last bite!!!

nibble, nibble, nibble…

crumbs on the plate.

nibble, nibble, nibble…

it’s almost too late!


Or you’ll miss the last bite

of something that is great!


“Merry Christmas,” greetings are quickly changing to “Happy New Year!”
Even holiday parties are transitioning from the celebration of Christ’s birth & the twelve days of Christmas to New Year’s preparations.  

But I’m holding on to the last crumb!

I’m savoring the final nibble.

I’m lingering within the joy of our Saviour’s birth!

The celebration of Christmas and the joy which comes from welcoming others into our home, as a communal participation in the celebration of the birth of a savior, adds a BOUNCE…and a skip, to one’s step.

OH, joy! OH, joy! Let us prepare for Him!

And today I’m reflecting back on those bounces, and skippity-skips and allowing them to just sink in to make imprints on my heart.  Imprints I may run my memory over from time to time as the New Year approaches, to remember He is to be celebrated not just during the Christmas Season but the whole year through!

And with this personal revelation, this God inspired moment, Helen and I have decided to make this year…the year of more Cookies!  

Helen guarding the cookie -cutter jar from potential Ebeneezer’s!

We may save baking The Dawn’s famous red-truck Christmas Cookies for the Holiday Season; however,

A collection of Red Trucks decorate the kitchen each Christmas.
A Red Truck Christmas Cookie Cutter purchased in 1995 celebrates a 10 year tradition this year at North Star!
All that is needed is your favorite cut-out-cookie recipe & an ample supply of red, green & chocolate sprinkles!
Cut out & ready to be ‘sprinkled’ on lightly greased cookie sheets!
It’s Sprinkle-Time…my favorite part!!
First batch fresh from the oven! Yum-yummy & so darn cute!

there will be cookies to be made & shared throughout the year, as a reminder of the continual saving grace of a God who loves us!

Please stop in around the 25th of each month to discover the cookie Helen and I will have been inspired to bake together!



Perhaps even share a nibble with us!

 Don’t be shy…Helen is good at picking up the crumbs off the floor!

Helen Kowalska-Cookie Baking, Crumb Catching Wonder Dog!


warmed baked hugs n’ blessings until the very last nibble!!

baby girl! (i dream of you.)


Abigail (noun) – ab·i·gail \ˈa-bə-ˌgāl\

Abigail is a female given name. The name comes from the Hebrew name אֲבִיגַיִל / אֲבִיגָיִל Avigail, meaning “my father’s joy” (alternatively “my father rejoices”, or “my father is joy”).  The intelligent, beautiful Abigail was Old Testament King David’s third wife, described as ‘good in discretion and beautiful in form.’

The name Abigail is also English, AB-i-gayl and German, AH-bee-giel.  As an American baby name the meaning of the name Abigail is: “The father’s joy.”

The name Abigail can be shortened to “Abby”, “Abbey”, “Abbi”, “Abbie”, “Abbe”, “Abi”, “Abbye”, “Abs”, or “Aby”, as well as “Gail” or “Gayle.”

People with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony. People with this name are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily. They may be resistant to change, and become restless or  rebellious when asked to do so.  A super-sweet girl she will probably be extremely gorgeous and certainly tons of fun once she is comfortable in your presence. When you meet one you will want to be a huge part of her life; but you would have to be very lucky for it to happen!  An Abigail will stay on your mind forever so you will know when you meet one.

Photo Courtesy of Jared Schaaf Photography

Abby is a kind, cute, and loving girl. An “Abby” typically has brown hair, but sometimes it can be red. They often prefer to be in the background, but once you get to know them they are fun, talkative, and wild. Most of the time they are athletic, champions for the down-trodden, and enjoy music. A lot of people say that Abby’s are very authentic and are confident in their own skin; even though they shy away from sharing their heart until they feel the other is trustworthy.  Most people around them like them, but only a certain amount will see their crazy, out of control side!

Abby’s can make great girlfriends because they’re caring, sincere, fun, exciting and enjoy a diverse group of personalities; but usually have one certain boy that they have given their heart to. Usually they will go for the fun, athletic, sweet, loving boys who have a great smile! They LOVE to get hugs, from anyone…but especially their man!!

As a friend, you can always count on her to go crazy with you, care about you, listen, and keep your secrets. If you meet one, don’t let her go because she will be a great friend for life!


Also, Ab-bees love to laugh and eat…especially with those they hold dear!!

“What I wanted most for my daughter was that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that may be.”   Helen Claes

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these hugs n’ blessings are just for you today!  

(and until the dawn of the day bright and new…)

Photo Courtesy of Jared Schaaf Photography

Music by: JJ Heller

little worry bird!

it’s the monday giggles….






cream cheese


sets in to meet thee.

(hee-hee, i can find nothing good to eat, and it’s almost morning!)

so just

close the rectangular door

and remember it’s night;

in the morning there will be plenty

in the garden

to feed we!

hugs n’ home-grown blessings to sustain thee!

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? …So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself… Matthew 6:26 & 34