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Holiday Cookie Swap in Bella Vista

I have to admit that I sometimes get my terminology wrong.  It was not, as my husband reminded me, a cookie toss; it was a cookie swap sponsored by the Bella Vista Neighbor’s Association and organized by BVNA board member Liana Ottaviani,  and held at the Charles Santore Library on December 16.  

Everyone knows that cookies are special.  I mean, have you ever met anyone who professed not to like cookies?  Cookie Monster is right when he says “Today me will live in the moment unless it’s unpleasant in which case me will eat a cookie.”

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Christmas Cookies are even more special but it’s hard to find the time to bake more than a couple of varieties.  That’s why a cookie swap is so much fun.  Liana asked each of the participants to bring six dozen cookies.  Everyone got at least a half dozen cookies from the other cookie swappers. 

Fante’s   donated coffee (really good coffee by the way!) and bakery boxes so we could tote our treasures home.

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Children’s book author and neighborhood resident Martha Freeman not only baked cookies, she brought copies of her books  including her latest one, the Secret Cookie Clubto autograph.

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Liana and Martha

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Meeting neighbors and enjoying that great coffee with our cookies.

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Here are the cookies we made and exchanged with one another.    I contributed the biscotti in the lower right hand corner.  You can find the recipe here.  Liana collected everyone’s recipes and printed a little cookbook for us.

Thank you Liana, thank you Fante’s and thank you Bella Vista Neighbors!

Where I Work

I am getting ready to retire. Yes, retire from what I call my 38 year detour. (Includes professional school) I don’t regret the time I’ve spent because I made changes long ago that enabled me to take care of myself and make a living and I was fortunate to have wonderful co-workers who were sane for the most part and who cut me slack when I was not. For the past few years, one of the perks of my job has been working in one of the most interesting buildings in the United States. I never tire of walking its halls and taking pictures. Here are some of them

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Flowers You can Wear in Winter

My friend Patty Pickup made these pieces after attending a Doreen Kassel class.  I love Patty’s flowers that will not wilt and that she can wear all winter long.

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Give Sherman for the Holidays

It’s not as hard as you might think!   Polymer Artist Sherman Oberson and his sleigh of goodies lands at the Whitemarsh Art Center’s Winter Craft Market Sherman will be there on December 5th, and on the other days, Ronin elves and  recovering Bad Santas will be vending Sherman’s ornaments and we hope they don’t drink up all the profits.

Whitemarsh Art Center

Dec 4   6-9pm
Dec 5    10am-5pm
Dec 6    12-3pm

The Barn at Cedar Grove Park
100 Cedar Grove Road Conshohocken PA 19428

He will also be selling his distinctive Christmas ornaments at the Punk Rock Flea Market  which runs from December 11 to 13th.   Be sure to catch him on December 12th.

Philadelphia Punk Rock Flea Market
Dec. 12th 10am-5pm
461 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Here is a little sample of what Sherman will have available:
 
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