My Articles in JAQUO magazine

JAQUO Magazine

One of the writers I met online, Jackie Jackson, started an online magazine called  JAQUO  #Jaquo Magazine

I have been accepted as writer of articles in January 2015.

This page at Jaquo will have a list and links for my articles and photos I have taken over the years.

Jackie Jackson has this page at FaceBook which features her stories and her Magazine JAQUO which she started in December 2014.  The magazine is published a couple of times a year with all the articles in a quarter.  So far she has over 1600 articles as of July 2015.  Here is a photo of the writers from the first print copy of the Magazine in Spring 2015.  Here is the link if you want to preview the Jaquo magazine

Me in the center of the page on the right, and some of the now 31 writers including Jackie Jackson

1.The Dresden Files: Book 15 Skin Game 

Dresden Story at JAQUOStory at JAQUO link

My first article at JAQUO is a book review. I finished the 15th book in the Dresden Files series! The first book was released in 2000 but I did not hear about the books or begin to read them until after the author, Jim Butcher, had written the 13th book.

I finished book one through 5 in 2013 and 6 through 14 in 2014.  Book 15 was released in May of 2014 and I finally got to read it via CD's from the local library. I was on the waiting list from May to the end of December 2014.

I am glad to have finished it!

I started to read the Dresden files at the recommendation of my 30 year old son. My son loves the books so much that after he read the first four books he ordered an outfit so that he would look like Dresden.
   My Son holding our two cats Batman and Robin. 
My son is wearing his Western duster, the same one that Dresden wears

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2. Golden Gate Bridge story

Golden Gate Bridge closure, story at JAQUO link

Golden Gate Bridge closure January 10, 2015 to January 12, 2015. In 78 years the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge has only been closed for more than a few hours a few times. It was closed in 1987 for the 50th Anniversary. The 52 hour closure for this weekend [Jan 10 – 12] will allow workers to install a new movable barrier for traffic lane control. 
Here are some construction Photos:

The construction photos are from Pinterest and the car and the bridge photo is from Laurie Salisbury credit for photo of the car and the bridge being built 1936.

3.  The November 22, 1963 story

My personal experience of the events following the assassination of John F Kennedy and the next few days.
November 22, 1963 – An event that changed everyone’s life. Arriving in Dallas, Texas – November 22, 1963   John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on Friday, November 22, 1963,

November 22, 1963, Story at JAQUO link

4. Island of the Blue Dolphins and Zia, Book reviews

There is nothing better than a true story brought to life. Even if some of the story is changed some from the historical event in the 19th century, the basic idea is still there. Karrana is left behind when she jumps the rescue ship to get her brother who also went back from the rescue ship. Together they are left behind to survive by themselves. 

A book review of the sequel to Island of the Blue Dolphins named Zia.  The sequel follows Zia and her brother who help to rescue her Aunt Karrana back from the Island of the Blue Dolphins where she has been for 18 years.

5. My Felt Dolls project Story

I made these two felt dolls in a doll house for my twin grand niece's. I have already shown all the photos of the construction of this project at my blog here: Felt Dolls and Easter.  
Jackie at JAQUO said she would love to have more crafting stories so I sent her the photos and pattern, She published it today in her JAQUO magazine online. You can see the story at this page: at JAQUO link

6. Big Bat Halloween Decoration Story

I love the face on this bat! My second to the oldest daughter and boys love Halloween so this Plastic Canvas and yarn Big Bat was for them. This bat is really big, 24 inches from wing to wing, and about 11 inches tall from the ear to foot. 

7. Haunted House Plastic Canvas Kleenex Box topper

Haunted House made from yarn and plastic canvas. This Haunted House decoration is also a Kleenex box holder. When you have the Kleenex tissue box in the house and pull up a tissue, it looks like smoke coming out of the house. You can also add a piece of white cloth and add some googly eyes to it and shape it to look like a ghost coming out of the roof for Halloween! Haunted House Kit This is the Haunted House Kleenex box that I made for my daughter and kids. I am making another one for my youngest daughter that will be the same but no fence at her request.  I want to make one for myself that will be a Victorian House like the one my Grandmother lived in when she was a child in San Francisco in 1906. 

Haunted House Kleenex box cover Story at JAQUO link

8.  If the Shoe fits.... Bag the matching Hat!

Halloween Plastic Canvas Projects. I found these patterns at Pinterest and wanted to make something like this. I decided to make two parts. One part with the shoe and one part with the witches hat. Story at JAQUO link

9.  Candy Corn Basket

A plastic canvas project that is easy to do and large enough for a child to do. The  pattern is for size 7 plastic canvas or 7 holes per inch. You could do the pattern in size 5 or 5 holes per inch for ease for a child or very low vision person or elderly adult. Story at JAQUO link

10.  Our Hot and Sour Low Fat Soup

Hot and Sour Soup variation by Sherry Atbutterfly and my daughter IoBlue [her pen name].
I LOVE Hot and Sour soup! I cannot remember when I first had it but I am guessing I was about 30ish when my boyfriend [later my husband] and I started to go to the local and extended area restaurants trying out their ‘house’ Hot and Sour soup. 

Hot and Sour Soup Story at JAQUO link

11.  Gluten Free Pasta with Shrimp

My daughter Silver [her pen name] has had issues with her digestive system. She was having severe intestinal cramps and other symptoms. She was finally diagnosed with intolerance to gluten products.
She had to forget about eating breads and pasta dishes.
She heard about new products that are alternatives for pasta and other wheat substitutes. Finally, there is a solution for her with the new arrival from Barilla America company who released in 2014 their fine non GMO gluten free pasta products!

There are four kinds of pasta: Penne, elbows, spaghetti and rotini. link to Jaquo article

12. Halloween Tic Tac Toe

  From the Halloween Plastic Canvas patterns board I have at my Pinterest account, I merged two pattern ideas to make this Halloween Tic Tac Toe.
I wanted to make the two game pieces different, rather than the whole kitty and the pumpkin, I wanted a kitty face and a plain pumpkin.  link to Jaquo article

13. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies

My daughter Silver has an issue with gluten so she has been cooking gluten free for a few months. That has helped her to get rid of her intestinal pain issues. She loves to cook and found that using Gluten free flour for baking, she has made this chocolate chip butterscotch cookie recipe. Nom Nom!   link to Jaquo article

14. My Mom’s Spanish Rice and My Adapted Version

My Dad was born May 5, 1924 in California San Joaquin Valley. The family lived in San Francisco. Dad always loved Mexican food. Growing up part of his years as a young man in San Francisco he loved Mexican food. He would frequently bring home large steam tray of food from his friend’s Family Restaurant in San Francisco for all of us. It was a home cooked authentic Mexican meal. That was awesome and I learned to love Mexican food!  link to Jaquo article

15.  Baked Creamy Pesto Lasagna with Artichoke Hearts

Recipe Origin:

I was looking for a pesto lasagna dish for my pesto loving vegetarian boyfriend… and I really did not like anything I found. So I mashed up about 4 different recipes. The sauce is almost completely taken from one of those… but I do not remember where I found it.  link to Jaquo article

16. Pumpkin Patch Soup

My daughter Miss Norway made this great Pumpkin Patch Soup and I told her to take photos and I would write about it for Jaquo Magazine. This soup is so yummy for fall and winter!  link to Jaquo article

17. Dad’s Basic Formula – Potato Salad

Dad on the right with his Potato salad in the big green Tupperware bowl

My Dad loved potato salad. He started with my Mom's basic recipe and wanted to make it His way!  This recipe was developed in the 1950s before they told us that too much mayonnaise [cholesterol] was not good for you.
I have added my adaptations with shrimp to the list as well. link to Jaquo article

18. Gluten Free Banana Bread

My daughter uses Xanthan gum in this recipe for Gluten Free Banana Bread.
Xanthan Gum is a inactive bacterium also known as Xanthomonas campestris. The outer layer of this gum is used as a thickener to bond foods together.  link to Jaquo article
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19. Yukon Gold Potato Soup and Gluten Free Cornbread

This Yukon Gold Potato soup is gluten free as it does not use any wheat flour to thicken the sauce. It uses Yukon gold potatoes, pork sausage and leeks. You can use red potatoes and I have even used Russet potatoes as well as White Rose potatoes.

                       Gluten Free Cornbread

There are many variations of cornbread, My daughter Silver makes it with gluten free flour. She has loved my cornbread since she can remember. link to Jaquo article

20. Despicable Me Minion: Free Patterns

I have made some Despicable Me Minions with plastic canvas and yarn and plan on making some more from the patterns and ideas that I have assembled here.
First are two Minions in plastic canvas. Then I have the pattern for a Minion doll. The pattern is really cute and can be made from felt or material – fleece would come out great! Jeans material could be used for the clothing.

Have fun which ever medium you choose for yourself or your children for Halloween or any time! I plan on making the Evil Minions in plastic canvas next.  link to Jaquo article

21. Pioneer Fruitcake from Wales and Sweden
This formula that does not use alcohol has been handed down 6 generations from my Ancestors.

                              Howell H Mifflin and wife Lucretia Williams Mifflin

                                    link to Jaquo article

22. Aidell’s Spicy Mango and Jalapeno Chicken Meatballs in Spaghetti

My daughter made us a very quick and easy meal last night using Aidell’s meatballs. She cooked the pasta according to the package directions.  link to Jaquo article

23 Lady Baltimore Cake

Lady Baltimore Cake Recipe.
Inside a Lady Baltimore cake
My two daughters at the younger one's 3rd Birthday and the Lady Baltimore cake I made 1980
My son's birthday and the Lady Baltimore cake I made 1987

A white cake with whip cream topping and fruit on top and the middle. Traditional Lord and Lady Baltimore cakes were white cakes with a boiled frosting. Topped and filled with raisins, dates, figs and topped with some nuts. They marinated the fruit in sherry wine.

I make mine with a lot of fruit and whip cream frosting covered in coconut.  link to Jaquo article
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24. Charles Frederick Ingalls – The Little Known Brother of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Carolyn Ingalls and Charles Ingalls 

I am sure most of us are familiar with Little House on the Prairie television program of the 1970s. Very little was mentioned about Laura’s only brother Charles Frederick Ingalls who died at the age of nearly 10 months old on August 27, 1876.

Seated Left to Right [Ma] Caroline, [Pa] Charles, and Mary; Standing Left to Right Carrie, Laura and Grace to Jaquo article 

 25.  Watermelon Cake with Coconut cream topping

My granddaughter had her 20th birthday in July. Her wish was to have a vegan dinner as that is the diet she and her boyfriend follow. So my daughter, her mother, decided to make an unusual cake for her made of watermelon and topped with whipped cream made from the cream part of the canned coconut milk.  link to Jaquo article 

26. Cute Toy Cat

The pattern for this toy cat was found on Pinterest. The instructions are in Russian but understanding is quite simple. link to Jaquo article 

27.   Yo Yo's Christmas Projects

What is a Yo Yo?
A Yo Yo is a cut out a circle of fabric that is gathered together around the edges with thread and pulled tight to make a tight circle.
Using Yo Yos for Holiday Decorations

I have seen Yo Yos since I was a little kid. I do recall that either I or one of my kids had one of the clowns made from the Yo Yos.
I have been saving Yo Yo ideas from Pinterest for a year. I have decided to make the Yo Yo projects for Christmas. Some of the Yo Yo projects have “Christmas Colors” and others have colors that my friends and family like. link to Jaquo article 

28.  Grumpy Cat!

I loved Grumpy cat the moment I saw her for the first time on Facebook. I found many patterns and decided I had to make several projects with them! I made a pillow cover, a wall hanging and another smaller project which I will have a story on it soon. link to Jaquo article 

29. Handmade Grumpy Cat Wall Decoration: Free Tutorial and Pattern

“Grumpy Cat”

I wanted to make projects with my new size 7 Aida cloth for myself and Christmas gifts. I found dozens of patterns. I saw the “Grumpy Cat” a few years ago and I decided that if I found a pattern, I would make that for myself. So my first size 7 Aida cloth cross stitch project is this “Grumpy Cat.”
I ordered the size 7 Aida cloth when I found out it existed. I looked on Amazon as one cannot find size 7 Aida cloth at the craft stores. Most stores carry only size 11 through 28.
Most cross stitching and Needlepoint projects are done with size 14 Aida cloth or canvas. Aida cloth is also called Monk’s cloth.
link to Jaquo article 

30.  Christmas Crafts – Easy Children’s crafts – age 5 and up – “Sakura” Felt Ornament and Button Snowmen – FREE Patterns

I made my own templates for the Sakura type ornaments
Using a CD for the larger circle, to make it bigger as they used two smaller circles. Bigger circles for little hands. For very small children just use the two larger circles of different colors.

For older kids use one of the smaller circles for the inside and one larger circle for the front and one larger circle for the back.  link to Jaquo article 

31.  My Childhood: 1949 – 1963

Nostalgia and foods from my childhood. This is a story about things from my childhood.  My brother was severely allergic to many foods. He almost died from allergies to milk, eggs, and chocolate. Mom made adjustments for his diet and I enjoyed the changes as well. The only thing he did not care for quiz things made with soy.

The story also includes My favorite nostalgia story.

My chenille bedspread that I used at three different houses from 1957 to 1966.  link to Jaquo article 

32. Dozens of Easy Felt Ornaments – FREE Patterns

Dozens and Dozens of Christmas ornaments. I work year round on my projects so that they will be done in plenty of time to ship to family and friends who live out of my state. I never know when I will not be well enough to work some days so I pace myself and give myself at least two or more months to finish projects before the holiday or birthday or whatever occasion the item will be for that person. link to Jaquo article 

33. Sometimes we forget to say Thank You

Here is a great true story of one man’s way of saying thank you. His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero in World War I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down.

34.  Felt Basket and Cow Egg

I found these cute patterns online and I make my own adaptations for them.  Cute easy felt basket decorated with beads and pompoms and a felt chick. The Cow egg was a painted plastic egg with cardboard feet and braided pearl cotton thread for the tail.