Feb 012014

Will there be six more weeks of winter or an early spring?  Will Punxsy wake up to his shadow?
Groundhog Club for Punxsy Phil Groundhog Day Puxsny
Groundhog punxsutawney phil in a can The origin of Groundhog Day began with the celebration of Candlemas Day in medieval Europe.
Candles were blessed and handed out on a day that was midpoint between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.

In Germany, the hedgehog was chosen for predicting the weather.

When the German settlers arrived in Pennsylvania, they continued this tradition with a groundhog, since hedgehogs weren’t available.  In 1886, The Punxsutawney Spirit printed the first official observance in its newspaper.

We’ve celebrated Punxsutawney Phil’s debut on Groundhog Day ever since.

This tradition isn’t totally goofy, since animals are sensitive to the thawing of soil and other signs of spring.

If you’re not crazy about a cuddling a rodent on this special day, the “groundhog in a can” souvenir is available at this Punxsutawney website.


This is a recipe that allows you to play with your food.
The tootsie roll groundhogs pop up from the cookies with the help of your pinky finger.groundhog cookies recipe
The kids will love biting off the heads of their groundhog/dogs with this meal theme. Hotdog Groundhogs

The hot dog groundhogs can be placed inside cornbread muffins, a snowy mound of mashed potatoes or baked biscuits.


What fun ways do you celebrate this day?

There are lots more fun recipes at this website:http://www.sheknows.com
Enjoy many other great trips on the Photo Mondays link

Sep 292013

Blue Lily Photography is a traveling family that has been, and will go, everywhere!bluelily french vintage costume brick window

As they state in their bio, “A few years ago we sold our belongings and gave up our professions to take photos of families, while traveling the world.”

Their two children are home schooled while visiting the sites they study about.

They are getting an up-close and personal chance to learn about ethnic foods and meeting people from all over the globe.


Blue Lily’s nomadic life and work has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show and in the New York Times.bluelily french vintage costume doorway

Each year, their amazing talents are put to creative use for their children’s annual birthday photo shoots.

Keeping with tradition, Wendy and Tyler planned Isabelle’s sixth birthday pictures around another theme.bluelily french vintage dress twirling


To set the themed birthday shoot into motion, Wendy commissioned me to re-create a Regency period dress.

She sent me a picture of Gwyneth Paltrow from the movie Emma, a Jane Austen novel.

After sewing a dress in the fabric and colors she described, the outfit was sent off to her.

Wendy and Tyler had an idea in mind for her birthday shoot and took the Jane Austen era dress with them to Europe.
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They found the perfect location in this beautiful garden setting in Normandy, France.


Visit Isabelle’s themed 5th Birthday in Blossoms photo shoot in Kyoto, Japan here, and her 4th birthday with a Princess and the Pea theme here.

You can add your belated birthday wishes on their blog: http://bluelily.squarespace.com/blue-lily-blog/2012/7/17/happy-6th-birthday-isabelle.html/

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