When the holidays arrive, I tend to forget about anything but baking cookies and making fun holiday edibles. This year is no different. I started first with my favorite, sugar cookies. Last year, while visiting an Amish store, I ran across some nice cookie cutters that I thought would be a great addition to my collection, which consisted of some very small cookie cutters and some giant cookie cutters. The giant cookie cutters I used when I was a library supervisor of college work-study students years ago. I used to make each student one giant cookie complete with all the fancy decorations. The new cookie cutters were a medium size, a mitten and a snowflake. I figured that even when Christmas was over and the winter lingered, I could still use them and they wouldn't be inappropriate. I made these cookies to eat at home. Maybe I'd let my husband have one or two.
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a tiny brown tabby cat named Gypsy, who originally belonged to my brother and sister-in-law, a very large Russian Blue mix named Bosley from the shelter who has quickly made himself at home, and a new puppy named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
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