cabin-fevered friends, I won't tell!) Make regular sugar cookies (or use the Pillsbury ones in the rolled up can). Grab about a golfball size of dough and flatten it, not too thin- 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick- and bake. Get a microwave-safe plate, but not paper because it will stick, and heat a some marshmellows just until they start to get soft. Cover the cooled cookie with white icing and plop the marshmellow on it for the head. You can use raisins or 
M & Ms for the buttons and pretzel sticks for arms. Even easier... just make facial features, scarf, arms out of colored icing. Super easier? Get a graham cracker square, blob white icing on it, pop on a marshmellow, use darker icing to make face and arms, and color in the top of marshmellow like a hat.

Some recipes call for gingerbread cookie underneath, not my fav. Some recipes say to use malted milk balls and cover in melted white chocolate, waaay too much work for me! Some recipes took orange icing, made triangular noses, refrigerated to harden them. I say use candy if you can find it or cut a piece of carrot, OR  make a dot with the dark icing. Easy peasey.
Cookie voodoo to rid us of all the snow and ice, now you're talking!!!


  1. I love the snowman cartoons! Our town has been overrun by snowpeople. It is CRAZY fun!!!


  2. Yes, SF said it. Our town is LOADED with them and they are sooooo cute! We love it!

  3. I wondered how you was doing. We were snow bound for four days. I live way out and our road wasn't grated until Thursday and I swear I think it made it worst. I didn't build a snowman. I don't like to get my tootsies that cold. But I went riding. The horses love the snow.

  4. I could go for some 40 degree weather right now. I'm not liking these 20 degree temps at all.

    Those cookies look cute and sound yummy! Might have to keep those in mind for a later date.

    Enjoy your day!

  5. The snow-cone one make me laugh so hard!