Preserving Family Recipes


Some years back I met someone that wanted to preserve their family recipes that had been handed down. They were also gathering  favorite recipes their children grew up with so they would not be lost until one day they would appreciate them or would want them.

So I gathered up my mom’s and my grandmother that have become familiar and well loved. I included the ones I have made recently and others that my daughter loved as a kid.  Now if you know me I like to be creative when I give a gift whether to family or friends. Have you ever received a gift and you liked the package better than the item?. That actually happened to me this past Christmas. But of course I would not say anything to indicate this.

I looked for a photo album that would fit 4×6 recipe cards. I didn’t want it to be to big or awkward. I wanted to make sure it would fit on shelf and not be oversized.

I found a photo album that fit my criteria. The pages had plastic sleeves that my recipe cards would fit in perfectly.

I like that idea that families that garden together stay together. Based on that concept – my daughter seems to like bird things in her house. So I decided to use that as my theme. I came up with “Birds of Feather, Bake Together”

Then I gathered all my materials and made a mixed media cover to house the recipe cards. Here is picture of what I came up with. I used tape around edges using her favorite colors blue and green.  Assorted paper to make my collage, ink, rubber stamps and rub on letters and then put modge podge over the entire front and back cover. I put the date on front so she would remember when she received this.

I am really happy to report she was really excited with her gift. She loved the cover too! Bingo nice when your daughter appreciates something you made for them.  She also loved this because I left room for her to add some others as time passes by. It seems- she uses the same size card I use. Like Mother like daughter. She’s my daughter. So that all in nut shell for today!










Great Mother’s Day Gift for the Gardener


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Do you need a last-minute gift? I got it… This Great Mother’s Day Gift is for the gardener in your life consisting of 2 garden tools: a trowel and hand cultivator/spade combination sitting in stoneware pot, 2 packages of flowers or herb seeds, pair of gardening gloves, and a $10 off coupon for a facial(regularly $45) at the “7 Sisters” in Kewanee, Illinois to revitalize your mom, a friend, or a neighbor. She will feel reinvigorated and refreshed after a facial massage.*

I have two styles available, the one above is a single flower bouquet and the cost for this  Mother’s Day Gift is $14.99


My Deluxe Flower Bouquet has more flowers and cost $21.95

Shipping would be additional. If you are wanting to purchase one, please email me: pinepeddler at gmail dot com or if you are local you can email me and I will give you my phone number to discuss the details. These both  will come  wrapped  in cellophane  and tied with a ribbon. (not shown)

I have more gift bouquets on this blog that can be see at this link:

This $10 off coupon is from “7 Sisters” of Kewanee, Illinois located at 549 Tenney Street, Suite 2, Kewanee, IL 61443 • By Appointment Only 309.883.1815

*Please note that each bouquet is unique, one of a kind, and the ordered item may not be exactly like the one pictured.

Here is an interviewed from someone who just visited “7 Sisters” and have posted her remarks below:

“Annie Eastman will schedule a facial to suit anyone’s schedule; even after so-called regular business hours, or weekends if it fits in with her busy life.

When you enter, after filling out a “fact sheet” about yourself (first-timers), you disrobe to the waist (leaving bra on) and she gives you a wrap to wear so your shoulders are bared. She also puts a band in your hair to pull it off your face.

When I was receiving the facial, I felt like I was the only person that mattered. The conversation with Annie was marvelous, and even enlightening! The facial itself was relaxing and very calming to my senses-internally and externally.

There were several steps to it, and to be honest I was so mellowed out that I can not recall all of the steps. 🙂

There was one point where she spread a mask on my face and upper chest, as well as a rich lotion on my shoulders,
down my arms and slathered my hands in it. Then she put warm fuzzy mitts on my hands and tucked them in the blanket I was covered in.

She left me there to “bake” for 15 minutes. All the time I was listening to soft Oriental themed music……Ahhhh!
Then reality hit and she was back to remove the mask! BAM!
When she lifted it off, it felt like so much stress (and maybe a bit of aging) was taken away in it!! heehee!
It was sad to see it end. I am going to make it around every 6 weeks if I can.
And yes, I would and have, recommended it to many.” ~ dka

Last Valentine Candy Flower Bouquet Custom made for 2013


20130213_123223 I have great friends. I had friend that likes to pull my strings and to have to work for it as well. She wanted to give her boyfriend a Valentine Bouquet but she didn’t want the usual red or pink container. So after taking poll, I boiled it down to either brown or blue container. Decided to go with brown as it matches the Hershey Milk Chocolate Candy Bar. I used a container that had silver rims at the top and bottom. Thus I covered the container with brown card stock. I happened to have this ribbon that was red with gold hearts on it but didn’t like the width so cut down it to make it thinner.

The Contents of this candy bouquet: Chucky Regular Size Candy Bar, Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Fudge Wafer,   Snickers, Cow Tail, M & M peanuts, Sugar Free Hershey and Russell Stover Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cup, Miniature Hershey Almond Nugget, Miniature Milkyway, Milkyway Midnight, and miniature musketeer bar; Dove  Dark Chocolate ,  Charm suckers, York Mint Patty, cherry red heart shaped lollipop,.

It was accented with a red carnation silk flower , some red tulle and a handmade paper flower designed by Mary @ Prairie Pine Peddler.

It was well loved when it was received by the person giving this present to their love one.

I’d like to thank my friend for this opportunity to think out of the box and design this one of kind valentine bouquet for her.