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The Collection Continues…

The newest frogs in our collection.

Sitting atop my Valentine’s Day table topper this beautiful sunny Friday.

The top frog is actually a secret box. Perhaps you can see the delicate little peg near its rear. This peg slides up and then you slide the top forward to lift off a cover. The secret compartment is small but functional. I love the colors in the wood.

The second frog has a baby frog sitting on its back. The carving strokes are more pronounced but once again the stain brings out beautiful colors.

Both were Christmas presents and are very unusual.
Don’t let the sunshine fool you, it is very cold outside due to the wind on the prairie.

Frog Friday – Take II

I had another one of those aha moments while preparing some cookies for dinner with our Grandson and his baby sister. Well, really I was craving chocolate and tonight’s dinner presented me with a good excuse to indulge.
For years I’ve made peanut butter cup cookies (SIL’s second favorite treat) but had trouble taking them out of the mini muffin tin. Just last month while working in the kitchen with the cooking channel on I picked up a neat trick.
To make removal of the cookie easier you place two narrow strips of parchment paper under the cookie dough ball before baking. After cooling grasp the strips and the cookies easily lift out.
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YUM. I had to use Hershey Kisses instead of miniature peanut butter cups because I had irresistible chocolate urges two nights ago. I’m never going to lose those extra pounds.

Now, did you notice how I tied this baking into Frog Friday?

Preview – Frog Friday

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I just couldn’t resist adding the above photo to my blog. This Frog snow sculpture comes from my sister in New York state. CYNCentral.com published a story about a woman in Cazenovia, NY who resolved to do thirty works of art in 30 days. Check out her story on the following link. http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=844954.

I do love all things Frog.

Frog Friday

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I just spent the last week de-Christmasing the house. Of course that meant taking down the Frog Tree. As I was carefully replacing the various Frog ornaments in their boxes and wrappings I begin writing my first Frog Friday post in my mind. Each ornament brought back fun memories and then I had that aha moment. Write about the Frog Tree!

I picked up the camera and began taking photos.
The colorful angel Frog you see above has been placed at the top of the Frog Tree for almost twenty years. The first Frog Tree was a scrawny four foot affair that has now grown into a five footer with many branches. Over the years many friends have suggested we just leave the tree up year round but then I think of the joy/memories I have as I put it up in early December and take it down in early January. In the beginning the Frog ornaments came from my husband and children. These Frogs were lovingly placed on our main tree until they became so numerous we decided to do a Frog Tree. Each Frog carries a wonderful story; there are Frog ornaments from my Mom (a flying angel), sisters, nephews (Cub Scout sewing badge), nieces, sister in laws, students (Frog holding chalkboard), and many from dear friends (Nancy made two in ceramics class). In addition to the ornaments we have Christmas themed Frogs under the tree on top of a red fleece blanket decorated with Frogs, my sister made this one summer while we were visiting. There is also a growing collection of Frog statues on the sideboard. These Frog statues show Frogs as Santa in a sleigh, building a snowman, carrying presents, and even decorating a tree
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Ready to be packed away.

Ready to be packed away.


This is just a few of the Frog ornaments pre packing.

By now you are wondering, “Why Frogs?” The answer will be revealed in the next Frog Friday.

Hoppy Frog Friday!