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And that was how to make a tassel!


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This is a letter that I sent to Stephanie a long time ago.

The front was a picture of colonel Nosekh, who gained personal renown for inventing the marine technique of shooting oneself out of a cannon at oncoming adversaries.

The envelope was my favorite. I love writing letters! I think I am rather good at them.

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I have been doing a lot lately, but at the same time doing nothing. Sometimes, Darby and I say to each other,

“What’s the meaning of it all?”




“Why are you so sure”

and things like that. Paul never really listens. I have been marbling paper and reading and drawing and cutting and folding and writing and planning and scheming with Darby, and have done hardly any playing! It is cold outside and gray and wet, just like November.

All the leaves are off the trees, of course, and are all crinkly and go skipping all around the tree trunks.

“There is almost nothing that has such a keen sense of fun as a fallen leaf.”-J.M. Barrie

And that is what is called a quote.

November is here for no reason, I don’t think, other than to make people sad, but I don’t let it! It’s an opportunity for a challenge, that’s all, to prove that things are still lively and fun.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One comes out at midnight tonight! I can’t wait to see it! I love Harry Potter and have read them all over five times and told everyone the endings! I am so excited to see it, even though everybody has to wait until next July to see the second half, and it cannot, of course, be quite as extraordinary as the book. We are not going at midnight.

Everyone should see it!

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Happy Halloween to us all! Here are two things you can make for Halloween.

I got this idea from the Martha Stewart magazine!

1) Spray the back of each of the leaves one by one, and put down newsprint so that everything doesn’t get sticky.

2) Place each of the leaves on the candle holder in an interesting pattern and smooth them out.

3) Let the leaves dry for an hour and wipe away any extra glue on the holder with nail polish remover.

4) Put in a tea light! Why are they called tea lights, I wonder?

Now, here is something else,

Here is a sugar cookie recipe which we have used always.


3/4 cup of butter

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 3/4 cups of flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder


1) Cream together the butter and sugar.

2) Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter and sugar and beat until they are light and fluffy.

3) Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this to the creamed mixture and mix well.

4) Chill the dough for one hour or until it is firm.

5) Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with fearsome cookie cutters!

6) Bake the cookies at 350 degrees until they’re not glossy anymore and don’t squish when you prod them.

This recipe makes two dozen medium sized cookies, depending on the size and shape of the cookie cutters in question.

The End of the Cookie Recipe

Icing Recipe:


1/4 cup of cream

1 teaspoon of almond extract

2 tablespoons of melted butter

2 1/2 to 3 cups of confectioners’ sugar


1) Combine the cream, vanilla, and melted butter.

2) Mix the confectioners’ sugar into the creamy mixture you just made, adding a little at a time until it is thick enough to spread. If it is too thick, add a little more cream, or if it is too thin, add more sugar.

3) Add food coloring!

Too make marbled frosting, frost the entire cookie with a solid color. Then, dip a tooth pick or skewer into another color and trace lines with it on the cookie. Then, clean off the frosting from the skewer and drag it through the lines you just made to form complicated swirls.

Now, you are done, and I suggest you have a sprinkle or so.

Happy Halloween! I hope it is gruesome, and scary. I have heard wolves howling lately.

Good Night!

P.S.- It is snowing outside!

P.S.S.- This post is thanks to Martha Stewart and the Fannie Farmer Junior Cookbook.

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Mom and I signed up for the Sketchbook Project, and our sketchbooks just came. I have lots of dandy ideas for mine. I chose Nighttime Stories for my theme, which makes me think of hot air balloons and rose gardens.

The sketchbooks will be featured in galleries and museums around the country, and then entered permanently in the Brooklyn Art Library, where I can visit them with the library card that came with the sketch book! I haven’t yet started drawing in the sketch book, but I’ll post up some photographs when I get something of interest in there.

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I invited Mother and Father to a tea party some time ago to celebrate the new June moon, which is called the strawberry moon. I was the mad hatter.

We used the best gold edged china and red napkins. Glinting strawberry jell-o caught the sun in glass dishes, and the tea was served with brown sugar and thick cream. The best part was the macaroons.

Coconut macaroons are a delicate, dainty food with lots of flavor. They are one of my favorite things, especially for old fashioned teas, and I always thought they were hard to make because of how nice they taste. I was wrong! They are very simple and fun. This is how you make them:


-1/4 cup sugar

-3 cups shredded coconut

-3 egg whites, lightly beaten

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1) Heat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with your hands! Mix until all the coconut is evenly coated.

2) Use a non-stick or greased baking sheet. Wet hands and make balls of the coconut mixture, each about an inch apart. The balls can be whatever size you like.

3) Bake until light brown, about 15 minutes. Remove sheet and cool before eating. Then, eat!

Difficulty level:

Fairly easy.


Moist, chewy, great for tea parties, these delights are flabbergasting, in all the best ways! It’s good to have some on hand at all times to satisfy cravings.

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In honor of father’s day, here’s a fun thing:

Simon Panrucker's baked beans game.

You might be surprised by the noise a baked bean can make.  Play here.

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