Barbie Adventures: Meet the dos Santos Family

You like Barbies? Then read this!

This is the dos Santos family.  When the above picture was taken, they were at Great Wood National Park, OH.

The dos Santos Family:

Magnus, 24 yrs old:

Magnus is an artist who paints for an art museum, likes dogs, trees, and especially his daughter Vicky.  He does not like mosquitoes at ALL.  Magnus enjoys going on vacations with his family to Ohio or the Amazon River, and also makes board games and reads out loud to Victoria.  When he was a boy, he carved little dogs from wood and played with them when he wasn’t shooting his BB gun, scaring off bunnies.  Magnus owns a short haired chestnut Chihuahua named Tipper .

Antonia (née Azúl), 23 yrs old:

Antonia is a passionate home baker and teacher who likes cooking, pizza, and stuffies (commonly known as stuffed pets).  She hates spoiled pork tenderloins, as you can imagine!  In her spare time, she plays with Victoria, bakes cupcakes, and writes stories.  Strawberry, Antonia’s white long-haired cat, always lies under the kitchen table when the oven is on and tasty smells waft through the house.  When Antonia was little, she had at least 200 dolls which she collected herself.

Their Daughter Victoria Aethelflaed, 3 yrs old:

Victoria, or Vicky for short, likes dolls, bouncy balls, and dogs, but she does not like Neapolitan Mastiffs.  When she grows up, Victoria wants to be a dog breeder!  Her favorite foods are pizza and hamburgers.
Vicky has 2 friends:  Alyssa Neana and Coral Oyster, whom you will meet in a later post.

Antonia’s Mother:

“Whee!” Riding in Hana’s car is fun!

Mrs. Lea (née Calcetín) Azúl, 43 yrs old: 

Mrs. Azúl is a retired jeweler who likes jewelry, of course, old times, and bean soup, and hates Elvis music.  When she was 18, she got her first car and as a result, likes to ride in Hana’s car.  Hana and her sister Kimi are friends of the dos Santos family whom you will hear about in a later post.
As you can imagine, Mrs. Lea loves to play with her granddaughter Vicky.

Antonia’s Sister:

“What a nice spring breeze!”

Rosette Azúl, 18 yrs old:

Rosette is a famous prima ballerina who has danced Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake.  She likes classical music – obviously! -, Pom pups, and cheeseburger pizza, but she hates Depreepy music with a hateful hate!  Her lyrics of her most hated song are: “Roast Beef…… And soo on it goes, On and on, On and on!”  She thinks it is CrAzY!  In her spare time she plays the flute with Anty (Antonia) and Mag-Tag (Magnus).  When Rosette was two years old, she rode a motorcycle!

In our next post, we will introduce some of Antonia’s and Magnus’ friends.

Man’s Best Friend: The Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are one of man’s best friends.

I have recently discovered that I really love chihuahuas! They are cute, adorable,and small!  Here are the facts.

From: Mexico
6 to 9 in (15 to 23 cm)
 4 to 6 lbs (2-3 kg)
Variety of colors, short or long and soft 
At least twice a week
 20 min a day
K-9 Qualities:
Smart and devoted


They are fit to be in almost any home, from a  small apartment in New York City to a big country home.

Chihuahuas are  the ultimate purse puppies.

We have big dogs, and I love big dogs, but a small dog, like a chihuahua would be special.  I love chihuahuas because they are cute, I can carry it around, and they will curl up on your lap while you read.


Natural Shelter

A nice, cozy, safe shelter!

I made a shelter using only leaves, wood, stones and vines.  It is warmer on the inside than it is on the outside.  I can lie in it just fine.

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The leaves on the top of the shelter are the insulation, wood is used as poles, the stones are the entrance area, and the vines are used as the doorway.

It’s cozy!



Perfectly Peculiar Putrid Party Punch

Happy Halloween!

This is a recipe I made.  (Note: This is not edible) It is called the Perfectly Peculiar Putrid Party Punch! Here is the recipe.

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Perfectly Peculiar Putrid Party Punch


  • Colored slime
  • Water
  • Halloween odds and ends like googly eyes.


  1. Put water and slime in a jar and let sit overnight.  Slime will dissolve and color the water.
  2. Stir in odds and ends.
  3. Put on table for decoration, and decoration only!
  4. Scare your guests!

Peanut Butter Balls

This is another kind of no-bake cookie!

Here is another recipe from the children’s cookbook Grandma picked up for us at a local Amish store.  It reminds us of peanut butter log.

Try these (comparatively) healthy summer treats you do not have to bake!

Peanut Butter Balls


  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 3/4 cup of oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of raisins



  • Mix ingredients in order given.
  • Pack into little balls and put on wax paper.
  • Stick in the fridge to harden.


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Zucchini Bread

Now is the time when gardeners are beginning to wonder what to do with all those zucchini that keep coming. Here’s an idea.

We love this zucchini bread, and it is easy to make!

Zucchini Bread


  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of grated zucchini
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)



Grease and flour two 8 by 4 inch pans (bread pans).
Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl.
Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well.
Stir in zucchini and nuts (if desired) until well combined.

Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes.

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Remove bread from pan, and completely cool, if you have that kind of self-control.  Otherwise, try a piece hot with melting butter on it.


Sunday Afternoon Story: A Different Version of “Le Mort De Arthur”

Incidentally: “To swoon” means “to faint”.

Here I have a different version of  “Le Mort de Arthur.”

Le Mort de Arthur

Here is what is says, in case you can’t read it.

Here is written in letters of gold a tale of yore.

The Lady Guinevere sayeth “Where doth Arthur, Sir Gawain?” And Gawain sayeth onto her “I hath rode far and wide and yet Arthur hath not been found.  So yet if I have to ride for nine moons I will search.”  But nine moons passed and Arthur hath not been found.  Sir Gawain rodeth back to Guinevere and said to her “I hath rode for nine moons and I  hath not found him. I am afraid Le Mort de Arthur has befallen him.”  And Guinevere swooned away.

Mini Movies: Auto-bots and Decepticons!

Another Mini Movie!

Here I have a mini adventure with Auto-bots and Decepticons!


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When they got back home……………..





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These are the actors:

Hoist as Hoist

Steel fist as Steel fist

Scourge as The blue Decepticon

Vihicon as black Decepticon (he usually in the corner) .

Hope you like it!

More mini movies to come!

Art Tuesday: Birds in a field

I hope you like this poem!  

I hope you like this picture.  Even more, I hope you like this poem!  

Shining bright in the light, 

Birds delight day and night, 

Nightingale in the dale ,

Oh, it’s the bird’s delight!

shining bright in the light birds delight day and night                                                                              

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