Smoke spilled from the kitchen as tea was served in small metal cups.  The elders of the village gathered and sat across the wooden table awaiting to hear the broken Nepali from the white man. I sat on the edge completely distracted by the village children peering around the corner.

Isn’t it amazing how a picture can re-tell a story in such a way that we feel the warmth of the air, the smell of cardamom brewing over a kitchen fire, and hear the sound of Nepali whispers around the corner. It stirs my imagination and like a movie transports me back to the people, land, and beauty of Nepal.

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I baked…and now I can’t stop eating them!

Recipe Annie’s Eats.

Baker’s note: Just be patient all the way through…and let them cool.  Simple and short prep time with a long wait time, and yes that is three sticks of butter.

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He looked at me and asked if I knew anything about silkscreen.  I looked up at my supervising teacher and tried to give a professional no…but I just turned red.  “Okay…”he paused and shuffled through his library. ” You will be teaching it in my classroom this semester, and with that he handed me a stack of books.

Flash forward almost two years and join me if you will as I put back on my teaching glasses.  Because, just yesterday our church held a fundraiser at our friends’ local Cleveland printing shop…basically we made t-shirts!!  I am surprised I nerdishly(yes that is a made up word) didn’t snort and giggle I was so excited.

Silk screen/ screen printing is the process used to put say a logo on a t-shirt in your closet or your child’s name on the back of their jersey.  It first starts with a design. Our lovely designs were made by our friend Angela…as you can see she is pretty good!

Each design needs to be made into basically a stencil. 717 ink took us right into their darkroom where they showed us how they make screens (stencils) in order to print.

That green stuff…that is emulsion.  The design (on a transparency) is positioned and taped against a screen with emulsion on it.  It is then exposed to light.  The light burns and hardens the emulsion everywhere that is not being blocked by the design.  The screen is then rinsed off.  The hardened emulsion doesn’t budge, but where the design blocked the light the emulsion is still soft and it washes away, leaving a “stencil” like the one below.

The process get’s a little more complicated when a design has more than one color.  Here the design has the colors green, blue, and white.  Each color needs to have it’s own stencil. Now it is time to print!

A squeegee pulls the ink either manually or mechanically over the screen which lies on top of a t-shirt. One screen at a time, one color at a time the design is layered.

The t-shirts are then dried.  These guys are waiting for their warm t-shirts to come out of the drying machine.

I had a blast seeing 717 in action.  Brett and Stephanie, husband and wife team of 717 ink,  you rocked!  Brett had everyone going and Steph! This girl is about to have a baby and she was standing on top of tables leading tours!

So if you need a design or if you need anything printed for an event or your son’s baseball team, this girl right here can hook you up with some awesome local business owners and friends.  One last shout out to Sweet Melissa for donating delicious wraps and oh my goodness…brownies that Matt had to drag me away from eating.

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Many of you have  been following this precious little girl over the last year.  Take a peak here, here, oh and here if you missed out on her soft peachy newborn skin, beautiful smile, and her progression from crawling to sitting to now running!   I am so excited to share with you Payton’s one year cupcake smash!

When I first walked through the door, I wondered if she would remember me.  She looked shyly at me with her big blue absolutely gorgeous eyes.  “Can you say hi,” Payton’s mommy whispered.  Nothing yet, she just stared.

I followed Payton as she cruised around their home…curls bouncing with every step.  And then it happened… She said, “hi.” So I said, “hi.” She then replied back, “hi,” and from there it just kept on going.

Payton LOVED her cupcake from Main Street Cupcakes and may have a sweet tooth coming in any day!

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The light found my one eye above the covers.  I slowly rolled me and my bed-head over to look out the window.  I saw blue skies and  sunshine (so rare during the winter near the lake)!!!  Laying there like a dog I  soaked in the rays.

Just a small dose of sunshine and I feel like either climbing on my bed and yelling, ”  Good Morning America,” or like singing:

“Rise and Shine give God the glory glory…rise and shine…”

Growing up, my mom sang this song everyday as she pulled off our covers, or in my brothers case, opened the blinds.

Please continue to pray for Japan

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