The Friendship Video (Tara Taylor Quinn)

I value Friendship more than just about anything.  Friendship with family members.  With those who’ve walked paths with me at various times in my life.  Even friendships with those I’ve never met personally, but have come to know as ‘pen pals.’  Because to me, life isn’t about what we gain in monetary wealth, it’s about the love we’ve shared.  It’s about hearts connecting.  About helping souls along their way.  For me, there’s no other reason to be here.

Not long ago I started an open board on Pinterest simply called friendship.  I go to this board first thing every morning now.  To see the posts that have appeared from around the world during the night.  We are a growing group of strangers from all over the world who lift each other up with our personal expressions and pictures of what friendship is and does.  What it means to us.

We’d love to have you join us.  It’s free.  No strings attached.  Just go the ttq Friendship board on Pinterest and follow it.  With a follow, you’ll receive an invite to join the board and start leaving your own pins there.  If nothing else, check us out.  Your only risk is that you’ll be uplifted!

In the meantime, my honey put together a video that includes some of the pins posted by Friendship pinners.    Enjoy!

Let there be lefsa…and free books

When I married into a family that is half-Swedish and half-Finnish, my world instantly became enriched by food I’d heard mention of but never tasted. One such holiday staple is: LEFSA (which, quite simply, is a potato tortilla). This simple but flavor-packed treat can be eaten with butter or, as my hubby prefers: LOTS of butter then sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar. We’ve also tried them with a savoury filling such as scrambled eggs.

My mother-in-law, Mae Salonen, taught me how to make these, but I’ll go on record saying, “She was a better woman/homemaker than me.” I make these every year, but I’m no martyr–I would never attempt this task alone. I enlist the help of my husband.

Recipe: lefsa recipe

And last year, we started passing along the tradition by teaching our daughter-in-law, Ruth, how to make them. The recipe is simple, but the process is…a process. Watch the video and you’ll get an idea. But don’t let our process scare you away from trying this out for yourself. Lefsa is yummy. Really yummy. And the team effort makes it more of an adventure. This year, our eldest granddaughter has expressed an interest in helping. My mother-in-law will smiling down from heaven.

Be warned. Once word gets out that you’re making lefsa, everyone will want in on the action. We had friends drive up from the valley to watch–and sample. This was Ruth’s first time, but she has a deft hand–she’s a natural. So, obviously, even a beginner can master this tag-team cooking adventure. :-)

What are your favorite family treats to make/bake?

Also, I don’t know how many of you are giving/receiving/hoping-Santa-brings-you an eReader for Christmas, but I’m part of a 13-author FREE book giveaway that includes a chance to win $100 gift prize.

13 free book roses


Click here: READ to grab any or all of these great books. (Plus, if you’d be so kind as to vote for my HER FOREVER GIFT cover/blurb, you’ll be entered in the contest to win $100 gift card.)

To reach the most people possible, we’ve been accepted for a Thunderclap promotion. Click here to lend your support: THUNDER .

The drawing takes place on Jan. 1, 2015!

Good luck and, since I won’t be blogging again until the day after Christmas, let me wish you the happiest of holiday memory making.

With love and joy!