Friday Favorites (on a Saturday): My Mommy

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I’ll take my blogging moments when they come. And these few moments for “Friday Favorites” happen to occur on a Saturday.

1. My mom!

“Grandmom Ruthie” arrived on Valentine’s Day and has stayed for a week and a half. What would we do without her?! She’s been starring in Vivienne’s Madeline skits, cleaning our continuous laundry, doing my pregnancy workout with me (to get that baby out!), cooking our delicious dinners, and welcoming Lia into our lives.





2. Fancy Nancy

My mom introduced us to Fancy Nancy, a little girl who adds flare to everything! 7-letter score words, ribbons, bows, dances, and spice. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of her.


3. Ultimate Maple Snickerdoodles: My mom and Vivienne made these last night and they were scrumptious (as Fancy Nancy would say).





Original recipe yield: 3 dozen





  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup of white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and maple syrup. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients until just mixed. In a small dish, mix together the remaining 1/2 cup white sugar and the maple sugar. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and roll the balls in the sugar mixture. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies will be crackly on top and look wet in the middle. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

4. Warnings about Handbags:

Because I’ve just organized my new diaper bag and because this “Friday Favorites” is all about my mom, I wanted to include a forwarded email that she sent a couple of weeks ago about how gross our handbags can be (we may place them on the car floor, the kitchen floor, then the counter top…ewww). It’s one of things I want to know, but don’t want to know at the same time. Anyway, I can’t find the forwarded email, but I did find this list of Ten Healthy Handbag Tips. Enjoy!