image* from www.southsomerset.gov.uk
*I saved you all from being scared looking at a real tick. This cartoon tick is much cuter.
I'm not much of a singer, but I am a mom, so I sing to my kids. With Princess Sparkley I always sang The Teddy Bears' Picnic while looking at the pictures from the above book which is one of my favorite kids' picture books.
Here's a really annoying version of how that song goes.
For Buddy, I think I mostly sang Primary songs or the regular "Rockabye baby in the tree top," or "Twinkle twinkle little star."
With Baby X I've found myself singing Lullaby and Goodnight because that's what his crib mobile plays. But I discovered the other day that I don't really know the words... I just sing, "Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep my dear baby" over and over again.
When my mom was out here after Baby X's birth she always sang him a song that goes, "I gave my love a cherry...," so I looked it up here to find out the words so I can sing an actual lullaby to this baby.
Jim's Best Candy Recipe
from the Tightwad Gazette
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c light cream
1/4 c butter
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 c sifted powdered sugar
1 c chopped mixed dried fruits
1/2 c chopped nuts
1 1/2 lbs white dipping chocolate
Line an 8"x8"x2" baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Butter the foil and set the pan aside.
In a heavy 2-quart saucepan combine the sugar, light cream, and the 1/4 c butter or margarine. Cook over medium heat to boiling, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. 8 minutes.
Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. Remove pan from heat. Add cream cheese; stir until smooth. Add powdered sugar, dried fruits, nuts and vanilla; stir until well combined. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Chill about 1 hour, or until firm. When firm, lift foil to remove candy from pan; cut candy into 2"x1" rectangles.
Melt the dipping chocolate. Carefully dip the rectangles into the melted chocolate. Let excess drip off rectangles. Place dipped rectangles on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper until dry. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.
*I used dried cranberries and pecans as my fruits and nuts. I also used those giant flattened chocolate chip looking white melting discs for candy making as my white chocolate. And I wouldn't use as much as it called for. Maybe just one bag (14 oz). And I'd cut the pieces smaller next time, they are pretty rich.