Nation Pet Day and Pet Care Merit Badge


Today is National Pet Day. During my life, I have had a wide array of pets: cats, dogs, fish, gerbil and hermit crabs.  Currently we have a dog – Poppy. She was a rescue dog we adopted about 3 years ago. She has been the best pet. She is part Chihuahua part Terrier, or so we think.

Pet Care

In recognition of National Pet Day, I thought today would be the perfect day to share AHG Pet Care merit badge requirement #5. Continue reading →

Easter Dishcloth

Here it is the first Monday in April. It is hard to believe that the year is a quarter gone and spring is fully upon us.  Thankfully, I have been able to keep up with my monthly dishcloths, so when Christmas gets here I will have several gifts already done.

Easter Dishcloth

I created this pattern after reviewing several others.  I used my size 6 needles and Black Current 100% cotton yarn by Peaches & Creme. I hope to have the pattern written up for you later this week and will post it for you soon.


Computer Fun #15

Computer FunThe first step to learning any new skill is learning the terminology associated with it.  This rule applies to crafts, cooking, school and merit badges. Computer Fun aims to teach girls fundamental computer skills.  At the Pioneer / Patriot level, girls look at the internal workings of a computer and storage.

If you are working on this merit badge, print out the worksheet below and define the terms listed.  A great resource (other than Google) is  As a note to parents, there is ads on this site, but none of the ones I saw were questionable.  There is also a section on text slang and emoticons that was interesting. I have to admit, I already knew most of them and I am not always up on teenage lingo so they may not be up-to-date.

Computer Fun #15

NOTE: The requirements have been greatly simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.


Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes, Salmon patties or Salmon Croquettes?

Regardless to what you call them we all remember this childhood staple, some of us more fondly than others.  I hate to admit, but my mother’s were always hit and miss. Sometimes they were dry and would not stay together, while at other times they were so wet and soggy. Hopefully my kids will look back on them with affection.

Salmon cakes

Puppy Blanket

Puppy blanketAs a follow-up to the previous Teddy Blanket project. I also wanted to share this puppy. This pattern is also from the Stana’s Critters Etc. and is part of a set of four adorable lovies.

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My Grandmother’s Peach Cobbler

My grandmother was an amazing cook. Of course my grandfather taught her how to cook and when they got married, she could not boil water (her words, not mine). Never the less, I always remember her as a great cook. Her table was always overflowing with fresh vegetables from their garden, and dessert was always close by.Peach cobbler

Years ago she gave my mom her cobbler recipe, which was passed down to me when I got married. The original recipe said to cook in a modest oven until done. Don’t you love recipes like that.

Her recipe is a little different from most cobbler recipes. You assemble it upside-down. The crust goes in first, then you add the peaches.  During the cooking process the crust will rise to the top and cover the peaches.  It may seem odd, but trust me – it works.

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Dawn of Our Country #8

Dawn%20of%20Our%20Country%20All-thumbThomas Jefferson, our 3rd president was more than just a politician. He was ahead of his time. His accomplishments are too numerous to list. His home in Monticello, Virginia is a historic site. To learn about Jefferson visit

I have not visited Monticello. However, last July while visiting Washington D.C. I was able to visit the Library of Congress. In 1815, Jefferson sold almost 6500 books from his personal library to the Library of Congress. While two-thirds of the books were destroyed by fire in 1851, it is still an impressive collection. We spent almost an hour looking over the collection. My son, the book-lover, found it especially interesting. If you are ever in
D.C. I highly recommend stopping by the Library of Congress and seeing his collection along with a copy of the Gutenberg Bible.

Now, back to the merit badge. This requirement asks the girls to learn about Jefferson then to design stamps that reflect his life and accomplishments. If you are an Explorer working on this badge, print out the worksheet below, do some research, and start designing.

Dawn of Our Country #8

NOTE: The requirements have been greatly simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.

Corn and Black Bean Relish

While some days I enjoy spending time in the kitchen, other days I love quick and easy. Right now is time for quick and easy.

Corn and Black Bean Relish is a family favorite. It goes great as a side to quesadillas, as an appetizer, or as party food. And with five ingredients you can’t go wrong.

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Teddy Blanket

As winter comes to a close, I thought I would share a different knitting pattern than my usual.  Lately, I have been working with Stana from Stana’s Critters Etc.

She has just released the most adorable set of lovies.

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Special Delivery #7

Special%20Delivery%20All-thumbAHG merit badge Special Delivery focus on stamp collecting.  I know philately is not cool to some most people, but Lily has enjoyed working on this merit badge. It allowed her to connect to her grandpa in a new way. She is currently working on this badge.

Requirement number seven looks into the story behind each stamp. She is to select 10 stamps and write the story depicted on each. If you are working on this requirement start by printing the file below twice.

After selecting ten stamps, head to  “Arago is your resource to the study of philately and postal operations as seen through the eyes of the National Postal Museum.”  The search option allows you to learn more about each stamp, including the issue date and location. It also tells the history behind the stamp.

Special Delivery #7 worksheet

NOTE: The requirements have been greatly simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.


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