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Before I was married, I always said I wasn’t going to have kids. When I did get married, I stood by that statement for several years. I’m not really sure what changed my mind, or why, but I know every few months my grandma Pearl would ask when was I going to make her a great-grandma since all of her friends already were one. I was 25 when I had my first of three children, all boys. I think my mom was secretly happy that they were boys since she didn’t really care for one of the girls names I had chosen, Tahlula Belle.

This I know is true though, nothing can quite strike the fear, in a mother more, than when her child gets hurt, be it by injury or a broken heart. No parent is immune to this, and we have all had to nurse our children through one or the other.
All of my kids have had their mishaps, but Matthew just seemed to have more than my other two boys. When he was not quite two, he fell and hit his mouth on my moms hearth pushing his front teeth back. We called the dentist right away and he said to pull them forward and hopefully they would be ok. We were lucky, they were. Not long after that, he fell playing in the culdesac and hit his chin. It bled like no tomorrow! Why do head wounds always bleed so badly? Looks ten times worse than they really are. Matthew has a good scar on his chin from that whacking. In true Matthew, humorous style, a few weeks after it happened, he chose a new fish for his aquarium. It was a cute orange fish with a big red stripe on its chin. Matthew named him John, and said “he and I are alike, we both have scars on our chins”. From the mouths of babes.
I am a lucky mom though, I have three great boys, who like spending time with me even though they are all adults now. That is our job as parents after all, to have these children, feed them, take care of them, fix their boo boo’s. Hopefully to have given them the lessons they need to eventually go out into this world with, and be wonderful adult human beings. Some of the things I know I have instilled in my kids is to say please and thank you, to hold the door for the next person, reach something on a high shelf for the vertically challenged (their grandma), and to always be kind. This woman who originally never wanted children has three amazing boys, that have grown into three wonderful men! I’ve done my job.

I love getting ready for a holiday or get together. I enjoy the menu planning and figuring out what I’m going to serve it on. Today is all about what I used to make special Valentine/birthday cookies. Pottery Avenue has been importing these incredible Wooden Corner embossing rolling pins for over a year now, I have several and they are great! Nothing like making an already delicious cookie or pie better, than making it even more beautiful with a pretty design. A 10-inch pin is regularly $54.99, and a 4.5-inch pin is $32.99 both are on sale for 20% off with your friends and family discount. There are so many designs to choose from, that you really need to go to the website to see! Holidays, weddings, Polish Folk patterns, there is one for everyone! I was fortunate to get to meet Jacek Padol, who crafts these pins in Poland last August, and he is as delightful as his creations! I enjoy using his pins so much!

Additionally, all of the pottery pictured today is also available for purchase at The Pottery Avenue by Pangaea website at www.potteryavenue.com. Use the search button and type in the pattern name and it will bring up all of the pieces available in that pattern. Can’t find what you are looking for? Just send a message and Twila and her team will be happy to help you. Use discount code Twila or PAF for your 20% discount.

From my heart to yours, Smacznego!

Kim’s Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Pretties

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 3 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Zest of 2 lemons

Prep your pan by oiling it with a pastry brush and vegetable oil. Let sit while making the dough.

Cream together butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add egg, lemon extract, and zest and mix well. Mix flour and poppy seeds together and add to butter mixture 1/3 at a time. Mixing till just incorporated each time.
Pour dough out on a board, and knead gently until it holds together.
Split the dough into two balls and roll each one out with a regular rolling pin, between two pieces of waxed paper until 1/4 inch thick.
Refrigerate 30 minutes.
Remove dough and carefully remove the top piece of waxed paper. Using your embossing pin, roll over dough pressing down firmly.
ONLY GO OVER ONCE!
Place the dough back in the fridge for 15 minutes before cutting out with cookie cutters.
Gently put cut cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes before baking at 375 degrees. I sprinkle a little bit of sugar on top of each cookie before baking. Smaller cookies bake 8-9 minutes till the edges just start to turn brown, larger cookies 9-10 minutes.
Scrap dough, reroll and cut out till you have used it all up.